For those who wanted an early start on the season, EA Sports released NCAA Football 14 a few weeks ago. It’s one of the most popular video game series ever and it’s created a cult following among college football fans. Many people circle the date on their calendars of when the newest version of NCAA Football is released.
EA (Electronic Arts) and the NCAA recently announced this year’s game would be the last in the series as we know it. Due to pending legal issues, the two companies will no longer be working together on this project. EA plans to continue producing a college football game, but it will be interesting to see how the licensing agreement works. Cherish NCAA Football 14, football fans. It may never be the same.
One way I will be cherishing it is by simulating games of the upcoming season. The goal is for this to be a fun series that follows a few teams throughout the college football season and compares game simulations to on-field results.
I plan on simulating the season for three teams - Georgia, Navy, & Duke. I’ll be posting season previews of each team based on their NCAA Football 14 profiles and then I’ll post about each game simulation during the week leading up to the actual game. My Georgia & Navy recaps will be posted here on my blog while my Duke recaps will be on DukeReport.com, another website where I’m a regular contributor.
Though I pull for all three schools in real life, I promise not to turn off my XBOX despite the results.
Even if Aaron Murray performs poorly in a big game and UGA’s secondary gets torched against Clemson, I’ll resist the urge to take over.
Even if Navy fumbles five times in the redzone and misses three field goals, I promise not to become Keenan Reynolds.
I commit to being a neutral observer.
Each game recap will include statistics and analysis. Yep. You read that right. Analysis. Of a simulated video game. I need a life.
It’s all in good fun. I hope you’ll follow along and keep score at home. I look forward to seeing how the results in the game stack up against the results on the field.
Go Duke! Go Navy! Go Dawgs!