Archive for May, 2010

Most Popular Online Teams in NCAA Football 11

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Here are the five teams we think will be most heavily used online, plus one more that may sneak its way into more online games this year. You’ll notice several familiar teams, but there may be a surprise or two this year as well.


1. Ohio State – Everybody knows scrambling QB’s rule the online world, and Terrelle Pryor puts Ohio State at the top of our list. The Buckeyes will also return a ton of talent from last year to go with Pryor. An outstanding offensive line will mean Pryor will have time to run around and make things happen, and Brandon Saine and Boom Herron are no slouches at the running back position. Couple that offense with what will likely be one of the top rated defenses in NCAA 11, and the home field advantage of the ‘Shoe, and you have a team that will be heavily used online.

2. Alabama – Anyone who isn’t scrambling around with Pryor will want to tote the rock with Heisman winner Mark Ingram. WR Julio Jones could end up as the highest rated receiver in the game, so when not running with Ingram Alabama users can have a field day with Jones. The Tide do lose some stars on defense, but with so much returning from a National Championship team, Alabama is the odds on favorite to win it again this year, and that means everyone will want to play with the Tide online.

3. Michigan – Despite the recent struggles in real life, the Wolverines are still one of the most heavily used teams online. That won’t change this year. With EA advertising its new “120 Ways to Win” feature, users will finally be able to run schemes such as the no-huddle spread used by Coach Rich Rodriguez. With the option to have access to the entire playbook while never huddling, you can bet teams will take full advantage of the no-huddle online. Factor in two speedy QB’s in Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, and you can be certain the Wolverines will be well represented online.


4. Florda – You may see a little less of the Gators online this year with QB Tim Tebow no longer around, but Florida will still be used heavily. QB John Brantley will be a solid passer, and for those users that still want to run trick plays and take advantage of speed, take a look at Florida’s speedy skill players: RB’s Jeff Demps and Emmanuel Moody and WR Deonte Thompson. Throw in Chris Rainey, who will likely see time at both positions, and Florida has boat loads of speed on offense. Oh and last time we checked, they are still Florida, so plenty of people will be rolling with the Gators online.

5. Georgia Tech – Tech is kind of the sneaky pick on this list. With the all-new locomotion system in NCAA 11 and the supposed fixed option blocking, the Yellow Jackets could become one of the more heavily used teams online. A lot of users are dying for a fun new system to run, and Georgia Tech’s flexbone offense might fill that need. Star FB Jonathan Dwyer is gone, as is WR Demaryius Thomas, but QB Josh Nesbitt is a great running QB and the different running variations are limitless with this offense. Look for more and more users to use the Yellow Jackets online as they begin to experiment with Tech’s very fun offense.


Top 5 B+ Or Lower Teams To Use In NCAA 11

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

In this blog we are going to give you something different. Instead of telling you what the popular teams will be, we’re going to give you the teams we think will be the most fun to play with that will be rated B+ or lower in NCAA 11.

1. Washington – The Huskies make this list for one reason: QB Jake Locker. Looking for this year’s Tim Tebow on NCAA 11? Locker is your man. His combination of size, speed and arm will make him a ton of fun to use this year. Chris Polk is also a very good running back to go with Locker, and nearly all of the offense returns from last year. If you are looking for a fun, dual-threat quarterback and a running back you can sprinkle in, look no further than UW.

2. Baylor – Much like UW, Baylor has an absolute beast at quarterback in Robert Griffin. The Bears finished 85th yards per game last year (without Griffin), and 95th in yards per game allowed, so there isn’t much to go with him. But Griffin may be the most fun player to play with this side of Terrelle Pryor and anyone who loves dual-threat quarterbacks will have a blast with Griffin and the Bears.

3. Georgia Tech – There is a chance that Tech could end up being higher than a B+, but with all they lost from last year’s Orange Bowl team we don’t think that will happen. The flexbone option offense run by Tech was somewhat broken in NCAA 10, but all indications are that it will be fixed in NCAA 11. That means the blocking will be better, the motion will be more effective, and the plays will be designed more accurately and run more smoothly. All that adds up to one thing: a super fun running offense. It may take some time to perfect this scheme, but once you do there will be so many options on offense that it will never get boring.

4. Houston – If you enjoy passing, passing, and more passing, then the Houston Cougars may be the team for you. QB Case Keenum threw the ball for over 450 yards per game last year, and by the end of the year has passed for over 1,000 more yards than the next best team. And oh yeah, he’s back. The Cougars also had THREE 1,000 yard receivers last year, and all three of them are back. The defense is below average – at best, but who needs defense when you have the potential to throw for 6,000 yards?

5. West Virginia – Noel Devine and Jock Sanders will provide probably the shiftiest offensive duo of any team in NCAA 11. Devine will likely be rated in the mid 90’s, with mid-to-high 90’s speed, acceleration, and agility. Sanders won’t be far behind. All you will need to do is get these guys the ball in space and be quick with the controller and any defense will have a hard time slowing you down.


College Football ’10 Hot Seat

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

These are our top 5 college football coaches who are entering the 2010 season on the hot seat. If their teams don’t show improvement this season, they all may be left looking for work in 2011.

1. Dan Hawkins, Colorado: Hawkins was considered one of the hottest coaches on the market when he came to Boulder from Boise St. in 2006, but his Colorado teams have struggled. The Buffaloes are just 16-33 in his 4 years there, including a dismal 3-9 last season. Just one bowl appearance, a road record of 2-20 (0-11 the last 2 years), and an improving Big 12 North means Hawkins will likely need to lead Colorado to a bowl game or he could be on his way out of town.

2. Ralph Friedgen, Maryland: Friedgen started his career at Maryland with three straight seasons with double-digit wins. Since then his Terps have been over .500 just twice in six seasons. The program hit a new low last season with a 2-10 record. Friedgen will likely retire after the 2011 season anyway, as his contract is up and a coach in waiting is already in the wings in the form of OC James Franklin. But if the Terrapins don’t improve on the two wins they had last year, Friedgen may be forced out the door a year sooner than he would like.

3. Paul Wulff, Washington State: Yeah, he is only entering his 3rd year with the Cougars, but he also only has 3 wins. He may not have been left with much after former coach Bill Doba was let go, but Doba never won fewer than four games and that wasn’t enough to keep his job. What makes it even harder on Cougar fans is in-state rival Washington is on the rise. If Wulff doesn’t make some major progress this year he may not return for another crack at it.

4. Rich Rodriguez, Michigan: We’d like to think Rich-Rod will get more than 3 years at Michigan, but perhaps more troubling than his on-the-field record is his record off the field. He didn’t leave West Virginia, his alma mater, on the best of terms, and has raised some red flags in his short time with the Wolverines. Several former players have criticized Rodriguez, and he is also responsible for Michigan’s first ever major NCAA violations. Oh yeah, about the on-the-field issues: Rodriguez is just 3-13 in Big 10 play, snapped the school’s 33 year bowl streak, and presided over the worst season in Michigan history. He has still managed to snag excellent recruiting classes and the Wolverines have a ton of talent, but how long can the proud Wolverines put up with that kind of performance?

5. Ron Zook, Illinois: It seems like the Zooker could be on the list every year, yet somehow he still has his job at Illinois. We think this year may be a make or break year though. Zook has won just 35% of his games in 5 years at Illinois, and if you take away the miracle Rose Bowl season in 2007, that number drops to 25%. That is awful. What makes the poor record even more frustrating is each year the Fighting Illini seem to have enough talent to compete at the top of the Big 10, yet somehow find themselves at the bottom by the end of the year. When you consider that Zook was only average at Florida before coming to Illinois, one has to wonder how long he will keep his job.


Player Ratings for NCAA Football 11 (Predictions)

Monday, May 17th, 2010


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Top Five Running Backs

  • #1 Mark Ingram, Alabama: 98 Overall
  • #2 Quizz Rodgers, Oregon State: 96 Overall
  • #3 Noel Devine, West Virginia: 95 Overall
  • #4 John Clay, Wisconsin: 94 Overall
  • #5 Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh: 94 Overall

Top Five Quarterbacks

  • #1 Jake Locker, Washington: 96 Overall
  • #2 Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State: 95 Overall
  • #3 Ryan Mallett, Arkansas: 95 Overall
  • #4 Andrew Luck, Stanford: 94 Overall
  • #5 Christian Ponder, Florida State: 93 Overall

Top Five Wide Receivers

  • #1 Julio Jones, Alabama: 98 Overall
  • #2 A.J. Green, Georgia: 97 Overall
  • #3 Terrance Toliver, LSU: 96 Overall
  • #4 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame: 96 Overall
  • #5 DeVier Posey, Ohio State: 95 Overall

Top Five Tight Ends

  • #1 Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame: 95 Overall
  • #2 Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin: 94 Overall
  • #3 D.J. Williams, Arkansas: 94 Overall
  • #4 Weslye Saunders, South Carolina: 93 Overall
  • #5 Mike McNeill, Nebraska: 93 Overall

Top Five Offensive Lineman

  • #1 Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin, 97 Overall
  • #2 Anthony Castonzo, : 97 Overall
  • #3 Rodney Hudson, Florida State: 96 Overall
  • #4 Matt Reynolds, BYU: 96 Overall
  • #5 Stefan Wisniewski, Penn State: 95 Overall


Top Five Linebackers

  • #1 Greg Jones: Michigan State: Overall 97
  • #2 Bruce Carter, North Carolina: 97 Overall
  • #3 Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina: 96 Overall
  • #4 Mike Mohamed, California: 96 Overall
  • #5 Mark Herzlich, Boston College: 95 Overall

Top Five Defensive Backs

  • #1 Patrick Peterson, LSU: 97 Overall
  • #2 DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson: 97 Overall
  • #3 Mark Barron, Alabama: 96 Overall
  • #4 Deunta Williams, North Carolina: 95 Overall
  • #5 Prince Amakamura, Nebraska: 95 Overall

Top Five Defensive Lineman

  • #1 Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss: 97 Overall
  • #2 Robert Quinn, North Carolina, 96 Overall
  • #3 Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson: 96 Overall
  • #4 Marvin Austin, North Carolina: 96 Overall
  • #5 Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh: 95 Overall


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NCAA Football 11 Top 25 Predictions

Monday, May 17th, 2010

rosters annual NCAA Football 11 Top 25 Predictions. **Please note these are just our predictions and not the actual EA Sports NCAA 11 Top 25 rankings.

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Boise State
4. Texas
5. Florida
6. Virginia Tech
7. TCU
8. Iowa
9. Oregon
10. Oklahoma
11. Wisconsin

12. USC
13. Nebraska
14. Pittsburgh
15. LSU
16. Cincinnati
17. Miami
18. North Carolina
19. Georgia
20. Penn State
21. Georgia Tech
22. Arkansas
23. Florida State
24. Texas A&M
25. Michigan State


Just missing the cut: West Virginia, Utah, Oregon State, Stanford, Missouri, Auburn, California, South Carolina, Clemson, BYU, Houston, Arizona

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Toughest Places to Play in NCAA Football 11

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010’s predicted Top 25 toughest places to play in NCAA 11.
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1. Ohio State – Ohio Stadium
2. Florida – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
3. LSU – Tiger Stadium
4. Alabama – Bryant-Denny Stadium
5. Penn State – Beaver Stadium
6. Oklahoma – Memorial Stadium
7. Tennessee – Neyland Stadium
8. Oregon – Autzen Stadium
9. Nebraska – Memorial Stadium
10. Iowa – Kinnick Stadium


11. Virginia Tech – Lane Stadium
12. Auburn – Jordan-Hare Stadium
13. Georgia – Sanford Stadium
14. Wisconsin – Camp Randall Stadium
15. Texas A&M – Kyle Field
16. Texas Tech – Jones AT&T Stadium
17. Texas – Texas Memorial Stadium
18. Boise St. – Bronco Stadium
19. Florida State – Doak S. Campbell Stadium
20. Clemson – Clemson Memorial Stadium
21. West Virginia – Mountaineer Field
22. USC – Los Angeles Coliseum
23. Michigan – Michigan Stadium
24. Arkansas – Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
25. Notre Dame – Notre Dame Stadium

Just missing the NCAA 10 toughest places to play top 25 list: Oregon State, NC State, Michigan St., California, South Carolina, Utah, BYU