Nature is healing.
EA Sports announced their college football game will be returning. This is after their last version, NCAA Football 14, was released on July 9, 2013. The fact we’ve gone almost a full decade without a new college football game is a travesty, but at least this is going to be rectified.
For anyone who never played the earlier versions of the game, here are three things I have the fondest memories of that you missed out on.
Stat-padding like a boss
Having a girlfriend in high school is cool, but have you ever rushed for 250 yards against Southern Mississippi in the first half? Well, the version of me who was a running back at UCF sure did!
This is what we’ve been missing!
How about blitzing on every down with Kansas State’s Mark Simoneau and recording 50 sacks in a season? Just FYI, the real record is 24 so this was double that.
You can always throw 6 TDs in Madden with Mahomes, but he can also do that in real life. These games gave us the opportunity to do the undoable. To become legends. Even if it was only in our bedrooms/parents’ basement.
Bringing your friends along
Did you go to college with all your best friends from high school? Probably not.
But was the 2001 Arizona Wildcat Freshman class filled with 5-star recruits from Swampscott High School? You bet your ass we were!
And if your friends were especially cool, they loved getting the updates each morning on how our team performed and what their stats were in the games I played the previous night.
Cool is the correct word choice…right?
Discovering new and interesting places
Now, if you had more than a couple friends as part of your recruiting class, you couldn’t typically join a super-power school. These titans of the sport only had a few scholarships to offer, so you needed to go on a country-wide search to make sure your boys could join you for the ride.
Enter the North Texas Mean Green.
No, I had never heard of them either before this, but I’ll never forget them now.
And I can tell you that your Alabamas, your Florida States, even your USCs not only knew who North Texas was after we got through with them. They feared us too.
That’s what the world has lived without for the last eight years. But this national nightmare is coming to end. So I am going to get in touch with my buddies and let them know one simple thing…
It’s time to get the band back together.
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