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'NCAA Football 13': What Makes A Heisman Winner?

It's Heisman Trophy snubs week among SB Nation's college sites, thanks to NCAA Football 13. Here's a look at who could've won the award if its criteria had been defined in certain ways over the past decade.

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The 'NCAA Football 13' Heisman Mode: What About The Rest Of Us?

You can play with former Heisman greats in NCAA Football 13, but what to do if your school doesn't have a FBS team? Solutions within.

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The Worst 'NCAA Football 13' Simulated Season Ever

It's time for the annual easiest, most phone-it-in article of the year: the one where we simulate a season of NCAA Football and just write down exactly what happens. Unfortunately, things got weird.

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NCAA Football 13 Reviews: New Passing Game Widely Praised

Oh, hey you guys, there's a new college football game out now. EA Sports' NCAA Football 13 has hit the streets, which means it's time to take a look at whether you should go get it or not. You probably already have, and there's little that's going to happen here that will change that. Maybe you'll go get it like a week earlier than you would've otherwise. Does anybody read sports video game reviews?

My review so far: it seems better. Passing works more like actual passing. Movements look more natural. The super linebacker is either dead or in hiding. Defensive backs no longer Willie Mays themselves some interceptions, yet deep passing is more challenging. There are also other new tricks, like an improved option game and the ability to cancel play action mid-dropback. These are all good things, and they're also the extent of my concerns.

Oh, the live scores ticker is neat. There are probably new mascots and lines of commentary and so forth. There sure probably are. And there's that Heisman mode, which is probably fine.

Joystiq sums up its review with the following: "NCAA Football 13 is just that, a 'Matt Leinart' of sports games; there's much to celebrate and much to despise." A curious line, as Leinart won a Heisman and a national title. He's had a disappointing pro career, but this is a college game, brah.

IGN laments the end of the 20-yard dropback, which sounds great to me. Game Trailers talks up the new passing game, while curiously noting, "college football hasn't yet fallen prey to the 24-hour news cycle like the NFL has." I dunno about that one.

And I'm with Game Informer here:

NCAA games are always different from year to year, but this year's additions are noticeable improvements. NCAA 13 doesn't take the kind of giant leap forward that will be noticed by the masses, but it's an installment that will be built upon and which we will look back at as a key moment in the franchise's larger history.

Of course, the only review you really need is to take a look at Spencer Hall's and Dan Rubenstein's beaming faces as they try it all out:

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Re-Ranking All 124 College Football Teams In 'NCAA Football 13'

What if we used some advanced stats to come up with ideal team ratings for NCAA Football 13? Let's do just that!

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South Alabama To Get Major Treatment In Next EA Sports College Football Game

EA Sports messed up by not including new FBS team South Alabama in NCAA Football 13. The Jaguars didn't appear in videos taken from demo versions of the game, but this year's three other new teams did. The company chalked up the omission as being due to a miscommunication, but is going out of its way to make sure the school's appearance in next year's game is something special.

Via USA site Thunderjags:

EA Sports officials have contacted the University officials and administrators and has informed them that the Jaguars are going to be part of NCAA Football 14 with a list of extras.

  1. EA Sports will video the team and cheerleaders running out onto the field and will try to replicate the run out as make it as realistic as possible.
  2. EA Sports will record the crowd at a South Alabama game this year and use that to replicate the stadium sound effects and crowd chants.
  3. EA Sports will work closely with the South Alabama athletic department in developing the South Alabama team introductions that ESPN announcers Brad Nessler, Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit will voice at the start of each Jaguar game.
  4. EA Sports will be adding South Paw into the game and have him on the sidelines during the game. He will also be part of the "Mascot Mash-Up" game mode included in the game.
  5. EA Sports wants to meet with the Jaguar Football coaches to replicate the playbook and make it as realistic as possible to match what the team uses during the 2014 season.
  • EA Sports is already looking into licensing the rights to use Ladd-Peebles Stadium so they can perform a "Stadium Scan" and get the most authentic stadium for South Alabama's home.
  • That's not stuff EA Sports has the time and resources to do for every team in the country, let alone brand new ones. So, basically, South Alabama will get treated like it's Alabama. And that stuff will stick around for more than just one year's edition, too.

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    No South Alabama In NCAA Football 13 Due To Lack Of 'Confirmation'

    South Alabama is among the four teams making the leap to FBS football this year, along with UMass, Texas State and UT-San Antonio. The other three are included in NCAA Football 13, but not the Jaguars. Why not?

    "South Alabama was a provisional member of FBS last year and did not play a full FBS schedule," EA Sports communication manager Julie Foster told SB Nation. "We did not receive confirmation that they were changing to a full FBS schedule this year until it was too late for inclusion in NCAA Football 13. South Alabama will be included in NCAA Football 14."

    Requests for further clarification were not responded to.

    Specifically, I'm curious about how the process works, considering USA announced in 2011 that it would go through a provisional FBS schedule in 2012 and join as a full-time Sun Belt member in 2013, though it would still very much be an official FBS program this year. If someone at USA failed to make the program's plans very clear to EA Sports, you'd have to think that mixup feels like a major missed marketing opportunity for a school that's looking to put itself on the national map.

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    'NCAA 13' Rankings: Top 25 Better Than Team Ratings

    There's a fine line between rankings and ratings, and "NCAA Football 13" does better at the former. While many of the team ratings -- which show how well the teams will perform in the game -- are confusing, the top 25 rankings are more reasonable. The game's top-25 still won't line up with real-life polls, which are almost certain to have either LSU or USC at No. 1 (as BlogPoll's done already).

    Notre Dame and Texas, which have really, really high ratings in the game, show up in the 20s in the actual rankings. This could mean that a lot of simulated seasons will see the two shoot up the ranks. In general, though, this offers a better stab at the nation's best teams than the ratings list does.

    Via Pasta Padre:

    1. Alabama
    2. USC
    3. LSU
    4. Oregon
    5. Oklahoma
    6. Georgia
    7. Arkansas
    8. Florida State
    9. Michigan
    10. West Virginia
    11. South Carolina
    12. Michigan State
    13. Kansas State
    14. Clemson
    15. Virginia Tech
    16. Wisconsin
    17. TCU
    18. Ohio State
    19. Nebraska
    20. Stanford
    21. Boise State
    22. Texas
    23. Oklahoma State
    24. Notre Dame
    25. Florida

    While we’re here, let’s watch some college football videos from SB Nation’s new YouTube channel together:

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