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    by Published on 10-07-2010 03:00 PM
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    Continuing a recent tradition of asking the community for early team related feedback, the NCAA Football 12 development team is looking for cheer squad chants.

    At Operation Sports, designer Adam Thompson posted the following yesterday:

    Hey guys, we are going to be recording new cheerleader audio for NCAA 12 and want to throw in some team specific chants. These are not necessarily what the crowd chants, but the cheer squad. Please post if you know any that your favorite team does. A link to video/audio of it would excellent if it is out there. Thanks!

    After posting your team specific info at OS, share it with your fellow community members here as well. ...
    by Published on 10-07-2010 06:52 AM
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    In the latest edition of The Gaming Tailgate's Game of the Week, we head up to Ann Arbor where the Wolverines and Spartans each enter the game at 5-0. The winner will get huge bragging rights within the state and also stay tied atop the Big Ten Standings.

    Michigan is led by sensational QB Denard Robinson who leads the country in rushing (181 YPG), is second in total offense, and is fourth in passing efficiency. His explosive skills have him among the early Heisman Trophy hopefuls according to StiffArmTrophy.com and he has led UM to a 3-0 record in games decided by seven points or less. The Achilles' heel for the Wolverines is clearly their defense as they rank 102nd in total defense nationally.

    The Spartans have rolled to an impressive 5-0 start, highlighted by their stunning overtime victory against Notre Dame and a win over Wisconsin. Not to be outdone by Robinson, MSU QB Kirk Cousins ranks 13th nationally in passing efficiency. The defense has been solid, led by superb linebackers Greg Jones and Eric Gordon.

    Can Robinson lead the Wolverines past the tough Spartans defense? Will Michigan State get the win as head coach Mark Dantonio rejoins the team after health concerns? Click Read More for the video preview of Michigan State vs. Michigan. ...
    by Published on 09-30-2010 07:35 AM
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    Our latest Game of the Week finds us in Eugene for a battle between Top Ten teams - Stanford vs. Oregon.

    Stanford is led by Andrew Luck, considered by many (outside of Bristol, CT) to be the top QB prospect in the country. The Cardinal have rolled through the season with impressive wins versus UCLA, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame. Balance has been the key for Jim Harbaugh's team as they average 223 yards per game on the ground and 234 yards through the air.

    The Ducks enter this match-up as one of the top offenses in the country. With their dangerous spread attack, Oregon ranks 3rd nationally in rushing (321 YPG), 3rd in total offense (560 YPG), and first in scoring offense (58 PPG). They have been aided by an opportunistic defense that leads the nation in turnover margin and a pass efficiency defense that ranks second nationally. The defense has been aided by three big wins, but in their last game versus Arizona State, ASU racked up 597 yards of total offense only to be undone by four interceptions.

    Who will win this Top Ten showdown? Will the winner go on to win the Pac-10 and contend for the National Championship? Will there even be a punt in this game?

    Click Read More to see the video preview for Stanford vs. Oregon. ...
    by Published on 09-29-2010 10:00 AM
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    Each year, NCAA Football playbook designer Anthony White strives to make each team's playbook accurately represent their system and play style. While we saw NCAA Football 11 add a true no-huddle system and up-tempo play, what you may not know is how detailed some team playbooks really are.

    Leading up to the release of NCAA Football each year, Anthony adds in actual plays run by teams that can only be found in their specific playbooks. In recent years two game-defining unforgettable plays came from the FBS programs in Idaho - Boise State's Statue of Liberty play to defeat Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and Idaho's 2-point conversion to win the 2009 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl over Bowling Green - and both of them can be found in NCAA Football 11.

    Thanks to playbook guru Anthony White, NCAA Football fans now have the full list of Team Specific Plays in NCAA Football 11. Are there any unique plays that your school is known for running and you would like to see in the game? Of the Team Specific Plays in the game, which ones are your favorites to use?

    Continue on to see the full list of Team Specific Plays in NCAA Football 11. ...
    by Published on 09-25-2010 11:15 AM
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    Now in its fourth year, the videogame tournament tour featuring NCAA Football 11 will make its way across the country from October through December, stopping at 41 locations, including 12 BEST BUY stores, 16 campuses, 12 college football games and one conference championship. At each stop, gamers and fans will see the newest edition of the EA SPORTS NCAA Football franchise, have a chance to play the game and take home prizes and free giveaways! Best of all – winners from the campus tournaments will win a trip to the 2011 Rose Bowl Game to compete for the national title and the grand prize of $10,000.

    The 2009 challenge drew over 1,500 competitors in official campus tournaments, over 33,000 participants in gameday events and over 638,000 people in foot traffic at live events.

    Click Read More for the full 2010 schedule. ...
    by Published on 09-23-2010 11:16 AM
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    The latest Game of the Week Preview highlights the defending National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide traveling to Fayetteville, AR to face the Arkansas Razorbacks.

    The Razorbacks relied on the hot hand of QB Ryan Mallett in a big road win at Georgia last week, while Alabama welcomed back Heisman Trophy winner RB Mark Ingram as they routed Duke. An Arkansas win may vault Mallett towards the top of the Heisman Trophy list and put the Razorbacks as the SEC front-runner. Should Alabama win this hostile road game, they may strengthen their already strong hold on the #1 spot.

    Click Read More to see the NCAA Football 11 simulation video for Alabama vs. Arkansas and then post your thoughts on who you think will win this game. ...
    by Published on 09-17-2010 12:37 PM
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    A fourth Live Tuning Pack is now available for NCAA Football 11. It is a small update that aids in season progression within Dynasty Mode.

    Click Read More to view the entire blog from NCAA Football designer Russell J. Kiniry. ...
    by Published on 09-16-2010 12:15 PM
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    This week's Game of the Week follows the College GameDay crew to Auburn, Alabama for Clemson at Auburn. Each program finds themselves in a state of rebuilding.

    Clemson's Dabo Swinney took over the reigns of the program midway through the 2008 season following the resignation of Tommy Bowden. Swinney has a 15-8 record (9-4 ACC) as Clemson head coach.

    After being one of the most heralded assistant coaches in the country, Gene Chizik spent two years as head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones. In his time at ISU, Chizik went just 5-19 and left in controversial fashion. In his first season at Auburn, Chizik and the Tigers went 10-5 with an exciting Outback Bowl victory over Northwestern.

    The weekend may not contain huge top ten showdowns, but there are many match-ups that will help clear up the Top 25 picture. Nebraska travels to Washington to face their first BCS conference foe of the season, Iowa and Arizona battle in the desert, Texas Tech looks to pull another upset against Texas in Lubbock, and Wisconsin looks for an impressive home win to prove they are worthy of the top ten.

    Click Read More to see the NCAA Football 11 simulation video for Clemson vs. Auburn. ...
    by Published on 09-10-2010 02:55 PM
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    On a weekend filled with big games - Florida State at Oklahoma, Miami at Ohio State, Michigan at Notre Dame, Oregon at Tennessee - our Game of the Week Preview highlights Penn State visiting the defending National Champions, Alabama in a battle between two of the most storied programs in college football.

    Penn State started Robert Golden at quarterback - the first true freshman to start at QB for the Nittany Lions in Joe Paterno's 45 year career - and led the team to a 44-14 win over Youngstown State. While the team trailed for much of the first half, they pulled away by scoring 41 unanswered points.

    Alabama will take the field in their first real test as defending National Champions. In their season opener, the Crimson Tide looked impressive in routing San Jose State 48-3. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner RB Mark Ingram did not play versus the Spartans as he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery and may not play versus PSU. Defensive end Marcell Dareus sat out after being ruled ineligible for two games due to accepting improper benefits from an agent. The losses did not hurt the talented and loaded Alabama roster.

    Click Read More to see the NCAA Football 11 simulation video for Penn State vs. Alabama and also preview results for the weekend's other big games. ...
    by Published on 09-07-2010 07:00 AM
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    NCAA Football 11 developers Russ Kiniry & Jordan Peterson have posted a new blog at the official NCAA Football website detailing the third title update and Live Tuning Package #3, available today.

    Click Read More to view the entire blog and full details of the upcoming title update and Live Tuning Package. ...
    by Published on 09-02-2010 07:00 AM
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    College Football is Here! Another season kicks off tonight and with it a new feature here at The Gaming Tailgate begins. Each week of the season, we will use NCAA Football 11 to preview & sim the top Game of the Week. The biggest game on the schedule to kick off the season is Boise State vs. Virginia Tech in a game to be played at FedEx Field in Washington, DC on Monday night.

    The Broncos enter the game with a 14-game win streak and have prevailed in 26 of their last 27 games. A win versus the Hokies in what is sure to be a hostile environment and virtual home game for VT would put Boise State in position to contend for the National Championship. A loss all but ends those hopes.

    The Hokies enter the 2010 season on a five-game win streak after three losses in 2009 by a combined 18 points. Despite being a top ten team, they are not on many expert's short lists to contend for the National Championship and a win here would change that quickly. To say this is a huge game for both teams would be an understatement.

    The two teams will be wearing newly unveiled Nike Pro Combat uniforms. See them in advance here: Boise State - Virginia Tech

    Click Read More to see the NCAA Football 11 simulation for Boise State vs. Virginia Tech. ...
    by Published on 09-01-2010 12:20 PM
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    Yesterday, we looked at Team Pitches when Recruiting in NCAA Football 11's Dynasty Mode. Today, designer Ben Haumiller shares with us his commentary on how the default Team Pitch ratings are determined.

    Every year we take a look at the ratings from the previous year and look to see what makes sense to change for this year. Most of these are 100% perception, but a few of them have a pretty easy way to determine the ratings. When determining the ratings, a most of the time the decision comes down to how we feel a school would treat that pitch when recruiting for/against a particular school. For example, Florida’s Program Stability rating took a big hit this year. That was partly because of the number of assistant coaches that left the program this off-season, but also in a large part because of Meyer’s mini-Christmas breakdown. There’s not a coach in the country that won’t attack that angle until he proves it was a fluke moment. Conversely, when Coach McMackin is sitting in a kid’s living room trying to convince him to come to Hawaii you better believe he’s talking up the concept of living in Hawaii for 4 years as a great reason to become a Warrior.

    Click Read More to see how each category rating is determined. ...
    by Published on 08-31-2010 02:23 PM
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    The average NCAA Football gamer spends several - if not many - seasons recruiting in Dynasty Mode as they work to build up their program to a championship level or strive to keep an already powerful program at the top.

    In recruiting, one of the keys to success is matching your top Team Pitches to the categories of importance for each recruit. However, what causes these Team Pitches to go up and down each season in Dynasty Mode? NCAA Football designer Ben Haumiller has been kind enough to share with the community the exact factors that can help you increase your Team Pitches during the course of your Dynasty.

    After reading the list, share your thoughts with the community. Tomorrow we will feature the logic the team uses when deciding the Team Pitches out of the box. Click Read More to see Ben's info. ...
    by Published on 08-25-2010 03:59 PM
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    NCAA Football designer Russ Kiniry has posted a new blog discussing changes to online ranked games, issues accessing online dynasties, and an upcoming patch.

    From Russ:
    NCAA Football 11 fans have provided a ton of feedback this year, and since the release, we've been working hard here at Tiburon to address your top concerns. Near the top of the list of feedback we've gathered is how wins and losses are tracked in Ranked games that end in the first half.


    Our objective has always been to make our leader boards free of cheaters. It was with this objective in mind that we previously changed the system so it does not award wins or losses if someone quits before the first half is over. However, as of the server maintenance this morning, we've changed how wins and losses are tracked once again. Now, wins and losses are counted regardless of when you (or your opponent) quit the game. If you jump out to an early lead and your opponent quits, you will still receive credit for the victory.
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    by Published on 08-19-2010 01:10 PM
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    In an interview with Steven Bartlett of Operation Sports, Madden NFL creative director Ian Cummings discussed the future goals of the franchise and also detailed locomotion, a feature common to the central gameplay of both Madden NFL 11 and NCAA Football 11.

    Cummings talked about locomotion in the game and how there was discussion of adding triggers and bumpers to the mix (along with the right stick), but those ideas were put on hold for a year or two to allow gamers to 'train' themselves for the moves on the right stick and no speed burst on the right trigger. He also shares some tips on the auto-speed burst - always try to run straight ahead to reach top speed quickly.

    Would you like to see the bumpers and triggers included with Locomotion? If so, what moves would you like to see them control? ...
    by Published on 08-11-2010 07:10 AM
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    The second game update for NCAA Football 11 is now available for PlayStation 3 & X-Box 360 users. Players will be prompted to download the update upon starting the game provided they are connected to PSN/XBL.

    For the full list of fixes, visit this post. Designer Russ Kiniry calls this the biggest update in the history of the NCAA Football franchise.

    After playing the game with the update, share your thoughts and other noticeable fixes with the community. When EA SPORTS details more fixes in this update, we will update this story.

    UPDATE - A new Live Tuning Package is also available and corrects the progression issue that 360 users were reporting post-update this morning. Full patch details available here. ...
    by Published on 08-07-2010 07:59 PM
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    In this edition of The Gaming Tailgate podcast, cdj and gschwendt discuss the recently released first Live Tuning Package for NCAA Football 11 and preview the upcoming second game update.


    To submit show feedback or suggest a topic for a future show, e-mail the guys at podcast@thegamingtailgate.com or post your thoughts in the comments section.

    Continue on to download or listen to the podcast on MP3. ...
    by Published on 08-05-2010 10:05 AM
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    Russ Kiniry has announced on the EA Forums that the very first live tuning package has been deployed from this blog.

    Hi NCAA Fans,

    It's Russ Kiniry here again to add some more details about our first Live Tuning Package (LTP) from Roy's "Thank You" blog on last Thursday. We continue to work hard on all the feedback we've received from the community, but I wanted to provide an update on our progress and offer some insight on the questions we've seen surrounding the LTP's. ...
    by Published on 08-02-2010 08:19 PM
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    In this video from EA SPORTS, designer Anthony White previews the Big 12. White looks at teams & play styles, big match-ups on the schedule, playbooks, and some top player ratings.

    Who is your pick to win the Big 12? What team(s) from the conference do you use most in NCAA Football 11 and why?

    Click Read More to view the Big 12 Preview video and to share your thoughts with the community. Next week's preview will focus on the SEC. ...
    by Published on 07-29-2010 03:34 PM
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    In a blog from NCAA Football Executive Producer Roy Harvey, we learn about Live Tuning, the second game update, and improvements being made to the online experience.

    Click Read More to view the entire blog and to share your thoughts with the community. ...

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