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NCAA Football 06 FAQ
Author: MetsRule
Contact: MetsRule5@gmail.com
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- Table of Contents -

I. Introduction
II. Basic Controls
        A. Offensive Controls
        B. Defense Controls
        C. Kicking Controls
III. Race for the Heisman Mode
IV. Dynasty Mode
V. Online Play
VI. Mini Games
VII. Team Outlooks
        A. ACC
        B. Big 12
        C. Big East
        D. Big Ten
        E. Conference USA
        F. Independents
        G. MAC
        H. Mountain West
        I. Pac-10
        J. SEC
        K. Sun Belt
        L. WAC
VIII. Copyright Information

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I. - Introduction

Hello, and welcome to my guide for NCAA Football 06.  This guide is 
designed to help people that are struggling in NCAA Football 06, so if 
you've came to the right place if you need help.  To easily navigate 
this guide you can use CTRL + F to search a certain term.  Here you'll 
find all of the strategies you need to conquer this game, so now it's 
time to get things started!

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II. - Basic Controls

A. Offensive Controls

-- While you're at the line of scrimmage --

Snap the ball - X Button
Fake snap - O Button
Send a man in motion - D Button (Up, down, left, right)
Quiet the crowd - L2 Button

-- Running the ball --

Stiff arm - L1 Button (left hand), R1 Button (right hand)
Juke - Right analog stick
Cover up the ball - Right analog stick up

-- Passing the ball --

Pass to receiver - Square button, triangle button, circle button, L1 
button, R1 button
Bullet pass - Hold corresponding receiver button
Lob pass - Tap corresponding receiver button
Pump fake - R2 Button

-- Running the QB option --

Pitching the ball - R2 button
Fake the pitch - L2 button
Hand off to fullback (only on triple option) - X button
QB Dive - Square button

B. Defensive Controls

-- Before the snap --

Change player - O button, X Button
Pump up the crowd - L2 button

You can only pump up the crowd when you're the home team.  The effect 
of pumping up the crowd will vary on the amount of fans in your stadium 
and the success of your team.  If you are playing NCAA Football 06 with 
a friend, it will make the opponent's controller vibrate.

-- During a play --

Switch to closest player - O button
Swat ball - L1 button
Strip ball - R2 button
Big hit - Right analog stick
Strafe (defensive line) - R1 button
Swim/spin (defensive line) - Move right analog stick left or right
Bull rush - Move right analog stick down

C. Kicking Controls

-- Kick offs/punts/PATS --

Aim the kick - Left analog stick
Start the kick meter - X Button
Stop kick meter while upswing for power zone - X Button
Stop kick meter while downswing for accuracy zone - X Button

-- Kick return --

Fair catch - Triangle button
Kneel in endzone - STAY in endzone

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III. Race for the Heisman Mode

Race for the Heisman mode allows you to create a high school recruit 
and guide him throughout his college career.  This mode is very fun for 
those that enjoy building up young players.

When you first start out you will need to choose your position, which 
will then decide what drill you're in and the position your Heisman 
hopeful will play.  You can choose to be a Pocket QB, Scrambling QB, 
Running Back, Wide Receiver, Defensive Lineman, Linebacker, or 
Defensive Back.  Your player's attributes will be determined by this 
drill, so you may want to make sure you perfect this before you accept 
your player and move into the season.

After you finish the drill, you will be offered a scholarship from 
three teams.  Those three teams are the teams that you will most likely 
succeed with, but you can choose another team if you wish.  You can 
choose another team by selecting the "walk on" option.  Then you will 
be prompted with a list of all of the colleges in the game and you can 
choose from there.

After you choose your college you will be brought to a screen where you 
can customize the looks of your player.  You can choose his height, 
weight, jersey number and much more.  The equipment will not affect 
your stats, but many people believe that if you make a Running Back 
extremely small he will be a speed back.  You will then be shown your 
player's attributes and overall.   Your overall will be determined 
depending on your performance during training camp. Your player's 
overall rating will likely range from the low sixties to the mid-
eighties.

Next you will be brought to your dorm room.  The dorm room is the place 
where you will be able to access everything in Race for the Heisman 
mode.  Your dorm room will change as your player gets better, though.

One of the most important things you will use in your dorm room is your 
computer.  You can access stats around the league for every team.  
Another thing you can look at is the most recent polls and the 
standings for every conference.  As the season progresses you will see 
a new section added here that will give you the latest predictions on 
the bowl games.  If your player is doing good enough, you may see him 
featured on the Heisman watch list.  The Heisman watch list lists the 
top five candidates for the Heisman award.

In your dorm room you will be able to access your team's playbook.  You 
will be able to get accustomed to using your player.  This is basically 
a practice mode, but it has no effect on your players' ratings.

You can also view letters from fans in Race for the Heisman mode.  Each 
week you will get a new letter, which is usually from a student 
attending the same college as you.  If your player performs well during 
the season and your team is winning you will be praised.  If your team 
is doing badly and your team is struggling you will receive mail from 
angry fans.

To view your player's stats on the season and his attributes you can go 
into your player's closet.  You can take a look at his stats for the 
current season or even his entire college career.  While in the closet 
you can also see a history of the awards that your player has won.

Do you enjoy looking at college football magazines?  If so, you can 
take a look at your school's newsletter.  Your school's newspaper will 
tell you what's going on with the team.  There will be a new article 
for you school's newspaper every week.

If you want to take a look back at dominating past, you can go to your 
team's trophy case.  In the trophy case you will be able to see your 
own trophies, such as the coveted Heisman trophy.  You will also be 
able to see National Championship trophies and other team awards.

You will also notice a picture of a girl hanging up in your room.  Your 
player will start out with very ugly girlfriends in the beginning, but 
he will move on to much better women as he gets better.

From there on you will play your games as regular games, just as if it 
were dynasty mode.  To play games in Race for the Heisman mode you will 
need to go to the schedule, which is located in your dorm room.  The 
only difference is that your player will automatically be starting and 
you should adjust your offense or defense to accommodate him.  In Race 
for the Heisman mode you will find yourself trying to pad your stats in 
order to secure your spot as the Heisman winner.  When you win the 
Heisman your stats usually increase and you will likely be better when 
you're imported into Madden NFL 06.

After your junior season in Race for the Heisman mode, you will be 
given the chance to leave college and enter the NFL draft.  You will 
only be able to see your player drafted if you import him into Madden 
NFL 06's Superstar Mode.  

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IV. - Dynasty Mode

In Dynasty Mode you will take control of your favorite college football 
team and try to build a national powerhouse.  You will do this by 
making the right moves while recruiting.

When you first begin your Dynasty Mode season you will be given the 
option to edit your schedule.  You will be able to change your 
opponents to make a tougher schedule for yourself, but you can't edit 
teams that are in your conference.

This year NCAA Football 06 implemented a new feature that allows you to 
recruit high school players during the season.  At the beginning of the 
season you will have a set amount of scholarships you are allowed to 
hand out.  The amount of scholarships you hand out during the season 
will not affect the amount of scholarships you have during the off-
season, so it's best to use all of your team's scholarships.

During the first season you will have one hundred points to distribute 
to all of your players.  While looking for players to recruit you 
should click the circle button and see what position your team will 
need help on next year because of players graduating and players 
entering the NFL draft.  There will be a rating for every position 
based on the depth you will have and it will show you if you're going 
to be short players.  

You should always try to go after a player if it will fill a position 
need.  You should also give more points to the players you really want 
on your team.  As the season progresses, the players list of schools 
that they are considering will shrink.  Once a player's list of schools 
he's considering hits three, you will be able to offer him a chance to 
come to your school.  You should try to get the player to come to your 
school as soon as possible, though.  Signing day will come sooner then 
you think.  On the week that the player comes to your school you will 
need to offer an idea to pitch to him.  You should base your pitch 
offer off of what he has said to you throughout the season.

During Dynasty Mode you will try to climb your way up the polls.  You 
can check your rank in the polls during the preseason by going to the 
Athlon Sports magazine.  During the season you can go to the Sports 
Illustrated magazine to check your ranks in the polls.

To play games for your dynasty, you need to go to the "play week" 
option.  You will be able to play a single game, simulate the game, or 
you can even simulate the entire season.

The stat book will allow you to look at stats for all of the teams 
around the league.  You can look at career stats for all of the players 
in your dynasty.  Another thing you can do is see your teams rankings 
compared to other college teams.

If you want to change your team's game strategy, you should go to the 
"coach options" section.  You can see how you've done as a coach for 
your team so far and how secure you are with a job position.  You can 
even quit or retire from coaching here if you feel that your best days 
are behind you.

If you want to take a look at your team's roster you can go to the 
"roster/playbook" section.  You can take a look to see where your team 
is struggling and see what you need to improve.  You can also make 
changes to your playbook.

By going to the "My NCAA" page you can view your trophy room, greatest 
games played, record book, and a pennant collection.  This basically 
shows the highlights from your user profile.

During the season your players may get in trouble with the school.  
Every week you should check to see if any of your players have 
discipline infractions.  There will be a recommended amount of time 
that you should suspend the player, but you should try making it a 
little shorter then what they recommend.  The longer the suspension you 
give, the more you'll turn away players you're trying to recruit.  If 
you don't discipline the players you may lose a few scholarships for a 
few seasons.

During the off-season you will be faced with a lot of players leaving 
your school.  You will be forwarded to a screen that shows you which 
players are leaving.  You can try to convince players to stay in 
school, but most of the time you will be unsuccessful.  I would only 
recommend trying to talk a player into staying with your school if he 
has a bar filled a little more than a quarter of the way full.  After 
you finish trying to talk the players out of entering the draft, you 
will be asked if you want to export the draft class.  This means that 
you will be able to use this draft class for Franchise Mode in Madden 
NFL 06.  

It will be harder to find recruits that are interested in coming to 
your school in the off-season because there are much more players to 
choose from.  If you have one of the top programs, you will have a much 
easier time getting some of the better players.  

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V. - Online Play

To play NCAA Football 06 online you need to have an Ethernet cord and a 
network adapter (You don't need a network adapter if you have a slim 
PS2.)  I'm not going to explain how to set it up to play online because 
this can easily be found on Sony's website.

While playing online, you can use the "Play Now" option to find a quick 
game to play.  This will find a random opponent for you to play 
against.

If you want to check out your stats so far while playing NCAA Football 
06 online, you can go to the "My Stats" section.  This will give you 
your win-loss record and a great breakdown of team stats.

If you want to find an opponent to play, your best bet is to go to the 
lobby.  In the lobby you can find the perfect player to play by looking 
at opponent's profiles.  Once you find a good opponent you can offer 
them a challenge.

In the OT Drill, you will begin a game that starts out in overtime.  It 
will be up to you to overcome the pressure and come away win a win.

While playing online you can also start or join a tournament.  A 
tournament can consist of four or eight players.  The winner of the 
tournament usually unlocks an online trophy that will be added to their 
profile.

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VI. - Mini Games

This year NCAA Football 06 has given us the option to play mini games.  
Some of this years mini games are the Option Attack, The Oklahoma, Pass 
Skeleton, and Rushing Attack.  

While playing Option Attack you will try to master the option play with 
the Quarterback.  You can also play on the defensive side of the 
option.  To perfect the option you need to get your timing down 
perfectly.

The Oklahoma drill is a drill that is actually practiced by most 
college football teams around the nation.  You will only be allowed to 
use a small portion of the field that is about the length of the 
lineman and score a touchdown.  Your object is to rush the ball with 
only one blocker.  You will need to score a touchdown.  After you 
finish a run, you will be in the same exact position, except you will 
be on the defensive side of the ball now.  This is a very hard drill 
that can't be perfected with any team.  You will need a quick 
quarterback and a quick running back.  I would recommend using the 
Texas Longhorns for this drill.

The Pass Skeleton drill is all about passing the ball and learning to 
defend the pass.  I would recommend using this drill if you are having 
trouble defending the deep pass, which is very hard to master in NCAA 
Football 06.

The Rushing Attack drill is a drill where you willl have to try to rush 
the ball by juking your way to the endzone.

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VII. - Team Outlooks

A. ACC

Boston College

Boston College isn't exactly a team that will blow you away, but they 
play consistently well almost every season.  If you're looking for a 
team that can play well and doesn't have any superstar players.  Thay 
have a very tough schedule since they play in the ACC, which is a 
strong conference.  If you want to be successful with Boston College, 
you will need to make sure you keep their defense intact.  Boston 
College's defense is the reason why they're always in games.

Clemson

Clemson is a team that has the talent to win games, but never seems to 
pull it together.  Clemson will have to rely on their quarterback, 
Charlie Whitehurst, if they want to win games.  He will be their key 
player and determine what type of season Clemson will have.

Duke

Duke is basically the laughing stock of the ACC and they usually finish 
in last.  They have some decent skill at some of the key positions, but 
they have a weak offensive line.  Without a good offensive line, this 
team will crumble.

Florida State

Florida State is a very good college football team, but they are very 
overrated.  Florida State has problems at the quarterback position, 
where they don't have a clear cut starter.  The teams' success will 
rely on their running back, Leon Washington.  Washington is a very 
talented running back.  If you decide to take over the head coaching 
position at Florida State, your first move should be to find a better 
quarterback when you're recruiting.

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech is an underrated team that has a chance to surprise a lot 
of people.  They have one of the top defenses in college football, and 
some weapons on offense that may be able to give them a spark.  Running 
back, P.J. Daniels, and wide receiver Calvin Johnson will have a big 
year for Georgia Tech. 

Maryland
Maryland had a very disappointing season last year and will hope to 
turn it around this year. The offense really isn't what you'd expect 
from Maryland, but their defense should keep them in close games.  I 
would look for a lot of low scoring match-ups if you choose Maryland.  
You may want to try to improve the quarterback position through 
recruiting too.

Miami (FL)

Miami is an extremely talented team that has the chance to make it all 
the way to the National Championship.  Miami has one of the top 
defenses in the league, even though they don't really have any "stand 
out players".  The offense is lead by quarterback Kyle Wright and 
halfback Tyrone Moss.  Tyrone Moss is an excellent rusher that has a 
great combination of speed and power.

North Carolina

North Carolina had a good season last year, which surprised many.  
North Carolina probably won't finish with a winning record, but they 
might come close.  The offensive line will need to become more 
consistent if North Carolina wants to be taken as a serious threat in 
the ACC conference.

North Carolina State

North Carolina State has one of the top defenses throughout all of 
college football and that will be important if they want to be 
successful.  North Carolina will need to make less mistakes on offense, 
which is the reason why they struggled so much last season.

Virginia

The key to Virginia's offense is their offense tackle, D'Brickashaw 
Ferguson.  Ferguson is the top offensive lineman throughout college 
football, so the offense should be able to do its part.  The young wide 
receivers will need to step it up if Virginia wants to be this years 
surprise team.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a very talented team led my Marcus Vick, the younger 
brother of the Atlanta Falcon's quarterback, Michael Vick.  The defense 
is very talented, but probably won't be the same as it was last year.  
You will need to be successful with Marcus Vick if you want Virginia 
Tech to win the ACC conference.  This will be very hard, especially 
when you play an amazing team like Miami.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest will not be able to match the power that the other teams in 
the ACC have.  A realistic goal for this team would be about five or 
six wins, but that might be pushing it.  Cornerback Riley Swanson will 
need to do a good job on defense for the team to have success.


This conference will probably be won by either Miami or Virginia Tech.  
I have a good feeling about Miami's defense, so they're my favorite to 
win the ACC.

B. Big 12

Baylor

Baylor is nothing special and is a good team to use if you're looking 
for a challenge.  You will be lucky if you're able to win three or four 
game while using Baylor, and will need to rebuild almost the entire 
team through recruiting during the off-season.

Colorado

Colorado has a very inconsistent offense that will rely on a breakout 
season from Lawrence Vickers.  Colorado's defense is the worst in the 
conference, but it has potential.

Iowa State

This season will rely on the connection between quarterback Brent Meyer 
and wide receiver Todd Blythe.  Todd Blythe is one of the most talented 
players on the team, but he is coming off of an injury.   You will have 
to make sure that Brent Meyer does not go into a sophomore slump and 
get the ball to Todd Blythe when he is open.

Kansas

Kansas has a very talented defense that should be able to carry the 
team.  Kansas also has an experienced offensive line, which should help 
whoever you decide to start at quarterback.  There is quite a battle at 
the quarterback position in Kansas, so you will need to make a wise 
decision here.  

Kansas State

Kansas State's offensive line will need to be successful in order for 
you to have a good season with this team.  Jeromey Clary should be able 
to protect the quarterback.

Missouri

Missouri has a good defense that will be the key if you want to have a 
successful season with them.  Quarterback, Brad Smith, should have a 
good season for you, now that he is able to stay in the pocket and find 
the open receiver.

Nebraska

The key to Nebraska getting back on track will be their offensive line.  
The offensive line will need to be successful for Cory Ross to have a 
good season for you.  You should try cutting back and running to the 
outside with him.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma will have to rely on Adrian Peterson if they want to have 
success in NCAA Football 06.  Oklahoma may be on the decline, but 
they're still a team to watch for.  Oklahoma's secondary may need to 
pick it up a little bit, but other than that the defense should play 
well.

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State will need to execute more on offense if they want to 
finish near the top of the conference.  The defense is already good 
with their playmaker, Darrent Williams, at cornerback.

Texas

Texas is easily the team to beat in the Big 12.  Vince Young is a great 
athlete and you should dominate with him as your quarterback.  He is a 
great passer and can threaten defenses with his ability to scramble.  
Rodrique Wright will anchor your defense with his ability to put 
pressure on the quarterback.

Texas A&M

Texas A&M should finish in the top five of the Big 12.  With Reggie 
McNeal as your quarterback, you will have a great leader for your 
offense.  He has a good receiving corps and a good running back that he 
can hand the ball off to.

Texas Tech

Texas Tech is a very talented team that has great chemistry.  
Quarterback Cody Hodges will need to have a good season for you team to 
fight for a chance in the Big 12.  The defense should be able to hold 
up.

C. Big East

Cincinnati

Cincinnati will have a tough year as they play their first season in 
the Big East.  You will probably be forced to start a true freshman 
quarterback, Dustin Garza.  You will probably need to rely on your 
running game if you want to pull off a few wins.

Connecticut

Connecticut has a great backfield of running backs and fullbacks.  This 
is great because you can keep rotating them so there stamina ratings 
stay high.  I would definitely focus on smashing the ball down your 
opponent's throat if you're playing as Connecticut.

Louisville

Louisville is the favorite to win the Big East.  You will need to have 
a good season with Brian Brohm if you want to have a dominate offense, 
now that Stefan LeFors is gone.  Elvis Dumervil should be a dominate 
defensive end for you because he puts a massive amount of pressure on 
quarterbacks.

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a chance to become a team that will surprise a lot of 
people.  Tyler Palko and Greg Lee are a great combination that will 
hook up for touchdowns a lot for you.  

Rutgers

If you want to have a good season with Rutgers, you will need to get 
the ball to their running back, Brian Leonard.  Leonard has some of the 
best hands in the country and he can rush the ball very well.  He is a 
powerful running back that can wear down defenses, so you should 
establish the running game early in the game.

South Florida

South Florida has become a team for people to watch out for.  They have 
an easy schedule since they face Big East teams, but will probably earn 
a bowl bid if you're a good player.  You should also run the ball a lot 
with Andre Hall.

Syracuse

You'll have a big challenge if you choose to use Syracuse.  Damien 
Rhodes seems to be the teams' loan talent on offense, which is where 
they really struggle.  The defense is better, but it's still not that 
good.

West Virginia

West Virginia will likely be competing with their only competition in 
the Big East for the conference, Louisville.  West Virginia lost a big 
playmaker in Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, but they should be successful still.  
There defense still has a lot of talent, which is what will carry the 
team far.

D. Big Ten

Illinois

Illinois is a very disappointing team that will struggle in the Big 
Ten.  Their best players are their running backs, Pierre Thomas and 
E.B. Halsey.  Tim Brasic will need to pull a miracle for your team if 
you want to have a successful season with the Fighting Illini.  

Indiana

You will need to have a good season with Balke Powers if you want to be 
successful with Indiana.   You will probably play from behind most of 
the time, so he will need to be able to execute for you. 

Iowa

Iowa is one of the better teams in the Big Ten.  Drew Tate is an 
amazing quarterback in NCAA Football 06, and you should take advantage 
of that.  Tate can also hand off to Marques Simmons, who is a decent 
running back.

Michigan

Michigan is a great team that has an offense that can overpower many 
teams.  Chad Henne is a great quarterback that can get his team out of 
a jam.  Mike Hart is a very good running back, and probably one of the 
best in the league.  He is a workhorse that averages around five yards 
per carry.

Michigan State

Michigan State is a decent team led by their quarterback, Drew Stanton.  
Stanton has a great set of receivers to throw to, which is why he is so 
successful.   Stanton will have to stay healthy, though.  Michigan 
State doesn't have much experience with their other quarterbacks.

Minnesota

Laurence Maroney will play a huge role in the success that Minnesota 
has.  Maroney is an extremely talented running back that should rush 
for at least 1,500 yards.  Minnesota will also need to improve their 
secondary a little bit in order to compete.

Northwestern

Northwestern's defense has the potential to make a lot of big plays.  
This will be important for Northwestern to have success.  Northwestern 
has a great offensive tackle in Zach Strief and that should help both 
the passing and running game.

Ohio State

Ohio State has an extremely talented team that has talent on both 
offense and defense.  Ohio State has a good passing game, since they 
have a great wide receiver in Ted Ginn Jr. to pass too.  On defense 
they have one of the most talented linebackers in college football, 
A.J. Hawk.  

Penn State

Penn State may be the most talented team in the Big Ten.  Michael 
Robinson is a great quarterback that has both the power and accuracy to 
power the ball to his receivers.  Robinson also has the ability to 
scramble once he gets pressure and the pocket collapses.

Purdue

Purdue has a very talented defense, but I don't think that will be 
enough for this team to win with.  The teams' offense will suffer a lot 
due to the loss of their quarterback, Kyle Orton.  They still have some 
talented receivers, but that won't be enough for Brandon Kirsch.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin has an amazing defense that may be able to carry them to the 
top of this tough conference.  Linebacker, Dontez Sanders, may be 
undersized, but he is very tough and can bring down the ball carrier.  
I would watch out for Wisconsin if you have them on your schedule.

E. Conference USA

East Carolina

East Carolina really needs to improve their defense, which is the first 
step you need to take if you decide to use East Carolina.  It'll be a 
few years before East Carolina can begin contending again.

Houston

Houston will need to improve their defense if they want to be taken as 
a serious threat.  Their offense has some talent in their quarterback, 
Kevin Kolb, but he isn't enough to save this team.

Marshall

Marshall has a pretty good defense, but they really lack the talent 
that they need on offense.  Running back, Ahmad Bradshaw, will be the 
main part of the offense until Marshall can figure out their 
quarterback situation.

Memphis

The key to this Memphis team is their running back, DeAngelo Williams.  
He is one of the best in the nation, but it will be hard to establish 
the run with him if you have no passing game.  During the off-season, 
you should try to recruit a good quarterback to come to Memphis.

Rice

If you want to have a successful season with Rice, you will basically 
need to improve them in every area of the game.  They have a decent 
defense, but it's definitely not something I would brag about.  Rice's 
quarterback, Joel Armstrong, may be extremely fast, but he has very 
poor accuracy.

Southern Methodist

For Southern Methodist to have a good season, you will need to turn 
around the team's offense.  You will need to work on their 
quarterbacks, who aren't that good compared to others around the 
league.  You should try to find your tight end, Robert Kennedy.  
Kennedy is a reliable tight end that will not let you down.

Southern Miss

Southern Miss will need to improve their defense and their running 
game.  Southern Miss' defense is on the decline and their running game 
isn't as good as it could be.  

Tulane

Tulane's success will rely on quarterback Lester Ricard.  Ricard is 
big, mobile, and he has a great arm.  Jovon Jackson is also a good 
running back and he should be called on to wear down defenses.

Tulsa

Tulsa will need to improve its offense to win more games.  They have a 
good offense with their running attack featuring Uril Parrish and 
Brandon Diles.  

UAB

UAB has a very good offense that is led by their quarterback, Darnell 
Hackney.  He has young, unproven wide receivers, so he'll need to use 
all of his talent for UAB to be successful.  He is one of the better 
quarterbacks in the Conference USA. 

UCF

UCF will have a good season if their quarterbacks can step it up.  
UCF's wide receivers should do fine, which leaves no excuse for their 
quarterback to play poorly.  Their offensive line will also need to 
improve. 

UTEP

UTEP has a great receiving corps, which is why they do so well on 
offense.  Jordan Palmer has plenty of time to find the open receiver, 
thanks to his offensive line.  UTEP needs a little work on the 
defensive side of the ball, though. 

F. Independents

Army

Army's season lies on their entire offensive line.  The offensive line 
will need to do well for Carlton Jones to do good rushing the ball.  
Carlton Jones is a very good player, so he will need to make big plays 
too.

Navy

Navy will need to be able to successfully replace quarterback Aaron 
Polanco.  If Lamar Owens or Brian Hampton struggle for you, you will 
likely have a bad season.  Navy will need to execute in the passing 
game to have a good season.

Notre Dame

You should have a good season with Notre Dame if you're able to run a 
balance offense that equally passes and rushes the ball.  Brady Quinn 
is a great quarterback that can find the open receiver, and he also has 
great leadership.  Darius Walker, who is a sophomore, will have to step 
it up in the running game to improve the teams' offense.

Temple

Not much looks good for Temple this year as they lost their two best 
players to the NFL draft last season.  They will struggle on both on 
offense and defense, and this team will need a complete overhaul.  The 
one good player that they have is their defensive end, Mike Mendenhall.  

G. MAC

Akron

Akron's success will lie on their offensive line and the way their 
offense executes.  Now that Charlie Frye has left and is in the NFL 
now, the team will be left with an inexperienced quarterback as the 
starter.  Domenik Hixon should help your choice of quarterback because 
he is a very athletic wide receiver that has the ability to improve his 
team.

Ball State

Ball State isn't as bad as many people think.  Their team isn't great, 
but quarterback Joey Lynch should be able to command the offense well.  
The defense will need to step up, though.  The front seven will need to 
apply more pressure on the quarterback if Ball State wants to be 
successful.

Bowling Green

Omar Jacobs is obviously the key to Bowling Green's team.  Jacobs is an 
outstanding quarterback that can sit in the pocket and find the open 
receiver.  Jacobs can also run the ball well, even though he is a 
pretty large quarterback.  Bowling Green's pass defense will also need 
to improve.

Buffalo

Buffalo may have a pretty weak team, but they will be able to stay 
close in most of their games.  They have a weak schedule, and may be 
able to surprise people with a few wins.  Gamara Williams is Buffalo's 
top player and he should be able to make a big difference in the team's 
pass defense.

Central Michigan

Central Michigan's pass defense will need to take a stride forward for 
the team to improve.  Their top pass rusher, Daniel Bazuin, should be 
able to put enough pressure on the quarterback.  

Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan has a fairly good defense, but there is a big question 
mark on offense for this team.  Eastern Michigan has a great secondary 
that shouldn't allow many big plays.  On offense Matt Bohnet will need 
to make some big plays for Eastern Michigan.

Kent State

Kent State's defense will carry them far, and maybe even to a bowl game 
if you're lucky.  If you want to make that bowl game, your running game 
will need to be successful.  Luke Tillman and Jon Drager should be able 
to wear down the opposing defense.

Miami (OH)

Miami University should be able to make a bowl game, since they're in a 
very weak conference.  Josh Betts should be able to lead this team very 
far.  He has a good receiving corps and an offensive line that will be 
able to overpower many defenses.

Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois will need play better on defense if they want to be 
seen as a major threat.  They have talent on offense with their 
dominate receiving corps, but they may not have a good enough 
quarterback to feed them the ball.

Ohio

Ohio will need to improve their play in the battle of the trenches on 
the offensive line.  Last season Ohio struggled on the offensive line, 
which is why they lost games.  If the offensive line is able to 
execute, Ohio will be able to get the running game going.

Toledo

Toledo has a very powerful offense that will overpower many defenses.  
Bruce Gradkowski is a great quarterback that has great touch on his 
passes.  He is one of the most accurate passers in all of college 
football right now.

Western Michigan

Western Michigan is led by their wide receiver, Greg Jennings.  
Jennings is an outstanding athlete that can also return kicks.  You 
should try to build your team around him.  

H. Mountain West

Air Force

Air Force will be led by their quarterback, Shaun Carney.  Carney had a 
good season last year during his freshman year and will improve as his 
career progresses.  He is a good passer and he can also run with the 
ball if he needs too.

Brigham Young

Brigham Young has a talented offense, but they may not have enough 
talent of the defensive side of the ball to be successful.  The defense 
will need to become more aggressive and force more turnovers.

Colorado State

Colorado State's defense will need to step it up while defending the 
run.  They can stop the pass well, but they struggle while stopping the 
running game.  The offensive line should be able to help Colorado 
State's offense improve.

New Mexico

New Mexico has a very good running game with DonTrell Moore and Rodney 
Ferguson.  The offensive line does a very good job at opening up holes 
for the back to run through, which is something you should exploit.  
Their passing game is very weak, which is the biggest problem you will 
face if you use New Mexico.

San Diego State

San Diego State's linebacking corps will need to improve for San Diego 
State to have a successful season.  If their linebacking corps improves 
they will be able to stop the run, which is something they've struggled 
with before.

TCU

Tye Gunn will play an important role in the success of TCU.  His 
offensive line will need to play well, though.  If the blocking doesn't 
hold up it may be a long season for TCU.  However, if the offensive 
line does well, TCU will make a bowl appearance.

UNLV

UNLV probably won't have a good year without their old quarterback, but 
there two junior quarterbacks will obviously need to step up.  Your 
wide receivers will also need to step up so the team has a go-to 
receiver.

Utah

Without Alex Smith, Utah will struggle.  Brian Smith will be a great 
quarterback, but he doesn't have the weapons that Alex Smith had while 
he was at Utah.  The offense will need to step up now that Smith is 
gone.

Wyoming

Wyoming probably won't do that well in the Mountain West.  The team's 
pass protection is really lagging, which will eventually get their 
quarterback injured.  

I. Pac-10

Arizona

Arizona has one of the leagues worst offenses, which is why they 
struggle to win games.  Mike Bell and Richard Kovalcheck will need to 
improve from their previous seasons in order to get the offense moving.  
While recruiting you should look for a quarterback that can lead your 
team during his four years at Arizona.

Arizona State

Arizona State has a very explosive offense featuring two All-American 
caliber players in Derek Hagan and Zach Miller.  Quarterback Sam Keller 
should have a great year with these receivers.  Arizona State also has 
a talented defense, but they need to improve their play on the 
defensive line.

California 

California has lost a lot of their key players from last year's team, 
but they should be able to overcome this.  The offense will struggle at 
first, but once you get Jeff Tedford on a role, he will surprise you 
with his excellent play.  

Oregon

Oregon's offensive line will need to improve for Oregon to have a 
successful season.  Terrance Whitehead is a great running back, but he 
will need to have a lane to run through.  Oregon will also need to 
improve their linebacking corps, which is where they lack experience.  

Oregon State

Oregon State had a very good defense last year, but most of their best 
defensive players have left.  If the players replacing them can perform 
well, then Oregon State will be successful.  Oregon State also has a 
great wide receiver in Mike Hass.  Hass is a possible All-American 
candidate, and can make any quarterback look good.

Stanford

Stanford's offensive line will need to be successful for Stanford to 
have a good season.  The team has an experienced quarterback, Trent 
Edwards, that should be able to fire the ball to his receivers if he is 
given enough time.

UCLA

UCLA has a very talented team that will surprise many people.  They 
have an outstanding rushing attack which is led by Maurice Drew.  You 
should expect big things from him.  UCLA has a lot of problems on 
defense, though.  They have a porous rush defense that has great 
difficulty while trying to stop the run game.  Their passing defense 
isn't all that great either.  I would work on recruiting defensive 
players if I were to control UCLA.

USC

USC is obviously the most dominate team in college football.  They have 
a very dominate offense featuring Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush.  The 
offensive line plays very well, which is one of the reasons why they 
are so successful, not to take anything away from either of those 
players, though.  USC also has one of the top defenses in college 
football.  The only position they really need to improve is cornerback.

Washington

For Washington to have a season that isn't laughable, they will need to 
stop turning the ball over so much on offense.  The offensive line will 
also need to be more efficient while blocking.  Washington doesn't have 
much of a quarterback, so you should probably look for a top 
quarterback while recruiting.

Washington State

Washington State has some talent on offense, but they need a 
quarterback that can lead the team.  The front seven on the defensive 
side of the ball play amazingly well, and they will play an important 
role in Washington State's success.

J. SEC

Alabama

Alabama should have a good season this season since they have a lot of 
returning starters on both sides of the ball.  The defensive line 
should have a big year.  Alabama also has a great secondary, which is 
the reason why their defense is so successful.

Arkansas

The offense may struggle for you this season without Matt Jones, but 
that should be expected when you lose such an athletic player.  Your 
quarterback will need to step up and get the ball to Marcus Monk.  Monk 
is a big receiver that can make big plays.

Auburn

Sophomore quarterback, Brandon Cox, will need to step up for the Auburn 
offense.  After losing Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and Ronnie Brown to 
the NFL Draft, the offense will definitely slip in terms of production.  
It'll be your job to find a new running back during your time 
recruiting.

Florida

The key to the Florida Gators team will be their quarterback, Chris 
Leak.  Leak should be able to connect with wide receiver Chad Jackson, 
which is why they will have a powerful offense.

Georgia

Georgia will look to impress many people this year as D.J. Shockley 
takes control of the Georgia team.  Shockley has tremendous speed, even 
though he is a large quarterback.  Georgia doesn't exactly have a 
number one wide receiver, so one of the receivers will need to step it 
up. 

Kentucky

Kentucky's offense will definitely need to improve if they want to 
contend in the SEC.  Kentucky needs more depth on offense all-around, 
which is why you should concentrate on improving the offense during 
recruiting. 

LSU

LSU's offense is loaded with talent and you will need to dominate on 
the offensive side of the ball to win games.  They have on of the most 
talented receiving corps in college football, which will help your 
starting quarterback.

Mississippi

Mississippi's offense will definitely need to improve for the team to 
get back into shape.  The Rebels have trouble at the quarterback 
position, and they can definitely use their amazing quarterback Eli 
Manning, who used to play for Ole Miss.

Mississippi State

Mississippi State has a decent team, but they definitely need to 
improve their passing game.  Omarr Conner doesn't look that good in the 
pocket and he will need to be replaced.  I would definitely look for a 
top quarterback while recruiting.

South Carolina

South Carolina has a good team, but they won't play well, since they 
have a tough schedule.  They also have a bit of a situation at the 
quarterback position, which may cause them to struggle early in the 
season.

Tennessee

Tennessee has a great team that has big expectations when you first 
start dynasty mode.  They have a tough schedule, so it will be hard to 
meet these expectations.  Tennessee has one of the best defenses in 
college football, so I would expect them to play a lot of low scoring 
games.  You may want to tone your skills on offense before you start 
playing with Tennessee. 

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt has never been a successful program, so I wouldn't expect a 
quick change.  Vanderbilt will need to improve their running game to 
get some more respect in the SEC.

K. Sun Belt

Arkansas State

Arkansas State has a chance at winning the Sun Belt conference.  They 
have one of the most explosive offenses in the Sun Belt division, which 
will be the way they win games.  Arkansas State has a very inconsistent 
defense that will need to be improved on during recruiting.  You can 
definitely use a JUCO player for some experience. 

Florida Atlantic

Florida Atlantic will have a very tough time trying to pull off a 
winning season.  They have a very small offensive line that will be 
overpowered by many teams.  I would definitely work on improving the 
offensive line through recruiting.

Florida International

Florida International can expect an improvement on the offensive side 
of the ball this year, since they have quite a few veterans returning 
to the starting lineup.  There defense will struggle badly, though.  
Florida International has a very weak pass defense, and this is why 
they will lose so many games.

Louisiana-Lafayette

Jerry Babb is a great quarterback, and quite possibly the best 
quarterback in the Sun Belt conference.  He is also a threat to 
scramble, which makes it hard for defenses to create a gameplan against 
the Louisiana-Lafayette offense.

Louisiana-Monroe

Louisiana-Monroe has problems on the defensive side of the ball.  They 
give up a lot of yardage and they're usually burned on deep plays, 
which is why you should try to recruit cornerbacks with a very good 
forty time.

Middle Tennessee State

Middle Tennessee State has a very good team, but don't receive much 
credit since they never execute.  They have a very good front seven on 
defense, which is why they're so successful while stopping the run 
game.

North Texas

North Texas has a very good running game that features Patrick Cobbs 
and Jamario Thomas.  They are one of the most feared running back 
combinations throughout college football, and you should use that to 
your advantage.  You should also call a lot of play action plays 
because this will usually catch the opposing teams' defense off guard.

Troy

Troy has a very good defense, which is the key to their success.  
Linebacker, Bernard Davis, is a very strong player that does his best 
to make the stop.  He can single-handedly shut down the run game.

L. WAC

Boise State

Boise State has an extremely strong offense with an experienced 
offensive line.  Jared Zabransky should play well for you know that he 
is more experienced and has a better group of receivers to pass to.  
Boise State should win the WAC conference.

Fresno State

Fresno State has a very successful running game that should be even 
better this year.  Fresno State's offensive line is more experienced, 
and can open up holes for Bryson Sumlin and Wendell Mathis.  Fresno 
State should continue its success defending the pass, but expect them 
to struggle while defending the run.

Hawaii

Hawaii will be a very different team compared to last season after 
losing Timmy Chang and their two best running backs.  On the defensive 
side of the ball, Hawaii will need to improve on stopping the run game, 
which something they have struggled doing in the past.

Idaho

Idaho has a very weak defense that will need a lot of help from 
recruiting.  They have problems stopping both the passing game and the 
run game.  Idaho needs some work on their secondary, which should help 
some of the problems mentioned above.

Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech does a good job at putting pressure on the quarterback, 
but the secondary still seems to have trouble shutting down the 
receivers.  I would work on recruiting a top cornerback to try to 
improve Louisiana Tech's pass defense.

Nevada

Nevada has a good offense that features a great wide receiving corps.  
Jeff Rowe does a great job getting the ball to his receivers.  The only 
problem Nevada may have is on the offensive line, which is where they 
have quite a few inexperienced players.

New Mexico State

New Mexico State has a very tough time trying to stop the run while 
their on defense.  This is because they don't get much of a pass rush 
at the line of scrimmage.  You should work on New Mexico State's 
outside linebackers if you choose to play as them in dynasty mode.

San Jose State

San Jose State has a very powerful offensive line and a pair of quick, 
speedy running backs.  These running backs may not have much power, but 
they will be able to get through the massive holes created by the 
offensive line and turn them into big gains.

Utah State

Utah State's offense is basically non-existent.  They have one of the 
worst running games throughout college football, which isn't exactly 
something you want.  Utah State's passing game is also pretty bad, but 
it's better then the run game.  During recruiting I would make a major 
push for one of the top running backs.

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