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NCAA Football 14 ratings revealed

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3, is underway in Los Angeles. It is arguably the biggest video game related conference in the world. All the big shots show up to reveal new games, new hardware, and demo never-before-seen technology. Why does this matter to you? Because the newest installment of EA Sports NCAA Football 14 is being showcased on the floor, and those inside the Los Angeles Convention Center revealed the team ratings for all 126 teams.

Depending on your outlook for the coming season, Kentucky’s ratings might surprise you. Take a look at a breakdown of the entire Southeastern Conference.

 

SEC TEAMS RATINGS ACCORDING TO EA SPORTS

TEAM OVERALL OFFENSE DEFENSE
Alabama 99 99 99
LSU 93 93 92
Georgia 91 95 88
Texas A&M 91 95 88
Florida 90 90 92
Ole Miss 90 91 88
South Carolina 90 88 90
Arkansas 88 88 87
Auburn 88 88 90
Mississippi State 88 90 85
Missouri 88 90 87
Tennessee 86 84 88
Kentucky 84 84 83
Vanderbilt 83 84 82

 

The Cats are second-to-last in the conference. But an 84-overall rating doesn’t seem too bad, does it? It’s on par with other teams ranking in the bottom handful of their conference as well.

Looking at how EA Sports ranks the teams appearing in Kentucky’s schedule, it falls in line with what we expected; an absolute gauntlet through mid-September into mid-October, playing Louisville, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama, with the season corner stoned by two of the easier games on the schedule in Western Kentucky and Tennessee.

 

KENTUCKY 2013 SCHEDULE

TEAM OVERALL OFFENSE DEFENSE
vs. Western Kentucky 75 72 78
vs. Miami (OH) 72 74 71
vs. Louisville 90 93 88
vs. Florida 90 90 92
at South Carolina 90 88 90
vs. Alabama 99 99 99
at Mississippi State 88 90 85
vs. Alabama State
vs. Missouri 88 90 87
at Vanderbilt 83 84 82
at Georgia 91 95 88
vs. Tennessee 86 84 88

 

Beginning the season with a win — or better yet two wins — is important for any team in any conference. But the importance for Kentucky cannot be overstated enough. Two of the weakest teams, at least according to Electronic Arts, come back-to-back to start the year. It’s these games that inevitably doomed Joker Phillips. If you can’t win the gimmies, you can’t win anything.

Knocking off Bobby Petrino and the Hilltoppers in Nashville will be a huge morale boost for a team that went months without a victory last season. Come back and beat the second-worst team on the schedule (including unranked FCS-division Alabama State) the following week, and you can hype up the Louisville game to no end.

Because you were wondering, three of the top five rated players in the game are in the SEC: No. 1 Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina), No. 2 Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M), and No. 4 A.J. McCarron (QB, Alabama).

Also checking in the top-rated players is No. 8 Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville), and No. 10 Aaron Murray (QB, Georgia).

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

14 Comments for NCAA Football 14 ratings revealed



  1. EA BS
    2:07 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Did EA people see UK Vandy game last year?



  2. Jeffrey
    2:09 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    UK’s defense will be more effective then its offense, these ratings are pretty much a joke, once it boils down to the mid-lower end teams.



  3. Michael F. Jox
    2:11 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    And thanks to the ability to change these ratings yourself, UK will soon be rated around 87 or 88 on my system so that I can at least compete with the teams on heisman level 🙂



  4. Musehobo
    2:25 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    It’s crazy that we are “on par with other teams ranking in the bottom handful of their conference as well”.

    The bottom of the SEC should be at least in the middle or high sections of most of the conferences. There may be a few exceptions to that. But giving us the same rating as Houston? Really? Houston Went 5-7 last year…in Conference USA.

    I understand how bad we were last year, and that maybe they don’t think we will be much better next year. I’m ok with that. The number 84 really doesn’t sound that bad to me. But Houston?



  5. Bob the Builder
    2:30 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    This information is so useless please do some actual reporting or something



  6. HoustonFan
    2:33 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    4 – You do realize that UK prolly would have done worse than 5-7 in CUSA last year…right?



  7. Vanderbilt 40 UK 0
    2:41 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Vanderbilt shutting out a joke of a football team by 40 in front of 18,000 fans, anybody remember that?



  8. Rockfield, KY
    2:42 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure this game rates this year’s team and not last year. That is the only explanation for Vandy being rated lower than us. They lost a lot of talent.



  9. TDog
    3:17 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    8. You are right. The game is representing this upcoming season, not last years.



  10. andy
    3:30 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Joker was complacent as was his crew. This is what happens when you do coach in waiting and hire assitants that don’t recruit as good too, that too with the same budget. Thank Goodness no more of that.



  11. RICK
    4:17 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Remember guys, 4 wins this year will be about it, so don’t get down when the losses come. Maybe they will be more respectful losses.



  12. Brent musberger
    4:24 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Did AJ McCarron’s girlfriend make the list?



  13. MRob
    4:27 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    We are not going to lose our first two games. Not going to happen.



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