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I pray to the old gods and the new that NCAA Football comes back

With the NCAA reconsidering its restrictions on student-athletes using their own name and likeness, fans of the old NCAA Football video game series are beginning to dream dreams of a comeback.

It has been 2,137 days since EA Sports last released a new edition of the game, back in July of 2013. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was the cover athlete back then and your University of Kentucky Wildcats were the 48th-best team on the game with an 84 overall rating.

NCAA Football 14 is still played today with updated rosters that are available for download, but it is way past time for an update. Even Kirk Herbstreit is pushing for NCAA Football 20; he tweeted, “So [Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith] if all goes well is there a chance we get our NCAA Football video game back?!? Just asking for a few 100k friends that have missed the game desperately for 5 years—including former and current players. Haha!! Be a hero!”

In a new story on ESPN.com, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said a new NCAA Football  is not inconceivable, “but we’d have to look at it in light of modern circumstances and in light of what this task force recommends.”

A spokesperson from EA Sports had no comment, but it seems like the game may have life again with this new NCAA working group revisiting the issue that killed it.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for I pray to the old gods and the new that NCAA Football comes back



  1. RackEmWillie
    2:29 pm May 16, 2019 Permalink

    As someone who is still playing and will update the rosters every year, this would easily be the best video game news I know of. Since it’s been released, it has developed almost a cult like following in the last few years. And used copies of the game retail for close to the price they were when they were new.

    If this game comes back, I can die happy.



  2. theSpectre_
    3:07 pm May 16, 2019 Permalink

    The College Hoops (2K) Series needs to come back! It was ahead of its time 11 years ago. I’d love to see what they’d come up with now.



  3. foamfinger
    4:05 pm May 16, 2019 Permalink

    It’s not just the B1G. I believe the SEC and other major conferences were wanting major licensing fees for their logos and whatnot.



  4. CoachKcursesAlot
    5:08 pm May 16, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t understand why they can’t just make a generic roster where you build the players yourself and have access to making the player whatever size, position , number etc just like when you create a player.

    The game should not come with pre- loaded rosters it would be up to the player to fill in that info.

    I grew up on that game and my son loves College football and he does not get too play.



    • RackEmWillie
      9:00 am May 17, 2019 Permalink

      There are still issues with all of the licensing for schools, conferences, and all of the other groups who are heavily invested in college football.

      It’s not going to be an easy road to get it back. Sadly.