NCAA Football 14 Dynasty 101
By EA SPORTS Jul 2, 2013
COACH EM UP
Some college football coaches make their money during the offseason in the form of five-star recruits and High School All Americans. Others specialize in the X's and O's that make all the difference on Saturdays.
In NCAA Football 14, players can customize their skill levels with the all-new Coach Skills feature. Coach Skills are 18 upgradeable, multi-level skills spread across two skill trees Game Management and Recruiting), as well as separate skill trees for offensive and defensive coordinators.
The Game Management skill tree influences player abilities, player recognition, and helps your players' poise in the game's biggest moments, while the Recruiting skill tree precedes skills like Kitchen Sink, which gives extra points to assign to prospective recruits. Upgrade the areas you want to and become the coach you’ve always dreamed of.
A head coach is only as good as his staff. In NCAA Football 14, both offensive and defensive coordinators will have their own unique, upgradeable skill trees. Each coordinator gets nine unique skills that emphasize on-field performance. Did a late fumble cost you a conference game? Focus on improving ball security to make sure your guys hold onto the rock.
For a full rundown on all of the Coach Skills, be sure to check out the Coach Skills Deep Dive blog.
DON'T REBUILD. RELOAD.
Recruiting is the lifeblood of any college football program, and the process has long been a part of the NCAA Football franchise. This year, recruiting takes a big leap forward with the new streamlined Power Recruiting system.
Power Recruiting allows coaches to assign a number of points to each targeted recruit every week. At a base level, coaches are given 5,000 points each week during the season to distribute amongst their targeted recruits. There is one pool of points for scouting, as well as recruiting and offering scholarships, so managing your points is key.
This is where the Recruiting Coach Skill comes in handy, as a maxed out skill like "Kitchen Sink" can give you more points to work with on a weekly basis.
Phone calls and in-home visits are one thing, but nothing drives the point home like a trip to campus. The NCAA Football development team spent time with West Virginia's coaching staff to learn more about official visits and how each team approaches recruiting differently.
In NCAA Football 14, the details are more important than ever. For example, you'll want to time out your visits to avoid competitive visits between similar positions. Just like in the real world, recruits will be aware of their competition while on campus.
For more on the simplified and deep recruiting in NCAA Football 14, check out the Power Recruiting Deep Dive blog.
LET'S TAKE IT TO THE STUDIO
In NCAA Football 14, big games will feel like big games. There are 126 team-specific music introductions, and more than 100 variations for some of college football's greatest rivalries. If you weren't already pumped up to face your team’s most hated rival before, then the all-new pregame music videos will definitely do the trick.
One of the highlights of the presentation improvements is the addition of former All-American and ESPN analyst David Pollack, who joins Rece Davis in the all-new halftime show. The duo, along with announcers Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit, will break down the action as it relates to your current dynasty.
The broadcast dives into conference standings, key storylines, and updates from around the college football landscape. Rece will also provide studio updates throughout the game, which will keep you in the loop on where you stand in your conference and BCS rankings. In total, more than 300 new player vignettes have been added, the most in the franchise's history. These vignettes, along with 40 new broadcast wipes will give you all the info you crave in your dynasty.
Also new to NCAA Football 14 is the addition of neutral site games like the season-opening Cowboys Kickoff Classic and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. NFL stadiums that hosted neutral site games in 2012 (Soldier Field, MetLife Stadium, and M&T Bank Stadium) have also been added.
The Dynasty mode in NCAA Football 14 is deeper than ever. Run your program your way and #PLAYTRUE.
Keep up to date and visit the NCAA Football website, Facebook, and Twitter to find exclusive assets and unique insights into all of this year’s new features. College football enthusiasts can also get involved in the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #PLAYTRUE.