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NCAA Football (series)
Basic Information
Sports, American football, Simulation

NCAA Football is an American football video game series in which you play as (and against) any current Division I FBS college team. These video games are developed by EA Sports. Because of NCAA rules, current college players are not permitted to be used as cover athletes on the video game's box art. Instead, the cover art features a player whose college eligibility ended the season before that video game's release, wearing his former college uniform. The only exception to date has been the Wii version of NCAA Football 09, which featured Sparty, the mascot of Michigan State University, on the cover.

NCAA Yearly releases[]

Previous College Football releases[]

Player names[]

Players' real names and exact likenesses are not used in the game. While the Madden NFL series uses real player names and likenesses, those players are compensated for the use of their image. In order to use NCAA players' names, they would have to provide the players with compensation. Due to NCAA restrictions on the amateur status of athletes, this is not allowed.

Although EA Sports does not claim that the players in the game represent real life players, the jersey number, position, height, weight, home state and ethnicity, are aligned with the real players. Fans of any particular team are sure to recognize their favorite players. The game gives the player the option to name them, and roster makers will upload a named roster file to a memory card for just the price of shipping. The same roster makers also allow their rosters to be downloaded free of charge, as selling named files would be a violation of the NCAA's policy regarding amateur student-athletes.

As of the 09 release, EA has put in the EA Locker feature which allows remote roster sharing online through either Xbox Live or PlayStation Network depending on the console.


Prior to the release of NCAA Football 06, the only music featured in the game were fight songs of most FBS colleges featured in the game. These would play at random, however the user-selected "favorite team" would always have their fight song played first whenever the game was first started.

NCAA Football 06 was the first and so far only entry in the series to include licensed music to keep the series in uniform with other EA Sports releases such as Madden NFL and the NHL series.

NCAA Football 07 returned to the fight song only format. NCAA Football 08 added a cinematic theme song to the main menu, with fight songs playing during Dynasty Mode.

NCAA Football 09 allows a new custom stadium sounds feature allowing users to edit what sounds are heard at specific stadiums during events within the game, such as a touchdown, field goal, or timeout. Fans of the teams can now create an authentic experience in each stadium by using copyrighted songs that EA isn't allowed to put into the game.

NCAA Football 10 plays Tick Tick Boom by The Hives in the introduction.

NCAA Football 11 uses the music that is used in ESPN College Football coverage.


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