'NCAA Football 14': OU, Stillwater, and Georgia Tech to the SEC Dynasty Mode Build Season 1, Part 2—The Conferences
The Odd College Football World I've Made For Us
I'm going to kill two birds with one stone and list the teams in their Conference Outlook Order, so you can get the games predictions for how these Conferences are going to shake out at the same time.
Syracuse (seems unfair considering they were the closest to beating Clemson last year. Hopefully it means the real ACC has more depth.)
Maryland (honestly forgot they were in the Big Ten IRL now.)
North Carolina (seems the North Carolina Schools are lucky this Conference cares about basketball instead of canning them.)
American, but technically more like a little Southwest Conference as it's the Non Power 5 Texas Schools so let's call it... hmm.
(I decided to let the survivors stay put and see how it shakes out this first year.)
Kansas (I guess Les Miles needs some time, LOL.)
Big Ten West
Notre Dame (this flirtation with the ACC must stop, a Midwestern Cultural Icon should be in the Midwest's Iconic Conference.)
Nebraska (yet they're ranked #24 in the real life AP Poll.)
Big Ten East
Michigan State (anybody sick of States yet?)
Cincinnati (harsh on an 11-2 team last year that just beat UCLA again IRL. Anyways, the personal reason for wishing Cincy well and giving them Power 5 Status is that my dad is from HOF Catcher Johnny Bench's Caddo County #BigRedMachine #ItsToughBeingARedsFan.)
(With the CUSA as a whole I meant to try to bring some of the best non-Power 5 together without sacrificing Geography.)
Mid Tenn State
Texas (at least AI Texas scheduled all FBS Schools save now nonexistent Idaho. They have: New Mexico State, @ BYU, Ole Miss, Kansas State, @ Iowa State, Red River Rivalry, @ TCU, @ West Virginia, @ Baylor, NC State, Texas Tech, and Idaho.)
New Mexico State
Old Dominion (might have to rethink this one, but I didn't want to add only UMass.)
Mountain West Mountain: (Left the West Coast unchanged from 2013. I usually want to put Boise State & Hawai'i in the Pac-12 making a Pac-14, but their rosters this year according to the community are pretty terrible. Boise State's 2013 Preseason #22 Rank looks pretty bad according to the roster. 70 OVR, 68 OFF, 71 DEF.)
Mountain West (West):
San Diego State
San Jose State
Louisiana-Lafayette (just now realizing I should've grouped Louisiana(s) Tech, Monroe, Lafayette, and Tulane into the same Conference perhaps. Anyways had to have a minimum allowed Conference to make the 16 Team CUSA.)
I guess the most surprising thought is that the game has Mississippi State over LSU as my best SEC West Challenger. I'm not sure I've ever really put much stock in these Conference Outlook Rankings the game makes, but doing it with the real teams in my Custom Conferences is interesting nonetheless. I love tweaking the Conferences in-game and never feel I get them quite right, so I'll consider changes in the off-season when we get there. Next time I'll post the Preseason All-American and All-SEC teams and the Preseason Heisman Outlook according to the game.
I'm debating whether to use the playbooks given to in-game Lincoln Riley: East Carolina and 3-3-5, or to use the Custom Playbooks I've made over the years with this game. I'll start practicing with my Sooners and see if I can make up my mind soon. My posting schedule or lack thereof is a sad matter of availability with me pulling a lot of overtime lately, and even if I wasn't, I'm on an 8-Day Work Cycle so I'm not in a position to say, "Hey I'm posting one Wednesdays" or anything like that sadly. But I'll try to get us to a Week 1 Article before I go back to work Labor Day Night. As always, thank you for your interest.