EA Sports' NCAA Football 14: Teams Most Likely to Dominate Online Action

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2013

Photo via EASports.com
Photo via EASports.com

With Tuesday's release of EA Sports' NCAA Football 14, it's time to prepare yourself for hours and hours of proving that you're the best to the rest of the gamers who take their skills to the world of online play.  

Of course, you're going to need the right team to do it. 

According to Jon Robinson of ESPN, the five most popular teams in online action last year were Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, LSU and Florida State.

Looking at those three teams, they each had some factors in common—a mobile quarterback (with the possible exception of LSU), spread qualities on offense and a talented defense.

So which virtual teams exemplify those qualities this season? Let's take a look.


Team ratings via Tradition Sports


Ohio State Buckeyes

Overall Rating: 95

Offense: 97

Defense: 92

Online players love mobile quarterbacks, and they don't come much more mobile than Ohio State's virtual signal-caller. 

The digital passer strikes a resemblance to real Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller on the field. With an overall rating of 96 he's one of the top quarterbacks in the game. His 87 speed and 83 elusive rating guarantees he'll be difficult to catch while his 91 throw power means he can get the ball downfield for those that love the deep ball. 

While the real Ohio State will have some unanswered questions on defense with the loss of John Simon and Johnathan Hankins, the virtual version of the Buckeyes is going to be just fine. A 92 rating isn't elite, but it's more than enough to make the team an enticing choice. 


Texas A&M Aggies

Overall Rating: 91

Offense: 95

Defense: 88

Much like the real Aggies, you'll probably give up some points if you choose to roll with Kevin Sumlin's virtual team because its 88 defense rating isn't good. But you'll also light up the scoreboard yourself with an offensive rating of 95. 

The real Aggies are depending on Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel to make plays all over the field. Gamers will be doing the same for A&M's digital passer. He has an overall rating of 97, with a 91 speed rating and 90 for throw power. 

Denard Robinson's virtual counterpart made Michigan one of the most popular teams online last season. Manziel should have a similar effect for Texas A&M. 


Oregon Ducks

Overall Rating: 95

Offense: 99

Defense: 92

If there's one thing that's true of virtual football, it's that speed rules the day. 

As fast as Oregon is in real life, its virtual counterpart is just as fast. The Ducks are one of two teams to boast a 99 rating on offense (Alabama is the other, also claiming a 99 rating overall and on defense). Oregon's starting running back checks in with a speed rating of 98 while the quarterback compares favorably with Marcus Mariota at 88. 

The defense isn't bad either. With a rating of 92, Oregon shouldn't have any problems giving its explosive offense the ball as you try to simulate Mark Helfrich's daunting task of taking over for Chip Kelly.