The football season officially kicked off last week with the release of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 10… meaning your college football habit can now be sated, at least electronically.
But it doesn’t matter whether playing with friends in your living room or some dude named “BallBustinBuckeye” online, there are always those players that do their best to piss you off with shady play, poor coaching and other frustrating maneuvers.
These are the five worst offenders:
Unless your alma mater is USC or Florida, there’s no reason why you should pick the two best teams in the game EVERY SINGLE TIME. Yeah, you’re pretty good when playing with handpicked, five-star athletes, but let’s see what your real skills are when you run with Duke or Baylor.
Soon enough, the sports game nerds over at Operation Sports will figure out a play or two that works every single time due to some sort of coding bug. And then The Cheeser will use this play 80% percent of the time – or every time he needs a first down – making it practically impossible to win. Or have fun.
Hey, it takes skill to successfully run the option well, so you’ve got to give this guy credit for making an obsolete offense work to his benefit. Still, it’s incredibly annoying to get housed by Navy because your linebacker picked the wrong person to tackle.
There are times for risk and times for caution. The Gambler doesn’t believe in the latter. He doesn’t believe in punting, gave his kicker’s scholarship away, and never met a 4th-and-20 he wouldn’t go for. It’s easy to beat them, but it ruins the realism factor.
As games have evolved, they’ve made it harder for this kind of player to succeed, but every once in a while you’ll go up against someone who’s sole strategy is to drop back, Tecmo Bowl-style, and bomb is as far as they can, in hopes for a Hail Mary TD. It doesn’t always work, but there are enough tipped passes in the game that they can steal a win.