July 13 marks the return of college football video games. I'm not just talking about the yearly release that's basically just a roster update and minor tweaking. The EA franchise is back and back in a big way.
For the last few years, the general consensus among hardcore sports gamers was that the franchise languished into mediocrity. But folks up and down will tell you NCAA 11 feels like a whole new game in many respects -- with flawless ESPN presentation integration, improved gameplay, more animations, online management integrated into dynasties, and so much more.
One major letdown of this year's game? The cover athlete. Just when we thought we finally got rid of Tim Tebow, he's immortalized on the front cover of NCAA 11. My initial reaction was to try to Photoshop the Tebow Tears from last year's SEC title game into the cover. No dice.