NCAA Football 14 Rates Virginia Tech As A Team

Tyrod Taylor celebrates beating Nebraska in former GC writer Clark Ruhland's sim of the game

EA Sports' team ratings for the 2014 installment of their yearly college football title NCAA Football have been released via Tradition Sports Online from the E3 (the largest video game conference of the year) floor. The team prestige ratings have not been released, but with some intelligent guesses, you could ballpark that figure yourself.

The Hokies, as we reported earlier today, were looked upon favorably in the team rankings:

As for where that ranks amongst all FBS teams? Well, we'll tell you. Overall, the Hokies are behind or tied with:

OVERALL RANKINGS

Alabama 99 OVR

Oregon 95 OVR

Ohio State 95 OVR

Notre Dame (tied) 93 OVR

LSU (tied but the combined total of offense and defense favors Tech by one) 93 OVR

Clemson (tied, but the combined total of offense and defense favors Tech by one) 93 OVR

And that's it. So the Hokies are tied for the fourth best team in the game with Notre Dame, and technically LSU and Clemson, though by the offensive and defensive ratings the Hokies hold the advantage. So looking at those offensive and defensive rankings, where does Tech rank? Ask and you shall receive:

OFFENSIVE RANKINGS

Alabama 99

Oregon 99

Ohio State 97

Oklahoma 97

Clemson 95

Georgia 95

Texas 95

Texas A&M 95

USC 95

Florida State 93

LSU 93

Louisville 93

Notre Dame 93

Kansas State 91 (tied)

Miami (FL) 91 (tied)

Michigan 91 (tied)

Nebraska 91 (tied)

North Carolina 91 (tied)

Stanford 91 (tied)

Washington 91 (tied)

That would put the Hokies' offense tied for 14th nationally with seven other schools, high praise for a team that finished as low as it did a season ago offensively and lost its top three receivers and perhaps top two offensive linemen. Not to mention a quarterback who was among the NCAA leaders in turnovers a year ago and no established running back. But I'll take it if you say so EA. There are of course some other teams EA missed on when calculating this rating as well, many of which were brought up in the comments section of the Kegsnegss blog (the site from the above tweet) post on the ratings (See Texas as a 95 despite finishing the last two years No. 40 and No. 54 nationally in offense respectively, North Carolina as a 91 (they do know Gio left, right?) and you guessed it, your Hokies, who finished No. 81 in the nation in total offense with 377.76 ypg).

That of course still leaves defense, where the Hokies are almost always stronger. Here are the teams that are ahead of the Hokies on that front.

DEFENSIVE RANKINGS

Alabama 99

ANNNNNNNNNDDDDD.....That would be it. That's right, your Hokie defense, despite how we feel about it personally, is ranked second in the entire nation. That's not to say that the 2012 version of the defense wasn't good or didn't have to overcome any adversity, as they finished in the top-25 nationally in most major categories, including total defense. But, based on their preseason expectations, they underperformed. Granted they will have as many as nine starters back, including one additional starter from two years ago. But even then, this is probably generous. On paper they're this good or at least have this much potential, but they have yet to put it all together. Perhaps they'll pull a Florida State from a year ago. All I know is that after a 7-6 season, the program's worst in 20 years, several people are awfully high on the Hokies (Phil Steele ranked the Hokies No. 12 in the nation a few days ago).

Below is the complete chart of team rankings from SB Nation's rankings post:

TEAM OVERALL OFFENSE DEFENSE
Air Force 70 68 71
Akron 63 61 65
Alabama 99 99 99
Arizona 86 86 88
Arizona State 84 86 83
Arkansas 88 88 87
Arkansas State 77 79 76
Army 72 72 73
Auburn 88 88 90
BYU 83 84 83
Ball State 79 86 73
Baylor 90 90 88
Boise State 86 90 82
Boston College 86 86 85
Bowling Green 74 75 75
Buffalo 79 81 78
Cal 84 86 83
Central Michigan 72 72 71
Cincinnati 81 81 83
Clemson 93 95 90
Colorado 79 81 78
Colorado State 72 74 73
UConn 81 84 80
Duke 79 79 78
ECU 84 86 83
Eastern Michigan 65 68 65
FIU 79 77 80
Florida 90 90 92
FAU 75 77 76
Florida State 91 93 92
Fresno State 81 84 78
Georgia State 60 60 60
Georgia 91 95 88
Georgia Tech 86 83 88
Hawaii 77 77 76
Houston 84 86 83
Idaho 63 67 61
Illinois 83 86 80
Indiana 81 83 82
Iowa 88 88 90
Iowa State 81 81 83
Kansas 81 84 78
Kansas State 86 91 83
Kent State 74 75 75
Kentucky 84 84 83
LSU 93 93 92
La Tech 74 75 73
Louisville 90 93 88
Marshall 74 77 73
Maryland 86 86 85
Memphis 70 72 70
Miami (FL) 90 91 88
Miami (OH) 72 74 71
Michigan 91 91 92
Michigan State 91 90 93
MTSU 74 75 75
Minnesota 79 79 80
Mississippi State 88 90 85
Missouri 88 90 87
North Carolina State 84 84 85
Navy 74 74 75
Nebraska 88 91 85
Nevada 75 77 73
New Mexico 65 67 66
New Mexico State 65 68 65
North Carolina 91 91 90
North Texas 72 72 75
NIU 79 83 78
Northwestern 86 86 87
Notre Dame 93 93 93
Ohio 79 83 76
Ohio State 95 97 92
Oklahoma 91 97 88
Oklahoma State 91 93 92
Old Dominion 70 74 68
Ole Miss 90 91 88
Oregon 95 99 92
Oregon State 84 86 83
Penn State 84 86 85
Pitt 77 77 80
Purdue 84 84 85
Rice 75 75 76
Rutgers 84 86 82
SMU 81 83 78
San Diego State 84 84 83
San Jose 77 81 76
South Carolina 90 88 90
South Alabama 68 67 70
Southern Miss 74 72 75
Stanford 91 91 93
Syracuse 81 83 80
TCU 84 86 85
Temple 81 81 82
Tennessee 86 84 88
Texas 93 95 93
Texas A&M 91 95 88
Texas State 68 67 70
Texas Tech 86 90 83
Toledo 81 84 78
Troy 75 75 75
Tulane 75 77 68
Tulsa 79 84 75
UAB 68 68 68
UCF 83 86 82
UCLA 88 88 87
UL Lafayette 77 81 75
UL Monroe 75 79 75
UMass 61 61 65
UNLV 72 75 70
USC 91 95 90
USF 84 81 87
UTEP 75 77 73
UTSA 68 68 70
Utah 86 84 87
Utah State 75 77 75
Vanderbilt 83 84 82
Virginia 84 86 83
Virginia Tech 93 91 95
Wake Forest 83 83 85
Washington 91 91 90
Washington State 81 83 80
West Virginia 84 83 87
Western Kentucky 75 72 78
Western Michigan 72 74 71
Wisconsin 88 88 88
Wyoming 75 77 75

EA has also released the top-15 players in the game, none of which are Virginia Tech players. We will try to have a staff member play NCAA Football 14 as a preview each week prior to the Hokies' game and post the results on the site. If you would be interested in such a post, contact the site at chicagomaroon@hotmail.com.

For more on everything Virginia Tech football, including post that derive from video games, Gobbler Country is your #1 hub.

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