Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Project Scarlett will release in the Fall of 2020, yet here I am playing a PlayStation 3 system I re-purchase used a few months ago. I haven’t actually turned on my PlayStation 4 in 2-3 weeks now as I spend the little gaming time I have truly enjoying one of the great classics of sports gaming: EA Sport’s NCAA Football ’14. This is a simple guide to help you get up and running with console college football gaming again. Buy a Used Console, and Find a Copy of the Game The latter of these two will be much more challenging, and you may be surprised with how much a copy of the game costs these days. My suggestion is to setup a search/ping from an app like OfferUp for when someone mistakenly tries to sell it for $10. I ended up buying mine at Game Stop for about $40, but those prices seem to be increasing. My Setup I’ll get into some finer details of my setup below, but to give you the overall picture, I just finished up my 2013 season after choosing Temple. You can read more about that career in this thread. I am actually not a big fan of the rebuild as I feel it’s an over-used and played-out theme in sports gaming. To me, it’s not the challenge everyone thinks; in a rebuild, you only have one direction to go, and you’re well aware that it’s up. I prefer to choose a more middle-of-the-road situation that gives you a few options to explore (up or down). However, in college football, even a mid-tier program is unlikely to hire an unproven such as you or me to be their next head coach, Therefore, I would encourage you to choose a team with a low star rating, but don’t feel you have to only choose from 1-star programs. Temple was a 2-star team,and fit what I was looking for a truly authentic experience. I took things a step further and wanted to take a team that actually hired a coach for the 2013 season with little or no experience. I also wanted a team that didn’t hire someone else’s Division I coordinator or head coach as replacing that coach would have them essentially disappearing from the universe, and that felt odd to me. Matt Rhule was the coach Temple actually hired in 2013, and he came from an NFL coaching staff. So that fit made sense to me, and the choice for me to take over as Temple’s coach in 2013 was made. Start with the 2013 Season I prefer to start as a head coach as I don’t trust the in-game sim engine to get the simulated side of the ball accurate when starting as a coordinator. I also recommend starting in 2013 because the rosters were given more attention this year than any other with the game not being made after this release. It also prevents weird situations happening such as in-game dates not actually matching up with the roster you chose–I didn’t want a situation with Joe Burrow playing in 2013. Also, you’ll see issues with the pre-season All-Americans in a future custom roster. Use Recruiting House Rules There are many house rules to choose from, so you can make that determination for yourself. For me, I used the Search tool and only recruited guys who had me in their Top 10, no exceptions. This had me land the 107th ranked recruiting class with 2-star Temple in 2013 after finishing the season 9-4. It was definitely a challenge and had me excited to land guys who were 66 overall. Don’t Restart Your Games I had a game in my 2013 Temple save in which I threw 4 INTs. It sucked, but it’s part of the full-season experience. Another example, seen in the video below, was when I went for 2 in OT to try and win on the road and in the snow at Rutgers. I was marked down at the 1-yard line. Game over. So take the good with the bad, and it’ll make the sweet moments that much better.