NCAA Football ’13 Not Sold on Ohio State Offense
By Brandon Castel
If Urban Meyer’s offense is going to be among the best in the country in 2012, the Buckeyes are going to have to prove it to the makers of NCAA Football ’13.
The widely popular video game from EA Sports will hit the shelves on July 10, but some screen shots have already been leaked on the internet.
According to those screen shots, the Buckeyes have some work to do offensively. The makers of the game — which cannot use the actual names of college players, but does use their likenesses — rated Ohio State’s offense as an 89 overall.
Compare that to the OSU defense, which received a rating of 95 from EA Sports.
While an 89 does not sound like a bad rating, especially for an offense that look like a 59 at times last season, the Buckeyes are playing catch-up with some of the other elite teams in the Big Ten Conference.
For instance, the makers of NCAA Football ’13 gave Michigan a rating of 94 on offense and 97 overall. Quarterback Denard Robinson, the Wolverines’ top-rated player in the game, is rated as a 93 overall with 96 speed, 99 agility and 90 acceleration.
He also has 90 break-tackle ability.
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez listed as an 87 overall with 84 speed, 86 agility and 95 acceleration. The Cornhuskers are rated as a 91 on offense and a 91 overall. That puts them behind Ohio State (95 overall) and Michigan State (93 overall), but who was the top-rated team in the conference?
That would be Wisconsin.
The Badgers were one of only five schools to receive an overall rating of 99 in the new game, which releases next month. The others were LSU, Oregon, USC and Texas, however that one was decided.
Defensive end John Simon and recently suspended tight end Jake Stoneburner are listed as Ohio State’s top-rated players in the game, both ranked as a 90 overall according to EA Sports.
OSU quarterback Braxton Miller — listed only as Ohio State QB #5 in the game — is not listed among the top 10 players on Ohio State's roster, according to the screen shots that have been released.
Miller, a sophomore out of Wayne High School outside of Dayton, is listed as an 84 overall with 89 speed, 83 agility and 91 acceleration. He also has 73 break-tackle ability.
Offensive tackle Jack Mewhort, fullback Zach Boren and running backs Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall were the only offensive players other than Stoneburner ranked among the top 10 players on Ohio State’s roster.
Though he is listed as a right tackle instead of left, Mewhort was given a rating of 87 overall, while Hyde and Hall both come in with ratings of 86 overall. That is the same overall rating given to wide receivers Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith, as well as Boren.
Archie To the Rescue
Looking for a way to boost Ohio State’s offense in the new game? Try adding a Heisman Trophy winner. Better yet, a two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
As a reward for checking out the demo, EA Sports is offering users a chance to unlock three classic Heisman winners, including legendary Ohio State running back Archie Griffin.
To unlock Griffin, along with Stanford quarterback Jim Plunkett and Notre Dame receiver Tim Brown, users must complete each of the three demo matchups (either through the Heisman Challenge or the Dynasty experience).
Ohio State Offense Rankings:
QB Braxton Miller (84 overall)
QB Kenny Guiton (76 overall)
RB Jordan Hall (86 overall)
RB Carlos Hyde (86 overall)
RB Rod Smith (78 overall)
FB Zach Boren (86 overall)
WR Corey Brown (86 overall)
WR Devin Smith (86 overall)
WR Chris Fields (80 overall)
WR Michael Thomas (76 overall)
WR Tyrone Williams (75 overall)
WR Evan Spencer (72 overall)
TE Jake Stoneburner (90 overall)
TE Nick Vannett (77 overall)
TE Jeff Heuerman (69 overall)
OT Jack Mewhort (87 overall)
OT Andrew Norwell (85 overall)
OG Marcus Hall (83 overall)
OG Corey Linsley (81 overall)
C Brian Bobek (80 overall)
OT Reid Fragel (73 overall)
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