Specific ways to improve presentation in NCAA Football ’11

One of the biggest complaints about the NCAA Football series is the lack of emotion, drama, storyline, and presentation.  With the article below, I have detailed several items that could make the overall experience with NCAA Football ’11 more unique.

***All of the below was seen only a few plays into the BCS National Championship between LSU and Ohio State:


Improve Kickoff presentation:

  • Show an upclose shot of the 2 returners fixing their gloves, pointing at the sideline, or jumping up and down.
  • Show an upclose shot of the cheerleaders.
  • Show the kicker setting up the tee and backing up while the referee blows the whistle (if it’s windy, have the ball fall over and watch the kicker reset it).
  • When the kick is in the air, show a panning shot of the entire stadium from left to right.  Right before the player catches the ball, swing the camera behind the return man.

After the kickoff presentation:

  • Show the entire offensive team huddled up with the coach or the coordinator
  • Display the “This Season” stats as the QB walks up to the line:


  • Before a play begins, show a tight view from the sideline that includes a graphical 1st & 10 marker on the field (yellow line & red arrows):


After the first play presentation:

  • Show a graphic of the offense:


After the second play presentation:

  • Show a graphic of the defensive players

After a first down presentation:

  • Show a pan and scan of the band

After a touchdown:

  • More team animations (players run from up the field & celebrate with the player)
  • Pan and scan the band
  • Pan and scan the fans celebrating (preferably up close…just a few fans)
  • Show the opposing coach getting pissed off and angry at his coordinators (alternatively, show him throwing his clipboard, standing there with his arms folded, just shaking his head…there’s a million things here…)
  • Show the player that got the touchdown running off of the field with a stat overlay:


After the play presentation:

  • Show the players slapping each other’s helmets (butts for that matter)
  • Helping each other dig themselves out of a pile
  • Show the QB looking at the sideline for the next play
  • Show the QB looking at his playbook wrist chart

Split screen presentation:

  • Show opposing quarterbacks, show opposing coaches, show a DB and  WR.  This is common when the announcers are talking about specific matchups.
  • Here’s what I envision when there’s a really good LB facing off against a good QB:
    (On one side of the screen, show the QB in the huddle with his team.  On the the side of the screen, show the LB talking to his players about assignments.)
    Brad:  “We’re really going to have to watch this matchup between the linebacker and the quarterback.  These two guys are some of the best in their positions.”
    Kirk:  “That’s right Brad.  Quarterbacks really hate worrying about getting sacked by the defensive line.  Now, the Quarterback also needs to be conscious of the linebacker at all times.  You never know when this team will throw a blitz into the mix.”
  • If the defensive player made a good play on the ball, then show them getting up and celebrating.  In NCAA Football ’10, the camera always sticks to the offensive player with them “struggling to get up”.

This is by no means a “cumulative” list of what should be added to the presentation.  Rather, this is essentially the ideas I got after watching about 10 minutes of the BCS Championship game.  There’s no reason why any or all of these items shouldn’t be added to NCAA Football ’11.  Do you have more ideas?  Sound off in the comments!

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