Released: 2003
Developer/Publisher: EA Tiburon for EA Sports
Platform(s): PS2, XBOX, GC

The NCAA Football franchise was always on the radar, but it was around the 2004 edition that we really became devotees. Maybe it was the addition of "College Classics," or the improved create-a-school feature, or just the sheer depth of the game (downloading player names was a MUST)—whatever the case, we're indebted to the NCAA series for holding us down in the years when Madden sucked.

Only two players have appeared on the covers of both NCAA Football and Madden: Shaun Alexander (NCAA 2001, Madden 2007 ) and Larry Fitzgerald (NCAA 2005, Madden 10).