Posted: 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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:
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 there? Ask and you shall receive:
Ohio State 97
Texas A&M; 95
Florida State 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 if it you say so EA.
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.
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 defensively. That's not to say that the 2012 version of the defense wasn't good or didn't suffer injuries, 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 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:
|North Carolina State||84||84||85|
|New Mexico State||65||68||65|
|San Diego State||84||84||83|
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