NCAA Football 14: Complete team ratings, including WSU and Pac-12

David Banks

Who is the best team in NCAA Football 14 (duh)? Who is the worst? Where does WSU fall?

The biggest event of the college football season is drawing near -- the release of NCAA Football 14 -- and EA has released team ratings, via Tradition Sports Online. The Alabama Crimson Tide are predictably good, and the Washington State Cougars are unsurprisingly near the bottom of the conference.

WSU checks in with an 81 overall, which sounds fine because it is out of 99, and that is basically a B-minus. That will totally count towards graduation if this was elective. But this isn't an elective, this is major course, and B-minuses just don't cut it.

That 81 means the Cougs are near the bottom of BCS schools and many solid mid-major programs. That means building WSU up to the a dynasty that wins championships year-after-year will be a difficult task once again.

Offense is the video game strength for WSU. It sneaks in with an 83 and a B in that category. It's barely a B, but it all looks the same on the transcript. As for the defense, well it is roaming dangerously close to C-plus territory with a score of 80.

The rest of the conference has very few surprises.

Pac-12

Team Overall Offense Defense
Oregon 95 99 92
USC 91 95 90
Stanford 91 91 93
Washington 91 91 90
UCLA 88 88 87
Arizona 86 86 88
Utah 86 84 87
Cal 84 86 83
Arizona State 84 86 83
Oregon State 84 86 83
Washington State 81 83 80
Colorado 79 81 78


The Ducks nab a perfect offensive rating (99) and are second with an impressive 92 on defense. That helps them to an easy margin in overall rating (95) over Stanford, USC, and Washington (91). Wonder what it is like to take over a team in a dynasty mode that is already good?

Stanford gets the best defense with a 93 and the Cardinal are among four Pac-12 schools in the defensive nineties.

The Huskies seem to be receiving the most love from EA here, as they are rated higher than the Bruins, despite finishing below them in the standings last season. The folks in charge must have faith that Keith Price will return to form behind a potentially less-injured offensive line (do they actually put that much thought into this)?

Colorado saves the Cougars from being the worst rated team in the Pac-12. Unfortunately, the Buffaloes aren't on the schedule this season. The non-league schedule will offer up the only FBS team with a lower rating than WSU.

Non-Conference Opponents

Team Overall Offense Defense
Auburn 88 88 90
Idaho 63 67 61


Bless you, Vandals. Idaho beats out just two teams on the game, Massachusetts and new-to-FBS Georgia State. UI's atrocious defensive score barely edges GSU to avoid the bottom, almost making its still-bad offensive score look decent. The Vandals would definitely be taking this class again, or switching majors.

Auburn and WSU had the same record last season, but the Tigers get an NCAA 14 score that would put them in the top half of the Pac-12. It's hard to argue, as Auburn continuously brings in recruiting classes near the top 10 and has Gus Mahlzahn back in charge of a previously moribund offense.

WSU will be favored in rating in just two games on the schedule as gamers start their dynasties. Coug fans may feel the need to protest, but there isn't really any other team that should fall below them right now.

Check out the table below to find the best teams to either improve strength of schedule or nab a gimme win.

All Teams

Team Overall Offense Defense
Alabama 99 99 99
Ohio State 95 97 92
Oregon 95 99 92
Clemson 93 95 90
LSU 93 93 92
Notre Dame 93 93 93
Texas 93 95 93
Virginia Tech 93 91 95
Florida State 91 93 92
Georgia 91 95 88
Michigan 91 91 92
Michigan State 91 90 93
North Carolina 91 91 90
Oklahoma 91 97 88
Oklahoma State 91 93 92
Stanford 91 91 93
Texas A&M 91 95 88
USC 91 95 90
Washington 91 91 90
Baylor 90 90 88
Florida 90 90 92
Louisville 90 93 88
Miami (FL) 90 91 88
Ole Miss 90 91 88
South Carolina 90 88 90
Arkansas 88 88 87
Auburn 88 88 90
Iowa 88 88 90
Mississippi State 88 90 85
Missouri 88 90 87
Nebraska 88 91 85
UCLA 88 88 87
Wisconsin 88 88 88
Arizona 86 86 88
Boise State 86 90 82
Boston College 86 86 85
Georgia Tech 86 83 88
Kansas State 86 91 83
Maryland 86 86 85
Northwestern 86 86 87
Tennessee 86 84 88
Texas Tech 86 90 83
Utah 86 84 87
Arizona State 84 86 83
Cal 84 86 83
ECU 84 86 83
Houston 84 86 83
Kentucky 84 84 83
North Carolina State 84 84 85
Oregon State 84 86 83
Penn State 84 86 85
Purdue 84 84 85
Rutgers 84 86 82
San Diego State 84 84 83
TCU 84 86 85
USF 84 81 87
Virginia 84 86 83
West Virginia 84 83 87
BYU 83 84 83
Illinois 83 86 80
UCF 83 86 82
Vanderbilt 83 84 82
Wake Forest 83 83 85
Cincinnati 81 81 83
UConn 81 84 80
Fresno State 81 84 78
Indiana 81 83 82
Iowa State 81 81 83
Kansas 81 84 78
SMU 81 83 78
Syracuse 81 83 80
Temple 81 81 82
Toledo 81 84 78
Washington State 81 83 80
Ball State 79 86 73
Buffalo 79 81 78
Colorado 79 81 78
Duke 79 79 78
FIU 79 77 80
Minnesota 79 79 80
NIU 79 83 78
Ohio 79 83 76
Tulsa 79 84 75
Arkansas State 77 79 76
Hawaii 77 77 76
Pitt 77 77 80
San Jose 77 81 76
UL Lafayette 77 81 75
FAU 75 77 76
Nevada 75 77 73
Rice 75 75 76
Troy 75 75 75
Tulane 75 77 68
UL Monroe 75 79 75
UTEP 75 77 73
Utah State 75 77 75
Western Kentucky 75 72 78
Wyoming 75 77 75
Bowling Green 74 75 75
Kent State 74 75 75
La Tech 74 75 73
Marshall 74 77 73
MTSU 74 75 75
Navy 74 74 75
Southern Miss 74 72 75
Army 72 72 73
Central Michigan 72 72 71
Colorado State 72 74 73
Miami (OH) 72 74 71
North Texas 72 72 75
UNLV 72 75 70
Western Michigan 72 74 71
Air Force 70 68 71
Memphis 70 72 70
Old Dominion 70 74 68
South Alabama 68 67 70
Texas State 68 67 70
UAB 68 68 68
UTSA 68 68 70
Eastern Michigan 65 68 65
New Mexico 65 67 66
New Mexico State 65 68 65
Akron 63 61 65
Idaho 63 67 61
UMass 61 61 65
Georgia State 60 60 60
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