Now that EA Sports has announced its intention to bring back a college football video game, let’s look at some former Red Raiders that we wish could have been in the game since it went away.
For college football fans, there was a time when the EA Sports NCAA Football video game franchise was almost as exciting as the real product on the field. But for the last six years, there’s been no new version of the game as EA Sports discontinued the franchise after the 2014 version.
But this week, gamers around the world rejoiced as the gaming giant announced that it would be bringing the beloved college football game back.
"“As we look for the momentum that we’re building on in sports, it all starts with the passion of our fans and the opportunities of what they are interested in,” EA Sports preside Darryl Holt told ESPN. “I don’t think there’s a visit where I go outside wearing a piece of EA Sports-branded apparel that someone doesn’t go, ‘Hey, when is college football coming back?'”"
Details, such as when the game will return and how the game will dance around the complicated issue of athlete compensation for the use of their name and likeness are yet to be revealed. Much will likely depend on the fate of a recent bill, introduced to Congress last year, aiming to compensate NCAA athletes for their likeness and name.
But we do know that at least 100 schools have already committed to being in the game and hopefully, that list will include Texas Tech. After all, for Red Raider fans, winning a championship in the video game version of the sport is as close as we have come to seeing the Red Raiders compete for titles with the elite programs of the sport.
So for everyone who has ever thrown a remote control in anger after having their roommate complete a Hail Mary on the last play of the game or for anyone who has ever forbidden their friends from playing as Florida with Tim Tebow at QB, this list is for you. Here are the Red Raiders that would have been great had they had the chance to be in the EA Sports video game.