NCAA Football 2005

Strategy Guide


  • All-Time teams

    Get 48 pennants in campus challenge mode to unlock the All-Time teams.

  • Mascot teams

    Get 70 pennants in campus challenge mode to unlock the Mascot teams.

  • Easy challenge points

    By setting the overall game difficulty to "Heisman" then starting a dynasty and switching the dynasty difficulty to "Junior Varsity", you can easily defeat opponents and complete challenge tasks. However, you will be rewarded as though you are playing under the "Heisman" setting, effectively giving four times the points for pennant purchases.

  • Easy sacks

    Choose your fastest lineman and make him the number one DT. Use the 4-3 defense, take control of the DT, and line him up to the outside shoulder of the weak side DE (away from the TE or FB). The lineman will rush into the backfield untouched at least 80 percent of the time. Also when on defense, choose the 4-4 formation and select the Fire Green" play. Before the ball is snapped, shift your LBs to the outside of the formation and take control of the OLB that has no TE or RB aligned on his side of the formation. If the offense is in a formation with no TEs or RBs, then take control of the faster of the two OLBs and rush the QB for a quick sack.

  • Easy runs

    On the higher difficulty settings such as All-American and Heisman, the CPU seems to shift directly where you are going to run the ball. To avoid this problem have two of your favorite run plays in your audibles. If you call one of those two plays in the audibles and the CPU overshifts directly to where you are running the ball, simply audible to the same running play you had called. The CPU should switch its line and linebackers shifts. If it does not, simply audible to the same run play again. Eventually you should be able to get the CPU to overshift to the wrong side of the line and get a huge run. Note: This may take a lot of play clock to accomplish.

  • Easy return or blocked punt

    Set a punt return as one of your defensive audibles. If you have not changed the default audibles, then R + X should be return middle. Before your opponent punts, choose all out block. If your opponent does not switch to tight punt, then move the man furthest to the left or right (usually a FS) over once by pressing Left or Right. Then, switch to the man directly inside of the furthest man. The outside man should take the blocker and leave a free path to the punter. If your opponent does switch, simply audible to your return. The tight punt will cause the "gunners" on the outside to stay and block no one, leaving room for at least a fifteen yard return, and if you can make good cuts, a potential touchdown.

  • Easy touchdown

    On offense, choose any pass play. If you have good protection on the line, press Y so that the quarterback will run. Run to left of the play on the outside then start running toward the touchdown. The wide receiver blockers stay with the wide receivers; all you need to worry about is the line. You can outrun them easily. This works about 90% of the time.

  • Avoid 15 yard penalty on user controlled extreme celebrations

    Once the celebration starts, if you feel that you are about to receive a penalty, pause game play. You will not receive the 15 yard penalty. This is useful after touchdown celebrations, so your extra point is not from about 20 yards out.

  • Avoid discipline

    The game randomly has a student act up and requires discipline. After each game, save your dynasty. Then, select the next game but make sure you have it checked as if you wish to play it, even if you are going to simulate it. If the discipline window appears, exit out and reload your dynasty. Go to that game again. Make sure you have the game checked to play so that the controller selection screen appears or else the CPU will take care of discipline, which is bad if you did not put any points into it. Then, exit out and simulate when the game is clear. With this, you can make any cupcake team a contender in no time.

  • Cheat mode

    Select the "My NCAA" option. Select the "Pennant Collection" option, then choose the option to enter codes and enter one of the following codes to activate the corresponding cheat function:

    1st and 15 Pennant; opponent gains 15 yards for first downTHANKS
    2003 All-Americans pennantFUMBLE
    Alabama All-time teamROLL TIDE
    Arizona mascot teamBEAR DOWN
    Arkansas All-time teamWOOPIGSOOIE
    Auburn All-time teamWAR EAGLE
    Badgers All-time teamU RAH RAH
    Baylor ratings boostSIC EM
    Blink Pennant; ref spots ball short for opponentFOR
    Boing Pennant; opponent drops passes moreREGISTERING
    Butter Fingers pennantWITH EA
    Clemson All-time teamDEATH VALLEY
    Colorado All-time teamGLORY
    Crossed The Line cardTIBURON
    Cuffed cardEA SPORTS
    Florida All-time teamGREAT TO BE
    Florida State All-time teamUPRISING
    Georgia All-time teamHUNKER DOWN
    Georgia Tech mascot teamRAMBLINWRECK
    Illinois ratings boostOSKEE WOW
    Iowa All-time teamON IOWA
    Iowa State mascot team RED AND GOLD
    Jumbalaya PennantHIKE
    Kansas mascot teamROCK CHALK
    Kansas State All-time teamVICTORY
    Kentucky mascot teamON ON UK
    LSU All-time teamGEAUX TIGERS
    Miami All-time teamRAISING CANE
    Michigan All-time teamGO BLUE
    Michigan State mascot teamGO GREEN
    Minnesota mascot teamRAH RAH RAH
    Mississippi State All-time teamHAIL STATE
    Mizzou mascot teamMIZZOU RAH
    MolassesHOME FIELD
    Nebraska All-time teamGO BIG RED
    North Carolina All-time teamRAH RAH
    North Carolina State mascot teamGO PACK
    Notre Dame All-time teamGOLDEN DOMER
    NU mascot teamGO CATS
    Ohio State All-time teamKILLER NUTS
    Oklahoma All-time teamBOOMER
    Oklahoma State All-time teamGO POKES
    Ole Miss Mascot teamHOTTY TOTTY
    Oregon All-time teamQUACK ATTACK
    Ouch pennantBLITZ
    Penn State All-time teamWE ARE
    Pittsburgh All-time teamLETS GO PITT
    Purdue All-time teamBOILER UP
    Quarterback Dud pennantELITE 11
    South Carolina mascot teamGO CAROLINA
    Stiffed pennantNCAA
    Syracuse All-time teamORANGE CRUSH
    Take Your Time pennantFOOTBALL
    Tennessee All-time teamBIG ORANGE
    Texas A&M All-time team GIG EM
    Texas Longhorns All-time teamHOOK EM
    Texas Tech ratings boostFIGHT
    Thread The Needle pennant2005
    UCLA All-time teamMIGHTY
    USC All-time teamFIGHT ON
    Virginia All-time teamWAHOOS
    Virginia Tech All-time teamTECH TRIUMPH
    Wake Forest mascot teamGO DEACS GO
    Washington All-time teamBOW DOWN
    Washington Sate mascot teamALL HAIL
    West Virginia mascot teamHAIL WV
    What A Hit pennantBLITZ

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