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NCAA Football 12: USC Football Ratings, Rankings and Coaching Staff

Mac DCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2017

NCAA Football 12: USC Football Ratings, Rankings and Coaching Staff

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    As highlighted before, EA Sports' NCAA Football 12 hit stores two weeks ago, and gamers have been playing non-stop fighting for National Championships, winning recruiting battles and beating their friends or anyone online to improve their reputations in the cyber gaming world.

    USC had another unaccustomed season last year, finishing 8-5 after finishing 9-4 in 2009—a far cry from their undefeated and, at worst, two-loss seasons between 2003-2008.

    EA Sports prides itself on having their sports games being as realistic as they can, but even they are not perfect.

    In NCAA 12, USC is rated the following:

     

    • Offence: B+
    • Defence: B+
    • Overall: A-
    • Unranked in the top 25

     

    As shown in the aforementioned article, this is the lowest USC has been rated and ranked since the 2003 edition—Pete Carroll's second season that ended with an AP National Championship, and Carson Palmer on the 2004 edition.

    EA will be in for a surprise with USC primed in real life to have a strong year and will most likely be ranked in the top 20 come season's end.

Pac-12 Rankings and National Numbers

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    EA Sports ranks all teams No. 1-120, not just the top 25.

    Here is how the Pac-12 shapes up with their overall rank and individual ratings:

     

    No. 3 Stanford

    • Offence: A+
    • Defence: B+
    • Overall: A

     

    No. 5 Oregon

    • Offence: A+
    • Defence: B+
    • Overall: A

     

    No. 25 Arizona State

    • Offence: B+
    • Defence: B+
    • Overall: B+

     

    No. 29 USC

    • Offence: B+
    • Defence: B+
    • Overall: A-

     

    No. 31 Utah

    • Offence: B+
    • Defence: B
    • Overall: B

     

    No. 45 Oregon State

    • Offence: B+
    • Defence: B
    • Overall: B

     

    No. 49 Washington

    • Offence: B+
    • Defence: B
    • Overall: B

     

    No. 55 California

    • Offence: B
    • Defence: B
    • Overall: B

     

    No. 56 Arizona

    • Offence: B+
    • Defence: B
    • Overall: B

     

    No. 80 UCLA

    • Offence: B
    • Defence: B-
    • Overall: B

     

    No. 89 Colorado

    • Offence: B
    • Defence: C+
    • Overall: B-

     

    No. 93 Washington State

    • Offence: C+
    • Defence: C
    • Overall: C+

     

    USC's other rival is ranked and rated as follows:

     

    No. 21 Notre Dame

    • Offence: B+
    • Defence: B
    • Overall: B+ 

     

    Oregon and Stanford are the two top teams coming into the season, but should be flip-flopped when looking at EA's rankings.

    Arizona State's hype is starting to fade with injuries and untimely departures, which will most likely have them drop, but due to USC being ineligible for the Pac-12 Conference championship game, the Sun Devils should still have a strong shot at winning the South division.

    Washington State will prove a lot of people wrong and not be in the basement this season.

    The rest of the schools are interchangeable and able to move up or down a few spots.

Coaching Staff

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    A new feature to NCAA 12 is the Coaching Carousel.

    A user can create oneself as either a head coach, offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator, working up the ranks and school to school. One can also choose an existing coach and start their dynasty that way.

    As per bylaws, real names cannot be used, but just like the players, the coaches are similar to the real-life person.

    USC's coaches are rated as follows:

     

    •  Lane Kiffin, Head Coach: Prestige 83 (B)
    •  Kennedy Polamalu, Offensive Coordinator: Prestige 74 (C+)
    •  Ed Orgeron, Defensive Coordinator: Prestige 86 (B+)

     

    Prestige is used for the following:

    "Coach Prestige rating impacts several areas of the game including Recruiting, Player Progression, and the quality of the teams that could potentially be interested during the Carousel Stage. You will also notice that during a recruiting phone call a Coach’s Prestige rating is dynamic. Given all the areas it may impact, including potential job offers during the Carousel, Coach Prestige becomes a vitally important rating. Completing goals within a contract is just one way to improve Coach Prestige."

    USC is not represented well in the this facet of the game, as Prestige is highly based on the coaches' ability to recruit and be hired for high-profile jobs. Polamalu is no slouch, but isn't as well-known nationally. The same cannot be said for Kiffin and Orgeron, who are two of the top recruiters in the country and have been at top programs across the country over their careers.

    Alabama's Nick Saban has a Prestige rating of 97 (A+), while Auburn's head coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn have a Prestige rating of 99 (A+).

    In the Pac-12, Oregon's Chip Kelly's Prestige rating is 97 (A+), the highest of any coach.

    UCLA's Rick Neuheisel's prestige rating is 55 (D+), and his two other staff members have ratings of D (offensive coordinator) and D+ (defensive coordinator).

    USC is behind only Oregon in terms of Prestige as a whole, but when factoring everything,—not just a few years—even then, USC is still the top dog in the conference when it comes to coaching staffs in real life.

Conclusion

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    USC is rated the lowest in the game's decade-long history, but do not tell the real USC players that, as they have their sights set much higher.

    Heading into the actual season, USC is the third-best team with Oregon and Stanford holding the top two positions respectively. However, by season's end, USC is quite possible of moving up into second with nine or more wins being attainable.

    USC is second in the Pac-12 in coaching, but the Trojans do have the best staff in the conference in real life. With this being the staff's second season and the players fully adjusted to the coaching schemes, it will show on the field.

    The offence will be previewed next week, with a rundown of the depth chart, plus analysis and comparison of players.

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