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#1 Stanford University


Palo Alto, California might be one of the more intriguing places to build a college football dynasty. Stanfordís recruiting appeal feeds off the schoolís historic academic excellence and prestige. Your job is to sustain their recent success, and replace the highest rated quarterback prospect in the last 15 years.

Located in beautiful Northern California, this is an easy pitch to four-star athletes who arenít getting the scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, and other dominant top ten programs. The academics may limit your recruiting field, but these athletes will be worth the effort, arriving to campus with high football I.Q. thatís receptive to complex coaching schemes. The program has a pro-style offense in place as it is, and it will be on you to expand that philosophy. Players who come through the program will most likely stay for the full four years to maximize their overall skill ratings, and also get their degree from a top university at the same time. After four years, players will be pro ready, only building into the prestige and allure of this great university.

Blue chip athletes will be sporting the cardinal red soon into your dynasty, and more importantly, top tier quarterbacks will be targeting Silicon Valley from the start. Competing in the Pac 12, Stanford will be without question in a position to compete for BCS Championship bids on a yearly basis.

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# 1 Gap Integrity @ 05/12/12 07:15 PM
Love watching them play smashmouth football. They aren't going away either. They recruit some awesome lineman, and Barry Sanders boy. I look for them to be tough. Shaw seems like a great coach.
 
# 2 DorianDonP @ 05/12/12 07:30 PM
The paragraph says the high academics may limit recruiting but that doesnt actually happen on the game. It would be cool if high academic standards did actually come into play when recruiting on the game. Maybe giving generated recruits GPA scores.

Aside from that I agree that Stanford is a great choice for dynasty. Love their OL recruits. Fun conference games too.
 
# 3 The_Wise_One @ 05/12/12 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by DorianDonP
The paragraph says the high academics may limit recruiting but that doesnt actually happen on the game. It would be cool if high academic standards did actually come into play when recruiting on the game. Maybe giving generated recruits GPA scores.

Aside from that I agree that Stanford is a great choice for dynasty. Love their OL recruits. Fun conference games too.
I remember watching Andrew Luck in high school wondering why in the world a guy that talented would go to a place like Stanford. That was before I realized how important academics are to some prospects. I know that many good players have played at Stanford but it just goes to show how big one guy can be for a program along with a pretty good coach.

You can't go wrong with California recruiting, and their stadium is cool. I absolutely love the black uniforms and I'm a fan of the Pac-12.
 
# 4 BDawg35 @ 05/12/12 08:56 PM
As a dynasty school, I think it makes Stanford, Vanderbilt or the military academies even more interesting if you only take recruits who have above average interest in academics or higher. Now that will limit you and make recruiting a tougher task. You may be forced to fill your roster with walk-ons.

I'm guessing Stanford has a fairly highly rated (in the video game) QB already on the existing roster (regardless of how well he actually plays in real life), given how Stanford has recruited in real life lately, so maybe you aren't replacing Luck in your first few recruiting classes.

I look for several things in a dynasty. The challenge of building a team is primary. I prefer taking weak teams in power conferences, but have taken on teams in mid-majors and moved them into power conferences down the road. I look at the stadium - is it a setting I want to see for the next video gaming year? Are the uniforms appealing? Do they have interesting rivalries? In the Big Ten, there are some great trophy rivalries.

All things to think about.
 
# 5 Jakeboutte @ 05/13/12 01:12 AM
I went to the same High school as Josh Garnett, one of the top linemen in the country. Hes going to Stanford! Might just have to take them in one of my Dynastys. I love a challenge! Cant wait for 13!
 
# 6 jmik58 @ 05/13/12 09:50 PM
I would agree with Stanford being interesting as a dynasty team IF...IF...the game still incorporated academic standards and sanctions like they had in last gen.
 
# 7 JB0B0 @ 05/14/12 03:26 AM
Surprised Vandy wasn't on this list.
 
# 8 Jakeboutte @ 05/14/12 03:54 AM
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Originally Posted by JB0B0
Surprised Vandy wasn't on this list.
I think its funny that 4 of the 5 are from the West Coast.
 
# 9 beerdujour @ 05/14/12 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by JB0B0
Surprised Vandy wasn't on this list.
I have rolled with Vandy in the past, cool stadium background, SEC competition, black uni's, I pretend the Vanderbilt family finally dumped cash into a struggling program, one of the better rebuilding projects in the game!
 
# 10 JB0B0 @ 05/14/12 01:30 PM
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I have rolled with Vandy in the past, cool stadium background, SEC competition, black uni's, I pretend the Vanderbilt family finally dumped cash into a struggling program, one of the better rebuilding projects in the game!
They really are! They've been to 3 bowl games, if I'm not mistaken, since the founding of the football team. The program has been dismal for a very long time and appears to be on the upturn with James Franklin at the helm. Definitely a fun, yet challenging, team to coach in dynasty mode.
 
# 11 Paulinho @ 06/02/12 10:55 PM
Stanford's recruiting class of 2012 was incredible.
 
# 12 cparrish @ 06/03/12 01:07 AM
If you truly want to play as Stanford, only recruit players who have high, very high, and most interest in academics. Otherwise there is nothing that makes them different than any other team.
 
# 13 xcanadaman9x @ 06/03/12 02:02 AM
The only reason I would consider playing with Vandy is if I be an assistant and get a hot wife on the side
 
# 14 KushNstien @ 06/03/12 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by cparrish
If you truly want to play as Stanford, only recruit players who have high, very high, and most interest in academics. Otherwise there is nothing that makes them different than any other team.
that is probably the best way to play for schools like Stanford. adds more authenticity to the game!
 

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