Thursday, September 6, 2007

Dynasty Saving Halftime Difficulty Level Adjustment (a/k/a the damn game cheats on Heisman level)

Steve Fraggle Rock Kragthorpe enjoyed his first taste of EA's NCAA 2008 by pummeling the opponent, Murray St., 73-10. He scored on every possession. So coming into this week's game he thought, hey, maybe I should up the difficulty level.

Sitting down before his PS3 and selecting another relatively easy opponent, Middle Tennessee, he slides the difficulty level up to Heisman. Might as well give it a try, he thinks. But I think someone needs a little more practice with the hit stick.

At the half, it is somewhat ugly. Kragthrope is winning, sure, but the stats exemplify the uphill battle he is facing. The Blue Raiders have amassed 322 yards and 35 points. But thanks to a fumbled kick return providing an extra possession, Louisville has the lead at the half 38-35. Looking slowly around him and finding no one paying attention, Kragthorpe opens the settings panel and slides that difficulty back down to "All-American".

The adjustment proves the difference as Louisville holds on to win 58-42. The teams combined for 1,284 yards. Brohm continues a decent Colt Brennan impression (minus the alleged dorm room rape assignment misunderstanding) by throwing 25/39 for 401 yards and 4 touchdowns. More impressively, Anthony Allen rushed 35 times for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Depending upon your perspective (for instance, from our perspective), there was some good news as Mario Urrutia, despite a team leading 7 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns, looked sloppy dropping a few key passes including one in the end zone. Additionally, Louisville's rush defense looked as solid as our pass defense. Middle Tennessee rushed for 265 yards on 29 carries. Furthermore, Louisville liked to mix it up on pass defense with the very confusing "don't cover the wide out" formation.

The single game record for combined total yardage was set in 2001. In a matchup between San Jose State and Nevada, the teams combined for 1,640 yards (pdf). I expect that record to be challenged on November 8th. If you haven't already taken the over on the WVU-LU matchup, get your money in and tease it up to 300.

If you missed the game, be sure to catch LSU-VT and imagine the exact opposite of what you're watching. Speaking of VT, I want to thank the WWL for making it easy to hate the Hokies again. After the tragedy, there was... uh... admittedly... maybe a little... um.. empathy. But after hearing "its an emotional weekend in Blacksburg" 3,405 times last weekend, its back to hate. Strike Zones and End Zones speculates upon what they have in store for this weekend.

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