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College Classics FAQ by billiohale

Version: 1.00 | Updated: 07/23/03

Title: NCAA Football 2004 - College Classics
Version: 1.00
Author: Billy Hale
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Let me start by saying this is my first FAQ, so if it sucks or you know 
something that would help, email me, its at the bottom.  Also, for the 
difficulty, the first number is without cheats, the second is with 
them.  I will not put the cheats in this FAQ, because they are stupid.  
However, if you absolutely need them, email me, I will tell you.  If 
the second number is 0, then I do not know a cheap way, or it is too 
easy to need one.  Also, /\=Triangle, [ ]=square,  O=circle, and 
X=well, X.
that the hard way. 
The way each one works is:
Date - Teams - Name of the game - Score - Price (below the date there 
is a price, I have no clue what it is for, but it is part of the 
College Classics so I included it)

1. December 19, 1980 - SMU vs BYU - Holiday Bowl - 46-45 - Price: $1.25
Difficulty: 9/7
Overview:  You have 2:33 left to score 20 points.  You can either kick 
it or go for 2, going for 2 just makes it so you only have to go for 2 
once more to get within a field goal.  After the conversion, onsides 
kick it, pray.  If you don't get it or turn the ball over, exit and 
restart.  Move the ball down the field with long passes and GET OUT OF 
BOUNDS.  You want your 3 timeouts incase you don't get an onsides kick 
later.  Once again, when you score, go for 2, every time except the 
last, and only kick there if you want to try and win in OT.  If you're 
stopped to 4th down, kick the FG so you aren't pressure too much.  Go to 
practice and practice your onsides kicks a lot before you try this one. 

2. November 20, 1982 - Cal vs Stanford - The Play - 25-20 - Price: 
Difficulty: 10/1
Overview:  This can be the hardest or the easiest of the 20 classics, 
depending on if you cheat or not, or if the game chokes and misses the 
FG.  After the CPU kicks the FG, hope for a good wedge and run like 
hell.  It helps not to start holding X until you are past the wedge, 
otherwise you will outrun your coverage.

3. December 23, 1983 - BYU vs Missouri - Holiday Bowl - 21-17 - Price: 
Difficulty: 2/0
Overview: Since you're only down 3, go for the endzone 3 times and if 
you fail, kick the FG and win in overtime.  Steve Young is a fast for a 
white QB, so don't be afraid to roll left to get a DB to commit to you 
then lob it to [ ] for the TD.

4. January 1, 1984 - Miami vs Nebraska - Orange Bowl - 31-30 - Price: 
Difficulty: 4/0 hardest part is playing D.
Overview: This QB is hella fast (90), go Hail Mary [ ].  Wait about a 
second and a half then take off to the left, you got it easily.  All 
you need to do now is play some D.  However if you have no cajones, you 
can always kick the PAT and go for it in OT.

5. November 23, 1984 - Boston College vs Miami - Hail Mary - 47-45 - 
Price: $1.25
Difficulty: 8/0
Overview: Flutie is fast (79) and has a good arm (88) but the first 3 
times I did this one, I got tackled at the 3 or so.  Its all luck on 
how you get tackled.  Hail Mary [ ], send #30 in motion and as soon as 
he clears the left side of the line, snap it.  Wait until X is open and 
bullet pass it to him, if your going down, try and pitch the ball, and 
it doesn't hurt to say a couple prayers before you start this Classic.
6. November 30, 1985 - Alabama vs Auburn - Iron Bowl - 25-23 - Price: 
Difficulty: 4/2
Overview: 57 seconds and you start on your own 20.  You only need to 
get to about your opponents 33 to make a 50 yard kick (your kicker has 
95 power), more or less depending on your sliders.  You have 2 
timeouts, save 1 to get your kicker onto the field. 

7. January 2, 1987 - Penn State vs Miami - Fiesta Bowl - 14-10 - Price: 
Difficulty: 6/0
Overview: A little over 3 minutes to go 80 yards.  Your QB is a 99, so 
passing shouldn't be a problem.  Since you have 3+ miuntes, clock 
management shouldn't be an issue, this is a Classic based soley upon 
execution.  The Penn State defense is solid though, which boosts the 
difficulty slightly.  Also, if you score too quickly, you will have to 
play D against the fairly good passing offense of Penn State.

8. January 1, 1991 - Colorado vs Notre Dame - Orange Bowl - 10-9 - 
Price: $2.00
Difficulty: 4/1 
Overview: 43 seconds, they are punting from their own 40.  They will 
get the punt to about the 12, get a decent return to the 20 or 25 and 
your in a good position with 2 timeouts.  This is a lot like the Iron 
Bowl in that the distance is similar but the time is shaved a little.  
Also, your going with your backup QB whose rating is an 81 (pretty damn 
good for a backup huh?) and your kicker has an 85 power, so you will 
need to be a little closer, around the 28 or so to be sure.  Scratch 
that on the backup QB, it is your starter, strange huh?  I went with my 
favorite Hail Mary play ([ ] if you didn't know) and got to their 26 
after 1 play.  I then ran the ball to get in the center of the field 
and waste some clock and won the game on a 42 yard kick with time 
running out.

9. November 16, 1991 - Miami vs FSU - Wide Right I - 17-16 - Price: 
Difficulty: 5/0
Overview: Don't you think its odd they have I but not II in here?  Just 
a random point.  The first time I tried this one, I missed, short, not 
right.  It isn't a very difficult Classic you have just under 3 minutes 
after the kick off to get to there 30 to be safe, but the Miami D is 
tenacious (haha, Tenacious D, Jack Black is a funny guy).  

10. November 14, 1992 - Notre Dame vs Penn State - Snow Bowl - 17-16 - 
Price: $2.00
Difficulty: 6/0
Overview: 1 play, 3 yards, 25 seconds left.  I suggest going Hail Mary 
[ ] and running in, like on Miami - Nebraska Orange Bowl.  Even though 
your QB is slow as hell, you can still get the 3 yards necessary.  Now 
is when you need to make a decision.  Do you go for the win or sissy 
out and try and win in OT.  Either way, its not that difficult, just 
run your money play, you all already know mine.  However, a screen also 
works well in this situation.  Play solid D for the last 15-20 seconds 
and this pennant is yours.

11. November 13, 1993 - FSU vs Notre Dame - Game of the Century - 31-24 
- Price: $2.00
Difficulty: 8/0
Overview: 4th and goal from the 20.  I go for the endzone, however a FG 
wouldn't be entirely bad here either.  With 4:05 left you can afford 3 
instead of 7.  I actually got stopped on the 3 but forced a punt after 
3 downs.  I scored on my first play after the punt and had 2:19 to 
force a punt and score again.  After you score a TD, go for 2 unless 
you are going to try to win in OT, because if you miss here, you've 
still got your next TD to go for 2 and tie.  I went with my money play 
(FSU QB is fast) and got the 2.  I kicked deep and forced a quick punt 
and got possession back on my 42.  Score again using medium pass plays 
and kick the PAT to take the lead.  After the squib kick, drop off into 
dime coverage and don't let a receiver behind you. 

12. September 24, 1994 - Colorado vs Michigan - The Miracle at Michigan 
- 27-26 - Price: $2.50
Difficulty: 10/7
Overview: Remember Hail Mary? HOLY ****.  This is Hail Mary x4.  You 
start on your own 36 with 6 seconds left.  Run Deep Outs from Shotgun 5 
wide and hope he gets out after getting a foot inbounds with some time 
left, probably only 1 or 2 seconds.  Then, run your deep money play and 
say a prayer. KNOW YOUR PITCH BUTTON, if your player is about to be 
tackled, press your pitch button repeatedly. 

13. November 26, 1994 - FSU vs Florida - Choke at Doak - 31-31 - Price: 
Difficulty: 3/0
Overview: 1:45 to return a kickoff as far as possible and get within 
fieldgoal range.  Your kicker has a 90 power, so 50 yards is possible 
if you hit it well.  However, with only 1 timeout, you need to run 
sideline routes to keep the TO to get your kicking unit onto the field. 

14. November 2, 1995 - Virginia vs FSU - FSU at Virginia - 33-28 - 
Price: $2.50
Difficulty: 5/0 
Overview: The only Classic that is a single defensive play.  Hope you 
called the right defensive play and stop 'em, its that simple.

15. January 1, 1997 - Ohio State vs Arizona State - Rose Bowl - 20-17 - 
Price: $3.00
Difficulty: 2/0
Overview: 1:40 left, 3rd and goal from the 11.  2 plays for the endzone, 
1 timeout incase you get stuffed.  I tried a screen that only got a 
yard and then went with a pass, but I tucked and scrambled in for 6.  
The hardest part of this Classic is the defense after you score.

16. November 8, 1997 - Nebraska vs Missouri - Nebraska at Missouri - 
45-38 - Price: $3.00
Difficulty: 6/0
Overview: 1:02, 1st and 10 from your 33.  Your QB has 86 speed so 
scrambling isn't a bad option.  Solid core of receivers to help an 
average throwing QB down the field.  Remember, you're Nebraska, so 
options are definitely in your arsenal.  Be conscious of the clock, 
especially if you option, you may think you have gotten out of bounds 
but haven't.  If there is 25 seconds or less, seriously consider going 
towards the endzone, if your not in range, get there, fast.  Once you 
score, you've got a decision to make, 1 or 2.  GO FOR IT, it isn't an 
incredibly long Classic, so if you fail, who cares, restart it, it will 
probably be quicker than going to OT.  Since your QB is so fast, it's a 
good bet to roll out and keep it yourself.

17. November 22, 1997 - Florida vs FSU - The Best Game Ever Played in 
the Swamp - 32-29  Price: $3.00
Difficulty: 4/0
Overview: 2:45 to go 80 yards for the score.  The Florida QB is a 90 
and is helped by a decent bunch of receivers: 91, 85, 84 for the top 3.  
If you decide to run the ball, keep it away from your left side of the 
line, the FSU ROLB is a 95.  You need to concentrate more on getting 
the ball downfield more than clock management because you've got nearly 
3 minutes to get a TD.

18. November 7, 1998 - Michigan St. vs Ohio St. - Michigan St. at Ohio 
St. - 28-24 - Price: $3.00
Difficulty: 5/0
Overview: 1:39 left from midfield, you need a TD to win.  Consider 
switching your QB's.  The back-up's rating is only 1 pt worse but his 
speed and throw power is better.  The Buckeyes' primary receiver has a 
great rating (90's).  Time is only a slight issue because you only have 
a little ways to go.  Make sure you run your routes towards the 
sidelines, you only have 1 timeout that you want to save incase your QB 
gets sacked.

19. November 14, 1998 - Syracuse vs VA Tech - Virginia Tech at Syracuse 
- 28-26 - Price: $ 3.00
Difficulty: 3/0
Overview: Its exactly the opposite of Virginia - FSU, not a horribly 
difficult play, consider rolling left and throwing to the wide out 
after the CB steps up to stop the scrambling QB.

20. January 3, 2003 - Ohio St. vs Miami - Fiesta Bowl - 31-24 - Price: 
Difficulty: 3/0
Overview: Kick it.  That simple.  Worry about completing a 4th down pass 
with no time left in OT, much easier that going for it in regulation.  
It isn't very hard to stop the Bucks offense, and its very easy to 
score with Magahee and Dorsey, but it takes more than one play because 
you need short runs.  Blitz the weak O-line of the Bucks often to force 
a turnover or a sack.

If you would like your name to be added to the bottom as someone who 
has completed all 20 games, email me your feedback and name, this is an 
honor system, don't be a punk.

PLEASE, since this was my first FAQ, please send me feedback.  
Email: Billy_hale@hotmail.com
AIM SN: BillioHale
Please don't hesitate to IM me, I am always online either there or 
away, it's the joy of having cable modem.

Thanks to EA for making a great game, thanks to Mom for the sandwhiches 
and drinks you brought me while I was shopped up in the basement, and 
thanks Dad for letting me use your laptop.

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