Just two weeks ago, Penn State trailed Kentucky and rival Nebraska in a vote for the team that will appear on the EA Sports NCAA Football 14 cover. Instead of enshrining just one player on the cover as the video game company has in past years, EA will be putting an entire university’s football team on the 2014 cover.
32 teams have survived the first round of voting to move on, and EA is again asking for fans of each remaining school to participate in a vote, asking, “Which school do you want to be on the cover of the next NCAA Football?” Remaining programs include powerhouses like national champion Alabama, runner-up Notre Dame, Johnny Football’s Texas A&M, as well as Big Ten conference rivals Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.
While Penn State won the first round of voting with over 13,000 votes from fans, it seems that EA Sports is using some sort of subjective system that also includes expressing team spirit on social media networks:
“Don’t forget, fanhood extends beyond just voting. True fans are encouraged to come up with creative ways to represent their team. Impassioned tweets using the hashtag #NCAACoverVote, Instagram photos of campus landmarks, YouTube videos of university traditions and more will all count toward a school’s chances to advance to the next round. In short, fans are encouraged to go all in and represent the team they root for every Saturday!”
Because of those rules, Penn State is listed in tenth place heading into the second round despite a substantial lead in the poll. It’s interesting to note that EA states that Notre Dame led in voting when the first round ended, yet the numbers show the Irish over 10,000 votes behind Penn State. To ensure Penn State wins and EA Sports can’t use its tomfoolery on us, make sure to take to your Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram accounts once you’ve voted to help solidify our spot in the Round of 16 once second round of voting ends on January 15th.
If you need any more motivation than that — and you shouldn’t — check out this trailer from EA Sports, and don’t forget to vote once you’ve watched it: