NCAA Football 2005 was the 12th installment of the NCAA Football Series. The game was developed by EA Tiburon and released by EA Sports on July 15th, 2004 for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox. The primary feature of this game is introduction of home-field advantage and "The 25 Toughest Places to Play".


The cover of the game features University of Pittsburgh and current Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, barely losing out to Jason White of Oklahoma.


This version of the game focused primarily on home-field advantage. The home team's defense can incite the crowd to make noise, making it difficult for the offense to hear the quarterback's audibles. The home team's offense can also quiet the crowd, allowing the quarterback to call audibles very easily. All of this allows the energy of the crowd, if strong enough, to swing the momentum of the game. To enhance this feature, NCAA Football 2005 ranked the "Top 25 Toughest Places to Play," where the power of home-field advantage would be at its strongest.

Another new addition was the "Match-Up Stick" feature which allowed players to match up more experienced and skilled players on younger, less-talented ones to exploit mismatches.

While most reviews of this game were positive, many critics felt that NCAA Football 2005 made little changes from NCAA Football 2004. Gamers also noticed that receivers dropped passes considerably more than the previous version.

The 25 Toughest Places to PlayEdit

These rankings are based on home winning percentage, average attendance, and "atmosphere" (i.e., fan rowdiness and noise).

  1. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida
  2. Neyland Stadium, Tennessee
  3. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
  4. Tiger Stadium, Louisiana State
  5. Autzen Stadium, Oregon
  6. Husky Stadium, Washington
  7. Kyle Field, Texas A&M
  8. Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin
  9. Memorial Stadium, Nebraska
  10. Sanford Stadium, Georgia
  11. Kinnick Stadium, Iowa
  12. Michigan Stadium, Michigan
  13. Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech
  14. Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State
  15. Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
  16. Memorial Stadium, Clemson
  17. Beaver Stadium, Penn State
  18. Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Oklahoma
  19. Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
  20. Carrier Dome, Syracuse
  21. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama
  22. KSU Stadium, Kansas State
  23. Mountaineer Field, West Virginia
  24. Martin Stadium, Washington State
  25. Miami Orange Bowl, Miami



All Division l-A schools were included in the game along with more than 70 l-AA schools. Signature fan celebrations, such as the "Gator Chomp" or "Texas Hook 'Em Horns" were also included.