EA Sports today announced the schools that have advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Football 14 cover tournament and have opened up the voting. Once again it is being handled through Facebook with a main poll which will be followed by secondary ones.
Alabama led the way in the round of 16 followed closely behind by Texas A&M and Michigan. Those three had the benefit of being listed first in the poll options on Facebook which provided a huge advantage as users had to click through to another page to see the other programs. The trio totaled 88K votes which was more than the remaining 13 schools combined with 78K. That represents yet another gaffe in what has been a poorly staged cover vote process from the start. 6 of the 8 options from the primary poll are displayed on the main FB page with Oregon and Texas A&M now seemingly at a disadvantage.
Penn State slipped out after looking as though they would likely advance. That leaves Notre Dame as the only program that EA would certainly like to avoid now given the Manti Te’o story. If they had planned for him to be a cover option that at least will have been scrapped now. Within the next 10 days the company will be announcing the potential cover athletes for the programs leading into a voting stage to choose the eventual candidate for each that will end on February 18.
Though there is ample time to go in the voting round of eight programs for the NCAA Football 14 cover here is an update on the current standings. Michigan is leading the way with 22,044 votes and Alabama is close behind having totaled 20,343. Texas A&M is sitting comfortably at 12,623 while Oregon remains somewhat vulnerable with 8,111 votes. As things stand right now they would all be moving on to the final four.
Florida State at 7,149 is in range to make a run at the final spot while Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Georgia look as though they won’t be going any further. If additional polls are posted though – depending on how they’re structured in particular – that could change their outlook.
Unfortunately EA has not actually defined when this round of voting will actually end. Potential cover athletes for each school are expected to be announced by February 3 with the advancing schools and their athlete moving on come February 18.
Just taking a guess here since it has not at all been made clear but the voting on athletes may represent the secondary poll/s for this round. That could shift the results dramatically depending on which programs have the most appealing individuals attached (more likely for non-fans to vote for players now than schools) and eliminate the fatigue of voting for the same school over and over by now as some have surely tuned out of the process.
Could the silhouettes in the above image (larger version) provide hints at the soon-to-be-revealed candidates? That Michigan has a QB could be a sign of that given Denard Robinson would likely be their representative. The others are more difficult to define however. Alabama could be a running back which would make sense with Eddie Lacy, Georgia could be Jarvis Jones (in fact it may be based on this picture or one similar), Notre Dame might be Tyler Eifert (note the hair out the back of the helmet). What do you think for the others?