NCAA Football 06, known colloquially as College Football 2006 is a collegiate American football video game which was released on July 11, 2005. The product features former Michigan Wolverines standout and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard on the cover. He is the only cover athlete not to have played the year before their respective game, Howard last played at Michigan in 1991. It is the only game as of 2010 to have a music soundtrack as the others play school fight songs.
NCAA Football 06 features a new game mode, "Race for the Heisman." In "Race for the Heisman", you begin as a high school standout hoping to sign with a major college program. After choosing your position and your position-specific drill, you are offered three scholarships, or you can walk on to a school of your choice. The prestige of the offering schools depends on how you performed in your drill.
Another new feature in NCAA Football 06 is the Impact Player. Each team has three impact players, usually the three highest rated players on the roster, but there is always at least one impact player on offense and on defense. (In Dynasty mode some teams only have two Impact Players in later years) Some teams' kickers or punters are impact players, too. Offensive linemen are never impact players in the game. Impact players are called upon to make big plays when "in the zone" (indicated by their white impact icon underneath them pulsating). If they execute a big play, action pauses and the camera zooms in on the tackle, juke move, etc.
Still around from the previous version are the Top 25 toughest places to play (The University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, or "The Swamp", remains #1 in 06), a still-revamped Dynasty Mode (with a new In-Season Recruiting feature), all-time and historic teams, Create-a-School, and much more.
The main menu screen features a highlight reel with footage of plays made by some of the most famous players in college football history, including Ricky Williams, Bo Jackson, Archie Griffin, Charles Woodson, Herschel Walker, LaDainian Tomlinson, Barry Sanders, LaVar Arrington, Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis, Tim Dwight, Randy Moss, Ron Dayne, Warrick Dunn, Lawrence Phillips, Lawrence Taylor, Tim Brown, and Peyton Manning.
Like Madden NFL 06, which has an exclusive license with the NFL, EA has an exclusive license with the NCAA to use stadiums, logos, and team nicknames. According to NCAA Football (a not-for-profit corporation serving to represent various stakeholders for college football), the "EA Sports video football game generates more than $8 million in royalties for NCAA Football and its members. Also, player names are not available in the game because the NCAA would have to pay the players for naming rights so they are called by their positions and numbers, but the player can still give them names.
Prior to the release of NCAA Football 06, the only music featured in the game were fight songs of several major colleges. These would play at random, however the user-selected "favorite team" would always have their fight song played first whenever the game was first started. NCAA Football 06 was the first and last to include licensed music to keep the series in uniform with other EA Sports releases such as Madden NFL and the NHL series. This format was dropped for NCAA Football 07, with the soundtrack returning to college fight songs. However, it was possible to turn off the licensed music and listen to the fight songs in NCAA Football 06. The music features mainly punk and post-punk selections, including Bad Religion, The Clash, NOFX and The Mr. T Experience. It is the first NCAA game to feature the option of non-fight songs in the menus. Also, "Out All Night" and "Me Myself and I" can be considered out of place in the sound track, since they are neither punk nor post-punk.
|NCAA 2006 Soundtrack|
|Bad Religion||"Atomic Garden"|
|The Clash||" Train in Vain (Stand by Me)"|
|De La Soul||"Me Myself and I"|
|Guided by Voices||"Teenage FBI"|
|Jawbreaker||"Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault"|
|Lagwagon||"Know It All"|
|Mother Love Bone||"This Is Shangri-La"|
|The Mr. T Experience||"More Than Toast"|
|Ned's Atomic Dustbin||"Kill Your Television"|
|NOFX||"Jeff Wears Birkenstocks?"|
|The Pietasters||"Out All Night"|
- When the player creates a school with a recognizable name by the announcers(i.e. Florida) it will be announced by Nessler at the start of the game also the fight song and Gator Chomp are heard.