I'm 10 seasons in and all I can say is "eh..."
It doesn't really surprise me that this game is such a mess, but despite the hoopla, I can't help but feel that NCAA is in serious need of a significant overhaul. Some key takeaways thus far:
1.) The game play has more than its fair share of massive, crippling bugs. The biggest offender so far has to be the AI defenders. The pursuit code actually seems to MIRROR your movement if you do a good job of prolonging its decision loop by keeping a consistent distance and making subtle changes in direction, allowing for endless big plays once you learn how to make the AI shit itself in this fashion. They're so busy trying to line up a tackle, they never even dive. Even on the hardest difficulty level, I'm already stretching the seams to their limit. I break my old NCAA-record for rushing yards almost every season. Can't believe they didn't notice or address this in the last patch, or that it shipped in the first place. I am not an ace at these games, but I spotted it in less than 8 full quarters of gameplay.
2.) The overall experience of dynasty mode is a bit of a downer. The recruiting mini-game is so fucking clunky and obscured by a lack of readily available information when you need it, making it less like a game and more like a full time recruiting job for a college program that has yet to discover the joys of database software. I mean, I am not a scout, but I'd wager that if I were going to call a recruit I've spoken with before, I'd have some notes about what winds his clock in front of me before I dial up to give him a pitch on our school. Instead, it's buried in a menu that requires me to play jump-rope in and out of screens just to remind him that we're on TV a lot. Further, the process fails to yield decent results. For example, would someone care to explain why I can't convince enough recruits to fill a roster to join my team after winning 6 consecutive national championships? Meh.
3.) Speed STILL kills, pass defenders at all positions still react to the ball with no regard for physics, and CPU passers are all west coast whores who can pass at 95% against the best defenses. Hope you like smashmouth offense and Cover-2, kiddies.
I will post a more lengthy eval soon, but honestly, this one is looking like horse shoes and hand grenades in my book.