NCAA Football 2005 is the 2004 installment of EA's NCAA Football franchise. It features former Pittsburgh Panthers receiver Larry Fitzgerald on the cover.
The gameplay did not change much from the 2004 installment. Two significant additions are made:
Home Field Advantage
When playing a game at home, players have the ability to incite their crowds to cheer as loudly as possible by rapidly tapping an assigned button. The maximum amount of noise is determined by how loud the stadium is in real life. As the stadium gets louder, the volume increases, the screen starts shaking, the controller rumbles, and the offense has trouble keeping organized. If playing in a loud stadium, missed audibles and constant false start penalties are a common occurance. With this home field advantage system came a ranking of stadiums based on the noise their fans make. These rankings do not change over time.
- Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida
- Neyland Stadium, Tennessee
- Ohio Stadium, OSU
- Tiger Stadium, LSU
- Autzen Stadium, Oregon
- Husky Stadium, Washington
- Kyle Field, Texas A&M
- Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin
- Memorial Stadium, Nebraska
- Stanford Stadium, Georgia
- Kinnick Stadium, Iowa
- Michigan Stadium, Michigan
- Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech
- Doak Campbell Stadium, FSU
- Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
- Memorial Stadium, Clemson
- Beaver Stadium, Penn State
- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Oklahoma
- Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
- Carrier Dome, Syracuse
- Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama
- KSU Stadium, Kansas State
- Mountaineer Field, West Virginia
- Martin Stadium, Washington State
- Miami Orange Bowl, Miami
The second addition is the big hits system, where you can press a button before delivering a hit to make it harder, with a larger shot to miss.
NCAA Football 2005, while received mainly positively, also had a major flaw with the passing game: far too many dropped balls. The amount of dropped balls was significantly higher than NCAA Football 2004, and the amount of dropped balls again went down for NCAA Football 2006.