GameDaily writes: "Every year, EA Sports attempts to put a fresh spin on its sports franchises, giving them that certain edge to justify spending $60 on another version of games you already own. With NCAA Football 09, the company listened to some of its long-time fans, throwing in a new online Dynasty mode and a few other small features. Unfortunately, even with these features, they're not the drastic changes the series needed.
Most of the features found in last year's edition are back. In Campus Legend, you pluck a customized player out of high school and run him through the routes of becoming a college football legend. Aside from some AI assistance with the playbook and training, there's really nothing staggeringly new here. It's a great mode, but without any genuine forward progress in development, it feels like deja vu."