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Having wrapped up the NCAA Football 08 achievements, I moved on to some other games that have been in the stable for a while.
 
I spent Saturday afternoon working on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.  I only have a handful of achievements left and boy are they hard.  I had walked away from the game over a year ago trying to get these last few achievements.
 
Fed up with seeing the same three minute section (or less!) of "No Fighting in the War Room" over and over again, I moved onto Halo Wars and managed to get a lot done.  I finished the game on Legendary difficulty and knocked out "24 Hours of Quality", "Adjudicate the Arbiter", and "Detour the Great Journey".  I went back to get a few missions done under par on Heroic difficulty to get "Mr. Punctual".  The only acheivements I have left now are co-op/online.
 
I dove into a few online games and had fun.  I managed to get my "N00b n0 M0r3" from a guy that wasn’t prepared for my stiff resistance.  We were playing on Chasms.  I built two bases up pretty quick with garrisons of inantry, but my opponent came over with a horde of marines, crushed my first base, and nearly took out the second.  I held him off…barely.  I rebuilt as quickly as I could.  He came back with a second army of infantray and focused on taking out my barracks.  I just kept repairing and building towers and cranking out infantry from a rebuilt infantry barracks.  Suddenly he disconnected right in the middle of the attack at a point where the fight could have swung either way.  If it was intentional, I’d guess it was because he expected me to just roll over.  When I didn’t, he got pissed off and jacked out.
 
His loss, my gain. 
 
I then spent some time working on Gears of War online achievements.  These are pretty hard because the community is smaller now, several years after release.  I also suck – and I mean SUCK.  But I’ve joined a good community at www.xbox360achievements.org.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some of the GOW achievements knocked out with some boosting.  I did get "Mix It Up" tonight after several nights of casual play.  I don’t know if I’ll ever see "Seriously …" though.
 
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The last achievement I needed to get a 100% completion in NCAA Football 08 was the "Ranked Game" achievement, which I picked up today.  I played as Army and my opponent selected Texas.  I was expecting to get thoroughly pummeled.
 
I did lose, but my opponent played conservatively and was a really good sport.  He mostly ran the ball, punted on 4th down toward the end of the game, and kneeled down on the last play of the game.
 
Texas scored on their first possession – a long run-dominated drive that ate up most of the five minute first quarter.  I responded with a pretty good drive of my own, but I turned the ball over on downs on the Texas 25.  Texas tried to put some more points on the board, but the drive ran out of time on my half of the field.  We finished up the half 7-0.
 
I received the ball at the start of the second half, but I wasn’t able to get anything close to the success I had on my first drive.  I threw two interceptions on my side of the field trying to catch up, which Texas turned into 14 points on short scoring drives.  The end result was a 21-0 Texas win.
 
Thanks to RAH1966 for a straight up game and helping me get this achievement!

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Despite some difficulty simming a victory over Alabama, I was able to wrap up the "1-Star into 6-Star" achievement on the 29th at the end of the 2010 season with my Western Michigan University dynasty.  The last offline achievement I had remaining was the "BCS Conference Invite".  To get this achievement, your program must receive an invite to one of the six conferences whose champions receive an automatic berth in one of the five BCS bowl games.  The conferences are the ACC, the Big 12, the Big East, the Big Ten, the Pac-10, or the SEC.
 
A number of achievment guides suggest pursuing the "BCS Conference Invite" achievement along with the "1-Star into 6-Star" achievement.  I’ve also read that it’s easy to get the BCS conference invitation using Notre Dame.  Since my WMU Broncos were already a six-star football factory, I decided to stick it out.
 
I was invited into the Big Ten Conference at the end of the 2013 season.  If I had not committed a user error during the 2012 season and saved a loss to Temple (Temple!), I might have received the invite at the end of the 2012 season.  Still, 2013 was a good year to get the achievement.  I went undefeated, beating #3 USC, #1 Texas, #1 Florida, and #9 WVU on the way to a mid-season #1 ranking, a MAC championship over 8-4 Ohio, and a BCS championship over a 12-1, #2 ranked Oklahoma team.  My quarterback won the Heisman Trophy, The Maxwell Award, and the Davey O’Brien Award and I was awarded the Coach of the Year trophy.
 
Now I have just the "Ranked Game" achievement remaining.

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