+ Estimated trophy difficulty: 4.1/10
+ Offline: 41
+ Online: 6
+ Approximate time: 30-40 hours
+ Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
+ Missable trophies: None
+ Glitched trophies: There may be a few trophies that have trouble unlocking, but nothing has been confirmed at this point.
+ Cheats: No cheats available.
Trophy Breakdown: 1 3 6 38
The first thing you'll want to do after loading up the game is to go into Season Showdown mode and select which team you want to represent. Choose wisely because you can't change your mind once your team is set. The sooner you take care of this, the better because every game you will play will earn you credits. The earlier you start working on your Overall level, Skills level, Sportsmanship level, and Strategy level, the better.
Once your team is set, start working on the Dynasty Mode and Exhibition trophies. There are plenty here to get and most of them aren't challenging at all. In fact, you should get most of them without even trying to get them. You're going to have play through a couple of different dynasties in order to get all of the trophies. The first one, and the easiest, is going to be your powerhouse dynasty. You should choose one of the big nine schools in the game (USC, Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, or Notre Dame). Playing as either one of those will make your recruiting much easier. Of course, college football being what it is, you will probably not want to play as some of those schools and choose your favorite. You can do that, but the recruiting trophies are much easier with those nine schools.
Your second dynasty is going to be your non-BCS school. Boise State or Utah are the best choices here, but you can also go with one of the teams from the Sun Belt conference if you want to eventually be invited into the SEC for the "What Competition?" trophy. Whichever way you choose to go, if you have an undefeated season as a non-BCS school, you should be invited to a BCS bowl game and get the "Crash the Party" trophy.
Once you have most of your dynasty trophies out of the way, it's time to go back and clean up a few of the trophies that you have to go out of your way for. Get "We Are Family" out of the way as soon as you can. Family Mode is incredibly frustrating and not very fun to play because of how simple it is. Also join or host an online dynasty at some point here. If you don't want to actually compete online, then I outlined how to go about getting the trophy and not playing online in "Reach Out and Crush Someone." The Dynasty/Exhibition trophies that you really have to go out of your way for are "On Lockdown" and "4th Quarter Comeback." You'll have to do those in separate games, but once you know how to adjust the settings, they're no trouble at all.
After the Dynasty mode trophies, are out of the way, it's time to start on your Road to Glory. Here, you'll start out as a high school senior in your state's playoff tournament. Most of these trophies aren't too tough once you understand what's going on. The three leaderboard trophies cause the most confusion. There are two sets of leaderboards that you can look at, the Online Leaderboard and the Offline Leaderboard. The one that you have to earn points to get on is the Offline Leaderboard. The points will vary depending upon the school, the conference, and the position. For example, to get on the NCAA leaderboard, you need to have gained around 2100 Legend Points throughout your Road to Glory career.
The "Freshman Phenom" trophy is troublesome and maybe the hardest in the game. It's not that it's difficult to put up huge numbers, it's that the computer always seems to default to one of the same three players to win that first Heisman, Tim Tebow (QB #15 on Florida), Sam Bradford (QB #14 on Oklahoma), or Colt McCoy (QB #12 on Texas). I put about 57 TD and 4400 passing yards on a 13-0 Georgia team (that included a blowout of Florida), but I still lost to Tebow. The best workaround to this problem is by creating a freshman QB on Florida, maxing out all of his stats, and choosing to play as him instead of as a new player. The maxed out QB will start over Tebow, and because you're on a good team, you get put up enough numbers to win the Heisman.
Note from Cauchy:
For many of these strategies, you'll need to max out some players stats. Just doing this can be very tedious and time consuming. So here's some specific advice to minimize the grind: Hold right on the left analogue stick and then use the d-pad to also push right. This will increase the speed at which the stat bar fills up dramatically.
[PS3T would like to thank olsen77 for this Road Map]