- 21For NCAA Football 2002, quarterback Chris Weinke from the Florida State Seminoles was on the cover.
- 22Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Shaun Alexander, who also went on to appear on the cover of Madden NFL, appeared on the cover of NCAA Football 2001.
- 23Texas Longhorns running back Ricky Williams was the cover athlete for the NCAA Football 2000 video game.
- 24Charles Woodson, a cornerback for the Michigan Wolverines and Heisman Trophy winner, was selected to grace the cover of NCAA Football 99.
- 25For NCAA Football 98, the first year the game was titled in the NCAA Football [year] format, Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel appeared on the cover.
- 26Tommie Frazier, a quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, was the cover athlete for the game in its College Football USA 97 edition, becoming the first player to appear on the game.
- 27Bill Walsh, the notable Stanford Cardinal football coach who loaned his name to the video game series, appeared on the cover of the game for the first two editions, Bill Walsh College Football and Bill Walsh College Football 1995.