'NCAA Football 13' cover exclusive to Big 12

The votes were tallied. The results are in.

Oklahoma State Heisman winner Barry Sanders will join Baylor's Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, on the cover of "NCAA Football 13," EA Sports' college football game set for a July 10 release.

Here's a look at the cover. Pretty solid.

Sanders beat out seven other Heisman winners in a fan voting contest to snag a spot next to RG3 on the cover, making the game feature a pair of former Big 12 talents. (Well, Sanders was in the Big 8, but ... whatever.)

Sanders outpaced Herschel Walker in the final vote.

Here's a look at what's new in this year's game from the cover release. I've played the game since Chris Weinke nabbed the 2002 cover, so I can't wait. Dates following the features are when the details will be explained.

Gameplay (to be released April 17): With a new passing system that changes the way quarterbacks and receivers play and respond, combined with a new read and react defensive AI system, NCAA Football 13 delivers greater realism on the virtual gridiron.

Dynasty (to be released May 7): Gamedays come to life with mid-game updates featuring a new studio analyst, plus enhanced commentary from NCAA Football veterans Kirk Herbstreit and Brad Nessler. Recruiting now goes deeper than ever with the addition of dynamic grades and the ability to scout players. Plus, there are even more ways to interact with your Dynasty from the web.

Heisman Challenge (to be released May 30): There are familiar faces on the field in NCAA Football 13, which now features a selection of former Heisman Trophy winners. With the new Heisman Challenge mode, fans have the ability to utilize the skill set of a legendary Heisman Trophy winner in a quest to match his award-winning historical performances and win the Heisman Trophy once again.

Road to Glory (to be released June 11): The experience of being a college football superstar is now even more exciting with a new feature in Road to Glory that allows players to see and feel the game differently during key moments, increasing on-field awareness and creating amazing opportunities.

You'll be able to buy the game July 10. I know I'll be there.