I'm with Wheele8 on the disappointment in franchise mode... it's EXACTLY the same as 2005, Tony Bruno even makes the same exact comments he did last year. I've never seen anyone, no matter how detail obsessed, actually claim to like the fact that you can set hot dog prices, yet the salary cap is still broken and the CPU management AI is still horrendous. I'm sure glad I only rented the game.
If anything saves Madden for me this year, it'll be the total control simulation (so I can finally sim to the end of a blowout), or the improved generated draft classes. Giving the QB headlights really hasn't changed the game much for me, better or worse. I'll probably play some games head to head against some friends who own the game, but it looks like i'll be playing NCAA again soon.