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Big 12 Dominates Top Projected Players in College Football 25

NCAA Football: Kansas at Oklahoma State

EA Sports broke the internet on Thursday when it released its long-awaited teaser trailer for College Football 25, which is set to release in Summer 2024.

The trailer, which has topped 26 million views as of Friday morning, sparked all kinds of discussions and speculation on what the game will be like when it finally hits television screens.

As with all sports games, player ratings will be a major discussion surrounding this game and 247Sports got the jump on projecting who they believe will be the top-rated players at release.

 

Three of 247Sports top five players in the game hail from the Big 12, while four players total are from the league, the most of any conference.

247Sports’ top-rated player is Ollie Gordon, who also has the distinction of being the lone 99 overall player in the game. For those who are unaware, a “99” is the highest possible rating a player can get, so it’s quite the compliment for Gordon here. 247 also notes that Gordon’s best attribute should be “break tackle,” which is hard to argue if you watched Oklahoma State’s star back tote the rock in 2023.

Whether you’re giving him the football on a toss, dive or well-executed screen pass on third down, just make sure Gordon gets 20-plus touches when Oklahoma State is your team selection,” Brad Crawford writes.

 

247Sports’ second-highest-rated player in the game is Travis Hunter (97 OVR), a two-way starter and star athlete at Colorado. Hunter will start at wide receiver and cornerback for the Buffaloes in CFB25, and with that, he’ll have to have an incredible stamina rating. However, 247 says that agility will be Hunter’s best stat in the game.

Whether he’s scoring touchdowns offensively or sticking the opposition’s top wideout, he’s going to get some serious burn on your TV,” Crawford says.

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers checks in as the third-best player in the game (96 OVR) and LSU edge rusher Harold Perkins comes in fourth with a 95 overall rating. Just behind Perkins, and also with a 95 overall rating, is Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders. Sanders is coming off a big statistical year (3,230 yards, 27 TD, 3 INT, 151.7 QBR) and will have a much-improved offensive line in front of him heading into the Big 12. His best attribute, according to 247Sports, is throw power.

“Shedeur Sanders is the team’s best player and behind better offensive line play, should be in for a huge campaign,” Crawford says of the Buffs’ quarterback.

 

A pair of Ohio State Buckeyes check in at No. 6 and No. 7 with wide receiver Emeka Egbuka (94 OVR) and Alabama transfer safety, Caleb Downs (95 OVR). At No. 8, we have another Big 12 signal-caller.

The last time that EA Sports’ dropped a college football video game, the Kansas Jayhawks were on the “rebuild list,” which is reserved for the worst teams in the game that provide a solid challenge when it comes to building them into a national power in Dynasty Mode. However, there’s a good chance that the Jayhawks will be one of the most exciting teams to use in this iteration of the game, and that’s got a lot to do with KU quarterback Jalon Daniels. With a 94 overall rating according to 247, Daniels’ best attribute will be his speed.

“Pick your favorite dual-threat quarterback from any previous iteration and Daniels is equally talented from a play-making standpoint,” Crawford says. “Going 5-wide with Daniels and making things happen outside of the pocket is going to be your opponent’s worst nightmare.”

Georgia quarterback Carson Beck (94 OVR) and Oregon quarterback Dillon Gabriel (94 OVR) check in at No. 9 and No. 10 to round out the list.

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