EA SPORTS releases overall College Football 25 rankings

Hokies claim a Top 25 spot in all four categories

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – With the worldwide launch of EA SPORTS College Football 25 fast approaching on July 19th, excitement is building. To celebrate, EA SPORTS hosted a Rankings Week, unveiling various rankings from the Toughest Places to Play, to the Top Offenses and Defenses, and culminating in the final Team Power rankings. Virginia Tech proudly made the list in all four categories, underscoring its formidable presence in the college football landscape. 

Toughest Places to Play  
The College Football 25 game highlights the significant impact of Homefield Advantage on game outcomes. This includes dynamic elements like audio and in-game modifiers such as blurred routes, incorrect play art, effects on confidence and composure, and screen shaking that away teams and players must contend with. The development team meticulously compiled a list of the Top 25 Toughest Places to Play, factoring in historical stats such as home winning percentage, game attendance, active home winning streaks, team prestige and more. The Hokies currently claim the No. 17 spot, making Lane Stadium one of the four ACC stadiums to earn this distinction. The development team dedicated years to capture countless traditions, mascots and fight songs to ensure each school and its fan base are represented with pride. Every element that makes Lane Stadium one of the most competitive atmospheres in college football will be authentically included, ensuring the essence of Virginia Tech's legendary game-day experience is fully realized in the game. It has been confirmed that Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ will not be in the game, but fans can enjoy the elements of the program’s legendary entrance with a similar sounding intro sound. 


Offensive Power Rankings  
Hundreds of thousands of data points were examined, supplemented with additional information from Pro Football Focus (PFF) to determine the Top 25 offensive power rankings. The development team analyzed thousands of players, years' worth of game film and extensive statistics. Each team was scored on a scale of 100, with the Hokies earning a spot at No. 24 in overall offensive power rankings, scoring an 83, alongside Florida State, Oklahoma and the University of Southern California. This ranking reflects Virginia Tech's impressive return of 91% of their offensive production. Key players returning include top targets Ali Jennings, Da’Quan Felton, Jaylin Lane and Stephen Gosnell, as well as running backs Bhayshul Tuten and Malachi Thomas. Starting quarterback Kyron Drones will also be back to lead the offense. 

Defensive Power Rankings  
Utilizing the same methodology to determine the top Offensive Power Rankings, the Hokies ranked even higher on the other side of the ball, securing the No. 14 spot with a score of 86, alongside Wisconsin, the University of Southern California and Auburn. Virginia Tech will return 77% of its defensive roster, including standout pass-rusher Antwuan Powell-Ryland and top corners Dorian Strong and Mansoor Delane. Additionally, Tech bolsters its defense with top 10 returning interior defensive lineman Aeneas Peebles, who will team up with Josh Fuga. 

Team Power Rankings 
With each set of criteria taken into consideration, EA SPORTS determined a list of the top teams in the College Football 25 game. The Hokies earned a spot at No. 20 with an overall score of 87. This ranking reflects Tech's strong potential across all aspects of the game, highlighting their balanced and competitive presence on both offense and defense.  

As fans gear up for the game's launch, Virginia Tech's inclusion in these top rankings builds even more anticipation for the upcoming season. Secure your season tickets now to experience every thrilling moment of Hokies football in one of the most challenging stadiums to play in.