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Zero Pitt Panthers Included in EA Sports College Football 25 Top 100



Pitt football in EA Sports College Football 25.

EA Sports College Football 25 released its list of the top 100 players in the highly anticipated video game Wednesday morning, and no Pitt Panthers made the list.

It perhaps shouldn’t be a surprise that a team coming off a 3-9 season without a true star player isn’t featured in the ranking. But with a strong season, there are a handful of players who could realistically crack an end-of-season ranking.

If there are a few Panthers who should rank among the highest on the team, I’d look at Gavin Bartholomew, Rodney Hammond Jr., Konata Mumpfield and Branson Taylor offensively and Donovan McMillon, Jacon McIntyre and Nate Matlack defensively.

EA Sports released the trailer for the highly anticipated game in May, and Pitt was one of only a handful of programs to be featured multiple times in the trailer. A full Acrisure Stadium, featuring the marching band spelling out the Pitt script, is shown, and a video of Javon McIntyre throwing down a turnover dunk is, too.

The full trailer for the game, which is scheduled to release on July 19, can be found here.

It’s been just over a decade since the last edition of the game, but the wait is just about over.

EA Sports announced that the long-awaited college football video game will be released on July 19 and confirmed the standard and deluxe covers. The standard edition is available for pre-order at $69.99 while the deluxe edition is available for $99.99.

The deluxe edition perks include three-day early access to the game, 4,600 college football points, an alma mater ultimate team pack, a cover athlete ultimate team pack, a “bring glory home” ultimate team pack and a Heisman hopeful ultimate team pack.

The standard edition also includes the alma mater ultimate team pack, cover athlete ultimate team pack and “bring glory home” ultimate team pack.

A Supreme Court ruling in the case of NCAA v. Alston, which directly led to NCAA policy allowing for NIL compensation, was perhaps the biggest catalyst in the return of the games.

Once NIL requirements were satisfied, EA announced that every FBS football player would receive $600 and a copy of the game, which retails at $69.99, for using their name, image and likeness. There were some opt-outs, highlighted by Texas quarterback Arch Manning, but it appears as though every Pitt Panther will be in the game. However, if a player does opt out, a created player will not be able to be named after said player.

EA Sports worked with One Team Partners to deal with NIL rights and CLC, which is the country’s top college trademark licensing company, allowing over 15,000 current student-athletes to make merchandise deals.

The Compass CLC app allowed all student-athletes to opt in or out of their NIL of the upcoming video game.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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