Every Big 12 Team’s Highest-Rated Player in College Football 25

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

The trailer, which topped 27 million views by Friday afternoon, 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. 247Sports gave their opinion on who the best players in the game will be, which was dominated by Big 12 players.

 

However, we thought it was time to talk about the top players for every team in this league, and here’s how it broke down.

Arizona Wildcats: Tetairoa McMillan, WR

OVERALL RATING: 94

BEST ATTRIBUTE: CATCH IN TRAFFIC

The return of Noah Fifita and Tetairoa McMillan is a huge boost for the Arizona Wildcats’ 2024 season, but the impact they’ll have on Arizona’s roster in College Football 24 can’t be overstated. A wide receiver who is capable of taking over games in the middle of the field and in one-on-one situations, McMillan will be a go-to wideout that proves incredibly difficult to keep the ball away from. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior will be a beast in contested catches and has the speed to make your friends pay for bringing their safeties on a blitz in third-and-long situations.

Arizona State: Cam Skattebo, RB

OVERALL RATING: 88

BEST ATTRIBUTE: TRUCKING

One of the most physically imposing running backs in the Pac-12 last season, Cam Skattebo will be an every-down bruiser in College Football 25. Skattebo will be terrific in “chew clock” situations, as his downhill running ability will allow him to fall forward and keep the chains moving. User-hit sticks against the 5-foot-10, 212-pounder would be unwise, as he’s likely to run your defender smooth over and pick up those all-important yards after contact.

 

Baylor Bears: Matt Jones, LB

OVERALL RATING: 88

BEST ATTRIBUTE: PLAY RECOGNITION

A veteran tackler and sixth-year player for the Bears’ defense in 2024, there won’t be much that linebacker Matt Jones hasn’t seen. With awareness and a strong tackle rating, Jones will be the best player on Baylor’s entire College Football 25 roster. Incoming transfer quarterback Dequan Finn almost took that title for us, but the experience Jones brings to the table in Waco was the difference.

BYU Cougars: Tyler Batty, DE

OVERALL RATING: 87

BEST ATTRIBUTE: BLOCK SHEDDING

Tyler Batty was the most disruptive player for BYU in the Cougars’ first season in the Big 12, ranking sixth on the team in tackles (57), but first in sacks (5.5), tackles for loss (9.0), QB hurries (8), and second in forced fumbles (2). Batty does an excellent job keeping offensive players from getting into his body and will regularly shed blocks to pick up big TFLs in CFB25.

Colorado: Travis Hunter, ATH

OVERALL RATING: 97

BEST ATTRIBUTE: STAMINA

The highest-rated player in the Big 12 is Travis Hunter, who projects as a future first-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft. With elite speed, agility, ball skills, and the ability to play man and zone coverage, Hunter will 100% be the guy you’ll want to use when playing defense. What makes Hunter special, though, is the fact that he’ll be a playmaker on offense as well. As a true two-way player, Hunter will have one of the best stamina scores in the game, but I’d still be careful about overusing him, as fatigue often led to injury in previous iterations of the game.

 

Cincinnati Bearcats: Luke Kandra, OL

OVERALL RATING: 92

BEST ATTRIBUTE: PASS BLOCKING

Despite a heated internal debate between Luke Kandra and Dontay Corleone, I sided with the offensive lineman. Call me a homer, but guys on the O-Line don’t get enough love. Kandra was a 2023 All-Big 12 First-Team Selection and was selected to the Walter Camp (Second-Team) and Associated Press (Third-Team) All-America teams. One of the nation’s best interior offensive linemen, Kandra, will be an anchor in the middle to keep your quarterback clean and your running game moving forward.

Houston Cougars: Samuel Brown, WR

OVERALL RATING: 89

BEST ATTRIBUTE: SPECTACULAR CATCH

It seemed like every time Samuel Brown touched the football in 2023, something good was going to happen for the Cougars’ offense. In fact, almost every highlight that you find of brown is either a fantastic catch or him breaking down the sidelines for a big gain. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior will be the perfect target for your inexperienced friend to find success with. Beware, you might start to hear, “Ah, just chuck it, Brown down there somewhere,” more often than you’d like.

Iowa State Cyclones: Jeremiah Cooper, S

OVERALL RATING: 92

BEST ATTRIBUTE: ZONE COVERAGE

If there is a “Ball Hawk” feature in College Football 25, Iowa State safety Jeremiah Cooper will be a player to watch out for when you’re facing the Cyclones. Cooper tied for 6th nationally with five interceptions as a sophomore in 2023 and will be a key player in the Cyclones’ secondary again in 2024. If #4 is sitting over the top of your intermediate route, it’s probably best to look elsewhere or tuck the ball and pick up what you can get.

Kansas Jayhawks: Jalon Daniels, QB

OVERALL RATING: 93

BEST ATTRIBUTE: ACCURACY

The Kansas Jayhawks might become a fan favorite in College Football 25 with the duo of Jalon Daniels and Devin Neal in the backfield. An option nightmare for opposing defenses, the Daniels/Neal duo will be fun to torch your friends with, but their biggest mistake will be neglecting the medium to long passing game. In a new-age option playbook that allows Daniels to throw when he’s left the pocket, you’ll eat up yards on chunk plays as defenses struggle to contain one of the best playmakers in the game.

Kansas State Wildcats: D.J. Giddens, RB

OVERALL RATING: 88

BEST ATTRIBUTE: CHANGE OF DIRECTION

A physical but elusive back in space, D.J. Giddens will be the premiere offensive weapon for Kansas State in College Football 25. Giddens runs well behind his pads, but he shines when he finds a crease and has some room to work with. His ability to put a foot in the ground and head upfield instantly makes Giddens one of the more underrated backs in the game.

Oklahoma State Cowboys: Ollie Gordon, RB

OVERALL RATING: 96

BEST ATTRIBUTE: BREAK TACKLE

Ollie Gordon will be one of the best, if not the best, running backs in College Football 25. The 2023 Doak Walker Award winner has a rare combination of power, speed, and length that makes him incredibly hard to bring down and an absolute nightmare in open space. Letting Gordon get loose on the perimeter is not a good idea, but you’d better stack the box when facing Oklahoma State. If he finds a seam between the tackles and gets a head of steam, watch out.

TCU Horned Frogs: Namdi Obiazor, LB

OVERALL RATING: 90

BEST ATTRIBUTE: TACKLING

TCU’s leading tackler in 2023, Nambi Obiazor, is a fast and physical defender who will serve as a surefire defender for the Horned Frogs in CFB25. While his speed and play recognition will be highly rated, his tackling prowess will be Obiazor’s best attribute. In third-and-long situations, TCU users will have quite a weapon for open-field tackles with #4 at their disposal.

Texas Tech Red Raiders: Tahj Brooks, RB

OVERALL RATING: 93

BEST ATTRIBUTE: ELUSIVENESS

Texas Tech running back Tahj Brooks led the nation in forced missed tackles in 2023, and that will carry over onto the virtual football field. Brooks will be second to only Ollie Gordon as far as Big 12 running back rankings are concerned in the game, but his ability to make defenders miss will be second to nobody. With a near-perfect elusiveness rating, spam those sticks and leave your opponents looking silly.

UCF Knights: RJ Harvey, RB

OVERALL RATING: 91

BEST ATTRIBUTE: BALL CARRIER VISION

There may not be a running back in the Big 12 with a higher ceiling than RJ Harvey, who projects as a future NFL star at the position. With great hands out of the backfield and a knack for finding space where it doesn’t appear to exist, Harvey will be a frustrating player for opponents to face. Getting him out in space on outside zone runs or swing passes will put Harvey in a position to carve up defenses and bust plays wide-open for chunk yardage and points.

Utah Utes: Cam Rising, QB

OVERALL RATING: 94

BEST ATTRIBUTE: THROW UNDER PRESSURE

There won’t be many returning quarterbacks in college football with the experience that Cam Rising has at Utah. Kyle Whittingham’s veteran signal-caller will be one of the top offensive weapons in the game, and his ability to put the ball on a dime with pressure in his face will be a vital tool in close games. Combine that with a fantastic awareness rating and Rising will be a force to be reckoned with when the game releases this summer.

West Virginia Mountaineers: Garrett Greene, QB

OVERALL RATING: 90

BEST ATTRIBUTE: PLAY ACTION

Narrowly outpacing sophomore running back Jahiem White for the top player on the West Virginia roster, Garrett Greene will be the main weapon for the Mountaineers in College Football 25. With more than enough speed and running ability to make defenders respect his legs, Greene will shine when it’s time to sell the play-action pass. With excellent timing and rhythm in the play-action game, Greene will help you chew the clock on the sustained scoring drives and lean on a strong defense to win games.