EA Sports College Football 25 will feature Joe Burrow and CJ Stroud

Since there hasn’t been a college football video game in the past decade, fans didn’t get the chance to play as some of the sport’s biggest stars and were left wondering how good they would have been. But when EA Sports College Football 25 launches next week, players won’t have to wonder anymore.

EA Sports has worked with the NFL Players Association to bring current NFL stars, including Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, back to their college days in College Football Ultimate Team, USA TODAY Sports has confirmed.

The deal means that video game players will be able to play as college versions of NFL players who were in college when there were no video games. This means people can play as Patrick Mahomes when he was filling up the stat sheet at Texas Tech, Burrow when he had his legendary season at LSU, and Christian McCaffrey when he ran up and down the West Coast at Stanford. NFL players who are new to the league, such as CJ Stroud, Sauce Gardner, and Puka Nacua, will also be available to use in the Ultimate Team mode.

It’s unknown if players will be able to recreate Burrow’s famous cigar-smoking celebration after he led LSU to a national championship over Clemson in 2020.

One Team Partners, the licensing group that brokered the deal to have the college football players included in the video game, was involved in the process of getting the NFL players included in the game.

Ultimate Team is a mode that offers players the chance to create their own All-Star team and play online against other users. The mode, which has been praised for its creativity and criticized for prioritizing in-game purchases, is popular in EA Sports’ NFL and EA Sports FC games.

The last college football video game, NCAA Football 14, included Ultimate Team when it was released in 2013. Since exact player likenesses weren’t part of the game at the time, the mode focused primarily on college football and school legends. When the mode returns in this year’s game, “players of today and retired legends of the past” will be included alongside current NFL players.

The final team reveal comes as EA Sports released more details about the highly anticipated game just days before its release. EA Sports will reveal the launch day rosters on Wednesday and the Road to Glory mode on Thursday. The game will launch on July 19, with early access beginning on July 16.

When McCaffrey was announced as the cover athlete for Madden 25, he told USA TODAY Sports that he wished he could have been in a college football video game when he played for the Cardinals.

Now, it will finally be a reality.

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