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Wisconsin Football Considered a Top-20 Team in CFB 25

The Badgers come in at No. 18 in the College Football 25 power rankings.



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Oct 27, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Overall view of Camp Randall Stadium prior to the game between the Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers. Michigan State defeated Wisconsin 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

With the release of College Football 25 coming soon, EA Sports has been releasing rankings and ratings this week. Earlier, we learned that Camp Randall, home of the Wisconsin football team, was ranked seventh in the ‘Toughest Places to Play’ in the game.

EA Sports released their top 25 offenses in the game. Unsurprisingly, the Badgers did not appear on the list after their first year in the ‘Dairy Raid’ didn’t live up to expectations. But when you have a complete change in offensive scheme and philosophy, things are going to take time to improve. The staff is trying to recruit players that will fit that scheme because the ground and pound brand the Wisconsin football team is known for uses very different types of players than the air raid.

Defensively, however, the Badgers are expected to be one of the better teams in the country. EA Sports has the Badgers ranked 15th in the game with an 86 overall rating.

While it’s great to see the defense for the Wisconsin football team valued by the game, it’s also interesting to see USC, who had a horrible defense last season, ranked right behind the Badgers with the same rating.

But today, the overall power rankings were released, and the Badgers found their way back in the top 25.

According to the game, Wisconsin football is the 18th-overall ranked team in the game with an 87 rating, tied with Colorado, Oklahoma, USC, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma State, and Iowa.

The spread for these ratings is pretty tight. Penn State, considered a contender for the Big Ten Conference and a spot in the College Football Playoff, are an 88-overall, just one point above the Badgers, are the No. 9 team overall. Teams ranked 9-15 are all 88 overall.

I think we can all agree that these rankings and ratings should be taken with a very large grain of salt, because you can clearly see the makers of the game are drinking all of the hype Kool-Aid around certain teams, specifically the Coach Prime-led Colorado Buffalos.

Colorado, which is a member of the Big 12 Conference, has a win total of just 5.5 games this season, according to the FanDuel odds. Yet they are the 8th-ranked offense (89 overall), 20th-ranked defense (84 overall), and 16th-ranked team overall in the game (87 overall).

These rankings and ratings are fun because we haven’t had a college football game to play in a decade and it’s fun to debate, but I don’t think you can take them as a reliable barometer of where the Wisconsin football team actually compares to the rest of the Big Ten and college football in general.

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Christian Borman was born and raised in Wisconsin and covers the Badgers football and basketball programs, plus some recruiting for He previously covered the Wisconsin Badgers for years as the site expert for Badger of Honor of the Fansided Network.