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Texas A&M and Alabama top ‘toughest places to play’

Texas A&M and Alabama top ‘toughest places to play’

Texas A&M hasn’t won double-digit games in 12 years, but the Aggies at least have bragging rights heading into the 2024 season.

Virtual bragging rights, that is.

EA Sports revealed the 25 hardest places to play in its upcoming game College Football 25 on Tuesday, and Texas A&M’s Kyle Field tops the list. The SEC dominates the top of the list, with Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium ranked fourth and the only one in the top five outside the conference.

Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, LSU’s Tiger Stadium and Georgia’s Sanford Stadium are also included in the top five:

  1. Kyle Field – Texas A&M
  2. Bryant-Denny Stadium – Alabama
  3. Tiger Stadium – LSU
  4. Ohio Stadium – Ohio State
  5. Sanford Stadium – Georgia
  6. Beaver Stadium – Penn State
  7. Camp Randall Stadium – Wisconsin
  8. Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium – Oklahoma
  9. Doc S. Campbell Stadium – Florida State
  10. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Florida
  11. Autzen Stadium – Oregon
  12. Memorial Stadium – Clemson
  13. Neyland Stadium – Tennessee
  14. Jordan-Hare Stadium – Auburn
  15. Williams-Brace Stadium – South Carolina
  16. Michigan Stadium – Michigan
  17. Lane Stadium – Virginia Tech
  18. Rice-Eccles Stadium – Utah
  19. Darryl K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium – Texas
  20. Kinnick Stadium – Iowa
  21. Notre Dame Stadium – Notre Dame
  22. Spartan Stadium – Michigan State
  23. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium – Arkansas
  24. Albertsons Stadium – Boise State
  25. Davis Wade Stadium – Mississippi State

One look at this list underscores just how difficult life is in the SEC and Big Ten after conference realignment.

Of the top 25, 12 are in the SEC after former Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma are in the league. There is basically no easy road game left in the conference.

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As for the Big Ten, seven of the 25 stadiums are in the league thanks to the addition of Oregon.

Penn State and Wisconsin are in the top 10 along with Ohio State, while the current champion Michigan Wolverines are at No. 16.

Tougher stadiums for ranked play will be a highly anticipated feature in the upcoming game, as it will be much more difficult to navigate grueling environments and come away with victories in Dynasty or Road to Glory mode.

Some of the unique stadiums, player entrances, atmosphere and realistic graphics were on full display when EA Sports released the trailer:

The unique stadiums, student sections, traditions and overall atmosphere on Saturday afternoons and evenings all separate college football from the NFL. Being able to realistically replicate the impact of such stadiums on gameplay is one of the things the upcoming game will certainly be judged on, and it’s clear that EA Sports will make things look different in different stadiums.

College Football 25 is the first release of the game since NCAA Football 14 and will feature real players thanks to name, image and likeness opportunities available to current athletes.

But virtual versions of these athletes will also encounter rowdy crowds when they take to the road, especially if the match is in one of these 25 stadiums.

The game will be released on July 19 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series