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Hypothetical 2022 NCAA Football ratings for Michigan State football players

If EA Sports NCAA Football was being released this year, this is how Michigan State football players could be rated.

In less than 365 days, every college football fan who also enjoys video games will be binging on some EA Sports NCAA Football. The game returns after nearly a decade-long absence and Michigan State football fans have to be thrilled since the last cover athlete was Denard Robinson.

Talk about leaving a sour taste in our mouths.

But the wait for a new game is almost over thanks to the NIL era and EA Sports’ desire to bring back the supremely popular video game.

If you’re anything like me, Madden just doesn’t cut it anymore. I need to be planted in front of my TV for hours, recruiting and winning national titles with Michigan State. I don’t want this, I need this.

Luckily we don’t have to wait much longer, but we can still imagine what life would be like if the game was released this year. Some Spartans may not be in next year’s game, so we may never know how good they’d be.

I’m going to hypothetically give the Spartans 2022 NCAA Football ratings. I’ll only be rating players who I believe could make the two-deep depth chart.

Here’s the scale I’ll work with:

  • 60-69: below average
  • 70-74: average or unproven
  • 75-79: above average
  • 80-84: good
  • 85-89: all-conference good
  • 90+: elite

Let’s start with the offense.

Offense

  • Quarterback: Payton Thorne (84), Noah Kim (73), Katin Houser (73)
  • Running back: Jarek Broussard (80), Jalen Berger (76)
  • Receiver: Jayden Reed (91), Tre Mosley (79), Keon Coleman (77), Germie Bernard (74), Christian Fitzpatrick (73), Montorie Foster (71)
  • Tight end: Daniel Barker (81), Maliq Carr (76), Tyler Hunt (74)
  • Offensive line: Jarrett Horst (80), JD Duplain (78), Brian Greene (77), Nick Samac (77), Geno VanDeMark (76), Spencer Brown (74), Matt Carrick (73), Dallas Fincher (71), Ethan Boyd (71) Brandon Baldwin (69)

Defense

  • Defensive line: Jacob Slade (87), Khris Bogle (82), Simeon Barrow (81), Brandon Wright (79), Jeff Pietrowski (79), Tank Brown (76), Maverick Hansen (74), Jalen Hunt (74)
  • Linebacker: Jacoby Windmon (86), Aaron Brule (84), Cal Haladay (82), Darius Snow (82), Ma’a Gaoteote (76)
  • Cornerbacks: Ameer Speed (79), Ronald Williams (77), Charles Brantley (76), Marqui Lowery (76)
  • Nickel: Chester Kimbrough (72), AJ Kirk (70)
  • Safety: Xavier Henderson (87), Angelo Grose (79), Jaden Mangham (72), AJ Kirk (70)

Special teams

  • Kicker: Ben Patton (79), Jack Stone (74)
  • Punter: Bryce Baringer (90)
  • Kick returner: Jayden Reed (90)
  • Punt returner: Jayden Reed (94)

Overall team rating: 86 (B+)

Long story short, this is a really good Big Ten team capable of contending for a conference title. Will the Spartans make the playoff? Probably not, but they will give every opponent a heck of a test.

I’d rate the Spartans as the third-best Big Ten team behind Ohio State (94) and Michigan (89). Wisconsin (85) and Penn State (84) are close behind in terms of rating.

Do you agree or disagree with any of my player or team ratings?

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