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Ralphie Report: Colorado Buffaloes react to their College Football 25 ratings

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Shedeur Sanders is the highest-rated QB in the game.

EA Sports released the individual player rating for their upcoming College Football 25 video game and two Buffs managed to break into the top 20. QB Shedeur Sanders and ATH Travis Hunter made it into the 90 overall club, with Sanders sitting at a 93 overall and Hunter at 95.

Colorado’s players found out their overall ratings at Big 12 Media Day on Wednesday and some Buffaloes weren’t too jazzed things shook out.

Shedeur is tied as the highest-rated quarterback in the game, sharing the title with Georgia’s Carson Beck. Shedeur wasn’t upset with his rating itself, but he took issue with having to share the title of top QB with another player.

“It’s a tie, I don’t believe in ties when it comes to quarterbacks,” said Shedeur when asked if he was satisfied with his rating. “When it comes to quarterback ratings, it’s either winner or loser.”

Colorado safety Shilo Sanders didn’t crack the top 100 players in the game like Travis and Shedeur, but his overall rating isn’t too shabby.

I got to catch up with Shilo at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas on Wednesday and got him to spill the beans on his overall rating. At long last, allow me to break the news of what Shilo is rated in College Football 25:

“They put me as an 86 overall,” Sanders told media members. “My hitting power is probably the highest in the game. I don’t know if it is, but I think it is.”

Hunter is the highest-rated WR in the game, with the second-highest player being Mizzou’s Luther Burden Jr. with an overall rating of 94. Hunter’s awareness and jump stat are both 97, while his strength rating is lacking at 67. It is currently unknown what his rating at cornerback will be.

Unfortunately, Hunter wasn’t at Big 12 Media Day to share his reaction. Based on the fact that he’s the sixth-highest-rated player in the entire game, it’s likely safe to say he isn’t too upset about his score.

College Football 25 will be released to the general public in only eight days, so Colorado fans are close to finally seeing the revival of the beloved series after an 11-year hiatus.

As for Shedeur Sanders and Colorado’s players, they can rest assured that they’ll be able to raise their rating based on their on-field performance this year. If Shedeur wants to emerge as the top QB in the game, leading the Buffs to some tough non-conference games would be a good way to do that.

by RylandScholes
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Ralphie Report: BJ Green II is already making a difference for the Colorado Buffaloes

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Colorado’s new star DE is getting high praise from Coach Prime

The college football season is one month away, but new Buffaloes EDGE BJ Green II is already leaving his mark in Boulder. The transfer from Arizona State has established himself as a leader within the locker room, without stepping on the field in Colorado black and gold yet.

“BJ Green is already a leader,” said Buffs head coach Deion Sanders. “They raised him right at Arizona State and for him to come over now, it’s phenomenal. His work ethic, the way he approaches and attacks the game is phenomenal.”

Green, who played with the Sun Devils for three seasons, was widely considered within the top 25 players in the portal this season. Coming off an all-conference caliber season last year, Green will make an immediate impact for the Buffs on the defensive front in 2024.

At Big 12 Media Day in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sanders set the bar high for his expectations of Green this season. Unprompted, Coach Prime said that he thinks that his new star pass-rusher should be drafted in the first round of the 2025 NFL Draft.

“We want four [picks] in the first round,” Sanders told the media. “The only way that’s going to happen is we win and they are dominant. I think BJ Green could be one of those guys, and I think he will be because he wants it that much.”

Sander isn’t the only person who’s high on Colorado’s new DE either. Green was selected to the preseason all-Big 12 team by media members last week. The only other two Buffs who received preseason all-conference honors were QB Shedeur Sanders and DB Travis Hunter, so Green is in elite company.

Despite the high expectations, Sanders is trying to make things as easy as possible for Green. Along with new defensive coordinator Robert Livingston, Colorado’s staff is trying to maximize Green’s potential by keeping it simple.

“We want to be in a position to allow [the defensive line] to be the best that they can be, and that’s one thing Coach Livingston is doing well,” said Sanders. “He’s not coming in trying to remake everything and reinvent the wheel. Let’s find out what these guys do well and let them do what they do.”

Green will get the opportunity to showcase his on-field skills when the Buffs open their season against North Dakota State on August 29. Until then, he’ll continue leading the Buffs while they prepare for the upcoming campaign.

by RylandScholes
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Ralphie Report: Derrick White named to Team USA, replaces Kawhi Leonard

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The Buffs’ legend will hopefully add a gold medal to his incredible year.

Derrick White will be representing all of us, Americans and Colorado Buffaloes fans, at the 2024 Paris Olympics. This news was first reported by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.

Celtics guard Derrick White will be replacing Kawhi Leonard with USA Basketball, a source told @andscape.

— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) July 10, 2024

The forever Buff and current Celtic was named to Team USA’s Olympic roster following Kawhi Leonard’s withdrawal from the team. White will step in for Leonard as a defense-first role player to compliment talents like LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

White is one three Boston teammates on the roster, as he joins Jayson Tatum and previous gold medalist Jrue Holiday. The Celtics were utterly dominant in their championship run in no small part to their selflessness and defensive integrity, attributes most clearly demonstrated by the kid from Parker, Colorado.

Also on the roster are Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Anthony Edwards and Joel Embiid and Tyrese Haliburton. On paper this may be the most stacked Olympic roster, perhaps even better than those assembled in 1992 or 2008.

by Sam Metivier
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Ralphie Report: Deion Sanders and the Buffs are the talk of the town at Big 12 Media Day

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The Buffs are a big deal in Vegas

The Colorado Buffaloes and Deion Sanders haven’t even arrived in Las Vegas for Big 12 media day yet, but they’re already the talk of the town. Day one of the event at Allegiant Stadium was jam-packed with Big 12 head coaches singing the praises of what Coach Prime has done in Boulder.

Texas Tech’s Joey McGuire was the first to jump in and comment on Deion. The current Red Raiders head coach has some history with Sanders, dating back to his son’s time playing high school ball in Texas.

“I love Deion,” said McGuire. “I coached Bucky, his oldest son, in high school and he’s honestly the best dad of a player I’ve ever had.”

McGuire’s praise of Deion didn’t just stop at his parenting but also extended to the field of play.

“Colorado is going to be really good,” added McGuire. “They’ve added a lot of talent and they do have one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.”

Utah’s Kyle Whittingham also had kind words for Colorado’s superstar coach. While McGuire’s praise focused more on the Buffs’ on-field performance, Whitting opted to focus more on the off-field impact made by Coach Prime.

“Coach Sanders has done a great job infusing talent into that program,” Whittingham said. “Essentially, he’s put Colorado football back on the map.”

If any Big 12 coach was to know how far the Buffs have come in recent years, it’d be Whittingham. He witnessed “The Rise” in 2016 and the fall of the Karl Dorrell years during the Utes’ time in the Pac-12. Now, it’s a bit comforting to hear such an established coach say that the Buffs are back on the map.

Last but not least, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy provided his version of a compliment to the Buffs and Deion.

“We’re lucky in our league that he’s with us because he brings so many people, notoriety, and viewers to the Big 12 Conference,” said Gundy. “That’s what makes it go. We need the viewership.”

Praise from Gundy isn’t something that comes around very often, but Deion and the Buffs were able to get some nice words out of him.

“It’s fun to have Colorado back in our league,” added Gundy.

The Buffs are about to get their first taste of Big 12 on Wednesday, issuing in a new era of Colorado football. Thankfully, it sounds like they’ve got some good conference mates on their side.

by RylandScholes
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Ralphie Report: What to expect from the Buffs at Big 12 Media Day

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Deion and the Buffs are first up at Wednesday's media session

After an eventful Tuesday during day one of Big 12 Media Days in Las Vegas, the Buffs are set to take the stage during Wednesday’s round of media availability. Deion, Shedeur, and Shilo Sanders, as well as Travis Hunter and Mark Vassett, will all take turns talking to the media at Allegiant Stadium tomorrow morning.

Colorado is the first team up for the second day of the event, as Deion will take the podium to speak to the press at noon MT and appear on ESPNU at 12:20 pm MT. After that, the Buffs’ five-man delegation will take turns doing several interviews with reporters.

What does that mean for the readers? Lots and lots of content, of course! We’ll be at Allegiant Stadium with the team on Wednesday to ask our most pressing questions to Deion and the crew, so keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming content!

The media wasn’t kind to Colorado ahead of the event, ranking them 11th out of the 16 teams in the new Big 12. We’ll have to check in on Deion tomorrow and see his thoughts on that. On the bright side, three Buffs were named to the preseason all-conference team, being QB Shedeur Sanders, DE BJ Green II, and DB Travis Hunter. In addition, Hunter was named as the preseason defensive player of the year.

Also, EA Sports is at media day telling players their overall rating in the new College Football 25 video game. At long last, we’re about to find out what Travis Hunter and Shedeur Sanders are rated!

We are about to see our first glimpse of the Big 12 Buffs, so get excited!!!

by RylandScholes
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