Oklahoma State not included in College Football 25’s ‘hardest places to play’

On Tuesday, EA Sports’ College Football 25 video game announced its “Toughest Places to Play” rankings, leaving Oklahoma State out of the top 25.

Texas A&M’s Kyle Field took the top spot on the list, while Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium was the only Big 12 stadium to make the cut, coming in at No. 18.

According to EA, the rankings are based on several factors, including “home win (percentage), home game attendance, active home win streak, team prestige and more.”

Considering OSU’s home winning percentage, it’s surprising that Oklahoma State isn’t on the list, as the Pokes have a 20-2 home record over the past three seasons and a 73-19 home record since 2010.

In addition to an impressive record at Boone Pickens Stadium, Cowboys fans make the venue very loud for visiting opponents. With small sidelines and bleachers essentially located at the top of the field, the noise at Boone Pickens disrupts opposing offenses and adds to the Pokes’ momentum.

Additionally, OSU’s tradition of hitting paddles against the padded walls on the sidelines adds to the noise and can create a deafening roar when combined with thousands of screaming fans. When Oklahoma came to town last season for what will likely be the last Bedlam football game for the foreseeable future, the Boone Pickens crowd clearly had an impact on the Sooners’ attacking and kicking game.

While EA may not have included Oklahoma State in its “Toughest Places to Play” rankings, On3’s Andy Staples seemed to disagree, putting Boone Pickens Stadium at No. 10 on his list.

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