Florida Football: Gators make "Tier 2" of EA Sports College Football 25

Based on AP Poll finishes over the last ten years, Florida makes the second tier out of four
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As EA Sports College Football 25 gets ready to make its triumphant return and Florida Football can guarantee at least virtual success on the field, one of the major sticking points as to why the series disappeared for a decade was the necessity to compensate players to be in the game.

But the schools themselves are also getting paid for being in the game, and yesterday, it was revealed how much the Gators were going to be compensated.

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Matt Liberman of Cllct reported yesterday what the payouts to the schools are going to be for the new game. Perhaps surprising is the fact that the payouts are far lower than one would think is needed to use the likeness of various college football programs.

The report indicates that all 134 schools were split into four tiers based on AP Poll results from the last ten years. 13 schools made the cut as "Tier 1" programs, which include some usual suspects like Alabama, Georgia, and Clemson. Those schools will each be paid out $99,875.16.

And while it isn't shocking based on the criteria that Florida didn't make the cut for the top 13 given some lean years the Gators would have, it is telling that Florida was also passed over by schools Oklahoma State, Utah, and Iowa.

Appearing in "Tier 2" are 41 schools, including Florida, who will each be paid out $59,925.09. The bulk of Florida's main rivals are included in this tier, but even lowly South Carolina was relegated to "Tier 3" and Vanderbilt was sent to "Tier 4," paying out just $9,987.52.

EA Sports College Football 25 is set to launch on July 19 on the Xbox Series X and S and on the PS5, wit deluxe versions of the game allowing for early access.