EA Sports College Football Cover Athlete Betting Odds: Caleb Williams +225 To Don The Cover

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EA Sports College Football returns in the summer of 2024, but who will be featured on the cover?

EA Sports College Football Cover Athlete Betting Odds: Caleb Williams +225 To Don The Cover
Michael Calabrese US Content Manager

Experienced sports journalist, College sports expert and broadcaster, hailing from Pennsylvania

  • EA Sports College Football returns in the summer of 2024 after an 11-year hiatus.
  • The last version of the game, NCAA Football 14, was released on July 9th, 2013.
  • Players will now be paid for the use of their name, image, and likeness in the video game.

EA Sports has been the leader in sports video games since the 1990s and has built beloved franchises across a handful of sports. For example, FIFA dominates soccer video game sales, while Madden has become the only fully licensed NFL video game on the market. But even these professional simulations fall short of the cult-like following that EA's college football series garnered. From 1997 thru 2013, EA's annual college football video game release was a date marked on the calendar by video game enthusiasts of all ages. What started with a pixelated debut on the PlayStation in 1997, quickly grew into a slick, sophisticated, and in-depth college football experience that looked just as good or better than any sports simulation game on the market. Its trademarked "Dynasty Mode" set the standard for an immersive, multi-year mode, and is oftentimes referenced as the greatest single feature in a sports video game of all time. But the series was pulled after the release of NCAA Football 14 due to mounting legal pressure to pay the college athletes portrayed in the game. In the decade since the game's last release, hopes of a return have gone from farfetched to inevitable thanks to a name, image and likeness (NIL) revolution in college sports. And the final piece of the puzzle snapped into place last week as it was announced that players will be getting paid to appear in next summer's release of College Football 25

One player, in particular, will be very happy come next summer and that's the featured covered athlete. Dating back to 1997, EA Sports was keen on offering the cover to the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, but there were a few exceptions along the way. With that in mind, sportsbooks are now weighing in on who will be featured on the cover next July. 

EA College Football 25 Cover Athlete

Player Moneyline Probability
Caleb Williams, USC +225 30.77%
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State +500 16.67%
Quinn Ewers, Texas +600 14.29%
Michael Penix Jr., Washington +750 11.76%
Drake Maye, UNC +750 11.76%
Sam Hartman, Notre Dame +750 11.76%
Cade Klubnik, Clemson +800 11.11%
J.J. McCarthy, Michigan +800 11.11%
Bo Nix, Oregon +800 11.11%
Carson Beck, Georgia +800 11.11%
Kyle McCord, Ohio State +900 10%
Jordan Travis, Florida State +1000 9.09%
Jayden Daniels, LSU +1000 9.09%
Bryce Young, Alabama +1000 9.09%
Joe Burrow, LSU +1000 9.09%
DeVonta Smith, Alabama +1400 6.67%
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma +1400 6.67%
Collage Of Previous Heisman Winners +1500 6.25%
Blake Corum, Michigan +1500 6.25%
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma +1800 5.26%
Lamar Jackson, Louisville +1800 5.26%
Derrick Henry, Alabama +2500 3.85%
Marcus Mariota, Oregon +3000 3.23%
Jameis Winston, Florida State +3000 3.23%
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M +3000 3.23%
Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama +5000 1.96%
Harold Perkins Jr., LSU +5000 1.96%

The futures board is awash in Heisman winners, with a belief among insiders in the industry that EA may opt to go with a former winner or a collage of former winners (+1500). There are a handful of players currently playing college football on the board, with the majority playing quarterback. Notable exceptions include preseason All-Americans Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State, WR), Blake Corum (Michigan, RB), Kool-Aid McKinstry (Alabama, CB), and Harold Perkins Jr. (LSU, LB).

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