The team ratings are out for EA Sports NCAA Football '14, and MSU is given quite a bit of love.
MSU is a 91 overall, 90 on offense and 93 on defense.
Given the question marks on the offense, this is quite surprising. For reference, MSU was 93/89/89 last year. Then again, I think MSU's offense actually can be better than last year. Also worth noting that Denicos Allen is the No. 14-rated player in the game at 95 overall.
Alabama is all 99s, obviously. Click here for everyone else. Here's the rest of the Big Ten:
Ohio State: 95/97/92
Penn State: 84/86/85
Iowa better than Northwestern and Wisconsin? Not sure about that. I also think Indiana should have a better offense. These ratings often go based on reputation. Despite some good teams in the past, MSU always seemed to be underrated. Now they're getting perhaps some undeserved love. I remember how Greg Jones used to be horribly underrated. Now Allen is probably overrated. Wait, I mean MLB #53 and OLB #28
So I guess EA's going with the "See? What player likenesses?" approach.— Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) June 11, 2013
The only defenses rated higher than MSU are Alabama (99) and Virginia Tech (95). MSU's D is rated the same at Notre Dame and Stanford and Texas.
But it's just a video game, so no need to freak out too much. It's the one video game I still buy and play.
SBN compared it to Football Outsiders' F/+ ratings, and MSU is actually preseason No. 16 in their ratings.