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Colorado State receiver Tory Horton ‘excited’ to learn EA College Football 25 rankings | Mountain West notes | Air Force Sports
Colorado State receiver Tory Horton ‘excited’ to learn EA College Football 25 rankings | Mountain West notes | Air Force Sports

Tory Horton couldn’t contain his excitement about playing football this summer. He’s also looking forward to Colorado State’s season opener.

Horton received the second-highest rating among players outside the Power Four conferences in EA Sports College Football 25, which will be released later this month.

“I didn’t believe it at first,” Horton said of the ratings released Wednesday morning. He has a rating of 91 and is ranked 45th overall. “This is crazy. We just dreamed about this.”

“I was already excited (about the game’s release), but now I’m even more excited.”

Horton caught 96 passes for 1,136 yards and eight touchdowns for the Rams last season. He considered a move to the NFL, but stayed at Colorado State for one more season and was coached by Jay Norvell, who literally wrote a book on the receiver position.

As a CSU graduate, Horton could have entered the portal as a graduate transfer and immediately played elsewhere without sitting out a year (he had already transferred once, when he followed Norvell from Nevada to CSU).

“For me, there was no point in moving,” Horton said. “I’m happy where I am now. The knowledge I’m getting from the coaches at Colorado State is exactly what I need to prepare for the next level.”

But between sessions with those coaches, Horton plans to spend a few hours playing the video game, which he says is a “core memory” of his youth.

MW show on sports betting site

The acceptance of sports betting by sporting institutions was evident this week during the broadcast of Mountain West’s in-house network from the sportsbook at Circa Resorts.

The Las Vegas Casino’s sports betting offering is the largest in the world.

Mountain West Commissioner Gloria Nevarez noted that the conference has been closer to the intersection of sports and gambling for longer than most, as it counts the states of Nevada, Las Vegas and Nevada among its long-standing members, and sports betting was legal in the state long before recent laws allowing sports betting across much of the country.

Nevarez said Colorado Springs-based Mountain West takes the issue “very seriously” and works with US Integrity to monitor and identify gambling trends and audits local gaming authorities to keep an eye out for irregularities.

Mountain West has also implemented programs that allow student-athletes to report gambling-related problems with the goal of improving response time and providing protection from gambling-related intimidation or other problems.

Beavers and Cougars could stay on schedule

The scheduling agreement that will see Oregon State and Washington State play a Mountain West game in 2024 could soon be extended for another season.

The teams were left without a conference home when the Pac-12 lost the rest of its members to the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 in recent years. The Beavers and Cougars agreed to play a Mountain West schedule this season – but are not allowed to compete for a conference title.

“We both have a desire to extend this relationship and we are currently in discussions about year two,” Nevarez said Wednesday. “But right now we are really excited to play them. I think they have really spiced up our schedule and we are really looking forward to meeting them on the field this year.”

When asked if she “expects or wants” a decision before the 2024 season, Nevarez replied, “Yes.”

By Everly