Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, August 27, 2015

If football season is nearing kickoff, it must be time for the latest Madden NFL player ratings.

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Released Tuesday, Madden NFL 16's ranking is Big Ten-heavy at the top, featuring two of the game's top four players, while another is tied with six players for the No. 5 spot.

Former Wisconsin defensive lineman and current Houston megastar J.J. Watt earned one of the game's three 99 ratings, along with New England TE Rob Gronkowski and Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, to pace the Big Ten.

Ex-Iowa offensive lineman Marshal Yanda (Baltimore) is the No. 4 player, with the lone 98 rating, and former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady (New England) is tied for No. 5 with six other players with a 97 rating.