Preview 2017: Quarterback Situation & Depth Chart For Every Team

Preview 2017: Quarterback Situation & Depth Chart For Every Team

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Preview 2017: Quarterback Situation & Depth Chart For Every Team

Preview 2017: Quarterback Situation & Depth Chart For Every College Football Team


With fall camp in full swing what’s the quarterback situation and current depth chart for every college football team?


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CFN College Football Preview 2017

Who’s going to start at quarterback for all 130 teams? Where are the biggest battles at the most important position? Here’s every QB situation for every team.

ACC

Boston College

Patrick Towles is gone after a shaky season, but Darius Wade is a decent backup option who saw a little time. The dual-threat junior has to fight off Anthony Brown, a great-looking 6-1, 210-passer who can move.

Current Status: Not settled yet – it’s a dead-even, ongoing battle.
And the starter will be … Anthony Brown, RFr.
Boston College 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Clemson

Good luck trying to replace Deshaun Watson. It can’t happen right away, but remember, there was concern about replacing Tajh Boyd, and Watson turned out fine. Kelly Bryant looked fantastic this spring and will be the No. 1, but super-recruit Hunter Johnson is ready to step in if needed. Zerrick Cooper could see time early on, too.

Current Status: Bryant named starter vs. Kent State. Johnson & Cooper fighting for No. 2.
And the starter will be
 … Kelly Bryant, Jr.
Clemson 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Duke

Everything changed after Thomas Sirk announced he was transferring. He’d have been the backup anyway, but now there’s no question that this is Daniel Jones’ offense. He stepped in and threw for over 2,800 yards and 16 scores with 486 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Current Status: Settled. Jones No. 1, Quentin Harris No. 2.
And the starter will be
 … Daniel Jones, Soph.
Duke 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Florida State

Deondre Francois went through the wars in his first season, and now he appears ready to be a superstar for a team that’ll need him to rock right away against Alabama. J.J. Cosentino has just enough time in the system to be okay if needed, but there’s plenty of talent waiting in the wings.

Current Status: Settled at starter, Cosentino likely No. 2, but Jake Rizzo to get a chance at backup job.
And the starter will be
… Deondre Francois, Soph.
Florida State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Georgia Tech

It only seems like Justin Thomas was there since the Calvin Johnson era. Matthew Jordan is the guy as long as he’s past a foot injury suffered this offseason, but in a good way, the backups got a shot to see a little time. The speedy TaQuon Marshall will likely be the No. 2.

Current Status: Settled at starter, fight for the backup job.
And the starter will be
… Matthew Jordan, Jr.
Georgia Tech 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Louisville

Yeah, the reigning Heisman winner probably has a relatively firm grip on the gig. Lamar Jackson is the star of stars, but can anyone fill in if something disastrous happens? Kyle Bolin transferred to Rutgers, and now it’ll probably be up to the 6-4, 220-pound Jawon Pass to keep things going if No. 8 goes down.

Current Status: Jackson No. 1, Pass No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Lamar Jackson, Jr.
Louisville 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Miami

It’s not an overstatement to call this the most important quarterback battle in college football going into the season. Get it right, and potentially win the Coastal Division – and the ACC. Malik Rosier will get the first chance at replacing Brad Kaaya, but N’Kosi Perry is one of the nation’s top recruits, with the talent to potentially take over right away. Rosier is getting the first-team reps, but the situation still isn’t totally settled.

Current Status: Rosier named the No. 1, Evan Shiffeffs No. 2, and a battle for No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Malik Rosier, Jr.
Miami 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

North Carolina

How do you replace Mitchell Trubisky, who replaced Marquise Williams, and keep the amazing quarterback play going? You get the guy who stunk it up for LSU and got pushed aside by a Purdue castoff. Brandon Harris transferred in, but he’s not the sure-thing to start with Chazz Surratt, Logan Byrd and Nathan Elliott all fighting for time.

Current Status: More of a battle than it seems. Harris will be the No. 1, but Elliott is pushing.
And the starter will be
… Brandon Harris, Sr.
North Carolina 2017 Preview

NC State

Former Boise State transfer Ryan Finley was terrific at times last year, throwing for well over 3,000 yards and 18 scores, while running just enough to be fine. 6-5, 221-pound Jalen McClendon got in a little time last year, but he only threw one touchdown pass with four picks.

Current Status: Finley No. 1, McClendon No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Ryan Finley, Jr.
NC State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Pitt

Lose Nathan Peterman, bring in Max Browne, The former USC starting quarterback’s only real problem was not being Sam Darnold, but he’s a smart, good talent who should keep the Pitt passing game rolling. 6-5, 225-pound redshirt freshman Thomas MacVittie will likely be groomed as the starter for the near future.

Current Status: Browne 99% the No. 1, Ben DiNucci No. 2, MacVittie No.3 – for now.
And the starter will be 
… Max Browne, Sr.
Pitt 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Syracuse

Can Eric Dungey stay in one piece? He was outstanding before getting knocked out against Clemson late in the year, but if he’s right, he’ll put up massive numbers this year. If anything happens – with concussion issues a big concern for Dungey – Zack Mahoney would be up after throwing for 943 yards and eight scores in a fill-in role, but the spotlight would be on hot-shot freshman Tommy DeVito.

Current Status: Dungey No. 1, Mahoney No. 2A, DeVito No. 2B.
And the starter will be
… Eric Dungey, Jr.
Syracuse 2017  Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Virginia

Kurt Benkert is the heady veteran who took over last year, throwing for 2,552 yards and 21 scores with 11 picks. Missouri transfer Marvin Zanders had a far bigger upside and brought far greater mobility, but chose to leave – and now the backup situation is a problem. Freshman Lindell Stone is the likely backup, but the No. 2 job is open.

Current Status: Benkert, Stone No. 2, DeVante Cross No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Kurt Benkert, Sr.
Virginia 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Virginia Tech

It would’ve been really, really nice if Jerod Evans didn’t bolt early for the NFL, but being head coach Justin Fuente’s quarterback is a good job no matter who gets it. The battles has been entertaining, with Josh Jackson a star dual-threat prospect trying to hold off Nebraska transfer A.J. Bush, star recruit Hendon Hooker, and former Kansas starter Ryan Willis.

Current Status: Jackson named starter vs. West Virginia. Bush & Hooker battling for No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Josh Jackson, RFr.
Virginia Tech 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Wake Forest

John Wolford had an okay season as a part of the overall puzzle, but he threw just nine touchdown passes with ten picks. However, he took off for 521 yards and six scores. Kendall Hinton was the starter before suffering a knee injury. He’s the starter, but Wolford is No. 1A thanks to a great camp.

Current Status: Hinton No. 1, but Wolford close No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Kendall Hinton, Jr.
Wake Forest 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game


American Athletic

Cincinnati

Hayden Moore has to cut down on the interceptions, but he was the team’s leading passer – even though Gunner Kiel gave it a shot with the season going down the tubes. Now Moore has to fight off Ross Trail, with the winner getting to crank up the new offense that’s going to go 100 miles per hour. The starter will be a statistical superstar.

Current Status: Moore’s the starter, but Trail still in the chase.
And the starter will be
… Hayden Moore, Jr.
Cincinnati 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Connecticut

The offensive production can’t be any worse, and it probably won’t be with new/old head coach Randy Edsall’s return to the program. Bryant Shirreffs wasn’t miserable, but he only threw seven touchdown passes with six picks, while running for over 500 yards. Donovan Williams got hurt, but he was in the equation until JUCO transfer David Pindell took over the job early in fall camp.

Current Status: Pindell No. 1, Shirreffs No. 2.
And the starter will be
… David Pindell, Jr.
UConn 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

East Carolina

Thomas Sirk left Duke, and now he’s expected to fill in the gap for an offense that needs to kickstart everything back up. He’s trying to get past an Achilles tendon injury, and he has to fight off junior Gardner Minshew, but if he’s right, he’s a difference-maker.

Current Status: Sirk No. 1, Minshew the very, very close No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Thomas Sirk, Sr.
East Carolina 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Houston

Kyle Allen wasn’t a bust for Texas A&M, but the former No. 1 overall recruit – at least the top quarterback prospect according to most services – didn’t do what he was supposed to in the Kevin Sumlin attack. Now, it’s the first big call of the Major Applewhite era, with D’Eriq King and veteran Kyle Postma getting every chance at the job. However, King will likely work at receiver.

Current Status: Not settled, but Allen No. 1, Postma No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Kyle Allen, Jr.
Houston 2017 Preview

Memphis

Is Riley Ferguson growing into a good pro prospect? No one’s expecting him to be Paxton Lynch – he doesn’t have the bulk-size – but he’s coming off a terrific season throwing for close to 3,700 yards with 32 scores. There’s no experience behind him, though, with redshirt freshman David Moore the likely No. 2 after a strong spring.

Current Status: Backup job a battle between Moore and sophomore Brady Davis
And the starter will be
… Riley Ferguson, Sr.
Memphis 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Navy

Injuries late in the season turned into a slight positive for the future of the Navy offense, with Zach Abey getting in some reps over the final key games. A bigger, thicker Navy quarterback than most of the quicker versions, he ran for 384 yards and six scores in a short time, and threw for 352 yards with four picks and an interception. Freshman Malcolm Perry is more of the jitterbug option who’ll start out at running back, while junior Garret Lewis has risen into the backup spot.

Current Status: Abey No. 1, Lewis No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Zach Abey, Soph.
Navy 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

SMU

Can Ben Hicks be better after logging in time as a freshman? He threw for 19 touchdowns and bombed for almost 3,000 yards, but he also gave up 15 interceptions. Hardly a lock to keep the job, Arkansas transfer Rafe Peavey and D.J. Gillins – coming off a knee injury – will get some work.

Current Status: Hicks the No. 1, but it’s not set. Peavey No. 2A, Gillins No. 2B.
And the starter will be
… Ben Hicks, Soph.
SMU 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Temple

So who’s going to replace AAC conference champion quarterback Phillip Walker? It’ll be sophomore Logan Marchi, or junior Frank Nutile, or key recruit Todd Centeio, or bomber Anthony Russo. Nutile would be the safe call, but the mobile Marchi a dangerous option in the four-way battle.

Current Status: Not close to settled, but Marchi the likely No. 1, Nutile No. 2, Centeio and Russo fighting for No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Logan Marchi, Soph,
Temple 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Tulane

So who’s going to get the option attack rolling? Glen Cuiellette got in work last year, and Johnathan Brantley is a new option, but if this thing is going to fly, Kansas State transfer Jonathan Banks is the right guy – there’s a reason he made the move. Very quickly, he took over the offense and was strong in spring ball, but he still has to lock down the job.

Current Status: Banks as the No. 1, Brantley No. 2, Cuiellette No. 3.
And the starter will be
 … Jonathan Banks, Jr.
Tulane 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Tulsa

With Ryan Rubley transferring to Augustana, the door is open for Chad President to take over for Tulsa’s all-time leading passer Dane Evans. President is a runner with a great arm, but Luke Skipper – a dual-threat star – will be in the fight, too. There might be a two-quarterback system at times.

Current Status: Not settled, but President has the edge.
And the starter will be
… Chad President, Soph.
Tulsa 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

UCF

McKenzie Milton took over the job for Justin Holman last year and turned into the likely star of the near-future. He’s a smallish, quick passer who needs to be more accurate, but he can take off and run a little bit. 6-3, 215-pound Darriel Mack is an option, but it’s Milton’s job – for now.

Current Status: Milton is 99% to start vs. FIU. Mack and fellow freshman Noah Vedral are still options.
And the starter will be
… McKenzie Milton, Soph.
UCF 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

USF

If Quinton Flowers isn’t the best player in the American Athletic Conference this year, he won’t be far off. He’s a 4.4 running back playing QB – and he can lead, and he can throw. There’s no experience behind him, though, and he’s going to take several big shots.

Current Status: Flowers is the star, sophomore Brett Sean is the No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Quinton Flowers, Jr.
USF 2017 Preview
Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

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Big 12

Baylor

With Jarrett Stidham going off to be an Auburn Tiger, the door is open for Zach Smith to take the job by the horns after stepping into the void last season. However, Arizona transfer Anu Solomon is a talented option with good mobility, and Charlie Brewer is a young option.

Current Status: Not settled, but Smith has the slight edge. However, it’s a neck-and-neck-and-neck battle.
And the starter will be
… Zach Smith, Soph.
Baylor 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Iowa State

The situation got cleared up in a big way. Last year’s rotation is now a one-man show with Jacob Park owning the job now. And why? Joel Lanning went from being a good, tough part of the equation to a whale of a middle linebacker with all-star upside. It’s a dogfight for the No. 2 job with Zeb Noland back from a torn ACL battling with senior Kyle Kempt.

Current Status: Park No. 1, Noland and Kempt fighting for No. 2, and Lanning as an emergency option.
And the starter will be
… Jacob Park, Jr.
Iowa State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Kansas

Everyone took off. Montell Cozart bolted for Boise State, and Ryan Willis left to be part of the logjam of options at Virginia Tech. Former Washington State Cougar Peyton Bender transferred over and should be a great bomber if he can hold off Carter Stanley, who saw a little time last season. New offensive coordinator Doug Meachem might use them both.

Current Status: Not settled. It appears to be a dead heat.
And the starter will be
… Peyton Bender, Jr.
Kansas 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Kansas State

Jesse Ertz stayed healthy and showed just how good he could be. Now that he’s back after a shoulder problem, he’s the Kansas State heart-and-soul star of the offense. Alex Delton is a nice-looking backup option who can move.

Current Status: Ertz No. 1, Delton No. 2
And the starter will be
… Jesse Ertz, Sr.
Kansas State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Oklahoma

Baker Mayfield will be deep in the Heisman hunt, but he might not turn out to be the most talented quarterback on the roster. One-time Texas A&M super-recruit Kyler Murray continues to fight it out with Austin Kendall for the No. 2 job – and likely the 2018 starting gig. However, because Murray was out this summer for a stretch playing baseball, Kendall might have the slightest of edges to backup Mayfield.

Current Status: Mayfield, then an ongoing battle for the backup job.
And the starter will be
… Baker Mayfield, Sr.
Oklahoma 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Oklahoma State

OSU head coach Mike Gundy has never been afraid to rotate his quarterbacks, but he’s not taking Mason Rudolph of the field. Rudolph might not be rated as highly as Sam Darnold or Josh Allen by the NFL types, but he’s not all that far behind. Waiting in the wings is Keondre Wudtee, a tall, thin passer who can run a wee bit, while junior Taylor Cornelius – who is getting more reps lately – has served as a No. 2.

Current Status: Rudolph No. 1, Cornelius No. 2A, Wudtee No. 2B.
And the starter will be
… Mason Rudolph, Sr.
Oklahoma State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

TCU

Can former Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill be more consistent? He wasn’t the problem last year, but he wasn’t quite as dominant as he needed to be. It’s his offense to run, while Grayson Muehlstein is a solid veteran backup option. However, all eyes are on star recruit Shawn Robinson to grab the backup job – if he doesn’t redshirt.

Current Status: Hill No. 1, Robinson No. 2, Muehlstein No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Kenny Hill, Sr.
TCU 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Texas

Shane Buechele is absolutely, positively, the no-question-about-it starter for new head man Tom Herman … maybe. Herman wasn’t shy about expressing his love and affection for star recruit Sam Ehlinger, who might get a shot if Buechele isn’t getting things moving. There’s no 18-wheeler, Tyrone Swoopes around anymore to bang it in from the goal line.

Current Status: Buechele No. 1, Ehlinger No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Shane Buechele, Soph.
Texas 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Texas Tech

No big deal. Just replace Patrick Mahomes, the most talented pro quarterback to play in the Texas Tech system since it turned into this. Nic Shimonek is the next man up, but the 6-3, 225-pounder doesn’t have the same arm as Mahomes – no one does – while JUCO transfer McLane Carter is a big bomber with a world of upside. However, Jett Duffey is back after some off-field issues and is pushing really, really hard for the backup gig.

Current Status: Settled at starter, Duffey and Carter in a fight for the No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Nic Shimonek, Sr.
Texas Tech 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

West Virginia

Okay, Will Grier, are you ready to finally do this? The Florida transfer is supposed to not only step in for Skyler Howard, but make the position even stronger. From the early indications, he’s going to be more than fine. Chris Chugunov is a nice No. 2 option, but the season is all about Grier’s production.

Current Status: Grier No. 1, Chugunov No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Will Grier, Jr.
West Virginia 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game


Big Ten

Illinois

It might be the Big Ten’s most watched holding pattern. Virginia Tech transfer Dwayne Lawson needed to take care of a few issues with his grades after going the JUCO route, but from all indications, he’s not going to be ready to roll. When and if he becomes a part of the program, the Illini have a difference-maker who can automatically become a factor. But for now, it’ll be Chayce Crouch giving it a shot after getting hurt last year, and Jeff George Jr. – who started a stretch – to see time as the main backup.

Current Status: Crouch No. 1, George Jr. No. 2, and prayers for Lawson to be eligible.
And the starter will be
 … Chayce Crouch, Jr.
Illinois 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Indiana

Richard Lagow might have thrown too many picks – 17 of them – but he’s a good bomber who’ll keep the pressure on. Zander Diamont is gone, and now it’ll likely be up to redshirt freshman Peyton Ramsey to step in it Lagow goes down.

Current Status: Lagow the almost-certain starter, but Ramsey is getting his shot.
And the starter will be
… Richard Lagow, Sr.
Indiana 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Iowa

There’s no movement on the depth chart. C.J. Beathard is gone after an underwhelming final year, and now there a fight for the starting gig. Sophomore Nathan Stanley is a 6-5 veteran backup with the arm to push the ball down the field more, while junior Tyler Wiegers is another 6-5 big-armed passer with a world of upside.

Current Status: Not settled, but most likely Stanley as the No. 1, Wiegers the No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Nathan Stanley, Soph.
Iowa 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Maryland

Is the superstar ready? Top recruit Kasim Hill still has  to earn the gig with so many other options to fight through. Caleb Henderson is a good talent, Max Bortenschlager is a big passer and Tyrrell Pigrome is a dangerous all-around prospect, but Hill is the one who might turn Maryland into a much, much bigger thing. Henderson is trying to get through an injured foot, and that’s been a problem – he’d likely be the starter if he was 100% healthy. Write the depth chart in pencil.

Current Status: Not settled, but as a best guess … Pigrome No. 1, Bortenschlager No. 2, Henderson No. 3, Hill redshirting.
And the starter will be
… Tyrrell Pigrome, Soph.
Maryland 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Michigan

Considering the Wolverines return almost no one who started for more than a game or two last year at most positions, having a veteran like Wilton Speight should be a huge help. The receiving corps has talent, but it’s really, really young – that’s where Speight comes in. Veteran backup John O’Korn – the one-time Houston transfer – and freshman Brandon Peters aren’t bad reserve options. Watch out, though, for Peters to be given his chances for more than just the No. 2 job. While the situation appears to be settled, it’s Jim Harbaugh – this could flip in a hiccup.

Current Status: Speight No. 1, O’Korn No. 2, Peters No. 3.
And the starter will be
 … Wilton Speight, Jr.
Michigan 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Michigan State

Okay, Brian Lewerke. The job appears to be yours, now stay in one piece and make the offense better. Damion Terry is an easy option who can work in a few reps from time to time, but Lewerke should be the one who tries to make the Spartans good at college football again.

Current Status: Lewerke No. 1, Terry No. 2, Messiah deWeaver No. 3
And the starter will be
… Brian Lewerke, Soph.
Michigan State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Minnesota

With longtime starter Mitch Leidner gone, new head man P.J. Fleck has to come up with his guy to build around – or not. He’s hinting that he might play two quarterbacks. Conor Rhoda has been the backup who waited his turn, and he should be okay right away. The 6-3, 215-pounder can do a little of everything, but Demry Croft is an interesting option for the future, if he doesn’t win the job right away.

Current Status: Rhoda No. 1A, Croft No. 1B. 
And the starter will be
… Conor Rhoda, Sr.
Minnesota 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Nebraska

Tommy Armstrong was the heart and soul of the program for the last few years, but he was also banged up late in the season. The results weren’t pretty when he was gone, but there’s hope for even more production with a few promising option. Tristan Gebbia will eventually be the star, but he’s just a true freshman, while former Tulane transfer Tanner Lee should be ready to go now. Patrick O’Brien had a good enough offseason to be in the mix, too, but Lee is starting to generate hype as a sleeper NFL prospect.

Current Status: Lee the No. 1, Debbie and O’Brien battling all year for the No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Tanner Lee, Jr.
Nebraska 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Northwestern

Can Clayton Thorson really turn into an interesting pro prospect? He looked the part last year as he matured into more of a big-time passer. Now this is his offense with a world of upside to do even more. Senior Matt Alviti has been around long enough to be an okay No. 2 option if disaster strikes.

Current Status: Thorson No. 1, Alviti No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Clayton Thorson, Jr.
Northwestern 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Ohio State

After the Fiesta Bowl disaster against Clemson, the Buckeye faithful will be howling for star recruit Tate Martell if the offense sputters early on – or likely No. 2 man Joe Burrow, or Dwayne Haskins  – no. Ohio State has one of the best all-around veteran quarterbacks in the country J.T. Barrett, but he’ll have to make everyone around him better. Again.

Current Status: Barrett No. 1, a fight between Burrow and Haskins for No. 2. Martell to likely redshirt.
And the starter will be
… J.T. Barrett, Sr.
Ohio State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Penn State

Trace McSorley grew into a special playmaker who led the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten title. He’s firmly entrenched as the starter, with sophomore Tommy Stevens a very talented 6-4, 225-pound passer being groomed as the No. 2.

Current Status: McSorley No. 1, Stevens No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Trace McSorley, Jr.
Penn State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Purdue

David Blough might soon be known as more than the guy who forced Danny Etling to leave for LSU and Austin Appleby to take off for Florida. With Jeff Brohm as the new head coach, the numbers will soon go through the roof. 6-4, 225-pound sophomore Elijah Sindelar will be the main backup, but he’s getting plenty of work with Blough nursing a banged up shoulder.

Current Status: Settled. Blough No. 1, Singular No. 2.
And the starter will be
… David Blough, Jr.
Purdue 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Rutgers

It’s one of the Big Ten’s most interesting quarterback situations. Louisville transfer Kyle Bolin is in – coming over since Lamar Jackson the obvious star for the Cardinals – but Giovanni Rescigno is a veteran who’ll get another shot at taking back his job. The wild-card, though, is Johnathan Lewis, the star recruit who fans are going to want to see as soon as possible. From all indications, though, the superstar-in-waiting will be just that for the foreseeable future.

Current Status: Bolin No. 1, Rescigno No. 2, Lewis to redshirt.
And the starter will be
… Kyle Bolin, Sr.
Rutgers 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Wisconsin

The Badgers missed out on the Malik Zaire derby – he committed to Florida -but that’s hardly a bad thing. The more work Alex Hornibrook gets, the better. However, he got knocked around a bit last year. UW needs 6-2, 225-pound redshirt freshman Kare Lyles to be ready, but freshman Jack Coan has been better.

Current Status: Hornibrook No. 1, Coan No. 2, Lyles No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Alex Hornibrook, Soph.
Wisconsiin 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game


Conference USA

Charlotte

After the controversy and problems with one of last year’s starters, Kevin Olsen – he’s gone now – it’s up to Hasaan Klugh to handle the work. He needs to be more accurate, but he has plenty of upside as an all-around playmaker. 6-2, 205-pound junior Brooks Barden will be the No. 2.

Current Status: Klugh No. 1, Barden No. 2
And the starter will be
… Hasaan Klugh, Jr.
Charlotte 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Florida Atlantic

Florida State controversial transfer De’Andre Johnson could and should be one of the best quarterbacks in Conference USA once he gets rolling, but first ha has to get healthy and he has to be a whole lot better. Junior Jason Driskel is getting every shot to get his starting job back, but Daniel Parr is deep in the mix for the No. 1 spot, too. Making things even more interesting is the grad transfer of Auburn’s John Franklin III, but he’ll likely work as a receiver. After getting kicked off the team, Oklahoma’s Chris Robison will transfer to FAU, too, but he won’t be eligible until next season.

Current Status: Three-way even battle, but Driskel appears to be No. 1A, Parr No. 1B, Johnson No. 1C.
And the starter will be
… Jason Driskel, Jr.
FAU 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Florida International

Alex McGough needs to be better, but he’s a veteran starter who’ll lead things off for the Butch Davis era. He’s been around long enough to be fine, while 6-3, 220-pound sophomore Maurice Alexander will be groomed to be next year’s main man.

Current Status: Settled. McGough No. 1, Alexander No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Alex McGough, Sr.
FIU 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Louisiana Tech

Who gets to replace 4,617-yard, 41-touchdown passer Ryan Higgins? J’Mar Smith was the top backup last year and did a great job in his limited time, but he doesn’t have the same great receiving corps to work with. Also in the hunt for time is sophomore Westin Elliott, but he’ll have to be lights-out to have a shot a the top job.

Current Status: Not totally settled, but Smith No. 1, Elliott No. 2
And the starter will be
… J’Mar Smith, Soph.
Louisiana Tech 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Marshall

Chase Litton did what he could in a bad year, – throwing for 2,612 yards and 24 scores – and now he has to be the star of an offense that needs to do far more. Garet Morrell is a 6-3, 205-pounder who was supposed to be the top backup, but he’s being redshirted to give him an extra year – he saw starting time as a true freshman. Now it’ll be Xavier Gaines who’ll step in as an interesting running option.

Current Status: Litton No. 1, Gaines No. 2
And the starter will be
… Chase Litton, Jr.
Marshall 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Middle Tennessee

When healthy, Brent Stockstill is among the most productive quarterbacks in college football. He threw for 3,233 yards and 31 scores in ten games of work, and now he’s healthy. Sophomore John Urzua did a nice job when he had to, throwing for 816 yards and eight scores, but with eight touchdowns.

Current Status: Settled. Stockstill No. 1, Urzua No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Brent Stockstill, Jr.
Middle Tennessee 2017 Preview
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North Texas

Mason Fine took over in the middle of last season and played well, but a shoulder problem kept him out late in the campaign. While he’s experienced, walk-on Quinn Shanbour is getting several chances to take over the job – but it’s Fine’s gig.

Current Status: Fine No. 1, Shanbour No. 2
And the starter will be
… Mason Fine, Soph.
North Texas 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Old Dominion

David Washington was one of the keys to a huge 2016, but now he’s gone meaning Blake LaRussa needs to become a star. He’s only 5-10 and 185 pounds, but he can throw. With Shuler Bentley transferring, fall camp rising star Steven Williams is being looked at as the No. 2 man – he’s only 17 – to go along with JUCO transfer Jordan Hoy.

Current Status: Not totally settled, but LaRussa No. 1, Williams No. 2A, Hoy No. 2B
And the starter will be
… Blake LaRussa, Soph.
Old Dominion 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Rice

With Tyler Stehling done, it was supposed to be a battle this fall between sophomores Jackson Tyner and J.T. Granato, along with freshman Sam Glaesmann. Granato transferred to Missouri State after the 6-3, 210-pound Glaesmann earned the starting job, and the 6-5, 220-pound Tyner was named the backup.

Current Status: Glaesmann No. 1, Tyner No. 2
And the starter will be
… Sam Glaesmann, RFr.
Rice 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Southern Miss

Who’s taking over for Nick Mullens? Sophomore Keon Howard will be the first option, but JUCO transfer Kwadra Griggs is a large bomber who can keep the passing game going. The 6-1, 205-pound Howard is more of a dual-threat playmaker, but Griggs isn’t backing down in the battle for the job.

Current Status: Not settled. The job is still open.
And the starter will be
… Keon Howard, Soph.
Southern Miss 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

UAB

It’s a new era for UAB football, and it might take a little while to find the right guy to build around. Former JUCO transfer A.J. Erdely is a 6-4, 224-pounder who can open up the passing game, while 6-1, 213-pound Tyler Johnston had a great offseason adding more mobility to the equation.

Current Status: Not totally settled, but Erdely No. 1, Johnston No. 2.
And the starter will be
… A.J. Erdely, Jr.
UAB 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

UTEP

Former Fresno State Bulldog Zack Greenlee is a potentially dangerous baller who might get a shot as the season goes on, but the job will be all Ryan Metz’s if he’s effective. He connected on 65% of his passes with 14 touchdowns with four picks, but after throwing for close to 700 yards, Greenlee is a veteran who can step in.

Current Status: Metz No. 1, Greenlee No. 2, Mark Torrez No. 3. 
And the starter will be
… Ryan Metz, Jr.
UTEP 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

UTSA

While he might not be the most talented playmaker, senior Dalton Sturm proved he could lead the offense and be effective, throwing for 20 touchdowns and just six picks. Behind him are three underclassmen in a fight for the No. 2 job – and the early edge on 2018.

Current Status: Sturm No. 1, Bryce Rivers No. 2, Frank Harris No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Dalton Sturm, Sr.
UTSA 2017 Preview
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Western Kentucky

The return of Mike White for his senior season eases the transition from the Jeff Brohm era. The 6-4, 225-pounder threw for 4,363 yards and 37 scores, and now he’ll be needed more than ever with a slew of new receivers to work with – and a new head coach. Junior Drew Eckels knows what he’s doing as the backup.

Current Status: White No. 1, Eckels No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Mike White, Sr.
WKU 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game


Independents

Army

The Black Knights have a great situation with a veteran in Ahmad Bradshaw to run the option, but solid backup Chris Carter is out after being ruled academically ineligible. Bradshaw won’t throw all that well – he hit just 44% of his throws with four TDs and one picks – but he knows how to handle the attack. Now he has to stay healthy with no experience behind him.

Current Status: Bradshaw No. 1, battle for the backup job between junior Luke Langdon and sophomore Kelvin Hopkins.
And the starter will be
… Ahmad Bradshaw, Sr.
Army 2017  Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

BYU

It was a great situation last season with Taysom Hill back at his gig after getting knocked out in 2015, but Tanner Mangum was a more-than-capable backup after pulling off several magical wins two years ago. The 6-1 Beau Hoge needs time as the No. 2, but he’s been sharp in camp so far.

Current Status: Mangum No. 1, Hoge No. 2
And the starter will be
… Tanner Mangum, Jr.
BYU 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Massachusetts

Ross Comis was supposed to be the man last season, but he suffered a torn ACL. He’s back, but Andrew Ford put in a good year as the starter with 26 touchdown passes. At the very least, UMass has options to get the offense going – and the coaching staff will use them both in a rotation against Hawaii to kick things off. Comis is more of a runner, while Ford is a steadier passer.

Current Status: An even rotation between Comis and Ford.
And the starter will be
… Andrew Ford, Jr.
UMass 2017 Preview
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Notre Dame

DeShone Kizer is a Cleveland Brown, and Malik Zaire is a Florida Gator. Brandon Wimbush could turn into a better college player than either of those two, with a huge arm and great quickness to get the new-look offense rolling. 6-0, 205-pound sophomore Ian Book is more of a passer, but he needs time and work.

Current Status: Wimbush No. 1, Book No. 2
And the starter will be
… Brandon Wimbush, Jr.
Notre Dame 2017 Preview
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MAC

Akron

Thomas Woodson had some good moments – throwing for close to 2,100 yards with 18 scores and six picks – but he missed several games hurt. Backup Tra’Von Chapman is moving to receiver, opening the door for a battle for the No. 2 gig. However, if something happened to Woodson again, Chapman would most likely move back under center.

Current Status: Woodson, and hope for him to stay healthy.
And the starter will be
… Thomas Woodson, Sr.
Akron 2017 Preview
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Ball State

Jack Milas is a solid veteran who has the job and should start to push the ball down the field, while Riley Neal knows how to handle the up-tempo offense and can step in without a problem.

Current Status: Milas No. 1, Neal No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Riley Neal, Jr.
Ball State 2017 Preview
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Bowling Green

It was a rough transition from the passing game juggernaut of 2015 to the rebuilt version, but James Morgan got his feet wet in his first year with almost 2,100 yards and 16 scores. The three top backup options are all freshmen.

Current Status: Morgan No. 1, Grant Loy No. 2.
And the starter will be
… James Morgan, Soph.
Bowling Green 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Buffalo

The mobile, 6-7 Tyree Jackson is an interesting quarterback with the upside to do a little of everything for a UB attack that needs playmakers. The 6-5 Drew Anderson saw a little time as the main backup. Both Bulls QBs have huge arms, but Anderson has to hold off freshmen Dominic Johnson and Kyle Vantrease.

Current Status: Jackson No. 1, Anderson No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Tyree Jackson, Soph.
Buffalo 2017 Preview
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Central Michigan

Gone is Cooper Rush, who didn’t quite come up with the big season expected, but was still a longtime starter who put up big numbers. In comes for Michigan super-recruit Shane Morris, who’s looking to play in his final year. However, Tony Poljan had a great offseason and is getting every chance at the job. Tommy Lazzaro is a JUCO transfer who’s deep in the mix, too.

Current Status: Not settled. Best guess – Morris No. 1, Poljan No. 2, Lazzaro No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Shane Morris, Sr.
CMU 2017 Preview
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Eastern Michigan

Brogan Roback led the way to EMU’s breakthrough season throwing for close to 2,700 yards and 18 scores. Senior Todd Porter is a decent veteran who saw action in five games last year, throwing for 1,064 yards and seven scores.

Current Status: Roback No. 1, Porter No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Brogan Roback, Sr.
Eastern Michigan 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Kent State

Will Nick Holley play quarterback or wide receiver? Junior George Bollas is a 6-3 veteran backup who struggled in his eight games of work last year, and RB Myles Washington might end up taking over the spot to bring more athleticism to the position in a pinch.

Current Status: Holley No. 1, Bollas No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Nick Holley, Sr.
Kent State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Miami University

Gus Ragland turned into one of the MAC’s top superstars over the second half of last season, and now he comes into the season as one of the bright, shining hopes for the resurgence of the RedHawk program. Billy Bahl did an okay job over the first part of the year, but he didn’t lead the way to wins. Now he’ll have to hold off several options for the backup job.

Current Status: Ragland No. 1, Bahl No. 2
And the starter will be
… Gus Ragland, Jr.
Miami Univ. 2017 Preview
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Northern Illinois

A disaster over the last few years thanks to a slew of injuries, now there’s hope for a turnaround if Ryan Graham can stay in one piece after getting knocked out with a leg injury. Daniel Santacaterina has seen time over the last few years, and Marcus Childers is a good-looking redshirt freshman who can run. The job is still wide open.

Current Status: Not settled, but best guess … Graham No. 1, Santacaterina No. 2, Childers No. 3. 
And the starter will be
… Ryan Graham, Jr.
Northern Illinois 2017 Preview
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Ohio

The Bobcat passing game has to be better. Quinton Maxwell is a 6-3, 223-pound talent with a world of upside to grow further into the job after rotating with Greg Windham. Windham is gone, and now Nathan Rourke comes in from the JUCO ranks to push for time.

Current Status: Maxwell No. 1, Rourke No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Quinton Maxwell, Soph.
Ohio 2017 Preview
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Toledo

Logan Woodside is coming off a massive season, hitting 69% of his passes for 4,129 yards and 45 scores. Expect more of the same, while 6-5, 232-pound Michael Julian only threw five passes last season. He’s a senior, dual-threat option – Toledo needs to develop a few young backups.

Current Status: Woodside No. 1, Julian No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Logan Woodside, Sr.
Toledo 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Western Michigan

How do you replace a smart, veteran leader like Zach Terrell, who threw for 3,533 yards and 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions? In an offseason stunner, Tom Flacco – Joe Flacco’s brother – decided to transfer to Rutgers, meaning Jon Wassink needs to be brilliant right away. He has all the tools to be the main man, but he needs time and reps. He’ll get those  to start the season … against USC. There are a slew of untested options fighting for the backup job, with Illinois transfer Alex Mussat leading the pack.

Current Status: Wassink named starter vs. USC. Mussat No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Jon Wassink, Soph.
Western Michigan 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game


Mountain West

Air Force

Arion Worthman was a decent enough passer to get by, and finished third on the team in rushing in just eight games of work. Nate Romine is a veteran option who’ll be a terrific backup if he doesn’t take back his starting gig. Air Force is in great shape either way.

Current Status: Not settled, but most likely, Worthman No. 1, Romine No. 2.
And the starter will be
… QB Arion Worthman, Jr.
Air Force 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Boise State

Even in a league with Wyoming’s Josh Allen ripping it up, Brett Rypien was the First Team All-Mountain West quarterback, throwing for 3,646 yards and 24 scores and eight picks. Expected backup Thomas Stuart transferred, but former Kansas starter Montell Cozart is a solid No. 2.

Current Status: Rypien No. 1, Cozart No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Brett Rypien, Jr.
Boise State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Colorado State

Nick Stevens is a big-time passer who should put up massive numbers one he found his groove. Coming off a big season, he’ll be in line for All-Mountain West honors. 6-5, 210-pound sophomore Collin Hill – before suffering a knee injury – saw just enough time last year to be an okay fill-in if needed.

Current Status: Stevens No. 1, Hill No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Nick Stevens, Sr.
Colorado State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Fresno State

Can Chason Virgil blow up in the Jeff Tedford offense? He’s an accurate passer, but he doesn’t have the big bomber size. It’ll be his job to handle the pro-style attack, and now there’s a great backup option in Oregon State transfer Marcus McMaryion. JUCO transfer Christian Rossi is still in the hunt to be Virgil’s backup.

Current Status: Virgil No. 1, McMaryion No. 2, Rossi No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Chason Virgil, Soph.
Fresno State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Hawaii

Dru Brown made his share of mistakes, but he also took to the Nick Rolovich offense and got the team to a bowl win. He’s most likely the team’s main man for the next few years with top backup option, Aaron Zwahlen, transferring to Southern Utah. 6-4 JUCO transfer Cole Brownholtz is a big bombing backup option.

Current Status: Brown No. 1, Brownholtz No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Dru Brown, Jr.
Hawaii 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Nevada

Alabama transfer David Cornwell will step in as the main man for the new coaching staff and the Air Raid style of offense – expect the passing numbers to get cranked up in a hurry. Junior Ty Gangi might be just good enough to be close to the starting spot after throwing for 1,301 yards and eight scores, but Cornwell wouldn’t have come to Reno if he wasn’t going to be the main man.

Current Status: Not totally locked up, but 99% certain that Cornwell will be No. 1, Gangi No. 2.
And the starter will be
… David Cornwell, Jr.
Nevada 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

New Mexico

Lamar Jordan continues to be among the nation’s most exciting quarterbacks with the ball in his hands. He’s not built to take a pounding, but he’s extremely quick and very, very tough. JaJuan Lawson was another dangerous runner, but he left the Lobos, creating a gaping hole for the backup job. Arizona State transfer Coltin Gerhart might have to be an instant factor.

Current Status: Jordan No. 1, Gerhart No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Lamar Jordan, Sr.
New Mexico 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

San Diego State

Christian Chapman didn’t have to do a whole lot of heavy lifting last year, but he has a good enough receiving corps to work with to start doing more. 6-0, 190-pound sophomore Ryan Agnew is the top backup option, but Rutgers transfer Chris Laviano should be a factor at some point.

Current Status: Chapman No. 1, fight for No. 2 between Agnew and Laviano.
And the starter will be
… Christian Chapman, Jr.
San Diego State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

San Jose State

The Spartan passing game has to get going from the start under the new coaching staff. Sophomore Josh Love spent last year as the main backup, but he got in a little bit of work throwing five picks with two touchdown passes. Montel Aaron is a 6-5, 210-pounder with a tremendous arm.

Current Status: Not settled. Love and Aaron neck-and-neck for the job.
And the starter will be
… Josh Love, Soph.
San Jose State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

UNLV

Is the young guy ready to roll? Former Nebraska transfer Johnny Stanton has a ton of skill, and Kurt Palandech turned into the top starter last year, but 6-5, 225-pound Armani Rogers is the potential all-around star who’s supposed to be the savior. Get ready for the fun.

Current Status: Not settled yet, but likely Rogers No. 1, Palandech No. 2, Stanton No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Armani Rogers, RFr.
UNLV 2017 Preview
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Utah State

It only seems like Kent Myers has been around for forever. In his final year, he should be more accurate, with the mobility and moxie to do more for the Aggie attack. Oregon transfer Damion Hubbs is a 6-2, 225-pounder who fits the offense, but at tight end. That leaves untested redshirt freshman Jordan Love and junior D.J. Nelson as the next-best options.

Current Status: Myers No. 1, a battle for No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Kent Myers, Sr.
Utah State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Wyoming

Josh Allen went from being a nice prospect to the possible No. 1 overall draft pick – he might have been that in the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s the star, while 6-4, 229-pound junior Nick Smith looks like yet another future pro prospect once he gets his shot.

Current Status: Allen No. 1, Smith No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Josh Allen, Jr.
Wyoming 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game


Pac-12

Arizona

With Anu Solomon taking off for Baylor, Brandon Dawkins should have the full-time job. Maybe. He took over late last season, and while he was great for the ground game, he struggled throwing it – to be nice. Khalil Tate wasn’t much better, but he’s pushing hard for the job. It’s not 100% settled yet, but …

Current Status: Dawkins No. 1, Tate No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Brandon Dawkins, Jr.
Arizona 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Arizona State

It’ll be a fascinating fight up until the start of the season. Manny Wilkins wasn’t awful last season, but he didn’t lead the way to wins over the second half of the year. He’s got the talent and the experience, but he’ll likely take a back seat to Alabama transfer Blake Barnett. A great get this offseason, Barnett has the talent to be the best passer yet under head coach Todd Graham.

Current Status: Not settled, but Wilkins No. 1, Barnett No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Manny Wilkins, Jr.
Arizona State 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

California

It’s not the Cal situation of the past under Sonny Dykes. With a new coaching staff trying to balance things out a bit, the passing game won’t be quite as dominant. Sophomore Ross Bowers is a pure passer who might not be Davis Webb, but he can throw. Chase Forrest is another pro-style passer who could fit in, but freshman Chase Garbers is getting a shot, too. Throwing another curveball into the mix is South Carolina transfer Brandon McIlwain, but he likely won’t be eligible until next season.

Current Status: Not settled. Forrest and Bowers are neck-and-neck for the No. 1.
And the starter will be
… Ross Bowers, Soph.
Cal 2017 Preview
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Colorado

As good as Sefo Liufau was, he couldn’t stay in one piece. Stephen Montez stepped in and was terrific at times, but he needs more reps – he wasn’t accurate enough. He’s a great passer who can move, while 6-4, 215-pound redshirt freshman Sam Noyer will be groomed as the top backup.

Current Status: Montez No. 1, Noyer No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Stephen Montez, Soph.
Colorado 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Oregon

New head man Willie Taggart has his guy. Justin Hebert took his lumps after taking over the job midway though last year, and now, even in a conference will plenty of top QBs, the Ducks have a standout. After losing decent options Terry Wilson and Travis Jonsen – they both transferred out – the pressure is on senior Taylor Alie and true freshman Braxton Burmeister to be ready right away.

Current Status: Herbert No. 1, Alie No. 2, Burmeister No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Justin Hebert, Soph.
Oregon 2017 Preview
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Oregon State

Marcus McMaryion was the best option last season, throwing for a team high 1,286 yards and ten scores with five picks – and then he transferred to Fresno State. 6-7, 230-pound Idaho transfer Jake Luton is a pocket-passer – the opposite of the athletic McMaryion. Former Utah State transfer Darell Garretson is the next-best option, but the Beavers need another prospect to rise up and challenge for the backup gig.

Current Status: Luton was named the starter for the opener vs. Colorado State. Garretson No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Jake Luton, Jr.
Oregon State 2017 Preview
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Stanford

Ryan Burns dabbled with the idea of transferring, but he chose to stick around. Can he – and/or will he – be the guy who can lead the way if Keller Chryst’s injured knee isn’t ready to go? K.J. Costello could slide into a role if the offense isn’t moving, but Chryst looks ready to roll.

Current Status: Not 100% locked in yet for the opener against Rice, but Chryst No. 1, Burns No. 2, Costello No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Keller Chryst, Sr.
Stanford 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

UCLA

When healthy, Josh Rosen is one of the nation’s best quarterbacks and a likely top ten overall NFL Draft pick if he chooses to come out next year. But what happens if he gets hurt again? Devon Modster is an interesting young backup, but the Bruin season hinges on whether or not The Rosen One is healthy and back to form.

Current Status: Rosen No. 1, Modster No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Josh Rosen, Jr.
UCLA 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

USC

Last year’s season-starter Max Browne is now slinging it for Pitt. Jalen Greene is an interesting option – the left-hander will work at receiver – but Jack Sears is the star prospect who’ll be groomed for the near future. In a perfect world, USC redshirts Sears and fellow freshman Matt Fink, but if it’s not Greene as the emergency backup, there’s a problem. Oh yeah – and the Trojans have the presumptive favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Current Status: Sam Darnold No. 1, for now, Jalen Greene No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Sam Darnold, Soph.
USC 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

Utah

Alabama transfer Cooper Bateman was a one-time star recruit – and some thought he might end up taking over the starting job in each of the last two seasons. Now he’ll likely be a wide receiver for the Utes. Troy Williams is a good veteran, but he has to be better and more consistent. Former Florida Player of the Year Tyler Huntley is pushing hard for the starting job for a new-look offense that’ll throw the ball deep a bit more.

Current Status: Huntley named the starter, Williams No. 2
And the starter will be
… Tyler Huntley, Soph.
Utah 2017 Preview
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Washington

The rise of Jake Browning into one of the nation’s most efficient and effective passers was a big reason Washington went from good to Pac-12 Champion fantastic. He’s obviously the star again, while junior K.J. Carta-Samuels is a decent enough prospect to step in and keep things going if disaster strikes.

Current Status: Browning No. 1, Carta-Samuels No. 2, Daniel Bridge-Gadd No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Jake Browning, Jr.
Washington 2017 Preview
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Washington State

It was a massive coup for the program to get veteran star Luke Falk back for another year to run the Mike Leach offense. However, losing good backup Peyton Bender to Kansas – where he’ll likely start – stinks. It’ll likely be up to 6-3, 217-pound sophomore Tyler Hilinski to be ready to roll if Falk goes down.

Current Status: Falk No. 1, Hilinski No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Luke Falk, Sr.
Wazzu 2017 Preview
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SEC

Alabama

While there might be chatter about super-recruit Tua Tagovailoa is Jalen Hurts struggles early on … nah. Former key recruits are doing big things elsewhere, with David Cornwell expected to start at Nevada, Blake Barnett will get a shot at Arizona State, and Cooper Bateman is pushing for a receiver job at Utah. Hurts is really good, and he’ll show why again this year – even if Nick Saban isn’t 100% locking down that No. 2 is the No. 1, saying Tagovailoa will at least get some work.

Current Status: Hurts No. 1, Tagovailoa No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Jalen Hurts, Soph.
Alabama 2017 Preview
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Arkansas

Austin Allen did a terrific job of keeping the passing attack going after his brother, Brandon, threw for ten more yards the year before. 6-2, 212-pound sophomore Ty Storey got a wee bit of work last year, and now he’ll be groomed to be the starter for 2018, with Cole Kelley getting every shot for the backup spot.

Current Status: Allen No. 1, battle for No. 2 between Storey and Kelley.
And the starter will be
… Austin Allen, Sr.
Arkansas 2017 Preview
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Auburn

It was one of the biggest transfers of the offseason. Former Baylor starter Jarrett Stidham will take over the starting job, but Sean White is a veteran who always seems to find his way onto the field. With John Franklin III transferring to Florida Atlantic, the backup options have thinned out.

Current Status: Stidham named starter for opener vs. Georgia Southern. White No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Jarrett Stidham, Soph.
Auburn 2017 Preview
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Florida

Just when it seemed like Feleipe Franks was about to get a shot to grow into the starting job, everything changed. Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire signed on, but can he take over with only a few fall practices to show what he can do? Kyle Trask is still in the hunt for at least the No. 2 job, while last year’s starter Luke Del Rio will at least still be around once he gets healthy.

Current Status: Not settled. but at the moment, it appears to be Zaire No. 1, Franks No. 2, Del Rio No. 3, Trask No. 4.
And the starter will be
… Malik Zaire, Sr.
Florida 2017 Preview
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Georgia

Here’s the thing – if it’s not Jacob Eason, then was his freshman year of seasoning a waste of an investment? He saw the SEC wars, made a few strong comebacks, and he was fine for a true freshman. However, Jake Fromm will get every opportunity to jump in and take over if Eason isn’t sharp. With veteran Brice Ramsey back, the Jake that doesn’t earn the starting job should be able to redshirt.

Current Status: Not settled, but Eason No. 1, Ramsey No. 2, Fromm likely to redshirt. 
And the starter will be
… Jacob Eason, Soph.
Georgia 2017 Preview
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Kentucky

Stephen Johnson turned in a major performance to beat Louisville late in the year, but can be consistently great for an entire season? Can he be healthy, after reportedly being seen in a walking boot? He’ll get his shot to do even more with the starting gig, while veteran Drew Barker is a terrific backup option.

Current Status: Johnson No. 1, Barker No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Stephen Johnson, Sr.
Kentucky 2017 Preview
– Schedule & Prediction For Every Game

LSU

While last year’s Week One starter Brandon Harris is off to North Carolina, former Purdue transfer Danny Etling is even more firmly entrenched as the starter. He might not be anything more than serviceable, but he’s experienced. Lefty Justin McMillan needs time and reps to show what he can do, but he might not get that – true freshman Myles Brennan has turned into one of the biggest positives in fall camp.

Current Status: Etling No. 1, Brennan No. 2, McMillan No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Danny Etling, Sr.
LSU 2017 Preview
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Mississippi State

There isn’t a whole lot of quarterbacking star power in the SEC compared to the Pac-12 or Big 12, but there are plenty of very good ones. Nick Fitzgerald could be the best of the bunch. A very tall, very mobile all-around threat the hype will quickly kick in as the season approaches. 6-4, 222-pound freshman Keytaon Thompson os the star of the near future.

Current Status: Fitzgerald No. 1, Thompson No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Nick Fitzgerald, Jr.
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Missouri

It would’ve been interesting if Marvin Zanders didn’t transfer – first to Virginia, now to Vanderbilt – but Drew Lock is coming off a big sophomore season and should rise up and be an even more important playmaker. 6-4, 215-pound Jack Lowary looks the part of another top Mizzou passer.

Current Status: Lock No. 1, Lowary No. 2, Micah Wilson No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Drew Lock, Jr.
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Ole Miss

The one positive out of the disastrous second half of last season was the play of Shea Patterson, a rising star passer to rally the beleaguered program around. He’ll take his lumps in what might be a rough year, but the talent is undeniable. JUCO transfer Jordan Ta’amu should own the backup job, but there are plenty of other interesting options.

Current Status: Patterson No. 1, Ta’amu No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Shea Patterson, Soph.
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South Carolina

Jake Bentley wasn’t expected to do anything in his freshman season, but he turned into the spark the program needed. So good that star recruit Brandon McIlwain chose to transfer, the pressure is on Bentley to do even more. Michael Scarnecchia is a good veteran option to have in the bank.

Current Status: Bentley No. 1, Scarnecchia No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Jake Bentley, Soph.
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Tennessee

Tennessee might have been a disappointing dud, but Joshua Dobbs did everything he could to save the season. He’s gone, but the Vols have a terrific situation with Quinten Dormady a great-looking option who appears ready to step in and rock. Jarrett Guarantano will someday be the starter.

Current Status: Dormady No. 1, Guarantano No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Quinten Dormady, Jr.
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Texas A&M

Easily the SEC’s most interesting quarterback situation – with some due respect to Florida – Jake Hubenak is the veteran who knows the offense, Nick Starkel was a good recruit with the upside to shine in the system, and Kellen Mond is a fantastic recruit who might just take over right away. It’ll be Mond’s gig soon enough, but since the opener is at UCLA …

Current Status: Not settled, but Starkel No. 1, Hubenak No. 2, Mond No. 3.
And the starter will be .
.. Nick Starkel, Fr.
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Vanderbilt

Kyle Shurmur only threw nine touchdown passes, but he was terrific down the stretch throwing for 221 yards or more in all four November games, with 416 yards in the win over Tennessee. Can he hang on to the job if Missouri-then-Virginia transfer Marvin Zanders comes in and provides more of a dynamic option?

Current Status: Shurmur No. 1. Zanders No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Kyle Shurmur, Jr.
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Sun Belt

Appalachian State

The Mountaineers have one of the Sun Belt’s best veteran ballers. Taylor Lamb isn’t a big bomber, but he’s been through the wars and knows what he’s doing. Sophomore J.P. Caruso was supposed to be the bomber of a backup, but he transferred. 6-3 redshirt freshman Jacob Huesman is in the lead for the backup job.

Current Status: Lamb No. 1, Huesman No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Taylor Lamb, Jr.
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Arkansas State

Former Oklahoma transfer Justice Hansen was in a fight for time early on last year, but he turned out to be great over the second half of the season. Now he needs to be more consistent, but the Red Wolves are set. Redshirt freshman Logan Bonner is looking good as the backup.

Current Status: Hansen No. 1, Bonner No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Justice Hansen, Jr.
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Coastal Carolina

Syracuse transfer Austin Wilson will likely get the first look, but there are other options for the new FCSer to play around with. There are four others battling for time after a year when eight different players threw a pass.  5-9, 195-pound senior Tyler Keane led the team in passing last year with ten scoring throws and just two picks in seven starts.

Current Status: Not settled, but Wilson No. 1, Keane No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Austin Wilson, Sr.
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Georgia Southern

Longtime quarterback duo Kevin Ellison and Favian Upshaw are gone. It was supposed to be up to Seth Shuman to run the option attack, but he left the team. Now it’s a battle, with the likely main factors LaBaron Anthony or redshirt freshman Shai Werts. Werts was the best player this offseason, but it’s still a war.

Current Status: Not settled, but Werts the likely No. 1, Anthony No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Shai Werts, RFr.
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Georgia State

Conner Manning had his moments. He wasn’t consistent, and he couldn’t get the offense going at times, but he threw a whale of a scare into Wisconsin. JUCO transfer Jaquez Parks and the quick Aaron Winchester will fight it out of the No. 2 job.

Current Status: Manning No. 1, battle between Parks and Winchester for the No. 2 spot.
And the starter will be
… Conner Manning, Sr.
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Idaho

Matt Linehan has turned into a nice statistical star under head coach Paul Petrino. He’s a veteran now who knows how to get the offense moving. Gunnar Amos left to go play for Idaho State, meaning Mason Petrino has to be fantastic. Linehan has missed time in fall camp, but that meant Petrino has gotten in more work.

Current Status: Linehan No. 1, Petrino No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Matt Linehan, Sr.
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Louisiana

Anthony Jennings came in from LSU and turned into a solid starter. He’s gone, and now it’s an open race between Jordan Davis and Dion Ray, with each needing to provide more pop to the downfield passing game. Davis has moved ahead in camp.

Current Status: Davis No. 1, Ray No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Jordan Davis, Jr.
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New Mexico State

Tyler Rogers got a medical redshirt and should be able to crank up the passing game again. Nick Jeanty has seen enough time to be okay, and JUCO transfer Conner Cramer is ready to roll if needed, but he moved over to receiver.

Current Status: Not settled, but Rogers No. 1A, Jeanty No. 1B.
And the starter will be
… Tyler Rogers, Sr.
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South Alabama

Dallas Davis didn’t dominate, but he came up with a few massive wins to get the team bowl eligible. He’s a solid all-around veteran, while Marshall transfer Cole Garvin and UAB transfer Evan Orth have been in the hunt for the job. There’s still a battle, but it’s between Davis and Garvin at this point.

Current Status: Davis and Garvin fighting for the job, Orth No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Dallas Davis, Jr.
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Texas State

A whole lot of pressure is being put on the new guy. With Nick Fitzgerald firmly entrenched as the star of the Mississippi State attack, Damian Williams transferred for his final season – and was then suspended for alleged academic issues. The O needs playmakers, and he needs to be it. This is where Missouri transfer Eddie Printz would’ve made an impact, but he left a while ago, meaning four true freshmen and one redshirt freshman are in a fight. RB/QB Jaylin Nelson might be the answer, but Willie Jones and Jaylen Gipson are the main options for the No. 1 job. Of course, the hope is for Williams to return in time to be ready.

Current Status: It’s all up in the air. Williams is the No. 1, but if he can’t go, it’s actin flip between Jones and Gipson for the start vs. Houston Baptist. 
And the starter will be
… Jaylen Gipson, Fr.
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Troy

All Brandon Silvers did was rise up and throw for 3,180 yards and 23 touchdowns in a breakthrough season for the Trojans. Sophomore Sawyer Smith saw just enough time to get his feet wet, and Caleb Barker has been impressive so far.

Current Status: Silvers No. 1, Smith No. 2, Barker No. 3.
And the starter will be
… Brandon Silvers, Sr.
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ULM

Garrett Smith needs to be healthy, but if he is, he’s the difference-maker the ULM offense desperately needs. Caleb Evans and Will Collins got work last year and didn’t do enough with the offense.

Current Status: Not settled, but Smith No. 1, and Collins and Evans fighting for No. 2.
And the starter will be
… Garrett Smith, Jr.
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