18 for ’18: 18 key offseason topics: No. 9, quarterback battles that will make or break five teams this college football season.
18 for ’18: No. 9 Most Interesting Make Or Break Quarterback Battles
18 for ’18 Offseason Topics
18: Power 5 Coach Hot Seat Rankings
17: Power 5 Projected Win Totals & Swing Games
16. Best Longshot National Championship Teams
15. Group of 5 vs. Power 5 Upset Alerts
14. Every Power Five Team’s Letdown Game
13. Breakout QBs You Need To Know
12. Already Great Players About To Explode
11. Every Power Five’s Sleeper Team
10. Five Key Returning Injured Stars
Of course the Alabama quarterback battle is going to be a front-and-center topic in college football discussions over the summer. So will the fight for the Georgia gig, and the Clemson job, and Ohio State, Florida State, Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, too.
But there’s no real wrong answer with any of those fights for the No. 1 job. If the main man isn’t getting it done, the Plan 1A option isn’t all that bad.
It’s not quite as sure a thing for these five teams below looking for a big season. There really and truly is a mystery at the moment for all of them looking to make a whole lot of noise in their respective conference races, starting with …
5. Oklahoma State Cowboys
13,618 yards and 92 touchdowns. That’s what Mason Rudolph did as the star of the Oklahoma State passing game for a little over three seasons. As amazing as he was last year, it still wasn’t quite enough to get Oklahoma State over the Oklahoma hump and into a Big 12 Champions T-shirt.
It wasn’t even enough to get to the Big 12 Championship game last season.
So now the Cowboys have to hope that 1) head coach Mike Gundy and his staff can keep the production rolling no matter who’s under center and 2) be better despite the loss of an all-timer of a passer.
Part of the problem is that OSU doesn’t have all the cards to play quite yet. Hawaii grad transfer Dru Brown won’t get his shot until fall camp – but the smallish baller who completed 62% of his throws for 5,273 yards and 37 scores with six rushing touchdowns isn’t coming to Stillwater to sit on the bench.
Senior former walk-on Taylor Cornelius has the 6-6, 230-pound size, and he’s got the time logged into the system as the backup for three years, but only has 24 career throws under his belt. But also getting his shot in spring ball is Keondre Wudtee, a 6-4, 215-pounder with all the skills and enough practice experience to know what Gundy wants.
Ball all the work they’re doing this spring might be used for emergency situations.
Gundy has never been afraid to start a true freshman, making star recruit Spencer Sanders an interesting option when he comes in, and again, Brown is a going to be a big part of the fight.
Early Prediction: Cornelius has the trust of the coaching staff and will be on top of the chart going into the opener against Missouri State, unless Brown is amazing in fall practices.