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ESPN Predicts The Winners Big Ten Quarterback Battles

A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys.

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: A general view of Memorial Stadium during a game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wyoming Cowboys on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Overall, the Big Ten quarterback situations are pretty settled. There are situations like Michigan, where a starter hasn't been named, but we're all extremely confident that Shea Patterson will win it. ESPN has broken down the top Big Ten quarterback battles that continue to rage on.

Ohio State's is just about wrapped up. There was some drama while Joe Burrow was still on the roster. He was the Buckeyes quarterback with the most experience within Urban Meyer's system.

Burrow recently elected to transfer after graduating from Ohio State. He will now battle for the starting job at LSU.

That leaves Dwayne Haskins, who impressed last season in spot duty, and freshman Tate Martell. Most view Haskins as the strong favorite.

ESPN's Mitch Sherman agrees with that take on Ohio State's quarterback battle.

Sherman actually goes as far as to drop Haskins as a potential surprise Heisman name to watch. From ESPN:

No doubt it’s Haskins, already viewed as a Heisman Trophy candidate after he threw for 565 yards and four touchdowns last season and led a comeback win at Michigan in place of injured starter J.T. Barrett.

The other team listed may not have the championship aspirations as Ohio State. However, there is a bit more drama with the quarterback battle.

A number of players are vying for the Nebraska quarterback job, most notably Tristan Gebbia, Adrian Martinez, Andrew Bunch, and Noah Vedral. Bunch is a walk-on, and Vedral will likely have to sit out this fall, if he doesn't receive a waiver, after following head coach Scott Frost from UCF.

Sherman goes with Martinez, a true freshman, over redshirt frosh Gebbia. From his write-up:

Long term, it’s Martinez, vying to become the first true freshman starter at Nebraska since Tommie Frazier in 1992. He fits the Frost system and brings great intangibles.

This one can definitely go either way. No matter what happens, Nebraska fans should have some serious renewed excitement this fall.