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ESPN Ranks The 5 Most "Important" Players In College Football

Joe Burrow throwing a pass.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers throws a pass during the first half of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Everyone is likely pretty aware of who the best players in college football are heading into the start of the 2019 regular season.

Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm, Jonathan Taylor, Chase Young and others typically make up most "best players in college football" lists.

Which players are "most important," though?

ESPN's Bill Connelly decided to rank the most important players in the College Football Playoff chase heading into the 2019 season.

A couple of quarterbacks are sitting at the top of the list, though they are probably not the quarterbacks you think.

The top five:

  1. Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond
  2. LSU QB Joe Burrow
  3. Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts
  4. Ohio State QB Justin Fields
  5. Penn State QB Sean Clifford

As you can see, the most "important" players in college football are the quarterbacks of the College Football Playoff contending teams that are not on Alabama, Clemson or Georgia - the three most proven teams.

It's hard to argue against that. If any of those quarterbacks have stellar seasons (Burrow, Fields and Hurts, especially), their teams should be right in the College Football Playoff hunt. If they disappoint, their teams will likely be on the outside looking in.

You can view ESPN's full top 25 list here.