Spring football may be over, but there are still an abundance of quarterback battles raging in the SEC. About half of the league is still searching for its answer at the most important position in sports. Today, ESPN logged new predictions for the winners of those jobs.
Alabama's quarterback battle is probably the biggest in the sport. Few schools have one quarterback anywhere near the level of either contender in the Crimson Tide battle.
Jalen Hurts has a sterling record as starter at 'Bama. He took over midway through the 2016 season opener, and has led Alabama to back-to-back national championship berths.
The Crimson Tide won the title this year, but it wasn't Hurts under center when the clock hit zero. Little-used true freshman Tua Tagovailoa took over at halftime, and brought the offense back to life, coming from behind to knock off SEC Champion Georgia.
ESPN's Alex Scarbrough gives Tagovailoa the edge in Alabama's quarterback battle.
There's a good chance that this one lasts into the season, as Nick Saban has done in previous years with new quarterbacks. However, Tagovailoa is the expected winner here, whenever that is finally decided.
The momentum is in Tagovailoa's favor after the way the national championship game ended. His ability to unlock the offense -- specifically getting the ball more downfield -- gives him a distinct advantage.
Alabama is far from the only school with a decision on its hands. Even some of the races that have been decided don't feel totally settled.
Feleipe Franks is set to start at Florida, after an up-and-down first season. He could still get pushed by newcomers Emory Jones and Kyle Trask.
Georgia has its guy in Jake Fromm, who led the team to a national championship appearance as a freshman. The Dawgs leaned on a dynamic run game last season, so Fromm's role in the offense will have to expand in 2018. The team also bring in five-star Justin Fields, who should see the field in some capacity.
LSU is a true race. Myles Brennan was the front-runner, but the addition of Ohio State graduate transfer Joe Burrow adds a serious contender, who is probably now the man to beat.
Burrow is the favorite, but he's not a shoo-in to start. Not according to coach Ed Orgeron, who shot down the idea that Burrows was promised the job.
Tennessee is in a similar spot to LSU. Jarrett Guarantano was the likely starter, until the team added Stanford transfer Keller Chryst.
Given Chryst's edge in terms of experience (23 games played, an 11-2 record as a starter) and fit (he's a dropback passer), he has to be considered the favorite to win the job.
Texas A&M has a new coach who knows how to get a quarterback to the next level. Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel might be the tightest of these races. Scarborough seems to be leaning Starkel.
Mond might be the more dynamic QB, but Starkel could be the best fit. He surely made a good impression on Fisher when he threw for 499 yards and four touchdowns in the bowl game.
So there is plenty to watch for in the SEC over the next few months. Quarterback play has been inconsistent in the league as of late, so these quarterback battles are especially crucial.