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Latest Predictions For College Football's Starting QB Battles In 2018

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide scrambles with the football ahead of defensive tackle Trenton Thompson #78 of the Georgia Bulldogs.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scrambles with the football ahead of defensive tackle Trenton Thompson #78 of the Georgia Bulldogs during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs 26-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

This college football offseason and preseason will feature a ton of starting QB battles. Here's the latest on who we think will win the jobs.

We previously made predictions for some of 2018's starting quarterbacks a month-plus ago. A decent amount has changed since then, though.

So, we need to update our predictions.

Here are our picks for the winners of some of college football's big quarterback battles in 2018.

Alabama: Tua Tagovailoa

A couple of months ago, it would've been pretty bold to predict Tua would be the man leading Alabama's program in 2018. Jalen Hurts had lost just two games over the course of his career and was about to start in the national title game.

Everyone knows what happened since, though.

Tua will be Alabama's starting QB in 2018.

Clemson: Trevor Lawrence

This might be the most-interesting battle to watch. It'll be returning starter Kelly Bryant against incoming No. 1 overall recruit Trevor Lawrence. We think Lawrence is just too gifted to sit on the bench.

Florida: Feleipe Franks

The Gators have a new coach in Dan Mullen who specializes in the QB position. Will he make a big change under center? We'll go with Feleipe Franks holding onto the job in 2018.

Florida State: Deondre Francois

There was talk about James Blackman supplanting Deondre Francois as Florida State's starting QB in 2018 during ESPN's broadcast of the Seminoles' bowl game today. We don't see that happening, though. Francois will return to full health and have the job.

Georgia: Jake Fromm

The Bulldogs, like Clemson, bring in an elite quarterback recruit in five-star dual-threat QB Justin Fields. Fromm will hold onto the job, though.

Michigan: Shea Patterson

Patterson is the biggest transfer acquisition of the college football offseason. His eligibility hasn't been squared away yet, but it's expected to be approved by the NCAA. He'll beat out Brandon Peters and Dylan McCaffrey and win the job.

Nebraska: Adrian Martinez

We have the Huskers going with the true freshman in 2018. Patrick O'Brien and Tristan Gebbia are options, too, but Scott Frost has raved about the four-star dual-threat recruit. He's the best fit for what Frost wants to do on offense.

Ohio State: Dwayne Haskins

Haskins will be competing with Tate Martell and Joe Burrow, but he's got the edge in experience. Ohio State returns a lot of its offensive weapons and Haskins' pro-style arm is probably best suited to take advantage of that.

Oklahoma: Kyler Murray

This one is basically a given, but Baker Mayfield's departure does open up the door for somewhat of a competition. It will be won by Murray, if there is one.

Texas: Sam Ehlinger

Will Sam Ehlinger, Texas' starter at the end of the 2017 season, hold onto the job over Shane Buechele? We think so. He's our pick for the man to lead the Longhorns in 2018.

USC: J.T. Daniels

Daniels, the No. 2 overall pro-style QB in the 2018 class, has a chance to be the man who replaces Sam Darnold right away. He's talented enough to win the job.