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Predicting Major Programs' 2018 Starting Quarterbacks

A pylon at the CFP National Championship game.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Let's take a look at the 2018 starting quarterback battles.

The 2017 college football season is entering its final period - bowl season - so it's time to take a look ahead to the 2018 campaign.

What will the quarterback situations look like for the top programs?

Here are our starting QB picks for several major teams.

Alabama - Jalen Hurts

Tua Tagovailoa got some playing time this season, but this job is squarely on Hurts' shoulders.

Clemson - Kelly Bryant

The Tigers are loaded with highly-touted recruits at the QB position and will bring in another five-star QB in 2018.

Bryant has locked this job up for another season, though.


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.


Jake Fromm took the job from Jacob Eason after the former 5-star recruit went down with an injury. Will Eason win the job back this offseason? We'll say that Fromm holds onto it and that Eason transfers somewhere else (Miami?).


Tanner Lee was really hyped up before the 2017 season and there was some NFL Draft discussion. He failed to live up to the hype, but there's still some NFL talk? We think the arrival of Scott Frost will persuade him to stay for one more season and he'll win the job.

Ohio State

This should be the most-interesting QB battle in 2018. J.T. Barrett will be gone, so the position will be decided between Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell. All could be worthy of the job. Haskins, though, looked great in backup duty this past season. He'll win the job again.


Replacing a Heisman Trophy winner is never easy. Who will earn the nod at Oklahoma in 2018? Kyler Murray, the former Texas A&M QB, was the Sooners' backup in 2017. He looked pretty good in the role and he's our pick for OU's starter in 2018.


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.


Darnold, if he decides to leave, will be a top 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and maybe even the No. 1 overall guy. But he struggled a decent amount in 2017 and many, including ESPN's Todd McShay, think it'd be beneficial for him to return. He's just a redshirt sophomore, so coming back for one more season isn't crazy. We think that's what he'll end up doing.