College football is back. Kind of.
Spring practice is underway for several major programs. Spring games will be taking place in a couple of weeks.
The major storyline for several top programs this spring: quarterback competitions. There are a bunch of them.
Who is going to end up being the starting QB for several major programs? Here are the latest predictions…
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.