Whether it is a Top 25 poll, recruiting, coaching, or quarterback rankings, this off-season virtually everything ultimately comes down to Clemson vs. Alabama.
That shouldn’t surprise. Dabo Swinney has elevated his program to Alabama’s level, beating the Crimson Tide in two of the last three national title games.
247Sports put out a ranking of the best quarterback/wide receiver combinations in the country. You can probably guess how it shakes out.
Like so many other categories in college football, Alabama and Clemson finished Nos. 1 and 2 in best quarterback/wide receiver combo.
In this list, it is Alabama that comes out on top, with the impressive pitch-and-catch duo of Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy.
Tua Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy may be the scariest returning quarterback-wide receiver duo in the country. Tagovailoa was the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up, while Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s best wide receiver). The combination of Jeudy’s elite speed and route running make him an easy target for a quarterback with Tagovailoa’s accuracy. That was on display for much of the 2019 season, as Jeudy finished with 14 touchdowns and 1,315 yards on 68 catches. The junior is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and that puts tremendous pressure on defensive backs.
Jeudy was the clear No. 1 threat for the Crimson Tide. The Tigers may actually be a little deeper, with Tee Higgins joining Justyn Ross on the outside. Ross got the nod here.
True freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross both lived up to their 247Sports Composite rankings last season. Lawrence was the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2018, and the quarterback quickly took over the starting role from incumbent Kelly Bryant, who is now at Missouri after transferring. Lawrence became just the second true freshman starting quarterback to lead his team to a national championship. Ross, the class of 2018’s No. 1 player in Alabama, was also a major key to Clemson’s 15-0 season. After totaling just one game over 100 yards receiving during the team’s first 13 games, Ross caught 12 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns during the College Football Playoff. Rising junior Tee Higgins (12 touchdowns) actually led the Tigers in receiving until Ross’ outburst in the playoff, but we should expect Ross to have big games throughout the entire season in 2019.
The rest of the list is a very interesting one, featuring some much smaller programs and names that college football fans may not be super familiar with. At No. 3, we have a Conference USA program.
3. Mason Fine/Rico Bussey Jr. (North Texas)
4. Justin Herbert/Juwan Johnson (Oregon)
5. Jalen Hurts/Ceedee Lamb (Oklahoma)
6. Sam Ehlinger/Collin Johnson (Texas)
7. Cole McDonald/Cedric Byrd (Hawaii)
8. JT Daniels/Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC)
9. Ian Book/Chase Claypool (Notre Dame)
10. Jake Fromm/Demetris Robertson (Georgia)
Head to 247Sports for the full list.