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CFB Expert Phil Steele Names The Top 10 QB Units In 2019

Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tua Tagovailoa #13 celebrate after winning the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It's no secret that one of the keys to success in college football is having a quarterback capable of making big plays. On the other hand, it's equally important to have a quality backup ready to play at any given moment.

Last season, Alabama and Clemson made the national championship in large part because of Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence. Yet, both teams had to rely on their second-string quarterback during the season.

Clemson needed Chase Brice to save its playoff hopes against Syracuse, meanwhile Alabama won the SEC Championship behind Jalen Hurts' heroics.

With the upcoming season approaching fairly soon, college football expert Phil Steele has released his rankings for the top quarterback units in the country.

As you'd expect, Clemson and Alabama are toward the top of the list. However, Steele does sprinkle a few surprise teams along the way.

Here is Steele's top 10:

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Texas
  4. Oregon
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Houston
  7. Michigan
  8. Nebraska
  9. Georgia
  10. Virginia

The Texas Longhorns are high on Steele's list, as Sam Ehlinger prepares for another productive season. He'll be joined by Casey Thompson and Roschon Johnson.

Despite losing Kyler Murray to the NFL, Oklahoma is still in the top five in the quarterback rankings. Lincoln Riley has a strong group that is led by former Alabama star Jalen Hurts.

Another interesting decision from Steele was to place Nebraska in the No. 8 spot on his list. Steele has mentioned before that he expects an impressive season from Adrian Martinez and the Cornhuskers.

The final notable ranking from Steele is that Georgia falls toward the bottom of the top 10. Although Jake Fromm is considered an elite prospect, the loss of Justin Fields definitely hurts the Bulldogs' depth at quarterback.

Fans can read Steele's reasoning behind each ranking on 247Sports.

[247Sports]