College Football 2017: Power Ranking Top 10 Quarterbacks
Top-10 Quarterbacks In College Football
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We’re inching closer and closer to the 2017 college football season, which means you’re running out of time to do your homework. If you hope to make a profit this season and crush the bookies, you should already have a good idea of what’s what before the season even starts. This article, I’m taking a look at the top quarterbacks in the country, the best players at the most important position, which makes these teams hard to bet against.
If a team has one of these quarterbacks, there should be a lot of winning this season.
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Here are the top 10 quarterbacks heading into the 2017 college football season.
1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals - Last years Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson produced nearly 5,000 yards of offense and 51 total touchdowns. Keep in mind that includes the last month were the production dipped a bit. Jackson has the potential to be even better this season, which is scary.
2. Sam Darnold, USC Trojans - Sam Darnold completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards, and the bulk of that production came in 10 games. Darnold has the ability to be that next great USC quarterback, which makes the Trojans a legit national title contender.
3. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Sooners - In three seasons, Baker Mayfield has almost 10,000 passing yards and 88 touchdowns. Video game numbers. Mayfield is the reason Oklahoma can beat anybody in the country, but you’d like to see him be more consistent in big games.
4. Jalen Hurts, Alabama Crimson Tide - I wasn’t as high on Jalen Hurts last year as others, but keep in mind he was just a freshman. Nearly a 63 completion percentage along with almost 1,000 rushing yards was just tapping into his potential. Hurts is only going to improve under the Alabama coaching staff.
5. Jake Browning, Washington Huskies - Jake Browning lost some of his weapons from a year ago, but we’re talking about somebody who had 43 touchdown passes and four rushing touchdowns. The kid is the real deal. Washington is still a Pac-12 contender because of who is at quarterback.
6. Deondre Francois, Florida State Seminoles - I may have Deondre Francois higher than most, but I saw a kid who made countless big plays down the stretch and kept getting up despite getting rocked every single game. Francois has that it factor and the toughness you can’t teach. I’m really high on the FSU quarterback heading into 2017.
7. Trace McSorley, Penn State Nittany Lions - Trace McSorley finished his final three games with 12 touchdown passes and gave us a peak of what could be for Penn State. If McSorley can put together a complete season with that greatness, the Nittany Lions could be the team to beat in the Big Ten.
8. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State Cowboys - Mason Rudolph has over 7,800 passing yards and 49 touchdowns the last two seasons, and Oklahoma State is 15-3 when he throws at least two touchdowns. Rudolph is possibly the most underrated college quarterback in the country.
9. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Buckeyes - J.T. Barrett is one of those guys you can’t believe is still in school and his ups and downs make you question just how good he actually is. Bottom line is Barrett is 26-4 in his career and is one of the better dual-threats in the country. Ohio State will be a favorite to a win the national title if Barrett can return to the player he was during the 2014 college football season.
10. Quinton Flowers, South Florida Bulls - Quinton Flowers may not get a lot of national love, but he threw for 2,800 yards, rushed for 1,500 yards and combined for 42 touchdowns. It doesn’t get much better than that, and Flowers has to be considered a dark horse Heisman threat if he can build on those numbers.