There is nothing that draws more attention to a football game than two marquee quarterbacks going head-to-head.
Every play has to go through the quarterback’s hands, and how he handles the flow and tempo of a game often creates a ripple effect felt by the entire team.
With several of the NCAA’s talented quarterbacks making the leap to the NFL, the names that college football fans have come to depend on will be replaced by budding stars who may or may not be ready to take over the Saturday spotlight.
Out are names like Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, and Jimmy Clausen—players that people across the entire nation flocked to follow the past few seasons, whether with good wishes or ill will.
In are a variety of quarterbacks that managed to create a steady buzz around their talents, like Jake Locker, Ryan Mallet, Kellen Moore, and Landry Jones. Each hopes to gain extra momentum heading towards their own NFL Draft day.
Depending on which side of the country you live on or which conference you follow religiously, you probably already have a top quarterback matchup circled on your calendar.
Almost every conference has at least one. Even though the opening kickoff for the 2010 NCAA football season is still several months away, diehard football fans are eager to start counting down the days until we get to see these gun-slinging stars collide.
Here is my list of the top 10 quarterback matchups for the 2010 college football season.