Early Predictions for CFB's Most Intriguing 2021 Starting Quarterback Battles

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2021

Early Predictions for CFB's Most Intriguing 2021 Starting Quarterback Battles

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    If you walk around Hard Rock Stadium, you might find a few scattered pieces of confetti. Alabama is still celebrating the national championship, but college football's short attention span has us thinking about the 2021 season.

    And, most specifically, quarterbacks.

    According to DraftKings, 19 teams have odds of +5000 or better to win next season's national championship. Using that list as a guide, we've highlighted the teams most likely to hold a QB competition.

    One important qualifier is that not every roster that's replacing a starter has much of a position battle. Alabama, Clemson and Florida each have an obvious heir as they lose Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence and Kyle Trask, respectively, to the NFL.

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    New Starters but Clear Favorites

    • Alabama: Bryce Young
    • Clemson: D.J. Uiagalelei
    • Florida: Emory Jones


    The Wild Card

    Miami quarterback D'Eriq King will be recovering from a torn right ACL. Without him, Tyler Van Dyke and Jake Garcia will compete for first-string reps in practice. King is expected back for fall camp, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.


    The Expected Starters

    Georgia: Head coach Kirby Smart may call it a competition, but JT Daniels is the starter. He threw for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns in four starts this past season. The actual competition is between Stetson Bennett IV, 2020 4-star recruit Carson Beck and incoming 5-star Brock Vandagriff for the backup job.

    Indiana: Michael Penix Jr. helped the Hoosiers become a Top 10 team in 2020, collecting 1,645 yards passing and 16 total touchdowns in six starts. Though a torn right ACL ended his season and gave Jack Tuttle a chance, Penix is the starter when healthy.

LSU Tigers

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    As the replacement for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, Myles Brennan had a frustrating 2020.

    Although he threw for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns, LSU dropped two of its first three games. And then, an abdominal injury kept him on the sideline for the rest of the season. Without him, the Tigers leaned on freshmen TJ Finley and Max Johnson.