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College Football: Best QBs In Each Conference For 2024 Season

The 2024 College Football season is just over two month away from kickoff during Week 0.

There will be many elite quarterbacks returning this season. Below, check out players who could be the best in their conference this season.

ACC: Cam Ward, Miami

Is Miami back? The nation has been waiting for the Hurricanes to get back to prominence but it has not happened in quite some time. Cam Ward could be the next great quarterback and bring Miami back to the promised land. That is what fans are hoping for. Ward has played a ton of football in his career. He started for two years at Incarnate Word and totaled 71 passing touchdowns in two years. Ward transferred to Miami, where he threw for nearly 7,000 yards and 48 touchdowns.

After declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft, Ward decided to return to school for one more year and landed with Miami. The ACC is wide open this season and Miami is hoping to be in the mix, along with Clemson and Florida State. The Seminoles landed Oregon State transfer DJ Uiagalelei. He was able to find himself after a difficult start to his career at Clemson. Along with Ward, this duo makes up an interesting battle at the top but Ward has a chance to contend for the Heisman Trophy.

American: Byrum Brown, South Florida

The American is quietly loaded with quarterback talent that will be fun to watch and Byrum Brown is near the top. The dual threat had a breakout last season with 3,292 yards and 26 touchdowns through the air. He completed 64.8% of his passes and averaged four yards per carry. Brown rushed for 809 yards and 11 more scores. Brown will have South Florida in contention in the conference. Other threats are Seth Henigan of Memphis and Tulane’s Ty Thompson, who transferred in from Oregon.

Big Ten: Dillon Gabriel, Oregon

Oregon is now officially in the Big Ten for 2024 and will do so with arguably the best quarterback in the conference. Gabriel has played five years at offensive powerhouses during his time there, UCF and Oklahoma. For the Sooners, Gabriel totaled 6,828 yards and 55 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions in two years. He has also been a threat with his legs, scoring 18 touchdowns on the ground. Gabriel has the ability to run but uses his legs to move in the pocket and pass first.

The Big Ten is an interesting group of signal callers. Will Howard transferred to Ohio State but how much will he be relied on with the best duo of running backs behind him? Drew Allar of Penn State is expected to take a step up as well. Gabriel gets the edge in a big-time offense that could make him a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Big 12: Cam Rising, Utah

The Big 12 is going to be wildly entertaining this season. Deion Sanders and Colorado will be back in many headlines, led by Shedeur Sanders. He will be in the mix to be the best overall player in this conference but for now, let’s go with Cam Rising of Utah in its first season in the Big 12. Rising missed last season with an injury and is ready to return and have Utah back in the mix.

The Utes get back a quarterback with two years of starting experience under center. In two years as the starter for Utah, he threw for 5,527 yards and 46 touchdowns with jut 13 interceptions. He is also a threat on the ground, totaled 964 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Arizona’s Noah Fifita is also going to be elite, along with Sanders, who is hoping to prove his worth as a first-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft. Rising brings the experience and hunger to have a big year after an injury.

Conference USA: Kaidon Salter, Liberty

Kaidon Salter is going to have Liberty back in the mix to be a ranked squad this year after an incredible season in 2023. He totaled 2,876 yards with 32 touchdowns and just six interceptions through the air. He added 1,089 yards and 12 scores on the ground. His 9.9 yards per pass attempt was fourth in the country last season. The Flames finished a perfect 13-0 during the regular season before earning a bid in a New Year’s Six Bowl game vs. Oregon. Salter will be the best quarterback in Conference USA by a wide margin and will be one of the most electric players in the nation.

MAC: Brett Gabbert, Miami (Ohio)

Brett Gabbert is back for one final ride and he is hoping that it will be a healthy one. Last season, he totaled 1,634 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games. In his career, Gabbert eclipsed 2,400 passing yards twice, with the first season coming in 2019. He has 59 passing touchdowns and 19 interceptions in his career. Gabbert has a chance to be an elite player in the nation but has to remain on the field.

Mountain West: Malachi Nelson, Boise State

This is one of the riskiest picks on this list but let’s ride with the pure talent and expectations of Malachi Nelson. As a senior in high school last year, Nelson threw for 2,898 yards and 35 touchdowns. He was the No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2023 before signing with USC. Nelson has since transferred to Boise State and has brought excitement back to the blue turf for 2024. Fans are excited and Nelson is hoping to reach expectations. The question is, will he be able to do so right away? Other options include Mikey Keeney of Fresno State and Colorado State’s Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi.

SEC: Carson Beck, Georgia

Georgia or Alabama? That has been the battle in the SEC for years now. This year will be no different and the quarterback battle will also be in question — Carson Beck or Jalen Milroe?

Both players return after meeting in the SEC Championship Game last season. Milroe holds an edge on the ground but Beck is a more talented passer and this has him as one of the top quarterbacks prospects for the 2025 NFL Draft.

Beck threw for 3,941 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. The Bulldogs fell to Alabama in the SEC title game, which led to the Bulldogs being left out of the CFB Playoff. The format has now extended to 12 teams so Georgia will be in the mix and has a chance to be one of the top seeds. With Beck under center, Georgia returns a major leader in the huddle and a quarterback who could be one of the best players in the nation.

Sun Belt: Jordan McCloud, Texas State

Texas State has a major weapon in the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year. Jordan McCloud transferred in after leading a talented James Madison team in 2023. Now, he will play for the fourth program of his career. McCloud completed 68.2% of his passes for 3,657 yards with 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added eight rushing touchdowns last season. Texas State return an elite duo on the outside to lead a group of skill position guys. Watch out for the Bobcats this season with McCloud under center.


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