We’re deep into list season, and Athlon Sports came up with a creative ranking for the SEC’s best quarterback matchups in 2018.
On Thursday, Bryan Fischer listed the conference’s top-10 anticipated quarterback showdowns for the coming season. All the names included should be familiar to SEC fans. It appears Fischer took the liberty of crowning Tua Tagovailoa as the winner of Alabama’s quarterback competition over incumbent starter Jalen Hurts.
Click here to see the descriptions of why each matchup was included. But the full list is below.
- 10. Kyle Shurmur (Vanderbilt) vs. Brent Stockstill (Middle Tennessee) — Sept. 1
- 9. Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) vs. Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State) — Oct. 6
- 8. Drew Lock (Missouri) vs. Jake Bentley (South Carolina) — Oct. 6
- 7. Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) vs. Jake Fromm (Georgia) — Nov. 10
- 6. Jake Fromm (Georgia) vs. Jake Bentley (South Carolina) — Sept. 8
- 5. Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State) vs. Jordan Ta’amu (Ole Miss) — Nov. 22
- 4. Jake Fromm (Georgia) vs. Drew Lock (Missouri) — Sept. 22
- 3. Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) vs. Jake Browning (Washington) — Sept. 1
- 2. Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State) vs. Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) — Nov. 10
- 1. Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) vs. Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) — Nov. 24
There’s a bunch of star power on that list. An Iron Bowl showdown featuring Stidham and Tagovailoa with another SEC West crown at stake would be fun to see. As long as he’s healthy, Fitzgerald should be among the SEC’s top quarterbacks as well.
Last season, we saw the emergence of Fromm, who guided Georgia to an SEC title, a Rose Bowl victory against Oklahoma and an appearance in the National Championship Game against Alabama. He’ll try to continue his momentum with the departures of running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
Look for the SEC to include numerous examples of stellar quarterback play this year.