Training camps are underway in college football. No position battle is more important than at quarterback. Let’s look at some of the open competitions at the biggest programs in the country using odds posted by Bookmaker.

Auburn Tigers

  • Jarrett Stidham -750
  • Sean White +500

Gus Malzahn insists that there is a quarterback competition but Jarrett Stidham, a transfer from Baylor, looks like a clear favorite. Stidham is already in the Heisman conversation.

Baylor Bears

  • Zach Smith -250
  • Anu Solomon +200

Smith made three starts last year (Baylor went 0-3) after Seth Russell was injured. Despite a poor start to his career he played much better in the team’s bowl game, an upset of Boise State. His main competition will be Solomon, a grad transfer who has dealt with injuries the last two years.

Clemson Tigers

  • Kelly Bryant -126
  • Hunter Johnson +161
  • Zerrick Cooper +808

Bryant took the majority of reps with the starters during the spring but failed to separate himself from the pack. Johnson, ESPN’s top ranked pocket quarterback, is an early enrollee at Clemson and has a chance to start.

Florida Gators

  • Malik Zaire -109
  • Feleipe Franks +235
  • Luke Del Rio +490
  • Kyle Trask +1329

Tim Tebow said Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire should start for the Gators, enough said.

Miami Hurricanes

  • Malik Rosier +190
  • N’Kosi Perry +205
  • Evan Shirreffs +330
  • Cade Weldon +550

This is one of the true open competitions in the country. Rosier is the only quarterback with collegiate experience but Perry was the Canes top recruit this year and is the most talented quarterback on the roster.

Michigan Wolverines

  • Wilton Speight -301
  • Brandon Peters +261
  • John O’Korn +5000

Jim Harbaugh said Michigan has a three-way tie for its starting quarterback position. The betting markets think that is coach speak and Speight is the favorite to win the job.

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • Brandon Harris +115
  • Nathan Elliott +145
  • Chazz Surratt +800
  • Logan Byrd +1400

Who will replace Mitch Trubisky? Byrd and Surratt are longshots but the real battle is between Brandon Harris and Nathan Elliott. Harris is a former four-star recruit that transferred from LSU. He has experience starting but with mixed results.

Pittsburgh Panthers

  • Max Browne -332
  • Ben DiNucci +261

Browne is a graduate transfer from USC and the former No. 1 quarterback recruit in the class of 2013. The odds suggest he will start 76.9% of the time.

Tennessee Volunteers

  • Quinten Dormady -202
  • Jarrett Guarantano +156

This battle might not matter all that much because Tennessee coaches have said they are open to using a two-quarterback system. Lame.

Texas Longhorns

  • Shane Buechele -482
  • Sam Ehlinger +357

This isn’t much of a competition. Buechele is the overwhelming betting favorite. He was a 12-game starter last year and racked up the 7th most passing yards in a single season in Texas history.

Texas A&M Aggies

  • Jake Hubenak +145
  • Nick Starkel +185
  • Kellen Mond +235

Since Johnny Manziel left campus the Aggies have struggled to find a replacement. There has been more than one starter each season since 2013 in College Station. Given the close odds the trend likely won’t end this year.

Virginia Tech Hokies

  • Josh Jackson -140
  • Hendon Hooker +300
  • A.J. Bush +350

Jackson is a redshirt freshman, Hooker is an early enrollee and Bush is a January transfer. Jackson knows the play book, so he has the early edge.

Which quarterbacks will win out? Coaches and fans are hoping the competitions will be settled before Week 1.


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