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Top 25 College Football Quarterback Matchups of 2017

Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

It goes without saying that you need a good quarterback in order to be a successful college football team. While it may not wholly determine a team’s success each season if they have a quality signal-caller behind center, one doesn’t become a consistent winner without a quarterback making all the throws and executing the right decisions on offense.

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That’s why the position is so important across college football and a big reason why each quarterback matchup is highlighted on the schedule each week of the season. Heading into 2017, a strong group of returning starters and a handful of big-time transfers across the country make for some extremely enticing meetings that are worth circling on the calendar. We made life a little easy on you and did just that for most major conferences so you know just what to watch for when teams hit the field this year.

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But which position battles are really the best of the best in 2017? Here are the top 25 quarterback matchups involving college football’s best signal-callers:

1. Sam Darnold (USC) vs. Josh Rosen (UCLA) – Nov. 18 (Los Angeles)

The best quarterback matchup in the country is one many scouts view as a potential battle to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Rosen was injured for last season’s meeting between the two crosstown rivals so this likely one-and-done matchup will be all the more interesting when things kickoff at the venerable Coliseum.

2. J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) vs. Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) – Sept. 9 (Columbus, Ohio)

It goes without saying that this rematch from last year will be one of the early games of the season and will likely come up prominently when discussing which teams are in the conversation for the College Football Playoff come November. Barrett got the better of the matchup when he threw for four touchdowns and ran for 74 yards in 2016, but don’t discount Heisman Trophy finalist Baker Mayfield stealing the show in Columbus for this year’s meeting.