A Bold Prediction For College Football's Top Quarterbacks
This leaves room for new names to rise and become the face of college football.
Spring practice and the NFL draft have come to pass, leaving us with our last taste of autumn breeze until late August.
As we begin to digest and speculate the upcoming football season, let's check out the top 10 quarterbacks for the 2012-13 campaign.
*All quarterback passer rating predictions are based off the NCAA's pass efficiency formula.
10. Tajh Boyd, Clemson Tigers
Weight: 230 lbs
2011 stats: 298-of-499 (59.7 percent), 3,828 yards, 33 TDs, 12 INTs, 141.2 passer rating
2012 prediction: 289-of-473 (61.1 percent), 3,796 yards, 37 TDs, 13 INTs, 148.8 passer rating
Why: Seemingly coming from nowhere, Boyd emerged as one of the more elite quarterbacks in the ACC last year. With the entire receivers corps returning—including All-American Sammy Watkins—this Tiger offense could be more explosive than ever.
The upcoming junior struggled toward the end of last season, throwing nine interceptions in the final six games after three in the first eight. However, his tremendous athleticism gives him and Clemson the upside to once again contend for a conference championship.
9. A.J. McCarron, Alabama Clemson Tide
Weight: 205 lbs
2011 stats: 219-328 (66.8 percent), 2,634 yards, 16 TDs, 5 INTs, 147.3 passer rating
2012 prediction: 230-of-340 (67.6 percent), 2,781 yards, 19 TDs, 6 INTs, 151.3 passer rating
Why: One season in, one ring for A.J. McCarron. Nick Saban didn't ask him to do much (25.3 attempts per game), but when he did, he stepped up.
Like last year, McCarron will have an outstanding defense and run game, so he won't have to deal with a whole lot of pressure. But don't let this take away from how important he is in the Tide's offense; he's extremely efficient and, like you saw in the national championship, he's clutch.
8. Bryn Renner, North Carolina Tar Heels
Weight: 215 lbs
2011 stats: 239-of-350 (68.3 percent), 3,086 yards, 26 TDs, 13 INTs, 159.4 passer rating
2012 prediction: 220-of-329 (66.8 percent), 2,750 yards, 22 TDs, 9 INTs, 153.4 passer rating
Why: Renner had an outstanding first season as the Tar Heels' signal caller, finishing with the nation's No. 14 completion percentage and leading his team to a winning record, along with an appearance in the Independence Bowl.
His numbers could see a small decrease this year due to an exceptional amount of talent leaving, but he's still an efficient quarterback that deserves top-10 consideration.
7. Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs
Weight: 211 lbs
2011 stats: 238-of-403 (59.1 percent), 3,149 yards, 35 TDs, 14 INTs, 146.4 passer rating
2012 prediction: 260-of-416 (62.5 percent), 3,458 yards, 35 TDs, 11 INTs, 154.8 passer rating
Why: Murray suffered what most would call a "sophomore slump" last season, as his statistics took a hit from his freshman year.
So why is he so far up on this list? Six reasons: the final six games of 2011. Murray completed 60 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and compiled a 151.2 passer rating during this time, giving us a clear look at what's to come. I believe a seasoned Murray two seasons deep in the SEC will come out firing on all cylinders.