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The title of Quarterback University (QBU) is the most irrelevant debate of football. It doesn’t matter, but people will still compare. The title of QBU was conjured by sportswriters long ago so they would have something to gab about when during the off-season. It means which university has produced the most ~noteworthy~ NFL quarterbacks.
Over the past few days, I’ve taken a deep internet dive, analyzed some data points and came up with my own ranking.
I wanted to figure out which school is the CURRENT QBU. Historical QBUs are already established (Stanford, that Mormon school in Utah, Purdue, Maryland). Yet, the title of the millennials’ QBU is still up for grabs.
If you don’t care about the nitty-gritty info, skip the next two paragraphs.
So I used the end of season depth charts for the 2015 to 2018 seasons and the current depth chart for the 2019 season. For each team, I recorded all their quarterbacks, their QB statuses (QB1, QB2,..) and where they went to college. All-in-all I had 187 quarterbacks from 104 schools.
To rank the schools, I first used how many total quarterbacks they produced. Then I ranked the schools with more noteworthy dudes (QB1s). The determination of QB1 status is if he was named the starting QB for an NFL team at the beginning of any given season.
And that’s how I got the top ten schools. Before I posted my results, I asked (my very biased) twitter followers who they thought QBU was. Can you guess which school the majority of my followers went to?
I know I shouldn’t have included the Ags in the poll. But maybe some people truthfully believed the combined powers of Johnny Football and Ryan ‘What team does he even play for now?’ Tannehill would carry the Ags to winning at least one title.
Unfortunately for my followers, they were wrong. So without further adieu…
With the help of Sam Darnold, Matt Barkley, Cody Kessler, Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel, and Max Wittex (who?) USC won the big dick contest. The Trojans didn’t use Trojans and multiplied QBs. I gotta say though, that list of names, besides Palmer, didn’t blow my mind.
For all you Aggies reading this, the Ags came in at a very red-ass #12.
Let us all be thankful to not see overrated Texas (horns down) anywhere on this list. And it was nice to not see Bama and Clemson on a top ten list either.
Who I was happy to see was #2 Oklahoma. Repping for Sooners was Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Sam Bradford, and Landry Jones. With Jalen Hurts as the new starter, maybe Oklahoma can add another QB1 to the list in a few years.
And that’s the tea. For an added bonus, since I had all the colleges, I also made this:
Is the ACC the conference of the future????