Kim O’Reilly, CBS Sports
It’s become evident the SEC has a quarterback problem as the league has struggled against Power Five competition in 2023. On Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, you saw Quinn Ewers and the Texas Longhorns defeat the Crimson Tide 34-24. While there were many factors at play in the game, the most glaring was that Texas had the better QB in the game.
It wasn’t an outlier; the SEC is 3-6 against Power Five competition to start the year. To put that in perspective, the league went 17-9 against Power Five leagues last year. Alabama lost to Texas. LSU lost to Florida State. Texas A&M lost to Miami. South Carolina lost to North Carolina. All of those losses came to teams with a signal-callers ranked in this week’s QB Power Rankings.
Do you know how many QBs the SEC has in the rankings this week?
Ole Miss’ Jaxson Dart made the honorable mention list, but that’s it. Pretend for a moment that your life is on the line and you need to pick an SEC QB to lead a touchdown drive to save your life. Which one are you picking? Last year, you would’ve said Bryce Young or maybe even Hendon Hooker or Stetson Bennett. This year? You probably don’t have an answer yet, do you?
Honorable Mention: Drew Allar, Penn State; Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss; JJ McCarthy, Michigan; Dante Moore, UCLA; D.J. Uiagalelei, Oregon State