The final BCS standings in 2004 showed incredible talent and experience at QB among the top 10 teams.
USC â€“ Leinart (Junior, 2nd year at starter, tied for NC previous year)
OU â€“ White (Senior plus, 8 year starter, reigning Heisman winner)
Auburn â€“ Campbell (Senior, 3rd year starting, 1st round pick)
Texas â€“ Young (Sophomore, 7 starts as freshman)
Cal â€“ Rogers (Junior, returning starter, 1st round pick)
Utah â€“ Smith (Junior, returning starter, 1st pick overall)
Georgia â€“ Green (Senior, 4 year starter, All-time NCAA wins leader, 3rd round)
VPI â€“ Randall (Senior, multi year starter, ACC player of the year)
Boise State â€“ I canâ€™t spell his name, but you know who he is.
Louisville â€“ Lefors (Senior, returning starter and C-USA player of the year, 4th round)
In 2004, the good teams had strong defenses to go with experienced QBâ€™s. USC, OU, Auburn, Texas, Cal, and Georgia all had great defenses, and Utah, Boise State, and Louisville played in pathetic conferences so they didnâ€™t need them.
In 2005, no team seems to be able to match experience at QB with strong defensive play. Until USCâ€™s defense gets it going, the one exception appears to be Texas.
Texas â€“ Young (Junior, 3rd year as starter, improved as a passer)
USC â€“ Leinart (Senior, 3rd year starter, poise, experience, leadership)
Va Tech â€“ Vick (Junior, 1st year on parole, unrivalled talent)
Georgia â€“ Shockley (Senior, 1st year starter, athletic and talented)
Bama â€“ Croyle (Senior, frequently injured starter, outstanding when healthy)
UCLA â€“ Olsen (Senior, sometime starter, injury problems)
Miami â€“ Wright (Soph., 1st year starter, talented but inexperienced)
LSU â€“ Russell (Soph., sometime starter, talented but inconsistent)
Penn St. â€“ Robinson (Senior, position player, great athlete)
FSU â€“ Weatherford (Freshman, redshirt, good potential)
Nine of the top ten BCS teams in 2004 had at least a junior who was a returning starter at QB. The one exception was Vince Young. This year, the initial BCS top ten has only two QBâ€™s who were fulltime starters in 2004.