Ranking the Big Ten’s top 5 quarterbacks for 2015

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Oct 4, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA;Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) scrambles from the pocket against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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Heading into the 2015 college football season, the Big Ten has some big names at the quarterback position that all have a chance to be drafted early in the next few years. Some quarterbacks have been with their respective teams for quite some time while others, such as Wes Lunt of Illinois and Jake Rudock of Michigan, have transferred to where they are now.

There are plenty of new faces in the conference this season, but it looks like the same handful of teams — Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin — will be contending for the conference title once again with outliers such as Michigan, Penn State, Iowa and Nebraska looking to contend as well.

Many people talk about the SEC having the best talent in the nation, but the Big Ten isn’t too far behind, as evidenced by the Buckeyes’ national title in 2014.

This list is ranking the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten and with the addition of quarterback guru Jim Harbaugh to the league, it’s looking like these rankings will be swaying a bit throughout the season as he will have whoever he chooses, likely Rudock, playing top-notch ball.

A couple of quarterbacks that are set to start in 2015 are looking like first-rounders in the 2016 NFL Draft. For a conference that doesn’t get the kind of attention that the SEC, Pac-12 or Big 12 garners, the Big Ten puts a ton of talent in the NFL each season.

Let’s take a look at the top five quarterbacks in the Big Ten for the 2015 season.

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