In tradition, aside from the teams participating in the 2023-24 NCAA Football Tournament, fans and experts also look into the players participating in the event individually. The players’ performances have a significant impact on the outcome of each game.
Moreover, bettors are also betting for players individually, so knowing the top players for this season is vital for them. To help you out, you can check out below the top five strongest players participating in the 2023-24 NCAAF season.
Caleb Williams (QB, USC Trojans)
Caleb Williams is the first player that entered the new college football season this year. He is considered as the new King Of College Football. Given that such a title is an honor for a college football player, it means that all his hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Williams took the College Football tournament by storm in his first year at USC and even during his second year in college. He had 42 touchdowns, 4,537 yards, and only eight interceptions while he was on the road to winning the Heisman Trophy.
This QB from USC was compared to Patrick Mahomes and has secured the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick for the next season. All of this he achieved because of how well he participated in the field since he started his college football career.
With how he performed and the skills and capacity he had proven throughout his career, it’s unsurprising that USC is the 6th team to get the best odds on the 2023-24 College Football. The team has an odds of +240 and can still improve as they progress to the playoffs.
You can check the changes in the USC odds at FanDuel NCAAF Odds tracker so that you can be updated about the team.
Brock Bowers (TE, Georgia Bulldogs)
The Georgia Bulldogs entered the 2023-24 College Football season with yet another lineup full of talent. Brock Bowers is one of the players in the Bulldogs’ lineup that is making a buzz online. Bowers is ranked as the second-best player by ESPN this season.
Bowers has got off from a season where he won the Mackey Award, which is presented yearly to the nation’s top tight end. This season, Bowers again has the chance to win the same award. If that happens, he will be the only player in history to win it twice.
Brock Bowers even has a loaded list of accomplishments and accolades, proving he is a special player. That said, fans and experts are watching him closely this season as they have high expectations for him.
Harold Perkins Jr. (LB, LSU Tigers)
Harold Perkins Jr. is the next college football player making a name in the NCAA Football playoffs this year. Perkins is a flexible player who can play either edge rusher or linebacker positions. No matter what lineup he will be placed in, he still performs at his best as an impact defender.
Last year, Perkins was still learning the ropes, but he still showed that he is a promising player as he led LSU in quarterback hurries (14), sacks (7.5), tackles for loss (13), and forced fumbles (3). That’s why he is still the player that LSU expects to help them improve their game as they progress.
Perkins knows how to pressure the quarterback from anywhere, which means he can get the best out of the team’s quarterback to achieve their goal. The only mistake in week 1 was that LSU didn’t properly utilize Perkins, which affected their chances of winning.
Drake Maye (QB, North Carolina Tar Heels)
The next college football player who promises a great performance this NCAA Football season is the Quarterback of Carolina Tar Heels, Drake Maye. Maye just entered the camp last year, hoping to be a part of the college football team Tar Heels.
However, he joined the team without knowing he would become one of the best. So, this year, Maye opened the 2023-25 NCAA football season as a top contender for the Heisman Trophy. He showcased his talent and skills properly last season, which has paid off.
Drake Maye is even considered the generational prospect for the 2024 NFL Draft. Although he isn’t the first pick of the 2024 NFL Draft, he is still among the best in his generation.
Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR, Ohio State Buckeyes)
Marvin Harrison Jr. is the kind of wide receiver a quarterback needs on the field. He was a unanimous All-American in 2022 and got the Big Ten’s Wide Receiver of The Year title. Harrison’s power in the field is something to be feared.
After the worries and questions of many fans on why he only had two catches in 18 yards during this season’s opening in their match with Indiana Hoosiers, he put this discussion to rest. He only needs to prove his worth in a half-time game where he boosted the Buckeyes’ offense during the first half of their game versus the Youngstown State Penguins.
Watch Out For These Rising Stars
The NCAA Football is known to be a breeding ground for future NFL superstars. That said, you need to watch out for the five mentioned rising stars of the NCAA Football throughout this year’s college football tournament and even during the NFL Draft.