There's no debate as to which conference tops the college football world. When it comes to recent championship success, producing NFL draft prospects, scoring on the recruiting trail and boasting the largest crowds, the SEC rules.
However, one area that hasn't been the domain of the conference is the quarterback position, arguably the most important commodity at the next level. Every NFL franchise needs a quality QB, and a handful of top pros notwithstanding -- such as Fran Tarkenton, Joe Namath and the Mannings -- the SEC isn't really known for its NFL quarterback pedigree. The pass-happy Big 12 and conferences on the West Coast (after all, a passing system was named after them) are the home to the college game's best quarterbacks, right?
Not this year. In 2013, the SEC adds the quarterback position to its other strongholds. Given the top-notch QB talent headlining this year's conference -- along with a promising pipeline of recruiting classes and the conference's crop of rising signal-callers -- the SEC should claim even more of its stake in the QB market in the years to come.
Here's a look at what makes the SEC the best QB conference in the country heading into the 2013 season.