Ranking the Best Receiving Units in College Football
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Most college football betting players would agree that Clemson and Alabama have the best quarterbacks in the NCAA. However, every great quarterback needs a competent receiving corps in order to find success. So knowing which teams have strength and depth at the position will undoubtedly aid you when making sportsbook bets on the upcoming season. So below we’ve assembled a list ranking the best receiving unit in college football. Let’s dive right in.
Best Receiving Units in College Football
Alabama Crimson Tide
In addition to having Tua Tagovailoa, the Crimson Tide also sport the deadliest receiving corps in the NCAA. Testament to this is Jerry Jeudy, who hoisted the Biletnikoff Award last season unequivocally pegging him as the best receiver in college football. Jeudy earned those honors thanks to the 68 catches, 1,315 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns he delivered for Alabama. But not only does Alabama have Jeudy returning, they also have Jaylen Waddle, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith.
Smith made a splash in the national championship (2018) and there’s no question Bama is proud to have him back. After all, he finished with 42 catches, 693 receiving yards and 6 TDs last season.
The Tigers might have snagged the No. 1 spot on this list had it not been for Amari Rodgers’ injury. Due to an ACL tear, it’s looking like he will be missing most of the season. Nevertheless, the fact that they also have Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins is enough to get them the No. 2 spot on this list.
Last season, Higgins and Ross delivered 105 catches, 1,936 receiving yards and 21 scores for Clemson. Additionally, they put up 435 yards in the postseason as well as 5 touchdowns. However, the depth for Clemson isn’t quite as dangerous. After all, their next duo, Derion Kendrick and Diondre Overton produced around 400 yards for the year. It should be mentioned that their recruits Frank Ladson and Joe Ngata look promising but are still yet unproven.
The Sooners make it on this list due to having tremendous depth as well as CeeDee Lamb. Despite being the No. 2 receiver on the depth chart, Lamb racked up 1,158 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns off of 65 receptions. And since they picked up Alabama’s Jalen Hurt, who loves to favor onto his top receiver, we can expect even more production out of Lamb this season. But even if he doesn’t deliver, the Sooners have a plethora of options to choose from. This includes Lee Morris, Grant Calcaterra and Mykel Jones.
It might be surprising to see the Trojans on a ‘best of’ list given their woes. However, although they have a mountain of improvements to make, their receiving corps is actually pretty good. They have both talent and depth thanks to the likes of Michael Pittman Jr., Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Tyler Vaughns. Pittman Jr. was their leading receiver with 758 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. St. Brown also had a good season despite being a freshman. He would go on to finish with a team-leading 60 catches and 750 receiving yards. Hopefully the Trojans can take this receiving unit and find better success this upcoming season. But at the current time, this is probably not the team legal betting fans should look to back.