New Nebraska football rival is stockpiling top transfer QBs

When the Oregon Ducks join the Big Ten, they'll be doing so with two of the top transfer quarterbacks in the 2024 class.

Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) warms up before an NCAA football game between University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel (8) warms up before an NCAA football game between University of Oklahoma / NATHAN J. FISH/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY

In a Big Ten conference that doesn't have divisions anymore, evey team in the conference is a rival of Nebraska football. One of those new rivals is grabbing quarterbacks at a level and a pace that the Huskers are almost certainly going to be jealous of next season.

The Oregon Ducks had a heck of a 2024 Early National Signing Day. Among the players that one of the newest Big Ten teams added were not one, but two of the top transfer quarterbacks in the entire class.

Matt Rhule and company have got to wonder how they were able to pull that off. Nebraska football reportedly targeted several transfer QBs this past month. None of those pursuits paid off with a commitment. Now it's not clear where the Cornhuskers turn from here.

The Ducks first landed Dillon Gabriel from the Oklahoma Sooners. He seems slated to be Oregon's starting quarterback in 2024 after a 2023 campaign that saw him spend several months as a top Heisman candidate.

Then one of Nebraska football's newest rivals went out and got former UCLA signal-caller Dante Moore. When he joined the class as well, there was some definite head scratching going on. Plenty of experts wondered why Moore would transfer from UCLA just to presumably play backup to Gabriel.

Any thoughts that Moore or Gabriel might change their minds and go somewhere else ended on Wednesday. Both quarterbacks signed their NLIs the first day that they could. Both will be in Eugene getting ready to gear up for the Ducks' first season in the Big Ten.

Nebraska football rival has QB riches

The good news here is that the Cornhuskers and Oregon won't play each other while Gabriel is the quarterback. Unless of course both teams meet up in the Big Ten Championship Game.

The bad news is that even if the Nebraska football team doesn't get to play Gabriel, or Moore this year, they'll have to deal with a conference rival being about as deep at quarterback as any team in the country, let alone the conference.