Power Ranking Top 10 College Football Quarterbacks For 2015 Season
2015 College Football Season
July 11, 2015
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As we get ready for the 2015 college football season, here are the top 10 quarterbacks. These are the guys who can make or break your bets this season, as they have the most power over the game.
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1. Trevone Boykin, TCU Horned Frogs - Trevone Boykin finished eighth last season with 3,901 passing yards and was the driving force behind TCU’s offense that could produce touchdowns by the boatload. Boykin had 39 passing plays of 25 or more yards and 84 plays of 15 or more yards. Boykin is going to be in a ton of Heisman conversations this season, and he gives the Horned Frogs a punchers chance to make it out of the Big 12 and clinch a possible playoff spot.
2. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State Bulldogs - I was high on Dak Prescott before last season began, which means I had a headstart before the rest of the country started drinking the Mississippi State Kool Aid. Prescott is a big time quarterback, who finished 18th in the country last year with 3,449 passing yards and was second in the SEC with 27 touchdown passes. Keep in mind, he was doing this against SEC defenses. Prescott has the ability to make the Bulldogs relevant in the SEC for a second straight season.
3. Cardale Jones, Ohio State Buckeyes - Cardale Jones only gave us a few games, but they were good enough for him actually have to consider leaving for the NFL. Jones Ohio State to wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon, producing six touchdowns and more than 700 passing yards in the process. Jones is extremely mature for a guy who hasn’t played much and is a massive dude who nobody wants to tackle in the open field. Although OSU has a serious QB battle going on, Jones should be the starter and is easily a top five quarterback in all of college football.
4. Cody Kessler, USC Trojans - Cody Kessler was one of four quarterbacks last season to throw for at least 39 touchdowns. Two of the other three guys (Marcus Mariota and Rakeem Cato) are no longer in college. Kessler completed damn near 70 percent of his passes and had an insane 92 passing plays of 15 or more yards. Also, Kessler threw just five interceptions on 452 pass attempts, which is probably the craziest stat of them all. USC is known for producing elite quarterbacks year after year, and it’s quite clear they did it yet again.
5. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Buckeyes - It’s crazy to say a school has two top-10 quarterbacks, but I’m afraid that’s the case here. Before going down with an injury, J.T. Barrett was a Heisman candidate, throwing for 2,834 passing yards and 34 touchdowns, while rushing for 938 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games. Barrett is a flat out playmaker and is the reason Ohio State even had a shot to play for a Big Ten title and trip to the playoffs. Head coach Urban Meyer has a hell of a decision to make when it comes to deciding between Jones and Barrett as the starting quarterback.
6. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State Nittany Lions - I can admit that I have a man crush on Christian Hackenberg. The guy has all the tools to be a solid player in the NFL and could be a first round pick if he performs the way I think he will. Yes, Hackenberg was nowhere to be found last season when it comes to eye-popping stats, but keep in mind that he was sacked 44 times. Give Hackenberg some actual protection, and this kid can pick you apart with the best of them. Hackenberg moved the chains on 134 of his 270 completions. Simply put, the Nittany Lions have a chance to make you a lot of money this season, and it all starts with Hackenberg at quarterback.
7. Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - Usually quarterbacks are an afterthought at Georgia Tech due to the style of offense it runs. However, Justin Thomas runs the option as well as anyone we’ve seen, as he rushed for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. Also, Thomas had 18 touchdown passes and 20 of his 96 completions produced 25 or more yards. Thomas must be feared as a passer and a runner, and he’s the main reason I give the Yellow Jackets a shot to win the wide open ACC this season. Don’t sleep on this kid if you enjoy making money.
8. Jared Goff, California Golden Bears - Jared Goff made a huge leap in his sophomore season and should become a true household name this year. Goff completed 62.1 percent of his passes last season for 3,973 yards, which was good for fifth in the country. Goff throws a beautiful football and can pretty much take a game over by himself. Goff also makes great decisions, throwing just seven interceptions on more than 500 pass attempts. If Goff makes even more progress in his third year, I have no doubt he’ll be a first round pick in next year’s NFL draft.
9. Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati Bearcats - Former Notre Dame commitment, Gunner Kiel, was 10th last season with 31 touchdown passes and 27th with 3,254 passing yards. Keep in mind that was Kiel’s first season at the college level after being forced to sit out a season after transferring. Kiel is one of the smarter quarterbacks in college football and can make all of the throws look easy. While AAC football may not exactly always be pretty, Kiel could be a one-man wrecking crew in that conference and lead the Bearcats to a pretty bowl game if he’s able to build on what he did last season.
10. Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - A top-10 list wouldn’t be complete without Brandon Doughty, who led college football last season with 4,830 passing yards and 49 touchdowns. Doughty had 46 passing plays of 25 or more yards and moved the chains 214 times. Doughty also completed nearly 68 percent of his passes and threw only 10 interceptions despite 552 pass attempts. Lack of competition or not, Doughty should be getting a lot more respect than he is.