Power Ranking Top 25 College Football Quarterbacks 2016 Season
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The 2016 college football season starts in a little over a month, so it’s time to breakdown some of the top players in the country. We’ll be looking at the 25 quarterbacks in college football, guys who can make or break your bets this season and help you cash out on any future bets as well.
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These are the top 25 quarterbacks in college football for the 2016 season.
1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Deshaun Watson was the reason Clemson played for a national championship last season and is the main reason the Tigers are contenders this year. In his first full season as a starter, Watson was ninth in passing yards and was fifth in the ACC in rushing yards.
2. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State - The Buckeyes now belong to J.T. Barrett full time once again with Cardale Jones no longer around. Barrett is one of the top playmakers in the country and has 45 touchdown passes in less than 500 pass attempts.
3. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma - Baker Mayfield finished tied for sixth last season with 36 touchdown passes and completed 68.1 percent of his passes. Mayfield will have the Sooners in the national championship conversation.
4. Greg Ward Jr., Houston - Greg Ward Jr. helped put Houston on the map last season with 17 touchdown passes and more than 1,000 rushing yards. Ward is a nightmare for opposing defenses.
5. Seth Russell, Baylor - A neck injury ended Seth Russell’s season early, but he still had 29 touchdown passes in seven games. Only 14 quarterbacks had more touchdown passes than Russell, and they played the whole season.
6. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss - Chad Kelly is a hit or miss type of quarterback, but it’s hard to argue with 31 touchdowns and more than 4,000 yards in his first season. Kelly helps make the Rebels a true contender in the SEC.
7. Brad Kaaya, Miami - If there’s one quarterback due for a breakout season, it’s Brad Kaaya for the Hurricanes. Entering his third year, Kaaya has 42 touchdown passes and is a candidate for a first-round draft selection.
8. Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech - Patrick Mahomes was fourth in the country last season with more than 4,600 passing yards and had three or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Mahomes gives Texas Tech a fighting shot against anybody in the Big 12.
9. Josh Rosen, UCLA - Josh Rosen had 23 touchdown passes and completed 60 percent of his passes as a freshman. Not ridiculous numbers, but Rosen is the complete package at quarterback and will become a household name soon. Watch.
10. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee - Joshua Dobbs has the tools to be special, as he’s somebody who has 26 touchdown passes and 1,300 rushing yards for his career. Entering his senior season, it's time for Dobbs to put everything together and help the Vols compete for an SEC crown.
11. Luke Falk, Washington State - Luke Falk led the country last season with an average of 380.1 passing yards per game. Falk is in a pass-happy system, but there’s no doubting a quarterback who had 97 passing plays of 15 or more yards.
12. Malik Zaire, Notre Dame - We still don’t have an idea who will be the starting quarterback for the Irish, as it comes down to Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer. Either way, Zaire has an elite skillset and four touchdown passes in just 40 pass attempts.
13. Jake Browning, Washington - Jake Browning is another guy to keep an eye on in terms of a QB on the rise, as 71 of his 233 completions produced 15 or more yards. If Browning can limit his interceptions, he’s somebody who can takeover the Pac-12.
14. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State - Mason Rudolph shined as a sophomore for the Cowboys and finished top-20 in passing yards. Rudolph helps bring some serious excitement back to Oklahoma State.
15. Nick Mullens, Southern Miss - Nick Mullens finished sixth in the country in passing yards and fourth in passing touchdowns last season. Mullens had 55 passing yards of 25 or more yards, which were the most in the country. May be time to start watching more Southern Miss football, eh?
16. Lamar Jackson, Louisville - Lamar Jackson had four of his 12 touchdown passes in his final three games, as it looked like he started to find a rhythm his freshman season. A playmaker who rushed for 11 touchdowns, Jackson is likely going to have a breakout sophomore season.
17. C.J. Beathard, Iowa - C.J. Beathard isn’t flashy at all and may be boring to watch, but he’s very effective. Beathard completed better than 61 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and had 70 passing plays of more than 15 yards.
18. Anu Solomon, Arizona - Before Anu Solomon got hurt, he was downright killing it with 10 touchdown passes in his first three games. A healthy Solomon makes the Wildcats a fun and dangerous team to play in 2016.
19. Zach Terrell, Western Michigan - Zach Terrell was 23rd in the country last season with more than 3,500 passing yards and had two or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. With Terrell leading the way, WMU will make a bowl appearance for the third straight time.
20. Quinton Flowers, South Florida - Quinton Flowers had eight touchdown passes in his final three games and was nine rushing yards away from 1,000 on the season. Flowers could really turn some heads this season in South Florida.
21. Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati - Gunner Kiel missed time due to injury and still finished 45th in the country with 2,777 passing yards. Kiel has a polished skill set and gives the Bearcats a great chance to have a successful season.
22. Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech - It was a brutal year for Justin Thomas and Georgia Tech last season, but I’m not giving up on the kid. Back in 2014, Thomas had 18 passing touchdowns and more than 1,000 rushing yards. Don’t sleep on Thomas just because of one bad season.
23. Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State - Taylor Lamb had 31 touchdown passes to nine interceptions while also rushing for nine scores. Lamb had two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games.
24. Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska - Tommy Armstrong struggles with consistency, but he showed great flashes last year of being a reliable quarterback. Armstrong had three or more touchdown passes in three of his four true road games played.
25. Kenny Hill, TCU - Kenny Hill will have the job of replacing Trevone Boykin after sitting out a season once transferring from Texas A&M. Hill had 23 touchdown passes back in 2014 for the Aggies and can be a difference maker in the Big 12.