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College Football's Top 20 Quarterback Debuts of 2016

Which new QB had the best debut in Week 1?
College Football's Top 20 Quarterback Debuts of 2016

Quarterback play is always under the spotlight for all 128 college football teams. Some programs – Clemson (Deshaun Watson) and Ohio State (J.T. Barrett) – entered 2016 with no uncertainty under center. However, there was no shortage of teams opening the year with question marks or the possibility of the quarterback battle extending into the season.

Seven-Step Drop: The Truths and Lies of College Football After Week 1

Tom Herman's Houston Cougars made a huge statement in their decisive, season-opening win over Oklahoma
Seven-Step Drop: The Truths and Lies of College Football After Week 1

Week 1 of the 2016 college football season was billed as the best ever and, while there were some disappointing aspects of the schedule, it ended up delivering considering the number of quality games, close calls and historic upsets that occurred.

 

College Football Week 1 Awards

Athlon hands out the awards from the Week 1 action.
College Football Week 1 Awards 2016

College football’s Week 1 slate for 2016 was billed as the best opening weekend in the history of the sport. Needless to say, the games didn’t disappoint. Florida State-Ole Miss, Texas-Notre Dame, North Carolina-Georgia and Auburn-Clemson were just a few of the standout games from the opening weekend of action.

 

BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Preview and Prediction

Taysom Hill returns to action for BYU against Arizona in the season opener in Glendale
BYU Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Preview and Prediction

BYU and Arizona kick off their 2016 seasons in a late-night showdown Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals) in Glendale, Ariz.

Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Washington State Cougars Preview and Prediction

Cooper Kupp and the Eagles from the FCS will take on the Cougars in hopes of spoiling their in-state rival's season opener
Eastern Washington Eagles vs. Washington State Cougars Preview and Prediction

No one needs to remind Washington State of the perils of playing a good FCS team. The Cougars learned it firsthand after suffering a 24-17 loss to Portland State in their season opener a year ago.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. USC Trojans Preview and Prediction

The Trojans and Crimson Tide meet in Arlington on Saturday night.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. USC Trojans Preview and Prediction 2016

In terms of brand or name value and recognition for a Week 1 non-conference matchup, it doesn’t get much better than USC and Alabama. These two programs have a wealth of success on the stat sheet, claiming a combined 27 national championships, 1,564 overall victories and eight Heisman winners.

 

Texas A&M Aggies vs. UCLA Bruins Preview and Prediction

Josh Rosen hopes to lead the Bruins to a big road win over the Aggies.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. UCLA Bruins Preview and Prediction 2016

College football’s Week 1 slate is filled with compelling matchups, and while UCLA-Texas A&M might not have the same pregame hype as Alabama-USC or Houston-Oklahoma, there’s a lot of intrigue surrounding this game.

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