Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson

The quarterback is easily the most important on-field position for any college football team. Signal-callers can truly make their teammates better and enhance their play on the field. While quarterback - especially proven ones - are valuable, this position is not easy to evaluate and the overall performance can depend on some of the help from the supporting cast. These pocket passers and dual-threats are some of the best in the nation and these clashes should make it an enjoyable season in the ACC. Here are the top 10 quarterback matchups involving ACC teams for 2016:

ACC's Best QB Matchups of 2016

 

1. Lamar Jackson (LOU)vs. Deshaun Watson (CLEM)10/1

What a matchup this will be in Death Valley with two of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation squaring off in a huge ACC contest. This game has potential to be one the of most electrifying games of the year. 

 

2. Brad Kaaya (MIAF)  vs. DeShone Kizer (ND)  10/29

This game features a couple of signal-callers who don't use their legs as much as the first two above. The pair combined to throw for 6,122 yards and 37 scores last fall. 

 

3. Lamar Jackson (LOU) vs. Greg Ward Jr. (HOU) 11/17

Jackson and Ward are arguably the best athletes playing quarterback in the Power 5 and Group of 5 ranks. Expect these both players to put up some impressive numbers in the air and certainly on the ground as well. 

 

4. Deondre Francois (FSU)  vs. Chad Kelly (MISS)  9/5

Can the redshirt freshman (Francois) hold his own against a great Ole Miss defense? Francois will have to battle the best quarterback in the SEC to get the first win of his career. 

 

5. Brad Kaaya (MIAF)  vs. Mitch Trubisky (UNC)  10/15

Kaaya should thrive under new coach Mark Richt, but there is plenty of intrigue surrounding the other signal-caller in this game. Trubisky has impressed in limited action and inherits a supporting cast that's among the best in the ACC. 

 

6. Deshaun Watson (CLEM) vs. John Franklin III (AUB)9/3

Franklin - a former quarterback at Florida State - will go against the best QB the ACC has to offer in Watson. This game will set the tone for Clemson's hopes of a repeat playoff bid and if Auburn will turn some heads this year.

 

7. Thomas Sirk (DUKE)  vs. Justin Thomas (GT) 10/29

Two productive runners (Sirk, 809 rushing yards and Thomas, 485 rushing yards) look to improve on their passing stats from last year. Just how healthy is Sirk after an offseason Achilles tear?

 

8. Brad Kaaya (MIAF)  vs. Taylor Lamb (APP)  9/17

First of all, hats off to Appalachian State Athletic Director Doug Gillin for getting the U to come to Boone. Secondly, we will see two signal-callers who have (and will) shatter numerous school records. 

 

9. Mitch Trubisky (UNC)  vs. Greyson Lambert (UGA) 9/3

One of the many Top 25 clashes the first weekend of college football, these two hold the keys to the car of some talented offenses. Can Lambert hold off talented true freshman Jacob Eason?

 

10. Nathan Peterman (PITT)vs. Mason Rudolph (OKST)9/17

Peterman posted 2,287 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns last season, while Rudolph led the Big 12 in yards per completion with 14.28. 

 

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