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Sun Belt's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2016

Brandon Silvers

Brandon Silvers

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 Sun Belt Conference. Here are the top 10 quarterback matchups involving Sun Belt teams for 2016:

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Sun Belt's Best QB Matchups of 2016


1. Taylor Lamb (APP)  vs. Joshua Dobbs (TENN)  9/3

The top quarterback in the Sun Belt takes on one of the best in the SEC at Neyland Stadium to kick off the year for the Mountaineers. 


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

First of all, hats off to App State's Athletic Director Doug Gillin for getting the U to come to Boone. Secondly, this game will be a treat for fans with two talented signal-callers battling it out. 


3. Kevin Ellison (GSU)  vs. Chad Kelly (MISS)  11/5

It's no secret Chad Kelly is the SEC's top returning quarterback, but he's also an underrated runner. And Ellison's prowess on the ground is well documented after recording 712 yards and eight scores last season.


4. Kevin Ellison (GSU)  vs. Justin Thomas (GT)  10/15

Those who enjoy the triple option will love seeing it put on full display as the best Power 5 and Group of 5 option attacks have at it in Atlanta. 


5. Taylor Lamb (APP)  vs. Kevin Ellison (GSU)  10/27

The preseason first and second team all-conference quarterbacks by Athlon Sports should make it the finest clash of signal-callers that the #FunBelt has to offer. 


6. Brandon Silvers (TROY)  vs. Deshaun Watson (CLEM)  9/3

Silvers will be tested against the best defense Troy will see all season. Also going against the Heisman front-runner (Deshaun Watson) won't ease any of the pressure.


7. Garrett Smith (ULM)  vs. Baker Mayfield (OKLA)  9/10

Smith leads a rebuilding ULM team into a hostile environment in Norman, Okla. The ULM defense is a good opportunity for Oklahoma to work out the kinks before Ohio State visits on Sept. 17.


8. Greg Ward Jr. (HOU)  vs. Tyler Jones (TXST)  9/24

These two players are two of the most talented Group of 5 quarterbacks in the state of Texas. Ward and Jones will show off in front of their beloved fans. 


9. Matt Linehan (IDAHO)  vs. Luke Falk (WSU)  9/17

Matt Linehan - the son of Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan - will go against one of the most prolific Air Raid offenses in the country. Let's see if he can go toe-to-toe with Falk. 


10. Brandon Silvers (TROY)  vs. Tyler Jones (TXST)  11/26

Jones and Silvers combined to throw for 4,895 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2015. Expect to see quite a few scores in the air for this matchup.