The 15 best quarterback matchups on the college football schedule—as judged during the preseason—are almost certain not to be the actual 15 best quarterback matchups.
A lot of this is subject to change.
Who, for example, could have known that as we look back on last season, a game between Central Florida and Baylor would have had one confirmed top-five NFL draft pick (Blake Bortles) and one potential first-round NFL draft pick (Bryce Petty) under center? No one!
What we can do, though, is rank the best matchups as they currently rest on paper. Not as a guarantee that they turn out as well as they look, but as a call to arms for people to circle some dates.
Based on the skill of the two players, the history between them and the meshing of their styles of play, here are the 15 scheduled quarterback battles we are most excited to see take place this season.
Or at least that we are right now.