It's that unbelievable combination: A talented and accurate quarterback teamed up with a tall, athletic wide receiver can create chaos in the college football universe.
In football, the name of the game is still scoring, and there are certain players in the college game who make defensive coordinators pull their hair out.
It is a special recipe required when creating a touchdown tandem. It requires an offense that likes to throw the ball, a wide receiver that can get open near the end zone and a quarterback with the trust to get it to him.
These relationships are not built overnight, but when they work they can lead a team toward glory.
Fortunately for us, college football has some great quarterbacks and wide receivers returning next year. These young men will be looking for the end zone next season and can help lead their team toward glory in 2010.
Here is a look at the top 15 quarterback/wide receiver touchdown tandems we expect to hear over and over again as they team to rack up the points.
Florida State's offense was a thing to behold with Christian Ponder under center last season.
The rising senior racked up 2,717 yards with 14 passing touchdowns, despite missing the final four games of the season with an injury.
Ponder is perhaps the best passer in the ACC, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes and, with the talent around him, makes the Seminoles a dangerous offensive team, even if the defense has question marks remaining.
Ponder has a cadre of options at the wide receiver position, but Bert Reed is a sensational junior. Reed had 804 total yards as a sophomore after a breakout freshman campaign in which he finished third on the team in total yards.
Amazingly enough though, all the yards and big plays did not result in much paydirt. Reed had zero receiving touchdowns last season, but did make it in twice running the ball.
At 5'11'', Reed is not the biggest touchdown target, but his speed makes him a threat to break one at any time or place. His 60 receptions also show that he has the hands to catch just about anything.
Reed will certainly get the majority of the opportunities in 2010, with a little bit of luck that can translate into a breakout touchdown tandem.
The Horned Frogs may have lost to Boise State in their BCS debut, but hopes are still high in 2010.
Andy Dalton returns to lead TCU after 2,756 passing yards, 26 total touchdowns and 12 wins. Only Sammy Baugh has matched that winning mark in school history.
Dalton, the MWC Offensive Player of the Year, is already the leading passer in school history and looks to pad the record books as Texas Christian looks for another run in 2010.
Helping Dalton in the passing games is Antoine Hicks. Hicks had 10 touchdowns receiving and rushing on just 32 touches for the season.
The sophomore wide receiver's biggest problem was the load of talent the Horned Frogs had. Everyone had an opportunity and everyone made the most of them.
However, no one had more success than Hicks. Four rushing touchdowns on nine carries is unbelievable, particularly for a wide receiver.
With the departure of leading rusher Joseph Turner, TCU should throw the ball more and that will give more opportunities for Hicks to use his big play ability to break games wide open.
Hicks is a scorer, plain and simple. With a smart and experienced quarterback under center, these two will find ways to win games again next season.
Iowa was the surprise team last season. The Hawkeyes took home the Orange Bowl trophy and, with much of the team returning, expect to make a run in 2010.
Leading the charge for Iowa is quarterback Ricky Stanzi. The rising senior had some brilliant moments last season, but he also had some horrific decisions.
However, an injury cost him and the Hawkeyes a chance at possibly going undefeated in 2009.
Stanzi returned from his 2 1/2 game hiatus to help lead the Hawkeyes with two touchdowns and 231 passing yards against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
For the season he finished 2,417 yards and 17 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also had 15 interceptions.
If he can clean up his act, Iowa can become an offensive juggernaut like they were when they scored 28 points in the fourth quarter against Indiana.
Stanzi's main target next season will be Marvin McNutt. The rising junior had eight touchdown receptions, including a huge 92-yard scamper against the Hoosiers that turned the momentum around and kept the perfect season alive at the time.
Indeed, with the season on the line, McNutt scored six touchdowns in the final six games of the season. His big-play ability came at big moments for the Hawkeyes and his innate leadership has helped him establish a role on this team.
McNutt began his career at Iowa like Stanzi, under center, but he has made the most of his opportunities at wide receiver and now the two look to become a potent combination in 2010.
With two young and talented running backs, Iowa will look to run the ball, but Stanzi knows he will have to prove to defenses that he can make the clutch throw under pressure to keep them honest. In those situations, expect McNutt to be the man to step it up.
Although the North Carolina State Wolfpack have been disappointing these past few seasons, quarterback Russell Wilson has been as good as advertised.
The rising junior threw for 3,021 yards and 31 touchdowns last season. Wilson was amazingly consistent; he has scored at least one touchdown in 19 of his last 20 games.
He also knows how to put forth some big games, 15 of those 20 games were multiple-touchdown performances including a three-game stretch where he scored four touchdowns in each game.
Wilson did not do it alone, he had a variety of talented wide receivers and their return in 2010 makes the Wolfpack a team to be reckoned with in 2010.
Leading the charge is Jarvis Williams, who led the team in receptions and touchdowns.
His 11 scores is third-best in school history and, considering the talent around him like Owen Spencer and George Bryan, that mark is even more impressive.
Williams is the touchdown terror this article is talking about. In the dramatic 45-42 loss against Florida State, he only had three receptions...they just happened to all be touchdowns.
Williams makes the most of his catches and his height and speed make him a dangerous player for opposing defenses. If he were on another team without the complementary pieces, his numbers might be astronomical.
Nevertheless, considering that some ACC teams are still defensively challenged and that the Wolfpack will be passing more with the departure of running back Toney Baker, expect Wilson and Williams to cause problems again in 2010.
Considering the question marks surrounding the quarterbacks in the NFL Draft, it is a bit surprising that Jake Locker did not bolt early for the professional ranks.
Nevertheless, his 2,800 yards and 21 touchdowns from last season helps boost the sagging hopes of the Washington Huskies in 2010.
Locker certainly has not had a great deal of success as the starting quarterback of the Huskies. Nine wins in his three seasons under center does not instill a great deal of excitement for the struggling program.
However, new coach Steve Sarkisian and a healthy Locker went 5-7 last season including a dramatic victory over Sarkisian's former employer USC. Considering that the Huskies had zero victories the year before, that's quite a step.
Can Washington build on last season and get their first winning season since 2002?
They will if Jermaine Kearse has anything to say about it. Kearse led the team in receptions, yards, and touchdowns and finished the season scoring six touchdowns in the past four games.
The rising junior and second team All-PAC 10 performer has developed well under the new coaching staff and as his role has increased on the team, so has his production.
Washington starts 2010 with an interesting match-up against BYU. How will the Huskies fare against the Mountain West darling?
If the speedy Kearse continues to improve, he and Locker could become a potent one-two punch that could make the end zone their new playground.
Jordan Jefferson inherited the starting quarterback role late in 2008, and he held onto it with fine form in 2009.
As a sophomore, Jefferson put up decent numbers: 2,166 passing yards and 18 total touchdowns. Jefferson has improved his game, increasing the accuracy of his passes and using his versatility to give the Tigers some big SEC wins.
While some may lament the graduation of wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who had 11 touchdowns last season, Terrance Toliver is ready to step up and be part of another dynamic SEC touchdown tandem.
Toliver, the rising senior, had numbers comparable to LaFell. His 53 receptions, 735 passing yards, and big-play potential made him an exciting player to watch.
Toliver's best performance was in the season opener against Washington, where he scored two touchdowns and racked up 117 yards on just four catches.
That speed and that height of 6'5'' makes him the heir apparent to be the end zone recipient next season. He will be the go-to guy for Jefferson next season.
Toliver, the former No. 1 wide receiver recruit by Scout.com, is finally ready for his moment to shine. Last season, Toliver started in 11 out of 12 games and that experience should pay dividends as the Louisiana State Tigers look to make a move in 2010.
The Pac-10 dominance by Southern California finally came to an end last season. Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley certainly looked like a freshman at times but he is ready to move the Trojans back up to the top of the standings this season.
Despite the four losses in conference, including a three-interception performance against Stanford, Barkley still threw for 2,735 yards and 15 touchdowns.
In fact, Barkley has thrown a touchdown pass in eight straight games. In the Emerald Bowl, Barkley threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns, a mark only bested by his 380-yard performance at Notre Dame.
If Monte Kiffin can instill his defensive schemes nearly as well as he did at Tennessee, those numbers are more than enough to make the Trojans champions of the Pac-10 next season.
Barkley enters next season with a season and off-season drills under his belt. His confidence is high and his playmakers are ready to erase sour memories of 2009.
Trojan fans were disappointed when Damian Williams left early for the draft but Ronald Johnson is prepared to step in step up as a senior leader in the wide receiver corps.
Johnson's numbers were not overwhelming, but he also missed the first five games of the season.
When he returned, he caught at least five passes in five of his eight games that season and racked up three touchdowns late in the season.
Most importantly, Johnson is experienced. As a sophomore, he broke out with eight touchdowns and should be the No. 1 guy come fall.
As Barkley matures and his role on the team expands, he will get to throw the ball in the end zone more and then the numbers for Johnson could be huge.
Oh, it also helps that leading tailback Joe McKnight is heading to the NFL Draft. Necessity will make these two a touchdown tandem to be feared in 2010.
Scott Tolzien entered the 2009 season with a big question mark. With just eight pass attempts for his career, Tolzien had to prove he could lead the Badgers.
Well, 2,705 passing yards and 18 total touchdowns later, Tolzien has established himself as one of the premiere passers of the Big Ten.
In fact, those 2,705 yards is second best in school history and his 211 completions on the season is a new record.
Still, it helps when Nick Toon is on the receiving end of these long bombs.
Toon racked up 805 yards last season, the second-best mark by a sophomore in school history. He was also selected as Wisconsin's player of the year by the fans.
Why? Toon is about as consistent as a receiver as anyone can find. With the exception of the bowl game, the sophomore caught at least three passes in every game.
Garrett Graham may have led the team in touchdowns, but he is graduating and now that the departing tight end takes away Tolzien's security blanket, Toon should get more opportunities to find the endzone next season.
At 6'3'', Toon can jump up and grab the ball, particularly over his 5'11'' counterpart Isaac Anderson.
Toon is looking for a breakout season while the Badgers are looking to emerge from the Big Ten pack and possibly take home the conference crown.
Tolzien and Toon may have entered 2009 without much national acclaim, if Wisconsin makes noise in 2010 though, expect Tolzien and Toon to be some of the first names on the lips of college football pundits throughout the land.
Whether it be Colt Brennan or Tim Chang, it is common to associate Hawaii football with big passing numbers. Of course, that was done in a previous regime.
With coach Greg McMackin entering his third season as coach of the Warriors, he is fortunate to have Bryant Moniz under center with him.
The rising junior started last season on the bench, in fact he was third on the depth chart but injuries helped him earn his way atop the depth chart with four 300-yard plus performances in his final seven games of the season.
Moniz finished the season averaging over 250 yards per game, including a 283-yard, two-touchdown performance in his debut against WAC foe Fresno State.
Moniz appears to be in great shape to help carry on the tradition of strong quarterbacks at Hawaii. Wide receiver Greg Salas also appears to be well on his way to helping establish his name as well.
Salas, the first-team All-WAC performer, had 1,590 receiving yards last season, second most in school history.
The rising senior was fourth nationally in receiving yards average per game, mostly thanks to his big play ability. Salas had 17 catches of 25-plus yards, a number that could grow next season as he continues to build a relationship with Moniz.
Hawaii has a chance to show off its offense before a big audience when they open the 2010 season against the Trojans of USC.
If the Rainbow Warriors want to scare coach Lane Kiffin in his new post, expect to hear the name Salas early and often.
Sure, Pryor may be more known for his feet, but his arm is beginning to turn some heads as well.
Pryor knows how to find the end zone; last season he helped lead the Buckeyes with over 2,800 total offensive yards and 25 touchdowns.
After all, anyone who leads the team in passing and rushing knows a thing or two about making plays.
Of course, Pryor knows how to share the wealth, particularly when it comes to his favorite target, DeVier Posey.
Posey's 60 receptions last season towered over the rest, his nearest competitor on the team was Dane Sanzenbacher with 36. In fact, he had as many receptions in less than three games than he had all of his freshman season.
The rising junior caught a pass in every single game and scored five touchdowns in the month of October last season. He even threw a touchdown pass on a trick play for 39 yards.
Posey is a great touchdown target at 6'3'' and as Pryor continues to grow as a passer, you can bet his numbers will only improve. Pryor threw 130 more times in 2009 than he had in 2008.
Even if you account for his late start in 2008, Pryor clearly is becoming more comfortable in the pocket.
With defenses worrying about the feet of Pryor, Posey can concentrate on spreading out the secondary and making mincemeat of them on the way to the end zone.
Ohio State has a rather high standard of excellence, but with play-makers like Pryor and Posey, they are dreams that can be realized in 2010.
While the SEC tries to cope in a world without Tim Tebow, Ryan Mallett could become an emerging star for the Razorbacks in 2010.
If we know anything, it's that coach Bobby Petrino can coach up an offense. His work at Louisville raised the profile of that entire school and although Arkansas only went 3-5 in the SEC, hope is still in the air.
Why? Well, it might be the 3,627-yard, 30-touchdown season of Mallett. The Michigan transfer had five 300-yard plus performances and three games in which he scored five touchdowns.
In fact, he scored a touchdown in every single game this season.
Mallett's numbers were buoyed by Greg Childs, who led the team in receptions, yards and tied for touchdowns.
Childs caught at least three passes in every game last season, averaging nearly 20 yards per catch. His best performance came in a shootout against Georgia where he racked up 140 yards and two touchdowns on just five receptions.
The big-play potential of Childs makes him a threat at any time. While Arkansas may not have had the dream season they had hoped for in 2009, they have won five out of their last six.
The lone loss in that stretch was a three-point overtime loss to Louisiana State after missing a field goal to tie.
Arkansas may be turning the corner and with many of the top teams dealing with attrition, Mallett to Childs may become a familiar refrain in the SEC.
Last year, Texas A & M had one of the best offenses in the nation.
Unfortunately for Aggie fans, they also had one of the worst defenses.
Jerrod Johnson often put the team on his back last season, hoping he could get the last possession and have a chance to win the game.
He finished the season with 3,579 passing yards, 506 rushing yards and 38 total touchdowns. If his team could stop someone, he could be a legitimate Heisman candidate next season.
However, Johnson did have some help on the offensive end. Just ask Jeff Fuller.
While the numbers for Fuller are not overwhelming, 567 yards and seven touchdowns, one has to remember he missed four games with an injury.
Once Fuller got back into form, he still finished leading the team in receiving touchdowns and third in yards.
Against the Texas Longhorns, Fuller scored three touchdowns and racked up 132 receiving yards.
Perhaps the scariest thing, though, is the experience. Fuller is second all-time in the receiving touchdown list at A&M. His father was also a standout Aggie at safety who went on to play with the San Francisco 49ers.
Fuller knows when to step up; over half of his receptions were for either a first down or a touchdown. With a 6'4'' frame, he is the perfect touchdown target.
With his size and experience combined with the versatility of Johnson, the Aggies will be an offensive juggernaut again next season.
While the Sam Bradford injury shook up the national championship dreams of the Oklahoma Sooners, it allowed one of the top touchdown tandems to begin a beautiful relationship.
Freshman quarterback Landry Jones emerged from behind Bradford's shadow to pass for 3,198 yards and 26 touchdowns. No other freshman surpassed the 3,000 yard mark last season.
Jones had a favorite target in sophomore wide out Ryan Broyles whose 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns helped cement his status after racking up more yards than any freshman receiver in school history.
Broyles finished the season with three straight 100-yard games, including a 156-yard, three touchdown performance against the Stanford Cardinal. In total, Broyles had five multiple touchdown performances and six 100-yard games.
This upcoming season, with a year of experience under their belts, the Jones-to-Broyles connection should be something people see more and more of in 2010.
Considering that the Big 12 is still a passer's league and that Oklahoma has one of the best offenses around, you better believe that coach Bob Stoops will give these two a chance to become the cream of the crop in the conference.
If there's something the Boise State Broncos know how to do, it's put points on the board. Oh yeah, they also know a little something about winning.
Kellen Moore has continued the tradition of excellence we have come to expect from the one-time Cinderella turned powerhouse program.
Last year, Moore put up impressive numbers once more with 3,536 passing yards and 39 touchdowns. Perhaps, even more staggering is that despite 431 pass attempts, he only had three interceptions.
Nine times last season Moore threw at least three touchdown passes in a game and had a passer rating over 100 for every single contest.
Moore's favorite touchdown target along this path towards excellence? Austin Pettis.
Pettis had 14 touchdown receptions last season. In fact, he set a school record by scoring at least one in every single game before a leg injury late in the season limited his action in the final three games of the season.
As a result, his numbers would have been even more impressive.
Pettis had a big game against arch-rival Idaho, scoring four touchdowns on eight receptions.
For his career, Pettis ranks 15th in school history for passing yards and only needs one more touchdown reception to tie the mark for most receiving touchdowns in a career.
In other words, expect him to crush the record by the time 2010 comes to an end.
With the Boise State offense, you know that they are going to rack up the passing yards and that means opportunities for these receivers to put up big numbers.
Pettis enters as the go-to guy, and you can expect spectacular numbers by season's end.
Houston football has built its legacy around prolific offenses, and the 2010 edition of the Cougars does not disappoint.
Rising senior Case Keenum was the most prolific passer last season, throwing for an astonishing 5,671 yards and 44 touchdowns.
By comparison, Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen and Texas's Colt McCoy had 28 and 27 touchdowns, respectively.
In fact, Keenum has led the FBS in total offense the past two seasons and should be in great position for a third crown in 2010.
Obviously the offensive schemes help lead to the big numbers but so does rising senior James Cleveland.
Cleveland has big play potential, scoring 14 touchdowns and racking up 1,214 yards last season. Averaging over 100 yards per game, Cleveland had his breakout game against conference rival East Carolina.
Although the Pirates picked up the dramatic 38-32 victory in the Conference USA title game, no one can blame Cleveland, who accumulated a staggering 241 yards and three touchdowns.
Five multiple touchdown performances made Cleveland a prime-time performer for the Cougars.
With most of their players returning and East Carolina facing a coaching change, Houston should be the team to beat in C-USA. If so, expect to hear the Keenum-to-Cleveland connection again and again in 2010.