While winning and losing football games often comes down to the quality of a team’s offensive and defensive line play, in today’s fast-paced offensive-friendly era, College Football betting fans everywhere love to focus on the game’s best skill position players. Whether it’s a strong-armed quarterback throwing howitzers all over the field, an acrobatic wide receiver making jaw-dropping catches or a fleet-footed running back leaving would-be tacklers strewn in his wake, there is nothing quite like enjoying the feats of a top-notch skill position player. With that thought in mind, college football fans and betting enthusiasts alike, are about to find out why three really is a ‘magic number’ as I reveal my top 10 trios in all of college football for the upcoming 2015 regular season. Each of the following 10 triumvirates will undoubtedly play a huge roll in how far their respective teams go in their quests for a national title this upcoming season – and potentially – how well you perform with your betting bankroll. With that thought in mind, here are my top 10 trios for the 2015 college football season in reverse order.
Breaking Down the NCAA Football Odds Top 10 Trios in 2015!
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QB: Jeremy Johnson
RB: Jovon Robinson
WR: Duke Williams
Analysis: Auburn will transition to quarterback Jeremy Johnson after losing Nick Marshall to graduation, but I like what I’ve seen of the young signal-caller and I believe that widely-respected head coach Gus Malzahn is going to put Johnson into positions where he can succeed, particularly early in the season.
All-America candidate at receiver Duke Williams will help with the transition after catching a team-high 45 passes last season for 730 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Jovon Robinson, the nation’s No. 1 junior college transfer, has been quite impressive in the spring and looks primed for a huge season for the Tigers. You may not be all that familiar with this trio – but I suspect you will be by the end of the 2015 season.
QB: Deshaun Watson
RB: Wayne Gallman
WR: Artavis Scott
Analysis: Dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson looks like he has the talent to become a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate after throwing 10 TD passes and just two interceptions in limited playing time as Cole Stoudt’s backup last season.
Running back Wayne Gallman (769 yards, 4.8 ypc) and wide receiver Artavis Scott (965 yards, 8 TDs) both showed a ton of promise as freshmen a year ago and should be better in their sophomore seasons.
QB: Taysom Hill
RB: Jamaal Williams
WR: Mitch Mathews
Analysis: Taysom Hill should be one of the best quarterbacks in the country as he returns form a broken leg. The versatile signal-caller completed 66.7 percent of his passes in five games last season while rushing for another 460 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.
Jamal Williams rushed for a modest 518 yards and four scores, but averaged an impressive 4.8 yards per carry while Mitch Mathews led the Cougars with 73 catches for 922 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
QB: Anu Solomon
RB: Nick Wilson
WR: Cayleb Jones
Analysis: If you haven’t seen quarterback Anu Solomon, then I believe you’re in for a treat in 2015 college football fans. While the young signal-caller completed just 58.0 percent of his passes in 2014, Solomon still managed to throw for 3,793 yards with 28 touchdowns and a manageable nine interceptions.
Running back Nick Wilson (1,375 yards) is extremely good – if equally underrated and Cayleb Jones the same goes for wide receiver Cayleb Jones (1,019 yards, 9 TDs). Arizona averaged 33.4 points per game in Pac-12 contests last season and I believe all of the aforementioned three players are primed for breakout campaigns for head coach Rich Rodriguez in 2015.
QB: Cody Kessler
RB: Justin Davis
WR: JuJu Smith
Analysis: Quarterback Cody Kessler had a monster 2014 campaign in completing a blistering 69.7percent of his passes for 3,826 yards with 35 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
Running back Justin Davis (595 yards, 4.6 ypc) was solid as a backup last season as was wideout JuJu Smith (54 rec., 724 yards, 5 TDs) and I believe both are primed for breakout seasons in 2015 alongside Kessler.
QB: Jared Goff
RB: Daniel Lasco
WR: Kenny Lawler
Analysis: The Golden Bears (5-7 SU, 7-5 ATS) may have won just five games last season, but they’ve got a very nice trio in strong-armed quarterback Jared Goff, wide receiver Kenny Lawler and running back Daniel Lasco.
Goff threw for 3,973 yards with 35 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while Lasco rushed for 1,115 yards and a stellar 5.3-yard per carry average. Lawler added a team-high 54 catches for 701 yards and nine touchdowns. Cal averaged a whopping 38.2 points per game last season for head coach Sonny Dykes and this trio will light it up in 2015.
QB: Seth Russell
RB: Shock Linwood
WR: Corey Coleman
Analysis: Art Briles has turned his Baylor Bears program into one of the best offenses in all of college football and if you don’t believe me, then you should know that Baylor has averaged over 40 points a game in four straight seasons. Having said that, I really like quarterback Seth Russell in the limited action I’ve seen and I believe he’s going to do a fine job replacing former starter Bryce Petty in 2015.
Underrated running back Shock Linwood rushed for 1,252 yards and 16 touchdowns a year ago and the Bears have arguably the nation’s best starting wide receivers in Corey Coleman (1.119 yards, 11 TDs) and KD Cannon (1,030 yards, 8 TDs).
3. Western Kentucky
QB: Brandon Doughty
RB: Leon Allen
WR: Jared Dangerfield
Analysis: You may not now much about Western Kentucky, but the Hilltoppers feature one of the best trios in all of college football. Gifted senior quarterback Brandon Doughty threw for a whopping 4,830 yards and 49 touchdowns last season while Allen rushed for 1,542 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging an eye-popping 5.7 yards per carry. Dangerfield led the team with 825 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. All three will be back again in 2015, making this trio must-see TV whenever possible.
QB: Trevone Boykin
RB: Aaron Green
WR: Josh Doctson
Analysis: TCU ranked second in the nation in scoring last season (46.5 ppg) and could be even better in 2015 thanks to the contributions of Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin (3,901 passing yards), Green (922 rushing yards) and Doctson (1,018 receiving yard, 11touchdowns). I’m going on record right now to say that Boykin may not only be the best quarterback in the country, but the best player in all of college football in 2015.
1. Ohio State
QB: Cardale Jones
RB: Ezekiel Elliott
WR: Michael Thomas
Analysis: Cardale Jones is penciled in as the starter at quarterback after guiding Ohio State to a 3-0 record and a national championship in his short tenure under center, but he’ll be in a three-way battle with former starters J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 696 yards over the final three games of last year while Thomas led all Ohio State receivers with 54 catches in 2014. Regardless of who starts under center for head coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State will have one of the nation’s best trios.
If you’d like to find out which teams round out my top 20 trios in all of college football, you can read it right here.