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The 13 Most Explosive College Football Teams In 2016

There are only 129 more sleeps until the 2016 college football season kicks off with a 1 a.m. E.T matchup between Cal and Hawaii, a game that will be payed in Australia on Aug. 27. For those Sept. 1, Thursday night kicks, we only have 134 sleeps. Add two more for the first Saturday of the season, and two more after that for the Monday night meeting between Florida State and Ole Miss. 

Point is: college football is almost here. 

With a high-flying, electric atmosphere, it's no wonder why college football is our favorite sport. And with so many talented players returning to the field this year, 2016 is shaping up to be a year to remember.

The nation's best quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Deshaun Watson is primed to lead Clemson back to another postseason run. This season will also feature the deepest pool of running back talent in recent memory, headlined by LSU's Leonard Fournette, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey and Florida State's Dalvin Cook. Baylor, after being plagued by injury in 2015, has pieced itself back together. And Ohio State has its quarterback locked and loaded and ready to lead another slew of talented players.

There's plenty of potential for fireworks in 2016, and stacked rosters only add to that. But which teams possess the most potential? Which teams will set the college football landscape on fire this season? Only time will tell. 

Here's the 13 most explosive college football teams in 2016.

No. 13 ??? >>>

Ohio State

Yes, Ohio State loses 16 starters to graduation or the NFL heading into the 2016 college football season. But the Buckeyes have their quarterback - J.T. Barrett - no competition necessary. Last year's team struggled to find balance at times switching between Barrett and Cardale Jones, but there's only one leader on the offense this time around and that will make all the difference. 

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Barrett is the key for the Buckeyes in 2016, and the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder instantly gives OSU a shot to win the Big Ten. With Parris Campbell, Torrance Gibson and Noah Brown running routes, and Curtis Samuel in the backfield, the Buckeyes have plenty of ammunition to help Barrett shred any defense that steps on the field. Mass departure or not, they'll remain explosive in 2016.No. 12 ??? >>>LSULSU running back Leonard Fournette is one of the most explosive players in all of college football. Need I continue?All you have to do is grab yourself a bag of popcorn, throw on a Fournette highlight reel and be prepared to be blown away. The kid was the definition of electric in 2015, literally tossing defenders on his way to the end zone. Rushing for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns last season, he led the Tigers to a (disappointing) 9-3 record - without a quarterback. Expect much of the same this time around. 

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At 6-foot-1, 230-pounds, Fournette returns with a chip on his shoulder, which already terrifies linebackers and defensive backs scheduled to face the one-man wrecking crew. Even with issues at quarterback LSU remains one of the most explosive teams in the country with Fournette in the backfield.

No. 11 ??? >>>


After seeing teams like Ohio State and LSU on this list I can see why the addition of Houston may surprise you, but don't let it - the Cougars, under head coach Tom Herman, are a talented football team out of the AAC. Yes, Florida State's quarterback Sean Maguire played with a fractured ankle during the Peach Bowl against Houston, throwing four interceptions in the process. But the Cougars won the game - plain and simple - 38-24. 

">@UHCougarFB going through first reps as Herman looks on

— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU)

Greg Ward under center, @UHCougarFB going through first reps as Herman looks on

— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) March 7, 2016

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With junior quarterback Greg Ward Jr. returning for the Cougars in 2016, Houston should once again run through their conference on the way to a postseason bid. Ward threw for 2,828 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015, rushing for an additional 21 touchdowns. Anytime you have a quarterback that can account for 38 total touchdowns on the year you know you're scoring points. 

No. 10 ??? >>>


Louisville's another team on this list that may surprise some, but it shouldn't. The Cardinals feature one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the game in sophomore Lamar Jackson, a player that may very well compete for the Heisman Trophy before it's all said and done. As a freshman in 2015, Jackson threw for 1,840 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for an additional 11 touchdowns. Cardinals fans can expect much of the same in 2016.

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Jackson has a great football mind and possesses excellent pocket awareness, with the escapability to go along with it. Add a big arm to that equation and you have yourself a complete quarterback. If Cardinals fans weren't already excited enough, Jackson threw for 519 yards and eight touchdowns during Louisville's spring football game.No. 9 ??? >>>TennesseeTennessee will enter the 2016 college football season as the clear-cut favorite out of the SEC East, attempting to make it back to the SEC title game for the first time since 2007. The talent returning in Knoxville has everything to do with this. Quarterback Joshua Dobbs returns for his senior season with plenty of wide receiver talent to throw the ball to. Josh Smith, Josh Malone and Von Pearson will be one of the more electric trios at wide receiver in the country. 

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When Dobbs isn't taking advantage of the talent downfield. Volunteers fans can look forward to junior running back Jalen Hurd tearing things up on the ground. One of the more powerful backs in the country, the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder is absolute bruiser with the ball in his hands, punishing defenders that attempt to tackle him heads up. Tennessee is the favorite in the division for a reason. Should be a fun season for Vols fans.

No. 8 ??? >>>

Ole Miss

The Rebels may be losing star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to the 2016 NFL Draft, but they return tons of talent heading into the 2016 college football season. The air raid will continue for Ole Miss. Quarterback Chad Kelly returns to lead the offense through the SEC West and hopefully to the SEC title game. Despite some ups and downs last year, the Rebels were the only team in the country that found a way to beat Alabama. 

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Kelly will have an impressive group of receivers in Damore'ea Stringfellow, Quincy Adeboyejo and Markell Pack this season, with Akeem Judd in the backfield. The Rebels will once again be explosive on the field this season.No. 7 ??? >>>USCThe Trojans return to the field in 2016 with one of the most talented rosters in all of college football. With a quarterback competition underway, it appears Max Browne will wind up the starter at USC. But he won't have to do everything on his own - there is a plethora of talent around him. Running back Justin Davis will be a nice crutch inthe backfield, but the receiving corps possesses the most potential.

">@MaxBrowne4 -
TD from Sam Darnold -

JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn't care who's throwing it! (LIVEP12N)

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics)

TD from @MaxBrowne4 - ✔️
TD from Sam Darnold - ✔️

JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn't care who's throwing it! (LIVEP12N)

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) April 16, 2016

">April 16, 2016

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rodgers, Steven Mitchell and Adoree' Jackson make up one heck of a receiving corps, possessing freakish speed and athleticism. Trojans fans are in for a show this season.No. 6 ??? >>>Notre DameThe Fighting Irish are losing some key pieces to the 2016 NFL Draft in wide receiver Will Fuller, running back C.J. Prosise and tackle Ronnie Stanley, but the talent returning in 2016 is primed to lead Notre Dame to a potential College Football Playoff berth. With plenty of explosive talent to go around Notre Dame fans are in for a treat this season. 

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It all starts at quarterback and whoever wins the job between Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer. Both are terrific options, but they won't have to do it alone. Tarean Folston and Josh Adams are fighting to lock down the job in the backfield, and both will likely see playing time this season. At wide receiver, Notre Dame has several options including Torii Hunter Jr., Equanimeous St. Brown, Corey Holmes and Chris Finke. Expect the Irish to light up the scoreboard.

No. 5 ??? >>>

Florida State

It's impossible not to look at Florida State when talking about explosive teams heading into the 2016 college football season. The Seminoles have one of the deepest collections of talent in the country and often showcase that on Saturdays in the fall. Despite questions at the quarterback position, FSU is poised to make a run at the College Football Playoff in 2016. 

Star running back Dalvin Cook leads the way in terms of explosiveness but he's not the only one - the 'Noles have freakish talent all over the field. Whether you're talking about speedy running backs and wide receivers or athletic freaks on the defensive side of the ball, the Seminoles are easily one of the most explosive teams in the country heading into the season. At times last season, it seemed like every time Cook touched the ball he was torching somebody for a large gain. FSU can can expect much of the same in 2016.