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College football preview: Ranking the quarterbacks (5-1)

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The college football season is set to commence practice, and we counting down our top 25 quarterbacks for 2014. There are plenty of high profile quarterbacks that spurned the NFL for another shot at college football glory. Other star quarterbacks had no choice but to come back for the 2014 season.

College football's top running backs in 2014.

For the second year in a row, the Heisman Trophy winner was a awarded to a red shirt freshman quarterback. This time Jameis Winston took it a step further by doubling up with the national title. If that’s not pressure to duplicate a terrific season, there will never be pressure.

It was almost a foregone conclusion that Oregon and UCLA would be missing their stud quarterbacks. However, the PAC 12 defenses had to shed a tear when Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley came back for another season. They are just two in a host of quarterback talent out west.

Famous Jameis took the world by storm in his first game against Pittsburgh, and never looked back. There will be another prospect that exceeds expectations in 2014. It’s just a matter of timing and opportunity.

If you feel a quarterback is overlooked, feel free to leave your comment.

The final five have won conference championships, BCS championships, and BCS Bowl games. We could very well find the national champion QB out of this group. If so, they will be the first quarterback to lead their team in the new age of the college football playoff system.

We are counting down from No. 5- No. 1.

Check out top college quarterbacks 25-21.

Check out top college quarterbacks 20-16.

Check out top college quarterbacks 15-11.

Check out top college quarterbacks 10-6.

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5. Braxton Miller- Ohio State Buckeyes
5. Braxton Miller- Ohio State Buckeyes Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

5. Braxton Miller- Ohio State Buckeyes

In three years, Braxton Miller has thrown for 52 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions.  Even though passing isn’t supposed to be his strong suit, Braxton Miller completed 63.5% of his pass attempts last season.  He also had back to back 1000 yard rushing seasons, and we’ll expect more of the same in 2014.  Is this the year Miller finally wins the coveted Heisman trophy?

4. Brett Hundley- UCLA Bruins
4. Brett Hundley- UCLA Bruins Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

4. Brett Hundley- UCLA Bruins

Many people thought Brett Hundley would leave for the NFL, but he decided to stay at UCLA for his third season.  Hundley has a career completion percentage of 66.7% and has a total of 6811 passing yards.  Not to mention he has 53 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions.  Brett Hundley has also been a consistent runner with 20 touchdowns on the ground.  He’s ready to lead UCLA to a conference title and more in 2014.

3. Marcus Mariota- Oregon Ducks
3. Marcus Mariota- Oregon Ducks Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

3. Marcus Mariota- Oregon Ducks

Marcus Mariota is a great runner but he doesn’t run that often.  He’s also been dominant in the passing game.  There’s only one true problem during his two years as starter.  It’s the losses to Stanford.  Mariota has 63 touchdown passes to only 10 interceptions.  He also averages 7.3 yards per carry.

2. Bryce Petty- Baylor Bears
2. Bryce Petty- Baylor Bears Christian Petersen/Getty Images

2. Bryce Petty- Baylor Bears

Bryce Petty is a big, strong armed quarterback that had the Bears on the cusp of a national title.  In his first season as starter, Petty threw for 33 touchdowns and three interceptions.  He also added 14 rushing touchdowns.  Can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2014.  It should be spectacular.

1. Jameis Winston- Florida State Seminoles
1. Jameis Winston- Florida State Seminoles Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

1. Jameis Winston- Florida State Seminoles

There’s no doubt Jameis Winston is the No.1 quarterback entering the 2014 season.  He won a national championship and a Heisman Trophy as a freshman.  Winston will have more pressure to repeat in 2014.  Winston isn’t much of a runner but he had a run that kept them in the hunt for a national title against Auburn.  He finished with 40 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions, while throwing for 4057 yards.  Let’s see if Winston can improve on his 66.9 completion percentage.

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