Athlon Sports took on the task of ranking every starting quarterback in college football heading into the 2016 season, and let’s just say it wasn’t a glowing preview for the Big Ten.
Led by Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, who came in at No. 3, the conference only had three of the top 30 spots on Athlon’s list.
Here’s what they had to say about Barrett, who checks in behind Clemson’s DeShaun Watson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
After splitting time with Cardale Jones in 2015, Barrett is back as the clear No. 1 quarterback for the Buckeyes. And now that Barrett is a full year removed from the leg injury that ended his 2014 campaign early, the junior is poised to emerge as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks once again. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Barrett accounted for 3,772 yards and 45 overall scores and finished fifth in the Heisman voting.
After Barrett, the next quarterback from a Big Ten school is C.J. Beathard from Iowa, who checks in at No. 16. After that you have to scroll all the way to No. 31, which is Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong, before a logjam of Big Ten talent in spots 52-55.
Here’s the full breakdown of where Athlon ranked the Big Ten’s signal-callers. A full breakdown of each can be found here.
3. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
16. C.J. Beathard, Iowa
31. Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska
41. Wes Lunt, Illinois
52. Tyler O’Connor, Michigan State
53. John O’Korn, Michigan
54. Mitch Leidner, Minnesota
55. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
69. Trace McSorley, Penn State
102. Bart Houston, Wisconsin
103. David Blough, Purdue
105. Richard Lagow, Indiana
107. Chris Laviano, Rutgers
108. Perry Hills, Maryland