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College football contenders with the worst 2016 quarterback situations

Les Miles and Nick Saban both have College Football Playoff hopes in 2016, but they need to figure out their quarterback situations first. John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports

After ranking college football’s 25 best quarterback situations for the next three years, it's time to dig into the best overall teams with the worst quarterback situations entering 2016.

These are conference contenders that could be undermined by their quarterback play. Or that could make a playoff run if someone emerges.

1. LSU Tigers

2016 options: Brandon Harris (Jr.), Danny Etling (Jr.)

The Tigers bring back more than 90 percent of their starters from a year ago. LSU also added a defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda, who has coaches abuzz after what he did at Wisconsin.

Really, quarterback is the only legitimate question mark on the entire team.

Harris has completed 54 percent of 322 career attempts; he was 37th in yards per attempt and 41st in QBR in 2015. That isn’t nearly the ceiling anyone anticipated for Harris, the No. 2 dual-threat prospect in the 2014 class and someone whose arm talent received high marks.

Harris remains optimistic of a late bloom, and the staff continues to express support. But Etling, the Purdue transfer, presents a viable option, and this race will heat up in August.

In reality, because of the abundant talent across the board, LSU needs just serviceable quarterback play to reach its very high ceiling. Regardless of whether it’s Harris or Etling, this is a playoff team if the QB can provide efficiency more than Harris showed in 2015.

Hope for future: The Tigers just received a commitment from Myles Brennan, the No. 9 pocket passer in the 2017 class.