2016 College Football Starting Quarterback Odds

The 2016 college football season kicks off soon and there are still several critical position battles for the nation’s most prominent schools. On Thursday, August 4, the market-setting Bookmaker.eu (CRIS) posted odds for ten of college football’s most intriguing quarterback battles. The limits were only $250, but these odds provided valuable insight.

The list below displays the quarterback battles for ten marquee programs.


Player Aug 20 Aug 11 Aug 5
Cooper Bateman -106 -185 -300
Blake Barnett +154 +155 +600
Jalen Hurts +345 +1750 +3000
David Cornwell +6000 +5000 +550

Bateman is still the favorite but his odds have dwindled. He’s now barely listed with a 50% chance to start Week 1 against USC.


Player Aug 20 Aug 11 Aug 5
Sean White -175 +160 +235
John Franklin III +153 +165 +135
Jeremy Johnson +1000 +210 +190

Sean White is now the -175 favorite after opening at +235. Auburn will likely start all three quarterbacks at some point this year and all may play in the opener as well.


Player Aug 11 Aug 5
Luke Del Rio -750 -300
Austin Appleby +475 +300
Felipe Franks +3000 +2000
Kyle Trask +5000 +4000

Florida State

Player Aug 11 Aug 5
Sean Maguire -200 -600
Deondre Francois +157 +390

Despite his struggles in the Peach Bowl last season, senior Sean Maguire (-600) looked like a lock to win the starting job at Florida State. However, in the previous week Deondre Francois began taking snaps with the first team offense and drew comparisons to Christian Ponder from head coach Jimbo Fisher. Then Maguire got injured and is now listed as doubtful to play in the opener, so odds are now off the board.


Player Aug 20 Aug 11 Aug 5
Jacob Eason -425 -110 +110
Greyson Lambert +300 -110 -105
Brice Ramsey +1500 +1750 +1200

Eason has clearly solidified his spot to be the Week 1 starter, though some are still speculating Brice Ramsey has a chance despite lofty odds.


Player Aug 20 Aug 11 Aug 5
John O'Korn -190 -325 -300
Wilton Speight +150 +250 +220
Shane Morris +3500 +2500 +2000

Michigan State

Player Aug 11 Aug 5
Tyler O’Connor -800 -400
Damion Terry +550 +425
Brian Lewerke +2500 +2000

Notre Dame

Player Aug 11 Aug 5
DeShone Kizer -375 -210
Malik Zaire +270 +160


Player Aug 20 Aug 11 Aug 5
Keller Chryst -375 -425 -225
Ryan Burns +265 +300 +170


Player Aug 11 Aug 5
Max Browne -300 -135
Sam Darnold +220 +110

When this prop was first released, the starting quarterback battle at USC between junior Max Browne (-135) and highly touted freshman Sam Darnold (+110) was quite intriguing. Although the coaching staff had refused to say which player looks better in practice, early money was taking Browne, and this weekend he was declared the starter for Week 1.

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