50 questions that will shape 2015 college football season

With 50 days left before the start of the college season, College Football 24/7 examines 50 burning questions that will shape the game in 2015.

  1. Who will win the much-anticipated three-way quarterback battle at Ohio State, and how will coach Urban Meyer go about trying to make sure the two players that become backups are content?
  1. Will the turnover bug that bit quarterback Everett Golson last year at Notre Dame be a continuing issue in his bid to replace Jameis Winston at Florida State?
  1. Can TCU QB Trevone Boykin win the Heisman Trophy even if the Horned Frogs fall out of the playoff hunt?
  1. How many wins is Jim Harbaugh-momentum worth at Michigan? And how would he handle a honeymoon period shortened by losses?
  1. Will anyone be able to block Baylor pass rusher Shawn Oakman? The entire Big 12 is conspicuously absent from NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein's list of the nation's top offensive tackles to watch.
  1. Does Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell lose a step coming off a horrifying injury last year, or does the Treadwell of old return?
  1. Baylor's 410-pound tight end LaQuan McGowan: go-to or gimmick?
  1. Was Penn State's porous offensive line Christian Hackenberg's biggest problem last year, or was it Christian Hackenberg?
  1. Will new Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis' hair turn visibly grayer this year piecing together what was a Swiss cheese defense a year ago?
  1. Where will heralded UCLA freshman Josh Rosen, the presumptive starter despite zero experience, fall in the Pac-12 quarterback pecking order?
  1. What will the Oregon coaching staff ultimately do with sophomore dynamo Charles Nelson, who can catch passes, defend them, and return kicks?
  1. Can someone other than a quarterback win the Heisman Trophy? It's been six years (Mark Ingram).
  1. Is redemption in the cards for Louisiana Tech transfer quarterback Jeff Driskel after an injury-plagued and highly criticized career at Florida?
  1. How big of a role on offense will be played by USC's two-way sophomore star Adoree' Jackson?
  1. Will Texas A&M phenom pass rusher Myles Garrett (8.5 of 11.5 sacks vs. non-conference opponents) make more of an impact in SEC play?
  1. New Nebraska coach Mike Riley: instant hit or instant heat?
  1. Can Missouri stun the SEC East to reach the SEC title game for the third consecutive year?
  1. Can Lane Kiffin build a potent offense at Alabama around a first-year starter at quarterback for the second year in a row -- and this time, without Amari Cooper?
  1. Who will win the starting quarterback job -- and the scrutiny that goes with it -- at LSU?
  1. Is this South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier's last year? And what is more likely to compel him to step down? Going out on an SEC East title or another poor season?
  1. After being the conference that had to peek through the outside of the playoff window last year, will the Big 12 join the playoff party in Year 2?
  1. Will Tennessee or Arkansas, both facing vastly higher expectations, be the surprise team in the SEC?
  1. Can Clemson's dynamic young quarterback, Deshaun Watson, stay healthy?
  1. Texas fans will expect significant improvement from Texas in Year 2 under Charlie Strong. Will he deliver it?
  1. What will Michigan's heralded redshirt freshman Jabrill Peppers show us in 2015 that injuries prevented him from showing last year?
  1. Clemson's defense can't help but take a step backward. How big will that step be?
  1. Best receiver in the state of Colorado this year: CU's Nelson Spruce or CSU's Rashard Higgins?
  1. How will new Florida coach Jim McElwain fare offensively with a makeshift offensive line that could be one of the worst in the SEC?
  1. After losing three defensive players in the top 25 picks of the NFL draft this year, can Washington rebuild on defense?
  1. Does UCLA coach Jim Mora at last put an end to Myles Jack's running back role, or does he play two ways once again?
  1. Will the NCAA investigation into Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil cost the star junior any, part, or all, of the 2015 season?
  1. Can new Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley blend his pass-happy offense from East Carolina with a personnel group that might need to lean more on the rushing talents of star sophomore Samaje Perine?
  1. Cal quarterback Jared Goff has the arm to pull off one or two big upsets this year -- will it come at Texas on Sept. 19? If not, other possibilities are Oregon, UCLA, USC and Arizona State.
  1. How well will Corey Clement carry the torch, handed to him by Melvin Gordon, of Wisconsin's line of stellar running backs?
  1. How will UNLV Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy look at season's end for hiring a high school coach in Tony Sanchez to lead the Rebels? Hopefully, smart and gutsy.
  1. How much of a bounce-back year can Oklahoma State expect when quarterback Mason Rudolph emerges as one of the best young passers in the Big 12?
  1. Will Arizona's light schedule hurt the Wildcats in the College Football Playoff rankings? Oregon's not on the schedule, and the team has three soft non-conference games (Nevada, 7-6 last season, isn't exactly a test).
  1. Is this glorious play -- with 350-pound nose guard Sebastian Tretola at quarterback -- still in the Arkansas playbook?
  1. Can Navy star quarterback Keenan Reynolds make it 4-0 in his career against Army?
  1. Can Georgia Tech's defense improve enough to give stellar triple-option QB Justin Thomas the backing he deserves?
  1. After 163 tackles, 29 for losses, in 2014, what can Arizona LB Scooby Wright possibly do for an encore?
  1. Does Steve Spurrier expand star receiver Pharoh Cooper's role as a rusher and wildcat quarterback?
  1. Can one of the SEC's most underrated athletes, senior Vanderbilt DE Caleb Azubike, have a breakout season in his last year?
  1. Is Missouri's lengthy lineage of NFL-quality defensive linemen finally dry? Nobody is carrying the weight of the expectation.
  1. Can Leonard Fournette carry LSU's offense against eight-man defensive fronts that dare the Tigers to throw?
  1. Can Texas A&M's redwood tree of a receiver, 6-foot-5, 235-pound Ricky Seals-Jones, step up his production amid the presence of Josh Reynolds and Speedy Noil?
  1. How dazzling will KD Cannon's encore season be as Baylor's deep threat?
  1. How will BYU star quarterback Taysom Hill, coming off a season-ending injury, fare through a September gauntlet at Nebraska, vs. Boise State, at UCLA and at Michigan?
  1. Can transfer pass rusher Devonte Fields, now on his third college, recapture his 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year form as a senior at Louisville in 2015?
  1. Can former Auburn coach Gene Chizik revive a horrifyingly bad North Carolina defense as its new coordinator?

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