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The five best CFB teams with ugly QB 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 teams are conference contenders that could be undermined by their quarterback play, or they 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 his Wisconsin defenses allowed an average of 289.4 yards per game over the past three years, the nation's best in that span.

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

Harris has completed 54 percent of 322 career attempts; he was 37th in the nation 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 whose arm talent received high marks.

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

Because of its abundant talent across the board, LSU needs just serviceable quarterback play to reach its very high ceiling. Regardless of whether the starting quarterback is Harris or Etling, the Tigers will be playoff-bound if they can be more efficient than Harris was in 2015.

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