Ranking College Football's Top-20 EDGE Rushers

Edge rushers can swing the momentum of the game by getting to the opposing team's quarterback and causing a fumble. I grouped College Football's top defensive ends and outside linebackers together to create a list of the best pass rushers in the college game. Syracuse and Notre Dame are both represented in the top-10 by a pair of edge rushers. Ohio State's Chase Young takes the top spot in the rankings and could be a top-5 pick with another productive season. At #18, I listed a two young Georgia edge rushers with the belief that one or both of them will breakout this season.

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  1. Chase Young Ohio State Buckeyes

Big Ten Championship - Northwestern v Ohio State
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01: Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action during the Big Ten Championship game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ohio State won 45-24. / Getty Images

2. A.J. Epenesa Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa v Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 17: AJ Bush #1 of the Illinois Fighting Illini scrambles out of the pocket as A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes pursues at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Champaign, Illinois. / Getty Images

3. Yetur Gross-Matos Penn State Nittany Lions 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Citrus Bowl - Kentucky v Penn State
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01: Penn State defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (99) during the second half of the Citrus Bowl between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Penn State Nittany Lions on January 01, 2019, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

4. Kenny Willekes Michigan State Spartans

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 08 Michigan State at Arizona State
TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08: Michigan State Spartans defensive end Kenny Willekes (48) lines up for the play during the college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sep 8, 2018 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

5. Xavier Thomas Clemson Tigers

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T - Alabama v Clemson
SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is pursued by Xavier Thomas #3 of the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Harry How / Getty Images

6. Alton Robinson/ Kendall Coleman Syracuse Orange

Connecticut v Syracuse
SYRACUSE, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Alton Robinson #94 and Kendall Coleman #55 of the Syracuse Orange celebrate a defensive play against the Connecticut Huskies during the first quarter at the Carrier Dome on September 22, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeated Connecticut 51-21. Rich Barnes / Getty Images

7. Jabari Zuniga Florida Gators

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 28 Georgia v Florida
JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 28: Florida Gators defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga (92) lines up for a play during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2017 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

8. Khalid Kareem/ Julian Okwara Notre Dame Fighting Irish

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 01 Michigan at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 01: Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Khalid Kareem (53) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Julian Okwara (42) celebrate after a play in game action during the college football game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 1, 2018 at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Michigan Wolverines by the score of 24-17. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

9. K'Lavon Chaisson LSU Tigers

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 AdvoCare Classic - Miami v LSU
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: LSU Tigers linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (#4) tries to get past the block of Miami Hurricanes left tackle Tyree St. Louis (#78) during the AdvoCare Classic college football game between the LSU Tigers and Miami Hurricanes on September 2, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. LSU won the game 33-17. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images). Icon Sportswire

10. Bradlee Anae Utah Utes

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 26 Utah at UCLA
PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 26: Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) during a college football game between the Utah Utes and the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2018 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

11. Anfernee Jennings Alabama Crimson Tide

Auburn v Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 24: Anfernee Jennings #33 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after intercepting a pass intended for Tucker Brown #86 of the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

12. Curtis Weaver Boise State Broncos

Boise State vs Fresno State for Mountain West championship
Boise State defensive end Curtis Weaver (99) encourages the crowd with Fresno State backed up near their own end zone in the first half of the Mountain West championship at Albertsons Stadium on Dec. 2, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. (Joe Jaszewski/Idaho Statesman/TNS via Getty Images) Idaho Statesman

13. Nick Coe Auburn Tigers

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 01 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic - Auburn v Washington
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 01: Auburn Tigers defensive lineman Nick Coe (91) during the Chick-fi-a Kickoff Game between the Washington Huskies and the Auburn Tigers on September 1, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

14. Patrick Johnson Tulane Green Wave

Memphis v Tulane
NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 28: Patrick Johnson #34 of the Tulane Green Wave reacts during a game against the Memphis Tigers at Yulman Stadium on September 28, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images

15. Jonathan Garvin Miami Hurricanes

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 AdvoCare Classic - Miami v LSU
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Miami Hurricanes defensive end Jon Garvin (#97) runs off the field during the AdvoCare Classic college football game between the LSU Tigers and Miami Hurricanes on September 2, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. LSU won the game 33-17. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images). Icon Sportswire

16. Bobby Roundtree Illinois Fighting Illini

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 06 Illinois at Rutgers
PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 06: Illinois Fighting Illini defensive lineman Bobby Roundtree (97) during the College Football Game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 6, 2018, at HighPoint.Com Stadium in Piscataway, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

17. Tipa Galeai Utah State Aggies

Utah State v BYU
PROVO, UT- OCTOBER 5 : Tipa Galeai #10 of the Utah State Aggies breaks a tackle attempt by Brady Christensen #67 of the BYU Cougars as he runs back an interception fora a touchdown during their game at LaVell Edwards Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Provo, Utah. Chris Gardner / Getty Images

18. Nolan Smith/ Azeez Ojulari Georgia Bulldogs

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 01 Sugar Bowl - Texas v Georgia
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: Texas Longhorns Quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) eludes the tackle of Georgia Bulldogs Linebacker Azeez Ojulari (38) during the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Texas Longhorns and the Georgia Bulldogs on January 01, 2019, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

19. Carter Coughlin Minnesota Golden Gophers

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 07 Minnesota at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - OCTOBER 07: Minnesota Golden Gophers linebacker Carter Coughlin (45) rushes in against Purdue Boilermakers offensive lineman David Steinmetz (70) during the college football game between the Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers on October 7, 2017, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire

20. Terrell Lewis Alabama Crimson Tide

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 08 CFP National Championship
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Terrell Lewis (24) celebrates after a play during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs on January 8, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Icon Sportswire