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Ranking FBS Starting QBs: 1 to 125

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Sorry, Tyler Arndt, someone has to be the goat. The Texas State quarterback is No. 125 of 125 in Football.com's inaugural QB rankings. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.
Sorry, Tyler Arndt, someone has to be the goat. The Texas State quarterback is No. 125 of 125 in Football.com's inaugural QB rankings. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.
Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
76 Brandon Allen Arkansas SEC SO 186 42.9 1/3

Medlock dropped 15 pounds during the offseason, but he'll run less on designed plays as the team ditches the spread offense for a West Coast system. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
77 Austyn Carta-Samuels Vanderbilt SEC SR 208 56.0 1/0

Carta-Samuels has every tool he needs to be successful. It's a shame he'll have to do it against SEC defenses all year. -JJ

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
78 Matt Floyd South Florida American SO 466 51.8 0/5

Floyd edged previously projected starter Bobby Eveld as the Bulls decide to go with the younger player. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
79 Anthony Boone Duke ACC JR 531 51.6 5/2

Whomever started at quarterback this season would have a hard time matching Sean Renfree, now with the Atlanta Falcons, but Boone will benefit from working under QB pied piper David Cutcliffe. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
80 Michael Brewer Texas Tech Big 12 SO 375 70.8 4/0

Brewer (back injury) is "day-to-day," and true freshman Davis Webb, thought to be pushing Brewer for the job anyway, is splitting first-team reps. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
81 Travis Wilson Utah Pac-12 SO 1,311 62.7 7/6

Sporadic last season, reports indicate Wilson has developed in his second year under new "co" offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson.. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
82 Jared Goff California Pac-12 FR N/A N/A N/A

Goff will become the first-ever true freshman to start for Cal at quarterback Aug. 31 against Northwestern after beating out another redshirt freshman in Zack Kline. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
83 Ross Metheny South Alabama Sun Belt SR 2,148 54.8 12/12

Metheny gets another shot under June Jones after beating out Alcorn State transfer Brandon Bridge, who also will play for the Jaguars. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
84 Adam Dingwell San Diego State MWC JR 939 57.6 8/7

San Diego State switched to a run-centric attack when Dingwell took over last year. He may not win pretty, but he still guided the Aztecs to a share of the MWC crown.

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
85 Tom Savage Pittsburgh ACC SR N/A N/A N/A

Savage gets another chance to start after playing for Rutgers as a freshman. He transferred to Arizona, but Rich Rodriguez arrived soon after and threw out the offensive system, so he transferred a second time to Pitt and won the starting job as a senior. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
86 Jameill Showers UTEP C-USA JR 319 61.4 2/1

Showers was slated to start for Texas A&M last season until Johnny Manziel happened. He pushes past sophomore Blaire Sullivan for the starting job.. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
87 Mike Wezgyn Massachusetts MAC SO 1,825 52.6 6/10

Wezgyn must carry the offense despite losing all his top targets from a poor freshman performance. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
88 Taysom Hill BYU Independent SO 425 59.2 4/2

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Hill looks forward to directing a "more up-tempo" offense in 2012 after rehabbing a knee injury. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
89 Trevor Knight Oklahoma Big 12 FR N/A N/A N/A

 This is a mild shock, as most assumed the job would go to Blake "Belldozer" Bell, who rushed for 24 touchdowns the last two seasons in extended playing time. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
90 Philip Nelson Minnesota Big Ten SO 873 49.3 8/8

Named the starter recently in a less-than-dramatic announcement, Nelson will be handing the ball off — a lot. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
91 Brandon Doughty Western Kentucky Sun Belt JR N/A N/A N/A

Doughty sustained a season-ending knee injury in 2011 and spent last season as the third-string quarterback before seizing the starting role. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
92 Nick Montana Tulane C-USA JR N/A N/A N/A

He's got NFL pedigree being Joe Montana's kid, but he'll need to use some of his mobility to stay alive behind a suspect offensive line. -JJ

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
93 Joe Licata Buffalo MAC SO 1,045 52.8 7/3

Licata could make me look like a fool if he matures, but he made some silly throws as a freshman and barely has the feet to run coach Jeff Quinn's offense. -JJ

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
94 Garrett Grayson Colorado State MWC JR 946 56.5 7/3

The reclamation project at CSU continues. Grayson lost the starting job due to injury last season, so he should hang onto it this year. -JJ

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
95 Chandler Whitmer Connecticut American JR 2,659 57.6 9/16

Whitmer will benefit from continuity, but how much will that really help the Huskies? Above all, he needs to better protect the ball. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
96 Kain Colter/Trevor Siemian Northwestern Big Ten SR/JR 872/1,312 67.8/58.7 8/4; 6/3

Northwestern will force defenses to prepare for two styles: the dual-threat Colter and the better traditional passer in Siemian. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
97 Nick Marshall Auburn SEC JR 3,142 57.1 18/20

Similarities to Cam Newton in that he was booted from another SEC school (Georgia) and will lead a Gus Malzahn offense at Auburn. But that's where the comparisons end. No Newton, the junior college transfer Marshall will lead a Tigers team that should finish in the bottom half of the SEC.. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
98 Dave Watford Virginia ACC SO N/A N/A N/A

Watford gained confidence running the scout team last season as a redshirt after playing sparingly as a freshman. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
99 Daniel Sams/Jake Waters Kansas State Big 12 SO/JR 55/0 75.0/0 0/0; 0/0

Whomever plays, there will be a dropoff from Colin Klein. They do have a number of offensive standouts back. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
100 Cole Weeks Southern Miss C-USA JR 106 42.1 0/1

Weeks isn't the for-sure starter, but word is former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken will turn to the walk-on redshirt junior. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
101 Jake Rudock Iowa Big Ten SO N/A N/A N/A

Rudock is the safe choice in a blah offense without many weapons: OK arm, knows the system, makes the fewest mistakes of Iowa's options. Excited yet? -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
102 Rob Henry Purdue Big Ten SR 216 55.3 3/1

Tim Tebow, anyone? More than 1,000 days have passed since Henry started for the Boilermakers, but while outsiders suggested he switch positions, Henry insisted he was a quarterback and now holds the starting job as a senior. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
103 Clink Trickett West Virginia Big 12 JR 272 64.7 0/0

The Florida State transfer appears to have bested junior Paul Millard, but all eyes are on coach Dana Holgorsen and his offense. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
104 Connor Wood Colorado Pac-12 JR 265 50 1/4

Last year's starter Jordan Webb suffered a season-ending injury and got arrested this offseason as a myriad of bizarre circumstances dissipated the quarterback logjam a bit at a time. Buffs fans now get what they pined for all of last season: a healthy Paul Richardson. Wood and Richardson could become a secretly scary combination by the end of the year.

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
105 Tyler Ferguson/Christian Hackenberr Penn State Big Ten SO/FR N/A N/A N/A

If Ferguson, a junior college transfer, has a slight edge over the prized freshman, Bill O'Brien isn't saying. Might both play? -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
106 Terrel Hunt/Drew Allen Syracuse ACC SO/SR N/A N/A N/A

Syracuse apparently won't name a starter until the morning of the first game. Translation: They don't have a bona fide starting QB. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
107 Colin Reardon Kent State MAC FR N/A N/A N/A

Reardon is the starter, but the team made it clear it could reverse field and go with senior David Fisher at any time. The young QB will have help, though, from a number of dynamic players, including Dri Archer. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
108 Connor Reilly Temple American JR N/A N/A N/A

Temple's only two-sport athlete quit baseball this offseason and beat out senior Juice Granger. His reward: Notre Dame in the opener. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
109 Cole Gautsche New Mexico MWC SO 222 41.9 2/2

Gautsche is a pure option QB, so his numbers won't jump out at you. He knows how to run, but head coach Bob Davie will want him to pass enough to stay balanced. -JJ

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
110 Jake Heaps Kansas Big 12 JR N/A N/A N/A

Heaps broke all sorts of BYU freshman passing records, then fell out of favor before transferring. Good look dragging an anemic Kansas offense out of the mud. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
111 Justin Worley Tennessee SEC JR 134 65.2 0/2

Butch Jones has generated plenty of positive headlines since accepting the job, landing a number of prized recruits and embracing the tradition at UT. But if he makes the wrong decision on his QB, it could turn sour fast. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
112 C.J. Brown Maryland ACC SR N/A N/A N/A

Brown claims he's 100 percent, but will he recover his reported 4.4-second speed? -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
113 Kale Pearsonn Air Force MWC JR 128 41.4 0/4

Spent the last two years as a backup so there isn't much to like statistically. He did, however, win three state championships in high school. -JJ

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
114 Cody Kater Central Michigan MAC JR 12 50.0 0/0

Kater started at Cincinnati, then transferred to Central Michigan from a community college. Being one of the MAC's worst QBs won't get you ranked high nationally. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
115 Austin Boucher Miami (Ohio) MAC SR 82 53.8 0/0

Boucher won four consecutive games as a freshman, including a MAC championship and the GoDaddy.com bowl, when Zac Dysert was hurt, but hasn't played since. He'll get a chance to move up this list as Miami can compete with Northern Illinois for the MAC title. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
116 Connor Halliday Washington State Pac-12 JR 1,878 52.2 15/13

A Mike Leach offense typically leads to better stats, but Halliday didn't play well last season behind an awful offensive line. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
117 Scotty Young Louisiana Tech C-USA JR N/A N/A N/A

Young, a Texas Tech transfer, enters his fourth collegiate season without having a down of experience. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
118 Kyle Pohl Akron MAC SO 366 65.5 5/2

Pohl will spend his days looking over his shoulder at Colorado transfer Nick Hirschman, especially if he struggles. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
119 Angel Santiago Army Independent JR 0 0.0 0/0

Santiago leapfrogged A.J. Schurr, who entered camp No. 1. Neither quarterback is very good. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
120 Adam Kennedy Arkansas State Sun Belt SR 0 100 0/0

Kennedy was productive for Utah State in 2011, but got stuck behind Chuckie Keeton. He should do well despite the one-and-done by Gus Malzhan, who left for Auburn. Kennedy easily could climb this list. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
121 Chad Chalich Idaho Independent FR N/A N/A N/A

Bobby Petrino, who has a knack for developing college talent, went with his youngest option. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
122 Andrew McDonald New Mexico State Independent SR 3 33.3 0/0

The Aggies moved projected starter Travaughn Colwell to receiver a week into fall camp. That's never a good sign for the ability of your QBs. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
123 Taylor Heinicke Old Dominion Independent JR 5,076 68.7 44/14

Heinicke must continue to perform as ODU transitions to the FBS, but he absolutely will not be at the bottom of this list by the end of the season. -CS

Rank QB School Conference Class Passing Yds. Comp. % TD/INT
125 Tyler Arndt Texas State Sun Belt SR 208 39.3 1/3

Arndt completed 22 of 56 passes last season for a meager 3.7 yards per attempt. -CS