NFL.com Ranks the Mountain West QB Units

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

It's one man's opinion, of course, and it is a slow time of year for college football news... but you know you should always have your torches and pitchforks prepared for lists like this.

The National Football League is in that lull before the start of training camps where writers can rely upon stories regarding holdouts, roster cuts and so on, so its writers have to find ways to create content.  Mike Huguenin took it upon himself to rank every quarterback situation in the FBS, which is very Phil Steele-like but nonetheless an interesting conversation piece.

Despite the departures of star signal callers like Derek Carr, David Fales and Joe Southwick, the Mountain West figures to have at least a handful of capable veteran quarterbacks going into 2014.  Huguenin would agree with you, but he didn't hesitate to sink the units with races still up in the air.  To wit, here's how the MWC stacked up with one another:

Rank Team QBs Considered In the Neighborhood
7 Utah State Chuckie Keeton, Darell Garretson Marshall, UCLA
19 Colorado State Garrett Grayson, Nick Stevens Stanford
20 Nevada Cody Fajardo, Devin Combs Mississippi State
45 San Diego State Quinn Kaehler, Brad Odeman Georgia, Iowa
49 Boise State Grant Hedrick, Ryan Finley UTEP, Clemson
63 Fresno State Brandon Connette, Brian Burrell Washington, West Virginia
81 UNLV Nick Sherry, Blake Decker Iowa State, TCU
95 New Mexico Cole Gautsche, Clayton Mitchem SMU, Rutgers
113 Air Force Kale Pearson, Karson Roberts, Nate Romine Tulane, Miami (OH)
115 San Jose State Joe Gray, Blake Jurich Miami (OH), Wake Forest
120 Wyoming Colby Kirkegaard, Tom Thornton Georgia Southern, North Texas
125 Hawai'i Ikaika Woolsey, Taylor Graham Tulsa, UAB

Ouch, tell us how you really feel, Mike.  He clearly seems to favor the situations with zero ambiguity and rightfully lists USU and CSU as top-20 units.  The surprise to most will probably be Nevada, but a healthy Fajardo can be a difference maker.  Fresno State is ranked a few spots too low, and it's shocking that Huguenin thinks so little of Hawai'i's quadra-quarterback offensive system.  I suspect the Warriors would jump a few teams if Max Wittek decided to jump to the islands, but as it stands right now, how does this look to you?

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