2012 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings, Quarterback
Oklahoma QB Blake Bell
Oklahoma QB Blake Bell
Posted Aug 24, 2012

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Preview 2012 - Unit Rankings


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2012 CFN Preseason Rankings 
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CFN 2012 Unit Rankings
- Offenses | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defenses | Defensive Lines | Linebackers | Secondaries | Special Teams  
- 2011 Unit Rankings | 2010 Unit Rankings

Note: This is based on talent, returning starters, and skill. It's not necessarily based on what the final total offense statistics will be.

1. Oklahoma
Once again the Sooners are beyond loaded with the return of Landry Jones changing the team, the offense, and potentially the 2012 college football season. While he might have taken a step back last season, he's an elite talent who'll be someone's franchise NFL quarterback next season. Blake Bell and Drew Allen are terrific prospects with Bell about to become a national folk hero.

2. USC
Matt Barkley didn't pass on the riches of the NFL to simply pile up big numbers in 2012. No, this is a legacy run for the senior, who'll have a shot of winning every individual and team award that's available for a quarterback. With his talent and experience, plus the elite corps of USC wide receivers, it's hard to imagine Barkley not living up to—or exceeding—expectations. Besides the obvious reasons, the Trojans would love a handful of routs that allow Matt Wittek or Cody Kessler to earn some valuable reps.

3. Michigan
This could be a bit of a delicate situation. Denard Robinson is a Heisman-caliber talent who can carry the offense by himself, but he needs to stay healthy and he has to be a more consistent passer. Devin Gardner has a world of upside and has to start showing that he can be the quarterback of the future, if he's not thrown into starting role if something happens to Robinson. And then there's Russell Bellomy, who could become a fan favorite in blowouts; he has to get a chance in live action to show what he can do.

4. Arkansas
The passing game might not have thrown for as many yards last year as it did in 2011, but the interceptions and mistakes have been cut down and the efficiency and effectiveness were terrific for the SEC's best air show. Tyler Wilson should be in for a huge season and it'll be a stunner if this isn't once again the league's most dangerous passing game. Almost no one in the SEC could throw a forward pass on a regular basis last year, but Arkansas was the big exception finishing 13th in the nation averaging over 300 yards per game despite facing the supposedly brutal defenses week after week. Wilson could push to become the No. 1 NFL quarterback prospect even though most of his top targets are gone.

5. Georgia
The talent across the board is undeniable for now and the next few seasons. Aaron Murray will likely challenge Arkansas senior Tyler Wilson for All-SEC honors, and Hutson Mason and Christian LeMay will eventually be all-stars when they get their chances. Overall it's a great situation and it should be one of Georgia's biggest strengths.

6. West Virginia
The scary part is that Geno Smith threw for close to 4,500 yards and he could still be better. The offensive numbers will be through the roof, but now the pressure is on to be special every time out. The O line has to do its job to keep him healthy, but the backups need to get on the field as soon as possible in case disaster strikes and to be groomed for next year.

7. Virginia Tech
Last year was the calm. This season is the storm. After laying a very sound foundation in his debut, Logan Thomas is poised to become one of the most dangerous playmakers from behind center in the country. Not only does he possess a unique mix of physical skills, but he has the intangibles coaches crave in a quarterback as well. With the running back situation unsettled, this is clearly Thomas' offense to pilot in 2012.

8. Kansas State
A question mark going into last year now appears to be something special. Collin Klein is a Heisman-caliber player who'll be dominant at times, and now he's throwing a little bit better and should do more to move the offense without getting beaten on. He'll still be a runner, but he has to make sure he can hold up until the backups get meaningful time. Klein is among the most productive and toughest runners in college football, not just running quarterbacks, and all the backup options can move. Kansas State likes to bring in dual-threat options, but in a pinch, the quarterback will take off.

9. Toledo
The Rockets have an embarrassment of riches for what should be one of the nation's better passing games. Terrance Owens is a tremendously efficient and effective playmaker, while Austin Dantin, when healthy, is good enough to be considered among the MAC's best quarterbacks. The Rockets can put up huge yards with either one.

10. Tennessee
Remember the days of Jonathan Crompton and Matt Simms? The Vol quarterback situation is night-and-day better than it was not all that long ago with Bray a special talent who needs to have the consistency and the focus to match up with the talent. At some point over the next few years Justin Worley will be in the mix for all-star honors. While he didn't really show it in his true freshman season, Worley can play. He's a terrific prospect with NFL upside, and Bray has the potential to be the SEC's best pure thrower.

10 is high in the unit ranking number.

NC State ACC 8.5
Washington   Pac-12  8.5
Western Michigan MAC 8.5
Clemson ACC 8
Florida State ACC   8
Fresno State M-West 8
Georgia Tech ACC 8
Hawaii M-West 8
Missouri SEC  8
Nevada M-West 8
Notre Dame Ind 8
Ohio State Big Ten 8
TCU Big 12 8
Texas Tech Big 12 8
Washington State Pac-12  8
Alabama SEC 7.5
Arizona Pac-12  7.5
Baylor Big 12 7.5
Boise State M-West 7.5
Florida SEC 7.5
Houston C-USA  7.5
Illinois Big Ten 7.5
Iowa Big Ten 7.5
Louisville  Big East 7.5
Minnesota Big Ten 7.5
Mississippi State SEC 7.5
Nebraska Big Ten  7.5
North Carolina ACC   7.5
Northwestern Big Ten 7.5
Ohio   MAC 7.5
Oklahoma State Big 12 7.5
South Carolina SEC 7.5
Texas A&M SEC  7.5
Arizona State Pac-12  7
Arkansas State Sun Belt 7
Auburn SEC 7
Bowling Green MAC 7
BYU Ind 7
Duke ACC   7
Iowa State Big 12 7
Kansas Big 12 7
Miami Univ. MAC 7
Michigan State Big Ten 7
Oregon Pac-12  7
Oregon State Pac-12  7
Purdue Big Ten 7
South Florida Big East 7
Stanford Pac-12  7
Syracuse Big East 7
Texas Big 12 7
Utah   Pac-12  7
Utah State WAC 7
Virginia   ACC 7
Wake Forest ACC 7
Wisconsin Big Ten 7
Wyoming M-West 7
Air Force M-West 6.5
Army Ind 6.5
California Pac-12  6.5
Central Michigan MAC 6.5
Cincinnati Big East 6.5
Colorado   Pac-12  6.5
Indiana  Big Ten 6.5
Kentucky SEC 6.5
Maryland  ACC 6.5
Miami   ACC   6.5
Navy Ind 6.5
Northern Illinois MAC 6.5
Pitt Big East 6.5
Tulsa C-USA  6.5
UCLA  Pac-12  6.5
Vanderbilt SEC 6.5
Ball State MAC 6
Boston College ACC 6
Colorado State M-West 6
Louisiana Tech WAC 6
Ole Miss SEC 6
Rutgers  Big East 6
San Diego State M-West 6
Temple Big East 6
Troy Sun Belt 6
UL Lafayette Sun Belt 6
UL Monroe Sun Belt 6
Connecticut Big East 5.5
Eastern Michigan MAC 5.5
Idaho WAC 5.5
Marshall C-USA  5.5
Middle Tennessee Sun Belt 5.5
New Mexico State WAC 5.5
Penn State Big Ten 5.5
San Jose State WAC 5.5
Texas State WAC 5.5
Tulane C-USA  5.5
UCF C-USA  5.5
Akron MAC 5
East Carolina C-USA  5
FIU Sun Belt 5
Florida Atlantic Sun Belt 5
Kent State MAC 5
New Mexico   M-West 5
North Texas Sun Belt 5
Rice C-USA  5
Southern Miss C-USA  5
UNLV M-West 5
WKU Sun Belt 5
Buffalo MAC 4.5
Massachusetts MAC 4.5
Memphis C-USA  4.5
South Alabama Sun Belt 4.5