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Veteran scribe loves Luke Falk but says Cougs don't have best QB situation in Pac-12

VETERAN PAC-12 scribe Jon Wilner of the Mercury News is out with his quarterback rankings, and he loves Washington State’s Luke Falk, but says when depth is accounted for, Cougs' QB situation no No. 1

Wilner, in his blog The Hotline, specified two criteria that go into his rankings: the quality of the starting quarterback and the options available if the starter goes down.

He rated Washington State 1A in the Pac-12 behind Washington.

"The Hotline would take fourth-year junior Luke Falk over any quarterback in the conference with the game on the line in the fourth quarter. And if he goes down, WSU has a viable option: Redshirt sophomore Peyton Bender started the Apple Cup. He wasn’t very good, but he started and threw 58 passes,” wrote Wilner.

Getting the “ever-so-slight edge over WSU” from Wilner are the Huskies, with Jake Browning backed up by K.J. Carta-Samuels, who Wilner likes because he has eight career starts under his belt.

It's an intriguing year in the Pac-12 under center, as seven Pac-12 teams are replacing their starting QB in 2016.

You can see Wilner’s QB rankings HERE.

Wilner is also among those who see WSU and UW potentially knocking off Stanford/Oregon in the North for the first time since 2011. “No roster is superior to the other three; each team is flawed in one fashion or another; and yet, with a few breaks and good health, the Cougars are just as capable as the Ducks, the Huskies just as dangerous as the Cardinal,” writes Wilner.

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