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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