5. UNLV – Cameron Friel or Doug Brumfield or Harrison Bailey
The Rebels are finally flush with options to start under center, but they can only choose one. Will Marcus Arroyo tab Friel, last year’s Mountain West freshman of the year, or Brumfield, who flashed serious wheels in three games before his season got derailed by injury, or Bailey, who looked sharp in limited action at Tennessee in 2020?
4. Colorado State – Clay Millen
The new kid on the block will have high expectations thrust upon him in Fort Collins, but fans might settle for a Rams quarterback who can take care of the football in this rivalry game. In three of the last four matchups, Colorado State QBs have thrown multiple interceptions; they’ve thrown at least one pick in every game against Air Force going back to 2013, as well.
3. Army – Tyhier Tyler or Cade Ballard or Jemel Jones
Like Air Force, Army is at its best when there’s a Plan B and maybe a Plan C ready at quarterback, which is exactly the case for the Black Knights headed into 2022. Tyler opened last year as the starter and figures to do the same going into this fall despite a track record of injuries, though he appeared in 11 games and ran for 486 yards and seven touchdowns on 125 attempts. Jones, meanwhile, saw action in four games and finished with 124 yards and a score on 30 rushing attempts while Ballard had previously started a pair of games back in 2020.
2. Boise State – Hank Bachmeier
Bachmeier is a gamer who’s done some of his best work against the Falcons over the years. Between the matchups in 2019 and 2021, he completed 42-of-62 pass attempts for 522 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be difficult to contend with.
1. Utah State – Logan Bonner
Bonner was only part of the effort that the Aggies strung together in their wild win over the Falcons last year, but that contribution — 21-of-34 passing for 253 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception — was part of what enabled him to set a handful of program records in 2021. He’s sturdy and fearless, so chances are he’ll be ready to take Air Force’s next best shot this fall.