Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the 2012 Quarterbacks

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Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the 2012 Quarterbacks
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This season, almost all of the Big Ten teams will face a crossroads at quarterback.

Whether it's the Penn State two-headed awfulness, Iowa's James Vandenberg proving he will no longer turn into jelly outside the state of Iowa or Nebraska's Taylor Martinez proving he knows how to throw a football, the Big Ten signal-callers have a lot to prove.

In effect, the reality of this list is that one could make the case for No. 11 more appropriately sitting at No. 3, and No. 2 more appropriately moving to No. 9.

About the only positions that are, in my opinion, not arguable are Nos. 12 and 1.

Nonetheless, this is one person's power ranking of the Big Ten quarterbacks, as of this point in time—a few weeks before spring practice, five months before summer camp and six months before the before the first football game of the 2012 season.

Of note, the number of asterisks next to a players' name indicates how many years he has started.

There is a # next to his name if a player hasn't started consecutive years or if he didn't start last year.

Players in italics are returning all-conference honorees.

Finally, a lot can change in the next few months.

This is based on what the rosters of Big Ten teams look like right now, as well as what we know right now.

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