Often when we think of the best quarterbacks in college football, we look towards the big powerhouse schools.
Whoever is playing quarterback at places like USC, Notre Dame, or Texas usually gets the first look.
But if you look there now, you will only find unproven quarterbacks with less than stellar statistics.
If you are looking for mind-blowing statistics, you'll look at places like Texas Tech or Houston. However, these quarterbacks throw the ball over 700 times a season, diminishing their gaudy stats.
Coming into the 2010 college football preseason, there is one quarterback who has proven his ability to win big games and produce statistically.
That quarterback is Kellen Moore of Boise State—the best quarterback in college football.
The 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington came from a little town called Prosser. He lettered in football and basketball and graduated with Washington state career records for touchdowns and passing yards. After his high school career ended in a heartbreaking loss in the state semifinals, he committed to play football at Boise State.
Since redshirting as a freshman in 2007, Moore has put together two of the most spectacular passing seasons in Boise State history and has led one of the most efficient offenses in college football.
As a redshirt freshman starting in 2008, Moore had already begun to make his mark on the college game, setting the NCAA single-season record for highest passing percentage by a freshman (69.4 percent).
In just the third start of his young career, Moore's Broncos played in one of the biggest regular season games in Boise State's history. They traveled to Autzen Stadium to face the heavily favored Oregon Ducks.
Moore threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns against the so-called "superior" Pac-10 defense. It was a sign of things to come from Moore, as he finished his freshman season with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The Broncos finished the regular season 12-0 and were looking to be another BCS buster. Instead they were snubbed and had to settle for a match with the 11-1 TCU Horned Frogs and their No. 1 defense in the country.
Moore ended his freshman season in soul-crushing fashion, as his first mistake of the game cost his team the victory. His interception in the final minutes of the fourth quarter sealed TCU's 17-16 victory and handed Moore his first loss as a starter.
The very next season Boise State received its highest ever preseason ranking in program history. They rode this No. 14 ranking all the way to another undefeated regular season, including a beatdown of the Pac-10 champions Oregon.
Kellen Moore posted the single greatest season from a Boise State quarterback. He finished second in quarterback rating to only the legendary Tim Tebow. His 39 touchdowns against three interceptions gave Moore the best interception percentage in the NCAA. What is most impressive about Moore's numbers is that he didn't need 500 attempts to achieve them.
Behind one of the best offenses in college football, Boise State was invited to the Fiesta Bowl, where they would face fellow BCS buster TCU. They upset the Horned Frogs en route to a 14-0 season, only the second team to complete this feat in FBS history.
As of right now, Kellen Moore's record as a starter is an incredible 26-1, and his career statistics are shaping up to be some of the most impressive we've ever seen. He has thrown for 7,022 yards and 64 touchdowns. It is not only possible, but likely, that he will eclipse 10,000 passing yards and 100 touchdowns next season, barring an injury.
Even more impressive is the outside chance that Boise State has at the national championship. Many are projecting the Broncos to be ranked in the top 10 of the preseason polls.
While his past two seasons have been impressive and memorable, Moore's biggest challenges and achievements lie ahead.
How far can the pride of Prosser take this little program from Idaho? Only time will tell.
One thing is certain: With the graduation of Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow, Kellen Moore stands alone as the best quarterback in college football.