The losing record all-star team 

August, 5, 2011

Since we all spend so much time talking about players on the nation's top teams, we figured it was time to focus some attention on some of the best players around the country who play for teams that probably won't have winning records in 2011.

Even though giving credit to guys while also predicting their teams won't even get to bowl games might feel like a backhanded compliment, these are guys you should definitely keep an eye on this fall.

QB: Jeff Tuel, Washington State Cougars

No conference has as many outstanding QBs as the Pac-12, and Tuel is one of the guys who tends to get lost in the shadows. In two seasons, he has been one of the few bright spots for a downtrodden program. He took another step in his development in 2010, hitting 60 percent of his passes with an 18-to-12 TD-to-INT mark, despite playing behind a very shaky offensive line (he was sacked 51 times), and with a weak ground game (117th-ranked rushing attack in the nation).