Thursday night’s Clemson/Georgia Tech game features the number ten ranked quarterback, and the 57th ranked QB. I just told that to a big football fan and he assumed Clemson Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson was tenth.
He was wrong. Watson’s performance against woeful South Carolina State did boost his ranking thirty spots, up from 87th in the country. There are at least seven ACC QB’s ranked ahead of him. But after games against two cupcakes, Clemson’s schedule grows increasingly tougher.
Four of the top ten rated QB’s toil in the ACC. Three in the same division. Justin’s high ranking bodes well for the Jackets. In 2014 he ranked in the top ten while leading Tech to the ACC Championship and an Orange Bowl victory. To expect similar results Thursday night is expecting too much, but hopefully Tech can beat most of their equally ranked opponents.
One the other hand, was last Saturday’s decisive victory over Vanderbilt a notable achievement? Maybe not. Vandy’s QB is ranked 105th in the country.
Patrick Towles transferred to Boston College, presumably to get more playing time. He still sucks. His rank is 93rd.
If I were a NFL general manager, I would not draft Ohio State’s JT Barrett. Or any Penn State quarterback. Trace McSorley is ranked 62nd.
1. 96.6 Lamar Jackson, Louisville wunderkind
5. 84.2 DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
6. 83.5 Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
7. 83.2 Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
9. 81.9 Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
10. 81.0 Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech
14. 78.4 Wilton Speight, Michigan
15. 78.2 Greg Ward, Houston
22. 74.9 Deondre Francois, Florida State freshman
23. 73.3 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
27. 72.5 Jesse Ertz, Kennesaw State
28. 72.4 Ryan Finley, North Carolina State
30. 69.7 Shane Buechele, Texas freshman
32. 69.0 JT Barrett, Ohio State
35 68.4 Favian Upshaw, Georgia Southern
36. 68.4 Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska
38. 67.4 Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
39. 67.3 Jalen Hurts, Alabama freshman
40. 67.0 Eric Dungey, Syracuse
42. 66.2 Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
43. 66.2 Brad Kaaya, Miami
45. 65.8 Sean White, Auburn
46. 65.3 Jacob Eason, Georgia
49. 63.9 Austin Allen, Arkansas
54. 60.8 Taysom Hill, Brigham Young
55. 60.1 Drew Lock, Missouri
57. 57.9 Deshaun Watson, Clemson
58. 57.8 Conner Manning, Georgia State
61. 56.5 Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
62. 56.5 Trace McSorley, Penn State
63. 55.7 Luke Del Rio, Florida (injured)
66. 54.3 Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
68. 54.3 Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh
74. 50.5 Daniel Jones, Duke
78. 47.7 Seth Russell, Baylor
89. 39.6 Kurt Benkert, Virginia
93. 37.0 Patrick Towles, Boston College
100. 34.0 John Wolford, Wake Forest
102. 33.3 Brandon McIlwain, South Carolina
105. 30.1 Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt