Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Week 5: Total QB Rating

Week five: ESPN’s Total Quarterback Ratings. Interesting to see around the country: so many starting QB’s are rated lower than their backups. Notre Dame. Miami. Clemson. Georgia. Georgia Tech. Virginia Tech. North Carolina. A rare exception: Alabama, now that Tua has taken over. A coach will have a lot invested in an upperclassman or top recruit, and risks team chemistry (and hurt feelings) by starting a less-heralded backup.
Matt Leinert has identified his own Heisman candidates. Doesn’t include Trace McSorley, whose stock dropped after losing to Ohio State.
Trevor Lawrence’s rating went down after the Syracuse game, I suppose due to a poor completion percentage against a tough opponent. At 30th he still ranks ahead of media darlings McSorley, Browning, JT Daniels, Stidham, Wimbush, and Kelly Bryant. Look for Trevor’s rating to rise this week against Wake Forest. Expect to see backup Will Chase Brice to get a few snaps as well.
The Bryant demotion/transfer shows how meaningless are the accolades of expert television analysts. Also the low rankings. Sometimes I will laugh out loud at the analyst of the week, watching a team for the first time all year, quoting the same nonsense last week’s analyst espoused, only to watch a poor performance negate everything they said before the game. Too bad they’re never judged for the accuracy of their statements. Just once it’s be nice to hear someone tell it like it is: “This guy’s a dud.”
1. 97.8 Tua Tagovailoa AL 14 TD 1033 pass 103 run
2. 96.8 Kyler Murray OK 14 TD 1028 pass 240 run
3. 96.0 Justin Fields, Georgia freshman backup
5. 92.8 Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech
6. 90.9 Will Grier WV 14 TD 1117 pass
9. 87.9 Dwayne Haskins OSU 17 TD 1194 pass 28 run
15. 84.3 Ryan Finley, NC State
19. 82.8 Tobias Oliver, Georgia Tech backup
20. 82.4 Drew Lock, Missouri senior
22. 82.1 Ian Book, Notre Dame backup
30. 78.0 Trevor Lawrence, Clemson freshman
31. 75.5 Joe Burrow, LSU
33. 75.0 Jake Browning, Washington senior
36. 74.7 Jake Fromm, Georgia sophomore
37. 74.7 Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
43. 73.4 Shea Werts, Georgia Southern
49. 70.6 Trace McSorley, Penn State wunderkind?
52. 69.9 N’Kosi Perry, Miami backup
54. 69.3 Daniel Jones, Duke
59. 66.6 Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt
61. 66.3 Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin
69. 65.2 Eric Dungey, Syracuse
71. 64.7 JT Daniels, Southern Cal freshman
72. 64.6 Jalen Hurts, Alabama (rating is improving)
74. 63.6 Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee
75. 63.4 Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
78. 62.7 Malik Rosier, Miami
80. 61.7 Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech
81. 61.2 Jake Bentley, South Carolina
87. 60.0 Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
88. 58.6 Bryce Perkins, Virginia
91. 57.2 Feleipe Franks, Florida
106. 51.7 Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame starter
114. 50.0 Deondre Francois, Florida State
115. 50.0 Dan Ellington, Georgia State
124. 46.7 Kasim Hill, Maryland
133. 43.5 Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
139. 41.6 Chase Brice, Clemson 3rd stringer
142. 40.6 Kelly Bryant, Clemson to transfer
156. 35.7 TaQuon Marshall, Georgia Tech starter

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