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Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Starting QBs After 6 Weeks of Play

Billy GeorgeCorrespondent IINovember 6, 2016

Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Starting QBs After 6 Weeks of Play

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    Before the 2012 season began, I wrote an article ranking the starting quarterbacks of the B1G going into the season. Now that we're half way through the season, I realized that my rankings were dead wrong. 

    Although players play and writers write, it's ultimately the players who write their own story on the football field. That, in turn, dictates what the writers write about those players. And the cycle repeats itself over and over again. 

    If you are unfamiliar with such a cycle and this sounds new to you, consider it an introduction to the sports writing world. You're welcome! 

    Anyway without further ado, here's where the 2012 starting quarterbacks in the B1G rank after 6 weeks of college football. 

12. James Vandenberg: Iowa

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    Stats: 93 completions on 159 attempts (58.5%), 1,000 yards (6.29 AVG), 2 TD, 2 INT, and a 113.0 QB rating 

    Team record: 3-2 (1-0)

    Storyline: Mr. Vandenberg first came onto the scene of things in 2009 against Ohio State when Ricky Stanzi got injured. Though he played pretty well in that game, the senior out of Keokuk, Iowa has been inconsistent at best in his career with the Hawkeyes. 

    The verdict: He is near the bottom of the pack of the quarterbacks in the B1G 

11. Andrew Maxwell: Michigan State

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    Stats: 127/225 (56.4%), 1,428 yards (6.35 AVG), 6 TD, 3 INT, and a 115.9 QB rating : 

    Team record: 4-2 (1-1)

    Storyline: Let's face it, replacing Kirk Cousins is no easy task. That's just what this junior had to do this season, and he hasn't looked too sharp. 

    The verdict: So far this season Maxwell has looked about as good as where I have him ranked on this list.

10. Nathan Scheelhaase: Illinois

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    Stats: 65/104 (62.5%), 659 yards (6.34 AVG), 3 TD, 5 INT, and a 115.6 QB rating; 42 carries, 95 yards (2.3 AVG), 2 TD

    Team record: 2-4 (0-2)

    Storyline: Being a three-year starter, Scheelhaase is the leader of the Fighting Illini offense. His worth to the team is not reflected by their porous record.  

    The verdict: Perhaps if Scheelhaase had a better TD to INT ratio he would be a little higher on this list.

9. Denard Robinson: Michigan

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    Stats: 62/115 (53.9%), 942 yards (8.19 AVG), 7 TD, 8 INT, and a 128.9 QB rating; 90 carries, 676 yards (7.5 AVG), 4 TD

    Team record: 3-2 (1-0)

    Storyline: Though I had Robinson listed as the number one QB in the B1G before the season began, the Deerfield, Florida native has looked horrible thus far in his senior season. His team hasn't looked much better either. 

    The verdict: If it weren't for Robinson's rushing numbers, I would have him ranked dead last on this list.  

8. Joel Stave: Wisconsin

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    Stats: 42/71 (59.2%) 693 yards (9.76 AVG), 4 TD, 2 INT and a 151.4 QB rating 

    Team record: 4-2 (1-1)

    Storyline: The guy Stave replaced is now making plays on Sundays, so his production easily can be overlooked. Nevertheless, he has a quick release and he can strike the ball down field with precision. 

    The verdict: Stave would be a little higher on this list if other B1G quarterbacks weren't playing as good as they are. 

7. Caleb TerBush: Purdue

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    Stats: 67/105 (63.8%), 636 yards (6.06 AVG), 8 TD, 5 INT and a 130.3 QB rating 

    Team record: 3-2 (0-1) 

    Storyline: In his second year as a starter, TerBush looks as if he has command of his offense very nicely. The senior is near the top of the conference in completion percentage. 

    The verdict: When it comes to B1G quarterbacks, TerBush belongs in about the middle of the pack. 

6. MarQueis Gray: Minnesota

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    Stats: 26/44 (59.1%), 398 yards (9.05 AVG), 5 TD, 1 INT, and a 168.0 QB rating; 45 carries, 234 yards (5.2 AVG), 2 TD

    Team record: 4-1 (0-1)

    Storyline: Looking at his numbers, you would never think that Gray missed the last 2 games with an ankle injury. He practiced this week for the first time since he suffered his injury on September 15th. 

    The verdict: Had he avoided his injury, Gray would have a case to be higher on this list. 

5. Matt McGloin: Penn State

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    Stats: 136/221 (61.5%), 1,499 yards (6.78 AVG), 12 TD, 2 INT, and a 134.6 QB rating 

    Team record: 4-2 (2-0)

    Storyline: Though he and his team got off to a very ugly 0-2 start, the senior signal caller has led his team to 4 straight wins, including a 2-0 start in conference play. Gazing at his stats, he's looked pretty good while doing it too. 

    The verdict: McGloin ( like his team) has looked very average this season. 

4. Kain Colter: Northwestern

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    Stats: 45/68 (66.2%), 369 yards (5.43 AVG), 2 TD, 1 INT, and's 118.5 QB rating; 64 carries, 395 yards (6.2 AVG), 7 TD 

    Team record: 5-1 (1-1)

    Story line: As one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the B1G who also has the ability to scoot around the field on the ground, Colter is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. 

    The verdict: As underrated as Colter is, I would say that he's one of the top quarterbacks in the B1G.

3. Cameron Coffman: Indiana

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    Stats: 86/128 (67.2%), 801 yards (6.26 AVG), 6 TD, 1 INT, and a 133.7 QB rating 

    Team record: 2-3 (0-2)

    Story line: Who would think that a guy who plays for a 2-3 Indiana squad would be leading the conference in passing efficiency halfway through the season? That's just what Cameron Coffman is doing, despite poor play on his offensive line. 

    The verdict: There's no denying that Coffman is among the cream of the crop of the conference. 

2. Taylor Martinez: Nebraska

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    Stats: 97/146 (66.4%), 1,273 yards (8.72 AVG), 12 TD, 4 INT and a 161.3 QB rating; 68 carries, 338 yards (5.0 AVG), 5 TD

    Team record: 4-2 (1-1)

    Storyline: Before the Ohio State game I would have had Taylor Martinez listed as the best QB in the conference. However, after a poor performance in Columbus, Martinez showed that he is just second best. 

    The verdict: He's still a very good player, just not the best in the conference. 

1. Braxton Miller: Ohio State

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    Stats: 83/135 (61.5%), 1,060 yards (7.85 AVG), 9 TD, 3 INT, and a 145.0 QB rating; 106 carries, 763 yards (7.2 AVG), 8 TD

    Team record: 6-0 (2-0)

    Story line: What can I say about this guy that hasn't been said? As the season progresses, the star sophomore quarterback is showing why many people have him in the running for the Geno Smith award... oops, I mean Heisman Trophy.

    The verdict: As the best player on the best team in the conference, Braxton Miller is hands down the best quarterback in the B1G

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