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10 QBs Guaranteed to Disappoint in Week 7

Sebastian LenaAnalyst IOctober 9, 2013

10 QBs Guaranteed to Disappoint in Week 7

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    Could Mariota hit his first roadblock on his path to the Heisman?
    Could Mariota hit his first roadblock on his path to the Heisman?Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

    With a slate of tough matchups on the horizon, several highly touted quarterbacks are almost a lock to put in disappointing performances in Week 7.

    Some quarterbacks will simply just falter in a situation that doesn’t favor them. On the other hand, others are likely to be exposed after meeting their first real test of the season.

    Regardless, a disappointment is a disappointment, no matter how you spin it.

    Here are 10 signal-callers who would love to fast-forward to Week 8.

Case McCoy (Texas)

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    McCoy and the Longhorns haven't had much reason to celebrate this year.
    McCoy and the Longhorns haven't had much reason to celebrate this year.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 60.8 CMP%, 574 YDS, 2 TD, 0 INT, 114.5 QB RAT

    Week 7 Opponent: vs. No. 12 Oklahoma (5-0)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    The Longhorns are having quite the season to forget. The team has already suffered two early losses and needed a bad call to get past lowly Iowa State last Thursday. It certainly doesn’t help that Texas is also dealing with the loss of starting quarterback David Ash.

    The kicker? Next up for Case McCoy and the Longhorns are the undefeated Sooners.

    Sure, Blake Bell and the Oklahoma offense looked pedestrian against TCU Last weekend. However, the defense was as good as advertised.

    The Sooners limited the Horned Frogs to just 16 yards in the first half and held them without a first down until midway through the third.

    Through five games, the unit ranks in the top 10 in several major defensive categories. That includes: scoring, total defense, passing and pass efficiency defense.

    But the biggest reason for concern is that the secondary has been outstanding. Oklahoma has allowed just two passing touchdowns and an average of 5.13 yards per pass attempt.

    Not the best news for a quarterback who hasn’t had a QB rating over 125.0 in four appearances this year.

    Unless he can channel some of his brother Colt’s mechanics, expect the younger McCoy to struggle immensely.

Caleb Rowe (Maryland)

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    The loss of Brown could doom the Terrapins.
    The loss of Brown could doom the Terrapins.Rob Carr/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 58.3 CMP%, 163 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT

    Week 7 Opponent: vs. Virginia (2-3)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    The Terrapins got off to a magnificent 4-0 start to the year. However, that was rudely derailed by a 63-0 thumping by Florida State last weekend.

    More importantly, starting quarterback C.J. Brown suffered a concussion and had to leave the game. According to The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker, Maryland won’t make a decision on the senior until Thursday.

    That would thrust backup Caleb Rowe to the forefront.

    Against the Seminoles, the sophomore was thrown into the heat of the battle. As expected, he struggled to find anything against a defense that had previously conceded 34 points to Boston College the week before.

    Now, the Terrapins play host to a better-than-expected Virginia defense.

    Through five games, the Cavaliers rank No. 28 in total defense (340.6 YPGA) and No. 21 against the pass 191.4 YPGA). Furthermore, the unit has allowed just six passing touchdowns on the year.

    That’s impressive, especially given the fact that Virginia has already faced two of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Marcus Mariota and Keith Wenning.

    Regardless, if it’s Brown or Rowe, it doesn’t look to be a good night for Maryland’s quarterback.

Sean Mannion (Oregon State)

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    The Cougars' defense should wipe that smile off Mannion's face.
    The Cougars' defense should wipe that smile off Mannion's face.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 67.2 CMP%, 2,018 YDS, 21 TD, 2 INT, 165.9 QB RAT

     Week 7 Opponent: at Washington State (4-2)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    Sean Mannion has been a beast this year through the air.

    Through five games, the junior has thrown for 400 yards or more three times already. That includes a 414-yard, six-touchdown effort in a 44-17 win over Colorado two weekends ago.

    However, the Cougars could pose a problem.

    Although much of the focus has been on the team’s quarterback Connor Halliday (1,993 YDS, 13 TD, 10 INT), who can also light it up, the Washington State secondary has been the story.

    The unit is currently No. 54 against the pass (219.3 YPGA), No. 44 in pass defense efficiency (118.7) and No. 10 in turnovers gained (14). Furthermore, the Cougars have allowed just five touchdowns through the air.

    But most importantly, this is the first defense the Beavers have faced that ranks inside the top 100 in the nation.

    In what should likely be a shootout, look for Washington State to capitalize off some bad decisions from Mannion.

Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech)

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    Thomas has been a sore spot for the Hokies this season.
    Thomas has been a sore spot for the Hokies this season.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 55.1 CMP%, 1,212 YDS, 8 TD, 6 INT, 117.2 QB RAT

    Week 7 Opponent: vs. Pittsburgh (3-1)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    The Hokies have won five straight and are back in the Top 25.

    However, quarterback Logan Thomas isn’t to thank for that. Instead, it’s been the team’s stifling defense.

    At times, Thomas has looked lost under center. That includes throwing an interception in four of the team’s six games and a woeful performance against Alabama in Week 1—5-of-26, 59 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT, 30.6 QB RAT.

    Against the Panthers, Thomas should only continue to struggle.

    The secondary has been pretty solid, ranking No. 52 against the pass (219.0 YPGA). Pittsburgh also ranks No. 45 in sacks, with nine.

    Sure, it doesn’t build up to be the toughest opposition for Virginia Tech. However, given Thomas’ struggles, anybody could pose a threat on any given day.

    With the pressure of being nationally ranked, expect Thomas to fold.

James Franklin (Missouri)

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    Franklin (center) has been the reason for the Tigers' fantastic start.
    Franklin (center) has been the reason for the Tigers' fantastic start.Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 67.9 CMP%, 1,407 YDS, 13 TD, 3 INT, 53 CAR, 278 YDS, 2 TD

    Week 7 Opponent: at No. 7 Georgia (4-1)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    Let’s face it, while the Tigers 5-0 start is pretty nice, it’s also very misleading.

    Thus far, the team’s opponents have a combined record of 15-13. That even includes a contest against an FCS school.

    So if anything, take Missouri and its No. 7-ranked offense with a grain of salt.

    As for James Franklin, he doesn’t necessarily have the best track record in conference play. The senior went just 2-5 against SEC foes while exceeding a QB rating of 130.0 just once.

    This season, Franklin got off to a good start in the conference, throwing for 278 yards and four touchdowns against Vanderbilt. But given the level of competition, that isn’t anything to boast about.

    Against the Bulldogs, Franklin will be tested.

    Sure, the Georgia defense has been anything but stout this season. However, the unit has done enough to beat two of the three Top 10 teams it has faced.

    Backed by a packed crowd in Athens, against a quarterback with a track record of failure in such games, expect the Bulldogs defense to come out smelling blood.

Davis Webb (Texas Tech)

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    If Mayfield can't suit up, Texas Tech is in a load of trouble.
    If Mayfield can't suit up, Texas Tech is in a load of trouble.Cooper Neill/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 51.4 CMP%, 550 YDS, 6 TD, 4 INT

    Week 7 Opponent: vs. Iowa State (1-3)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    The Red Raiders are off to their best start since 2008.

    A lot of that can be credited to solid by starting quarterback Baker Mayfield. Through five games, the freshman has thrown for 1,4888 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.

    However, Mayfield left Texas Tech’s win at Kansas last weekend with an injury and it isn’t known yet whether he can suit up this weekend, via The Associated Press.

    If that’s the case, that throws untested Davis Webb in under center. Not only that, but it also makes the Red Raiders’ offense very vulnerable.

    Webb, also a freshman, hasn’t made the best decisions with the ball. For instance, against lowly Texas State, he was just 19-of-43 for 310 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Texas Tech may call on Michael Brewer. However, it’s doubtful given that the sophomore hasn’t seen a single snap all season since suffering a back injury back in August.

    Fortunately, the Cyclones aren’t the toughest opponent. Then again, the team is coming off a controversial loss to Texas that provoked a spirited rant by head coach Paul Rhoads, who practically put himself on the line for his guys.

    It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to think Iowa State comes out and plays some inspired football behind a pass defense that isn’t too bad—No. 65 in nation.

Trevor Siemian (Northwestern)

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    Siemian will have to be at his best this weekend.
    Siemian will have to be at his best this weekend.John Gress/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 68.2 CMP%, 916 YDS, 6 TD, 3 INT, 171.3 QB RAT

    Week 7 Opponent: at Wisconsin (3-2)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    Trevor Siemian and the Wildcats are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State last weekend. However, if they’re not careful, they could drop a second in a row this weekend.

    Things should be a lot more difficult against a pesky Badgers defense on the road.

    Thus far, the unit ranks No. 10 in scoring (14.6 PPGA), No. 6 in total defense (272.6 YPGA) and No. 13 against the pass (173.2 YPG). Furthermore, Wisconsin has only allowed four passing touchdowns all season.

    But most importantly, the team has been masterful against mobile quarterbacks.

    Against Arizona State, the Badgers held Taylor Kelly to just 24 yards on 11 carries. The Buckeyes’ Braxton Miller fared a little better, gaining 83 yards. However, he did so on 22 carries (3.8 YPC).

    In fact, the unit has allowed just one rushing touchdown by a quarterback all season.

    That will come in handy against a Northwestern offense that likes to utilize other quarterback Kain Colter in the ground game. The senior has rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns on 47 carries.

    If Wisconsin can shut down Colter, it will force Siemian to win the game through the air.

    Those are chances that the Badgers will gladly take.

Zach Mettenberger (LSU)

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    It could get ugly against the Gators this weekend.
    It could get ugly against the Gators this weekend.Stacy Revere/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 68.2 CMP%, 1,738 YDS, 15 TD, 2 INT, 190.1 QB RAT

    Week 7 Opponent: vs. No. 17 Florida (4-1)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    Zach Mettenberger is flying high under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The senior has led the Tigers to an average of 45.5 points per game while posting 400 yards of total offense or more in each of its six games for the first time in school history.

    However, the team has yet to play a defense of the Gators’ caliber.

    Through five games, the unit ranks No. 4 in scoring (12.2 PPG), No. 2 in total defense (217.0 YPGA), No. 6 against the pass (152.0 YPGA) and No. 2 in pass efficiency defense (81.1). Furthermore, Florida has only allowed three passing touchdowns and just 4.58 yards per pass attempt—the second lowest mark in the nation.

    Not to mention, the defense has picked off opposing quarterbacks eight times this season.

    Sure, Mettenberger has limited his mistakes this season, throwing just two interceptions. However, all good things eventually come to an end. In fact, one of the worst games of his career came against the Gators last year—11-of-25, 158 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT, 89.1 QB RAT.

    While the game may be at home, LSU may have a tougher time than expected against a rejuvenated Florida offense.

Kevin Hogan (Stanford)

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    Hogan is due for disappointment this weekend.
    Hogan is due for disappointment this weekend.Ron Antonelli/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 62.6 CMP%, 932 YDS, 11 TD, 4 INT

    Week 7 Opponent: at Utah (3-2)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    If the Cardinal have an Achilles’ heel, it would surely be their No. 97-ranked passing attack led by Kevin Hogan.

    Against Washington last weekend, that was on full display.

    Although Stanford ultimately won 31-28, the junior struggled significantly, going 12-of-20 for 100 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Furthermore, he was just 4-of-14 on third downs and registered a QB rating of 108.5—the lowest of his career.

    Sure, the Utes may not possess the best defense as far as statistics go. However, the unit was good enough to hold UCLA’s Brett Hundley to just 211 yards. It was the normally potent passer’s lowest total since playing… yup, you guessed it, Utah last year.

    But if all else fails, the Utes know how to get to the quarterback, ranking No. 3 in sacks with 18.

    Things aren’t setting up to look too good for Hogan this weekend.

Marcus Mariota (Oregon)

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    Mariota (right) may finally meet his match against Washington.
    Mariota (right) may finally meet his match against Washington.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 56.7 CMP%, 1,358 YDS, 14 TD, 0 INT, 28 CAR, 338 YDS, 7 TD

    Week 7 Opponent: at No. 16 Washington (4-1)


    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    Through five games, Marcus Mariota has firmly placed himself in the driver’s seat of the Heisman race thus far. He’s been efficient through the air and downright dominant on the ground.

    However, that all comes to an end when the Ducks travel into Seattle to face the Huskies.

    Not only will ESPN’s College GameDay be in attendance, but Washington is also coming off as impressive of a performance as a team can have during a losing effort. The Huskies fell to No. 5 Stanford on the road, 31-28.

    But the biggest takeaway from that game is that Washington’s defense can play with anybody.

    During the game, Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan was held to just 100 yards through the air on 12-of-20 passing, with one touchdown and an interception. He was also held to a season-low 108.5 QB rating.

    On the season, the Huskies rank No. 11 in scoring defense (14.8 PPGA), No. 10 in total defense (287.8 YPGA), No. 3 against the pass (146.4 YPGA) and No. 3 in pass defense efficiency (81.7). The unit has also allowed just two passing touchdowns and 8.7 yards per completion—best in nation—while also ranking No. 15 in sacks (15).

    For a quarterback that has completed less than 60 percent of his passes in four of five games this season, Mariota will have difficult finding success through the air.

    And given Washington’s pass rush, it just might be enough to render the sophomore useless on the ground as well.


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