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10 College Football QBs Guaranteed to Disappoint in Week 10

Sebastian LenaAnalyst INovember 1, 2013

10 College Football QBs Guaranteed to Disappoint in Week 10

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    Does Morris have what it takes to exceed expectations this weekend?
    Does Morris have what it takes to exceed expectations this weekend?Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

    With several tough matchups on tap for college football’s Week 10 schedule, there are multiple quarterbacks who are on track for disappointments.

    For some, an opposing defense will prove to be just too much to handle. For others, the pressure of making one of their first collegiate starts will cause them to crumble.

    Whatever the case, there will be a handful of teams disappointed in the play of their quarterbacks.

    Here are 10 of those signal-callers just wishing for the weekend to be over.

Chase Rettig (Boston College)

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    Rettig needs to do better against a superior Hokies defense.
    Rettig needs to do better against a superior Hokies defense.Tyler Smith/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 62.3 CMP%, 1,140 YDs, 10 TDs, 4 INTs, 142.2 RAT

    Week 10 Matchup: Virginia Tech (6-2) at Boston College (3-4), Nov. 2, 12 p.m. ET on ABC

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    After registering quarterback ratings of 105.5, 112.4 and 115.6 over his first three years, Chase Rettig is having himself a pretty solid senior campaign.

    Although the Eagles are just 3-4, he’s done more than enough. Rettig even did well to keep the team in games against the likes of Florida State and Clemson.

    Unfortunately, Boston College hosts arguably the toughest secondary in all of college football.

    Through eight games, the Hokies defense ranks No. 5 in scoring (14.8 PPG), No. 3 in total defense (248.8 YPG) and No. 2 against the pass (157.8 YPG). Furthermore, the unit has conceded just six touchdowns while recording 17 interceptions—best in the nation—for an FBS-low 86.5 opposing quarterback rating.

    If you recall, this is the same defense that limited Alabama to just 14 points on offense in Week 1.

    Rettig has certainly had some positive showings this season. But after throwing for just 57 yards on 10-of-20 passing against lowly North Carolina last weekend, it doesn’t look good.

    Virginia Tech may prove to be a little too much.

Cody Kessler (USC)

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    Kessler is a guarantee to put together another stinker.
    Kessler is a guarantee to put together another stinker.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 61.0 CMP%, 1,560 YDs, 9 TDs, 5 INTs, 136.4 RAT

    Week 10 Matchup: USC (5-3) at Oregon State (6-2), Nov. 1, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    After topping 200 yards just once in the Trojans first four contests, quarterback Cody Kessler has accomplished the feat in four consecutive games.

    However, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the sophomore.

    Over the last five games, he’s also completed less than 60 percent of his passes three times. Not to mention, Kessler has only thrown six touchdowns in that same span.

    That kind of showing isn’t going to work against the Beavers on Friday.

    The defense only ranks No. 82 against the pass, giving up a little more than 242 yards per game through the air. But backed by 14 interceptions—No. 6 in the nation—the unit has limited opposing quarterbacks to a quarterback rating of just 123.1.

    Furthermore, Oregon State hasn’t allowed a touchdown in two straight games. That includes holding Stanford’s Kevin Hogan to just 88 yards passing.

    It won’t be pretty for Kessler.

Tyler Murphy (Florida)

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    Murphy has folded under the pressure as of late.
    Murphy has folded under the pressure as of late.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 62.7 CMP%, 737 YDs, 5 TDs, 2 INTs, 130.4 RAT

    Week 10 Matchup: Georgia (4-3) at Florida (4-3), Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    In his first three starts, quarterback Tyler Murphy led the Gators to three straight wins. In the process, he was deemed the savior of the team’s season, and expectations were high for the rest of the season.

    Unfortunately, the junior has been anything but a savior for Florida in the last two games.

    In losses to LSU and Missouri, he’s thrown for just 207 yards and one interception on 30-of-56 passing. Murphy recorded quarterback ratings of 91.3 and 71.5 in those games, respectively.

    Although the Bulldogs don’t boast the stiffest of defenses, don’t expect his luck to change on Saturday.

    Over the last two games, Georgia has held opposing quarterbacks under 200 yards. Furthermore, the unit has only conceded one score through the air.

    It’s a perfect opportunity for Murphy to turn his season around. However, he just hasn’t shown any life.

Aaron Murray (Georgia)

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    It'll be another rough showing for Murray on Saturday.
    It'll be another rough showing for Murray on Saturday.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 62.1 CMP%, 1,938 YDs, 17 TDs, 6 INTs, 154.4 RAT, 32 CAR, 88 YDs, 5 TDs

    Week 10 Matchup: Georgia (4-3) vs. Florida (4-3), Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS

      

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    After beginning the season with high Heisman hopes and BCS title aspirations, quarterback Aaron Murray must just settle for a solid senior campaign and a long shot at an SEC title.

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

    To his credit though, the Bulldogs have been ravaged with injuries. It’s cost Murray a couple of his top receivers along with the team’s leading rusher Todd Gurley.

    It’s certainly shown in his recent play, as he’s failed to top 300 and complete at least 60 percent of his passes in four consecutive games. In fact, in five conference games, Murray has averaged just 241.4 yards per game on 58.8 percent passing.

    Don’t expect the slump to stop against the Gators’ vaunted secondary.

    Through seven games, the unit ranks No. 5 against the pass, giving up just 172.4 yards per game through the air. Furthermore, Florida has conceded an FBS-low four passing touchdowns all year.

    Not to mention, only one quarterback has topped 160 yards against the unit.

    I wouldn’t bet on Murray being the second.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Nebraska)

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    Armstrong, Jr. (left) will have to find his poise.
    Armstrong, Jr. (left) will have to find his poise.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 56.5 CMP%, 347 YDs, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 128.4 RAT, 22 CAR, 84 YDs, 1 TD

    Week 10 Matchup: Northwestern (4-4) at Nebraska (5-2), Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    With starter Taylor Martinez suffering a hip pointer in the loss to Minnesota last weekend, freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. has moved into the starting spot, via ESPN’s Mitch Sherman.

    That’s bad news for a Cornhuskers team trying to make a run for the Big Ten title.

    Other than a solid showing against FCS foe South Dakota State, Armstrong Jr. has struggled in his appearances. He threw for just 178 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions on just 14-of-31 passing.

    Things will be tougher against a Wildcats defense that has allowed just 292 yards through the air over the last two weeks.

    Although the defense has allowed a little over 245 yards per game through the air, the unit has also recorded 14 interceptions. Northwestern also ranks No. 38 in pass efficiency defense (120.9 RAT).

    If Martinez were starting, Nebraska should be fine. But with Armstrong Jr. under center, it’s going to be tough.

Joel Stave (Wisconsin)

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    Stave (center) has been mediocre for the Badgers thus far.
    Stave (center) has been mediocre for the Badgers thus far.Michael Hickey/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 63.5 CMP%, 1,486 YDs, 13 TDs, 6 INTs, 151.0 RAT

    Week 10 Matchup: No. 24 Wisconsin (5-2) at Iowa (5-3), Nov. 2, 12 p.m. ET on ABC

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    Quarterback Joel Stave has been nothing more than a game manager for the Badgers this season.

    Through seven games, the sophomore has yet to top 300 yards and has only gone without tossing an interception twice. Not to mention, he’s failed to complete more than 65 percent of his passes on five occasions.

    Expect those struggles to continue this weekend.

    That’s because the Hawkeyes defense is no joke. Thus far, the unit ranks No. 12 in scoring (18.1 PPG), No. 12 in total defense (320.5 YPG) and No. 14 against the pass (191.9 YPG).

    It’ll easily be the toughest defense Wisconsin has faced all year.

    That doesn’t bode well for Stave.

Devin Gardner (Michigan)

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    Gardner's luck should run out against the Spartans.
    Gardner's luck should run out against the Spartans.Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 61.1 CMP%, 1,779 YDs, 13 TDs, 10 INTs, 159.6 RAT, 95 CAR, 520 YDs, 9 TDs

    Week 10 Matchup: No. 21 Michigan (6-1) at No. 22 Michigan St. (7-1), Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    Before the bye week, quarterback Devin Gardner had a pretty great week. In fact, it was one of the best showings in school history.

    In a 63-47 shootout win over Indiana, the junior threw for 503 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 81 and three scores on the ground. His 584 total yards and 503 passing yards were both school records.

    Against the Spartans, don’t expect the good times to roll for Gardner.

    Through eight games, Michigan State ranks No. 3 in scoring defense (12.3 PPG), No. 1 in total defense (215.5 YPG) and No. 3 in passing defense (160.6 YPG). Furthermore, the unit has given up just eight scores through the air and allows an FBS-low 4.7 yards per attempt.

    That includes limiting Illinois to just 128 total yards of offense last weekend.

    For a quarterback that has struggled against the likes of Akron and Connecticut, Gardner will most likely have a tough time against one of the top defenses in the nation.

Clint Chelf (Oklahoma State)

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    Chelf just isn't the answer for the Cowboys at quarterback.
    Chelf just isn't the answer for the Cowboys at quarterback.Brett Deering/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 49.4 CMP%, 549 YDs, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, 117.7 RAT, 21 CAR, 125 YDs, 1 TD

    Week 10 Matchup: No. 18 Oklahoma State (6-1) at No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1), Nov. 2, 7 p.m. ET on FOX

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    After starting out the season as the starter, quarterback Clint Chelf soon lost the job to J.W. Walsh. However, after relieving Walsh against TCU, Chelf made the start against Iowa State last weekend.

    But starter or not, one thing is sure: Chelf is a guarantee to disappoint this weekend.

    Over the last two weeks, the senior threw for just 256 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 20-of-51 passing. That’s a completion rate of just 39.2 percent.

    It could also spell doom against the Red Raiders this weekend.

    The team only ranks No. 70 against the pass, allowing 236.6 yards per game. However, Texas Tech has only allowed eight touchdowns through the air and has limited opponents to just 6.0 yards per attempt.

    In a game that will likely be a high-scoring affair, Chelf just doesn’t pack the punch to keep up with the Red Raiders superior passing attack.

Maty Mauk (Missouri)

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    Mauk has been largely underwhelming thus far.
    Mauk has been largely underwhelming thus far.Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    Season Stats: 49.3 CMP%, 585 YDs, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 126.5 RAT

    Week 10 Matchup: Tennessee (4-4) at No. 9 Missouri (7-1), Nov. 2, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    In two starts, quarterback Maty Mauk hasn’t done much for the Tigers. If anything, he’s been pretty underwhelming.

    Although the redshirt freshman has been able to pile up the yards—he’s thrown for over 240 yards in both starts—Mauk has lacked the accuracy and poise that demands the respect of opposing defenses.

    Sure, the Volunteers don’t boast the most formidable secondary in the nation—the team ranks No. 69 against the pass (235.8). However, the unit has forced 12 interceptions already on the year.

    In fact, Tennessee ranks No. 18 in turnovers gained with 18.

    That’s not the best news for Mauk, who has thrown several passes that could of easily been intercepted.

Stephen Morris (Miami)

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    Morris (left) will need to find his gear against the Seminoles.
    Morris (left) will need to find his gear against the Seminoles.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Season Stats: 59.9 CMP%, 1,463 YDs, 10 TDs, 8 INTs, 149.0 RAT

    Week 10 Matchup: No. 7 Miami (7-0) at No. 3 Florida State (7-0), Nov. 2, 8 p.m. ET on ABC

     

    Why He’s Due for a Letdown

    The Hurricanes are having one heck of a special season. On the other hand, quarterback Stephen Morris is not.

    Thus far, the senior hasn’t done much to assert himself as the leader on this team. In fact, if it wasn’t for running back Duke Johnson and a stout defense, it’s very likely that Miami wouldn’t be undefeated right now.

    Over the last two weeks—games in which the Hurricanes relied on late scores to escape against lesser opponents—Morris was at his worse, throwing just one touchdown to four interceptions. He recorded quarterback ratings of 108.7 and 129.8.

    Against the Seminoles defense, don’t expect much to change.

    Through seven games, the unit ranks No. 4 in scoring defense (13.0 PPG), No. 8 in total defense (289.4 YPG) and No. 1 in passing defense (153.7 YPG). That includes shutting down then-No. 3 Clemson’s high-powered offense to just 14 points and limiting former Heisman contender Tajh Boyd to just 156 yards and two interceptions.

    All the luck in the world couldn’t save Morris this weekend.

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