Where Do The SEC Quarterback's Rank Using Strength of Schedule As Criteria?

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
Where Do The SEC Quarterback's Rank Using Strength of Schedule As Criteria?

Revision made on 10/10/09: In light of some misunderstanding over the intention of this article, the original title has been amended and further explanations have been given regarding the overall goal of this analysis. In no way are these rankings meant to reflect the true value of each named quarterback to his respective team. It is meant to present another way of looking at them—please consider this point when making your comments. 

 

The list was compiled based on four categories:

1. Strength of Schedule based on Past Opposition's win-loss records (future opposition is not considered in the formula).

2. The total average ranking of all defenses faced so far this season.

3. The total average ranking of all pass defenses faced so far this season.

4. The SEC pass efficiency rating of each quarterback thus far.

Once the above were calculated, each team was given a 1-12 ranking for each individual category. Their position in each category was then noted and averaged together to form a new list.

The new list is how each individual quarterbacks place was determined.

The wins and losses for each team were not taken into account because the main directive here was to target the quarterback's performance in the SEC based on their level of competition. 

By approaching the list in this manner, no respect was given to public perception or media influence. Further, intangible qualities such as leadership, huddle presence, ability to read and react under pressure, mental toughness, etc., were not considered—this list is meant solely for analyzing quarterback play as it relates to their competition.

All rankings, stats, etc. were taken from the NCAA database.

Teams were not penalized for games played against Football Subdivision teams (FCS). The FCS rankings of those teams in the respective defensive categories were used in this formula and are a part of the overall median average.

If anyone is interested in knowing the final numbers entered into the formula after averages were calculated, please feel free to email me. Keep in mind however that all rankings are subject to change and they are only valid up to October 3, 2009.

Also, want to point out that rushing totals were not considered in the formula as not all quarterbacks play in a spread offense—some don't have a propensity towards running at all. That said, the rankings reflect passing attributes only.

Numbers were rounded up or down if they were fractional, for instance 64.2 would be rounded down to 64 and 58.6 would be rounded up to 59.

The rankings are as follows:

1. Ryan Mallett, University of Arkansas

Strength of Schedule: 3rd in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 69th in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 58th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 4th in the nation
Overall Stats: 1148 yds, 11 TD's, 2 INT

2. Tyson Lee, Mississippi State University

Strength of Schedule: 1st in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 25th in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 36th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 11th in the SEC
Overall Stats: 666 yds, 3 TD's, 4 INT's

3. Joe Cox, University of Georgia

Strength of Schedule: 5th in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 53rd in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 43rd in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 5th in the SEC
Overall Stats: 1209 yds, 11 TD's, 6 INT's

4. Mike Hartline, University of Kentucky

Strength of Schedule: 53rd in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 29th in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 34th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 10th in the SEC
Overall Stats: 653 yds, 5 TD's, 6 INT's

5.  Jonathan Crompton, University of Tennessee

Strength of Schedule: 25th in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 31st in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 55th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 9th in the SEC
Overall Stats: 900 yds, 9 TD's, 8 INT's

6.  Jevan Snead, University of Mississippi

Strength of Schedule: 31st in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 32nd in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 55th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 7th in the SEC
Overall Stats: 728 yds, 9 TD's, 5 INT's

7. Jordan Jefferson, Louisiana State University

Strength of Schedule: 13th in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 58th in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 64th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 6th in the SEC
Overall Stats: 920 yds, 7 TD's, 2 INT's

8. Tim Tebow, University of Florida

Strength of Schedule: 68th in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 42nd in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 68th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 1st in the SEC
Overall Stats: 643 yds, 6 TD's, 1 INT

9. Greg McElroy, University of Alabama

Strength of Schedule: 13th in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 69th in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 81st in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 2nd in the SEC
Overall Stats: 1086 yds, 9 TD's, 1 INT

10. Stephen Garcia, University of South Carolina

Strength of Schedule: 58th in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 50th in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 50th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 8th in the SEC
Overall Stats: 1035 yds, 6 TD's, 2 INT's

11. Chris Todd, Auburn University

Strength of Schedule: 18th in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 71st in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 71st in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 3rd in the SEC
Overall Stats: 1230 yds, 12 TD's, 1 INT

12. Larry Smith, Vanderbilt University

Strength of Schedule: 53rd in the nation
Average Rank of All Pass Defenses Faced: 60th in the nation
Average Rank of All Defenses Faced: 64th in the nation
Pass Efficiency Rating in the SEC: 12th in the SEC
Overall Stats: 702 yds, 2 TD's, 4 INT's

Load More Stories

Follow Georgia Bulldogs Football from B/R on Facebook

Follow Georgia Bulldogs Football from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Out of Bounds

Georgia Bulldogs Football

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.