Power Ranking Each Big East Team's Quarterback After Week One
With no returning starting quarterback with more than 11 starts under his belt, and a proven running-back on each team (except South Florida) it was known Big East teams' offenses' would primarily be focused on the running game.
But no Big East quarterback managed to throw for more than 265 yards and more than two touchdowns.
One bright spot was that not one of them threw more than one interception and three threw no picks at all.
Incidentally, the Big East went 1-4 against FBS teams; with the only win coming against Akron.
If the Big East wants to prove itself in out of conference games, the quarterback play must improve.
And with that I give you my post week one Big East quarterback rankings.
8. Adam Froman, Louisville
Froman threw for a measly 127 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception against a questionable Kentucky defense.
This was disappointing even for Louisville fans, and with two starting receivers injured, doesn't bode well for the Cardinals season.
7. Zach Frazer, UConn
UConn quarterback Zach Frazer threw for 205 yards against the Michigan Wolverines tough 3-3-5 defense.
However, he threw for no touchdowns, and completed only 18 of his 37 passes.
If the ever-erratic Frazer doesn't improve on consistency with his throws, he could be one of the reasons why UConn won't end the season as Big East champions.
Then again, how he does won't matter if the defense learns how to stop dual threat quarterbacks.
6. Tom Savage, Rutgers
An 148 yard, one touchdown performance isn't what was expected of the most experienced quarterback in the Big East; especially against an FCS team like Norfolk State.
Savage was plagued by four dropped passes and only attempted 19 passes in total, so his 148 yards aren't terrible given those circumstances.
But Savage continued to hold onto the ball for too long due to nerves, which resulted in two sacks.
Savage did pick up his game in the second half of the Norfolk State game, and the coaching staff is thinking of installing a hurry up offense which is the perfect system for him since Savage excels in two-minute drills.
5. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Predicted by many including myself, to be the Big East offensive player of the year, Zach Collaros was a major dissapointment in Cincinnati's loss to Fresno State.
In his and Head Coach Butch Jones' first game as coach and starting quarterback, Collaros threw for only 219 yards and one touchdown, a small amount considering he passed the ball forty one times.
He was sacked multiple times due to terrible offensive line play, but Collaros hardly displayed his dual threat ability that fit Jones' offense perfectly and had people calling him the next Dan Lefevour.
4. Tino Sunseri, Pitt
Against Utah Redshirt Sophomore Tino Sunseri was a game manager at best.
He went 16 for 28 and threw for 184 yards and one touchdown.
Sunseri did throw one costly interception against the Utes.
If Dion Lewis continues his solid but unspectacular rushing performances, Sunseri will have to elevate his game if Pitt wants to win the Big East this season.
But I'll give him credit for leading Pitt into an overtime loss against a very good Utah team.
3. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Geno Smith has all the weapons and offensive protection around him to succeed.
Against FCS team Coastal Carolina, Smith completed 20 of 27 passes and had two touchdowns and an interception.
Like fellow sophomore Tom Savage, Smith did struggle early but improved as the game went on.
2. B.J. Daniels, South Florida
B.J. Daniels had the best stats of all the Big East quarterbacks, completing 15 of 22 passes for 264 yards and two scores.
Even though he did this against FCS team Stony Brook, Daniels still gets the #2 ranking just due to his 198.98 QB rating.
What was surprising though, is that the speedy and shifty quarterback only ran for 23 yards and one touchdown.
1. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
It's still so odd for me to rank a Syracuse quarterback at #1, but Ryan Nassib's 229 yards, two touchdowns, and 158 QB rating was good enough to lead Syracuse to a win over Akron.
Although he threw an interception, Nassib led 'Cuse to the Big East's only win over an FBS team and therefore gets the #1 spot for this week.
That and the fact that he led all Big East QB's in rushing with 58 yards.
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