College Football Power Rankings: The Big East Quarterbacks After Week Four
The Big East had its worst week yet, going 2-4 against FBS opponents. Both wins were against non-AQ conference teams.
The overall quarterback play was atrocious with the Big East QB's averaging 132 yards against FBS opponents. Only Cincinnati's Zach Collaros managed to throw for more than 200 yards and only three quarterbacks threw more than one touchdown.
I'm a big supporter of the Big East and I've refused to admit that the Big East is the worst of the Big six conferences. But even I'm starting to have my doubts.
If the quarterback play doesn't improve Big East teams aren't going to see an improvement any time soon and the haters will call for the Big East to lose it's AQ bid more than it has ever done before.
At least Louisville and quarterback Adam Froman didn't do anything wrong, since they had a bye week.
7. Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri had a horrible night against the Miami Hurricanes; completing eight of 15 passes for 61 yards and no touchdowns.
How well can we expect Sunseri to play when the offensive line couldn't protect him and allowed five sacks?
Tino was also pressured and hit the entire night and even had to leave the game in the fourth quarter to to a minor injury.
At least he didn't turn the ball over.
6. Zach Frazer, UConn
Something tells me this will be the last time I put UConn's Zach Frazer in my weekly Big East quarterback rankings.
Against Buffalo, Frazer was 7 of 14 for 94 yards and threw an interception. At halftime he was replaced by UConn's Cody Endres who played very well and was named the Huskies' starting quarterback for the upcoming game against Vanderbilt.
What's even worse for Frazer, is that he's now listed as the 3rd string quarterback behind redshirt freshman Mike Box.
5. B.J. Daniels, South Florida
South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels has shown lots of flashes of brilliance, but has been pretty bad overall the last two games.
This past game Daniels managed to throw for only 57 yards and an interception. He did only throw 11 passes and completed 7 of them, but he played WESTERN KENTUCKY.
Daniels did run for 30 yards and a touchdown, but he should have done a lot better against an FBS bottom feeder like Western Kentucky.
4. Tom Savage, Rutgers
Against a depleted North Carolina defense, Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage continued to struggle. Savage completed 16 of 29 passes for 150 yards and no touchdowns.
He also threw two costly interceptions that ended two drives when Rutgers was about to score.
Savage locked onto wide receiver Mohamed Sanu way too often, mostly due to a lack of open receivers for the third straight game.
It also didn't help that Savage injured his ribs during the end of the first half and only played in the third quarter during third down situations. He spent the rest of the game playing while injured and failed to get into a rhythm because he was replaced by Mohamed Sanu in the Wildcat Formation far too often.
3. Geno Smith, West Virginia
Like Tom Savage, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith struggled in an important non-conference game.
Against LSU, Smith completed only 14 of 29 passes for 119 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and one interception and almost led WVU to a win over LSU.
Expect better results from Smith in the next few weeks since he has a soft schedule ahead.
2. Cody Endres, UConn
Connecticut's Cody Endres started the second half against Buffalo in place of Zach Frazer.
Frazer played phenomenally and completed 7 of 11 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
The best part of Endres' stat-line, NO INTERCEPTIONS.
Something else to note was his 229.78 quarterback rating. I might be hyping him up too much since this was against Buffalo but there is no question who the new starting quarterback is in Storrs.
1. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Zach Collaros and the entire Cincinnati offense seemed to find itself during the Bearcats' 31-29 loss to Oklahoma.
Against #8 Oklahoma Collaros threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Collaros' one interception did hurt his team and Cincinnati probably would've won had he not turned the ball over.
However, he still played like the best quarterback in the Big East and for this week, Collaros was the best quarterback in the Big East.
Will Cody Endres supplant Collaros as the Big East's best? Will Sunseri, Savage, Daniels, and Smith bounce back after tough losses?
Be sure to check back next week for my week five rankings.
Thanks for reading!