Power Ranking the Big East Quarterbacks After Week 8

Josh RosenbergCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2010

Power Ranking the Big East Quarterbacks After Week 8

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    Though Pittsburgh is 2-0 in Big East play and has started a surge to the top of the conference, it's possible that any team except for Connecticut and South Florida could win the conference.

    Four teams are 1-1, and there are still five games left to play in the season.

    The future of Rutgers, Cincinnati, South Florida and Louisville is still unknown. Syracuse just upset No. 21 West Virginia, and three-loss Pitt is rolling after two straight games where the Panthers put up 45 points.

    The Big East might not be the best conference in college football, but it sure is fun to watch.

    The uncertainty of it all is true with Big East quarterbacks too. Both UConn and Rutgers' quarterbacks have struggled throughout the season, and neither team is certain of who will start the next game.

    Remember that the rankings are based solely on how players fared against FBS opponents; performances vs. FCS teams do not count.

8. Mike Box/Zach Frazer, UConn

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    In wake of Connecticut starting quarterback Cody Endres' dismissal from the football team for violating team rules, redshirt freshman Mike Box was called upon to start at quarterback.

    So much for that. Against an upstart Louisville Cardinals team, Box completed four of 12 passes for 35 yards and one interception.

    He was replaced by Zach Frazer, who completed six of eight passes for 52 yards and no touchdowns.

    Still, UConn couldn't manage to score and was dominated by Louisville en route to a 26-0 loss.

    Frazer looks like he has regained his old starting job, but with UConn we don't really know what will happen next.

7. B.J. Daniels, South Florida

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    Discounting South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels' 264-yard, three-touchdown performance against FCS team Stony Brook, Daniels has just 825 yards passing and four touchdowns.

    He's thrown nine interceptions and hadn't had a game with over 155 yards passing this season.

    That was, until Daniels picked apart the Cincinnati secondary for 286 yards and two touchdowns without any interceptions. He did this with 13 completions on just 16 pass attempts and added two rushing touchdowns.

    Is Daniels back? This was only one game, so only time will tell.

6. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

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    Quarterback Ryan Nassib has the Syracuse Orange off to their best start in years. At 5-2, they are the highest-ranked Big East team in the country and are coming off a 19-14 win over West Virginia.

    Nassib only completed five of 15 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown, but he led the Orange to a big win.

    He's been solid all season against FBS opponents and has thrown for 852 yards against them. He's also thrown six touchdowns to only four interceptions.

5. Chas Dodd, Rutgers

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    Against Pitt, Chas Dodd could barely even drop back to pass without getting sacked (six sacks to be exact). He threw for an abysmal 62 yards on eight attempts and threw one interception. That puts him at 755 yards and five touchdowns with three INTs.

    In his first two starts Dodd threw for over 250 and over 320 yards and two touchdowns in each game. Dodd was Mr. Fourth Quarter Comeback and high up in the Big East rankings, but this performance brought him down.

    That and the fact that he was replaced by past starter Tom Savage in the fourth quarter, who completed two of three passes and led Rutgers to a late touchdown.

4. Adam Froman, Louisville

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    Syracuse isn't the only surprise team this season.

    Louisville quarterback Adam Froman has the Cardinals off to a 4-3 start when the overwhelming preseason consensus was that the Cardinals wouldn't even win more than four games.

    Against FBS teams this season Froman has thrown for 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Right now, Froman has gone three games straight without throwing an interception.

3. Eugene Smith, West Virginia

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    Geno Smith struggled in West Virginia's 19-14 loss to Syracuse. After dominating the Big East quarterback power rankings week in and week out, Smith managed only 178 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. His stock has fallen a little since that game.

    Still, Smith has 1,320 yards passing and a 13-4 touchdown to interception ratio. Despite the Mountaineers' loss, they can still win the Big East. Geno Smith's performance will play a big part in this.

2. Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh

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    Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri has thrown for fewer yards (1,275) than Smith has (1,320). He also has only 10 touchdowns as compared to Smith's 13. However, Sunseri has a rushing touchdown and has only thrown three interceptions.

    In addition to this, Sunseri has been very hot lately and has accounted for 860 yards and nine touchdowns in the last three games. Pitt is on a hot streak too and is finally starting to perform like the team that people predicted to win the Big East.

1. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati

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    I'm not sure how one CAN'T put Zach Collaros at the No. 1 spot this week after his 463-yard, three-touchdown performance. South Florida was considered to be one of the better defenses in the Big East.

    Collaros might have started the season off slow, but he's really improved since then and has thrown for 1,788 yards and 18 touchdowns against FBS opponents. He's done this with only four interceptions.

    Unfortunately, Collaros suffered a leg injury against USF and is questionable for the next game. If he does indeed play but is still injured, we could see a decline in his performance.