Before the big showdown this weekend in Jacksonville, I thought a rundown of the two leading SEC quarterbacks, Tim Tebow and Matt Stafford, would be appropriate.
Understand that this is not a judgment call on my part—this assessment is based purely on team and individual statistics.
Team win-loss record
Both teams have only one loss, although Georgia does have an additional win due to Florida’s two bye weeks already taking place. Both teams have great wins, ugly wins, and blemishes.
Georgia and Florida have played two common opponents, LSU and Tennessee, to similar scores, so it’s hard to take anything from those performances.
On with the stats...
Total pass yards per game
Pass efficiency rating
Stafford: 61.6 percent
Tebow: 63.4 percent
Yards per completion
Touchdown to interception ratio
Longest pass from scrimmage
Total rushing yards
Longest run from scrimmage
Total yards per game
For more team-oriented numbers that deal specifically with quarterback play:
Third down conversion percentage
Georgia: 44.4 percent
Florida: 45.7 percent
Red zone offense
Georgia: 27-31 (21 touchdowns, six field goals)
Florida: 28-29 (20 touchdowns, eight field goals)
Red zone interceptions
From the numbers, it seems an argument can be made for both quarterbacks as to who is having a better year.
In the end, though, whoever comes out as the winner this Saturday will likely earn top billing.