2011 Heisman Race: Why Kellen Moore and Andrew Luck Need to Trade Places

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2011 Heisman Race: Why Kellen Moore and Andrew Luck Need to Trade Places
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Kellen Moore and Andrew Luck both lead their teams to victories this past weekend. Boise State's came against the deceptively crafty Air Force team, while Stanford's win was against a surging Washington.

Moore tied Colt McCoy's total wins record with his win over Air Force and also moved up to No. 3 in the Heisman race, while Luck remains No. 1 in the running.

Both Stanford and Boise State are currently 7-0 with some very decisive victories over their opponents. By that account, Moore and Luck are on equal footing. However, as you dive deeper into the stats, you begin to see that Moore has an edge on Luck in just about all of the important QB stats. Here are just a few of the comparisons.

      Moore      Luck
Passer Rating   180.7   180.0
Passing Yards   2010   1888
Passing TDs   24   20
Interceptions   5   3
Completion %   76.3%   71.8%
Rushing Yards   -12   83
Rushing TDs   0   1

Even though Luck has more rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, if you add those together, Moore still has more total offensive yards and more total touchdowns than his Stanford counterpart. Really, the only thing Moore is lagging on is his interceptions, with two more than Luck.

So as far as stats are concerned, I see no reason for Kellen Moore to be third while Andrew Luck is first.

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Now before you say, "But, Andrew Luck plays a better schedule," I will counter with up to this point he really hasn't.

Both teams have each played a ranked team. Georgia was No. 19 at the time Boise State played them in the Georgia Dome, a "neutral site," and now Georgia is No. 22.  

Meanwhile, Stanford's only win over a ranked team was against the, currently unranked, Washington Huskies. The Huskies were No. 25 when Stanford played them at home.

Looking at the totality of the schedule, Stanford has literally beaten the bottom of the Pac-12, one of the worst teams in the WAC, and the worst team in the ACC.

Boise State has beaten the current leader of the SEC East, the No. 1 team in the MAC (who was screwed by Syracuse), the No. 2 team in C-USA, and the No. 1 team in the WAC.

Granted, both Air Force and Colorado State are not doing very well in the Mountain West, but Boise State beat them by a total of 120-20. Moore and his Broncos definitely have the edge in schedule thus far.

Now I will concede that if Stanford wins out, they will have the better overall schedule, but when you look at each players stats and their current victories, why isn't Kellen Moore No. 1 and Andrew Luck No.3?

It's a mystery to me.  

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