Seeing Tate above TP and Denard just below him was priceless.
BtN - Big 10 Player Ranks - Week 7
Last week I railed on the Big 10 QBs pretty hard and although the larger issues are still present (highest ranked QB #32 in the nation), last week was a much better week for Big 10 signal callers - Lebron in cleats not included.
Performance of the week: Joey Elliott's performance in knocking of OSU takes the cake for this week. The unadjusted value of his performance was a big fat 0, not good not bad, but when you factor in the shut down nature of OSU's pass defense on the season, that zero turns into a Big 10 leading +13 and the By The Numbers performance of the week.
Player - QB - Season
|Daryll Clark||Penn State||6||4.90||5.55||137.01||234.33||25.40||7.64||61.41%||1.67||1.00|
|Kirk Cousins||Michigan State||5||4.69||6.65||138.99||220.00||21.00||7.91||64.03%||1.20||0.80|
|Terrelle Pryor||Ohio State||7||2.12||2.64||128.43||167.00||68.29||7.35||55.97%||1.43||1.14|
|Keith Nichol||Michigan State||5||0.98||1.71||133.90||100.20||18.40||8.95||51.79%||0.60||0.60|
Daryll Clark (+5) is your newest Big 10 QB leader. Tate sits at 5th (+3).
One Big 10 running back eclipsed the 100 yard mark on the weekend and that was Evan Royster at Penn State. In addition to the yards, his +5 on the day was worth 2 more points than anyone else in the conference provided their team on Saturday. Evan Royster is your By The Numbers, Big 10 Running back of the week.
Player - RB - Season
|Evan Royster||Penn State||6||2.99||3.67||16.83||88.17||0.67||5.24||22.80|
|Larry Caper||Michigan State||6||1.42||1.79||11.50||50.67||1.00||4.41||44.00|
|Brandon Saine||Ohio State||7||0.63||1.28||10.00||54.43||0.00||5.44||23.83|
|Jordan Hall||Ohio State||3||-0.09||0.44||8.33||34.33||0.00||4.12|
|Dan Herron||Ohio State||5||-0.95||-0.22||13.00||44.60||1.00||3.43||17.00|
|Glenn Winston||Michigan State||5||-2.56||-2.06||10.80||36.00||0.40||3.33||6.00|
Carlos Brown (+3) maintains his lead on the conference with Evan Royster and Leshoure from Illinois in the +3 range as well. There is a 1.5 point dropoff from the top 3 to Michigan's second entry, Brandon Minor at #4.
Purdue carries the benefit of taking it to a pass a defense that had gone throughout the season largely unscathed. Keith Smith (+15) not only posted the best WR rating of the week for the Big 10, but the best of all FBS. This despite not actually finding the end zone in his 12 catch 125 yard day. Smith (+15) currently stands as the 5th best WR performance of the year when accounting for competition. Honorable Mention of the week goes to Blair White of MSU who finished second to Smith in the nation with a
+13, 12 catch 186 yards 2 TD performance against a much much weaker Northwestern pass defense.
Player - WR - Season
|Blair White||Michigan State||6||5.72||3.68||6.00||78.83||13.14||0.67||64.33%|
|Derek Moye||Penn State||6||5.32||2.27||4.00||68.00||17.00||0.50||42.72%|
|Devier Posey||Ohio State||7||4.96||1.96||4.29||50.71||11.83||0.57||39.64%|
|D Sanzenbacher||Ohio State||6||3.93||3.22||2.67||54.33||20.38||0.67||81.85%|
|B Cunningham||Michigan State||6||3.92||2.35||4.50||51.83||11.52||0.33||59.89%|
|Keshawn Martin||Michigan State||4||3.48||1.21||1.75||43.00||24.57||0.50||34.73%|
|Graham Zug||Penn State||5||3.23||2.43||4.00||46.60||11.65||0.40||75.15%|
Keith Smith's big weekend pushes him to the top of the overall rankings, as well. He sits over a point higher than Eric Decker of Minnesota.
And just think where TP might be if that chuck that he had for OSU's second TD had been picked instead of caught.
Tate could be even higher if he played more. Think of what he could've done with more playing time against EMU and Del. St.
I'm assuming Del. St. doesn't count here because Mathlete said there was only one 100-yard rusher last week, and Vincent Smith wasn't mentioned. Apparently these stats exclude Pop Warner opponents.
Correct, no games counted vs FCS teams.
also, any chance you could post your national numbers, like on a different blog or something? your data = ++++ for browsing and thinking and all that.
But if Daryl Clark is the league's best QB, then either your numbers or the conference is in trouble. He is steady and maybe that helps in these numbers.
Anyway, I stand by the fact that one storyline for the league is QB upgrades for about half of the teams. I have no idea if your numbers support that sentiment or not.
In my notes on the QB's I posted that the the best QB in the Big 10 was 32/120 in the country. Big 10 QBs are extremely mediocre this year.
For comparison, the difference between a top 10 QB and the best Big 10 QB (Clark) is the same as the difference between Clark and Juice Williams. There are no QBs in the Big 10 this year who have been anywhere close to elite level.
My argument has never been the league has elite QBs, just that half the teams are seeing upgrades at that position.
Michigan, Michigan State, Wisco, Indiana are have better QB play this year than last year, IMO.....although the best Wisco QB is on the bench right now in Curt Phillips.
Kafka, Stanzi, Weber, Clark and TP should be improved.
That's how I felt when the season began.
Obviously, not all of that is happening, but I still think half the league has seen an upgrade in that criitcal position.
That was my question.....do your numbers support that fect that several teams are seeing an upgrade from last year with regards to QB play?
for Illinois.......soon to be unemployed I'd bet.
In the future, it will be interesting to see if Michigan's lack of WR's on this list continues or if this current list just shows where Michigan's weakness on offense is right now.
juice williams and eddie mcgee = lol
wasn't illinois in the Mgoblog preseason blogpoll?
Zooker has got to be gone after this season.
Turner Gill anyone?