Greatest College Quarterback of 2017, Week 11: Baker Mayfield recaptures throne

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Baker Mayfield has taken advantage of his biggest opportunities — most notably in an upset win at No. 2 Ohio State in September; most recently against in-state rival Oklahoma State — and he’s about to get a few more chances to build on his historically significant season.

The Oklahoma quarterback and newly christened Heisman Trophy front-runner takes on No. 8 TCU this Saturday and No. 23 West Virginia on Thanksgiving weekend.

If Oklahoma keeps winning, Mayfield could potentially star in three major postseason contests: the Big 12 title game, a College Football Playoff semifinal (Rose Bowl, anyone?) and the national championship game.

After a one-week spell at No. 2, he’s back at No. 1 in our “greatness” rankings, which are based on a custom formula (QBG) that compares quarterbacks across eras.

To give you an idea of how QBG works, here are the core factors:

  • Passing yardage
  • Rushing yardage/sack yardage
  • Total points (touchdowns + team conversions)
  • Interceptions
  • Efficiency (output vs. above-average number of attempts)
  • Win/loss
  • Strength of opponent
  • Era (output pitted against contemporary stats)

Note: This is not a ranking of the “best” quarterbacks with the tightest spirals or the quickest decision-making abilities or the fastest 40 times. It’s about “greatness,” that all-important factor that — until now — was unquantifiable.

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Here’s how the QB rankings shake out entering Week 11 (key below):

⬆️⬆️⬆️ Major mover
⬆️ Notable mover
🔥 Consecutive great games
❄️ Consecutive disappointing games
⛔️ Negative score in most recent week

1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma ⬆️🔥

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For the first time since September, Baker Mayfield is atop the Heisman Trophy conversation. The two-time finalist lit up Oklahoma State for 598 yards and 6 total touchdowns as the Sooners kept their national title hopes alive with a 62-52 win in Stillwater. Next up: No. 8 TCU.

2. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

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A crushing loss at Iowa knocked J.T. Barrett out of his newly earned No. 1 QBG slot and likely bumped Ohio State out of the playoff picture. The fifth-year senior had thrown only 1 interception all season before giving away 4 against the Hawkeyes. Now Barrett and the Bucks must rebound quickly, as No. 13 Michigan State is headed to Columbus on Saturday.

3. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State 🔥

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Another year, another loss to Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma for Mason Rudolph, who is 0-3 against the Sooners since helping the Cowboys pull off an upset victory as a freshman in 2014. Now that the Big 12 has reinstated its championship game, there’s a chance we might get a rematch between the Bedlam rivals if both can win three straight to finish the regular season.

4. Nathan Stanley, Iowa ⬆️⬆️⬆️

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Described by Landof10.com’s Scott Dochterman as a “bookish Clark Kent-type” who “turned into Superman” during a big win over Iowa State in September, Nathan Stanley replicated his 5-touchdown performance vs. the Cyclones on a much bigger stage against No. 3 Ohio State last Saturday. His QBG score of 41.03 was the second-highest of the season (behind only Mayfield vs. Oklahoma State on the same day) and rocketed him from No. 40 to No. 4 in our rankings.

Another shot at greatness awaits this Saturday, as the Hawkeyes travel to Madison to face undefeated Wisconsin.

5. Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame ⬆️🔥

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Running back Josh Adams has been getting all of the Heisman hype for Notre Dame, but Brandon Wimbush has been putting up strong numbers, too. He has 13 rushing touchdowns on the season (24 total) to offset his iffy passing efficiency. Wimbush has accounted for multiple touchdowns in five consecutive games, and accounted for three-plus touchdowns in six of his eight contests as the Fighting Irish have developed into one of the country’s best teams.

6. Khalil Tate, Arizona

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The Khalil Tate hype train was derailed as he failed to get the Arizona offense moving until the second half of a 49-35 loss at USC. But he still managed to crack the 1,000-yard rushing mark in just his fifth start, and has a shot at 2,000 this season.

7. Kyle Kempt, Iowa State

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Kyle Kempt and the Cyclones’ dream run appears to be over after a 20-16 loss at West Virginia. But this will still be considered one of the most exciting seasons in program history. Consider: No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 8 TCU face off this weekend to decide the upper hand in the Big 12 race, and Iowa State has defeated both of them.

8. Will Grier, West Virginia ⬆️

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As Florida continues to unravel, Will Grier continues to show what the Gators could’ve had the last two seasons. In his first season as West Virginia’s starter, the former UF sensation-turned-transfer has thrown 30 touchdown passes while keeping WVU alive in a hyper-competitive Big 12 race.

9. Riley Ferguson, Memphis 🔥

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A weak November schedule means Riley Ferguson will likely slip out of the top 10 soon, but we might see him again if Memphis can win out and topple No. 14 UCF in the AAC title game. A victory there would almost assuredly mean a major bowl bid for the Tigers.

10. Sam Darnold, USC 🔥

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While there’s little-to-no chance of a playoff appearance, Sam Darnold and Southern Cal can still earn the school’s first conference title in nine years. USC’s victory over Arizona last weekend made the Trojans heavy favorites to play for the Pac-12 championship in December.

11. Luke Falk, Washington State (43.01) ⬆️
12. Kelly Bryant, Clemson (41.04) ⬆️🔥
13. Jalen Hurts, Alabama (40.67) ⬆️
14. John Wolford, Wake Forest (40.09) ⬆️🔥
15. Eric Dungey, Syracuse (40.01)
16. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State (39.09) ⬆️🔥
17. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (38.49)
18. Ryan Finley, N.C. State (37.70)
19. Trace McSorley, Penn State (36.92)
20. Logan Woodside, Toledo (33.29)
21. Drew Lock, Missouri (32.88)
22. Josh Rosen, UCLA (32.25)
23. Lamar Jackson, Louisville (31.84)
24. Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech (30.40)
25. Malik Rosier, Miami, FL (29.37) ⬆️

26. Caleb Evans, UL-Monroe (27.68) ⬆️
27. Kenny Hill, TCU (27.65) ❄️
28. Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech (26.40)
29. Shane Morris, Central Michigan (24.68) ⬆️
30. Nick Stevens, Colorado State (24.47) ❄️
31. McKenzie Milton, UCF (24.21)
32. Mason Fine, North Texas (24.17)
33. Manny Wilkins, Arizona State (23.72) ⬆️
34. Ross Bowers, Cal (22.99)
35. Jon Wassink, Western Michigan (22.76)
36. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern (22.33)
37. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (21.13)
38. Quinton Flowers, USF (20.93)
39. Drew Anderson, Buffalo (20.65)
40. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss (20.47)
41. Kurt Benkert, Virginia (18.57)
42. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn (17.82) ⬆️
43. Conner Manning, Georgia State (17.74)
44. Zach Smith, Baylor (17.61)
45. Arion Worthman, Air Force (15.62)
46. Jason Driskel, Florida Atlantic (14.77)
47. Jake Browning, Washington (14.75)
48. Tanner Lee, Nebraska (14.41)
49. Danny Etling, LSU (14.24)
50. D’Eriq King, Houston (14.11) ⬆️🔥

51. TaQuon Marshall, Georgia Tech (14.06)
52. Ty Gangi, Nevada (13.67)
53. Jake Fromm, Georgia (13.63) ⬆️
54. Nathan Rourke, Ohio (13.52) ⬆️
55. Steven Montez, Colorado (13.44)
56. Justice Hansen, Arkansas State (12.73)
57. Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State (12.70) ⬆️
58. Ben Hicks, SMU (12.30)
59. Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State (12.30) ❄️
60. Mike White, Western Kentucky (12.25)
61. Zach Abey, Navy (12.11)
62. Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss (11.86) ⬆️⬆️⬆️
63. Justin Herbert, Oregon (11.18)
64. Anthony Brown, Boston College (11.17)
65. Andrew Ford, UMass (11)
66. Chazz Surratt, North Carolina (10.34) ❄️
67. Chase Litton, Marshall (10.25)
68. Jacob Park, Iowa State (10.12)
69. Dru Brown, Hawaii (10.07)
70. Tyler Huntley, Utah (10.05) ⬆️
71. Daniel Jones, Duke (9.75)
72. Gus Ragland, Miami, OH (9.35)
73. Frank Nutile, Temple (9.19) ⬆️
74. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (8.96) ❄️
75. Thomas Sirk, ECU (8.88) ⛔️
76. Alex Delton, Kansas State (8.87)
77. Hayden Moore, Cincinnati (8.64)
78. Bryant Shirreffs, Connecticut (8.30)
79. Brandon Silvers, Troy (8.287)
80. Keon Howard, Southern Miss (8.283)
81. Jake Bentley, South Carolina (7.95)
82. A.J. Erdely, UAB (7.84)
83. Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan (7.80)
84. Josh Allen, Wyoming (7.49)
85. Keller Chryst, Stanford (7.15)
86. Brandon Dawkins, Arizona (7.01)
87. Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin (7.00)
88. Montell Cozart, Boise State (6.99)
89. Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State (6.98)
90. Stephen Johnson, Kentucky (6.34)
91. Hasaan Klugh, Charlotte (6.16)
92. Dalton Sturm, UTSA (6.11)
93. Brett Rypien, Boise State (6.01618)
94. Tyrrell Pigrome, Maryland (6.01610)
95. Alex McGough, Florida International (5.96)
96. Max Bortenschlager, Maryland (5.95)
97. Chad President, Tulsa (5.93)
98. Sam Ehlinger, Texas (5.73)
99. J’mar Smith, Louisiana Tech (5.68)
100. Jonathan Banks, Tulane (5.67)

Top 50 single-game performances of 2017

QB Game PAtt-Yds-TD-INT RAtt-Yds-TD QBG
1 Baker Mayfield, OU @ #10 Ok. St. 36 — 598 — 5 — 2 8 — (-9) — 1 48.98
2 Nathan Stanley, Iowa vs. #3 Oh. St. 31 — 226 – 5 — 0 2 — (-3) — 0 41.03
3 J.T. Barrett, Ohio St. vs. #2 PSU 39 — 328 — 4 — 0 17 — 95 — 0 38.25
4 Kyle Kempt, ISU @ #3 Okla. 24 — 343 — 3 — 0 3 — 0 — 0 36.67
5 Baker Mayfield, OU @ #2 Ohio St. 35 — 386 — 3 — 0 7 — (-5) — 0 35.95
6 Eric Dungey, SYR vs. #2 Clem. 32 — 278 — 3 — 0 21 — 61 — 0 28.43
7 B. Wimbush, ND vs. #11 USC 19 — 120 — 2 — 0 14 — 106 — 2 26.87
8. John Wolford, WAKE vs. Louisville 34 — 461 — 5 — 0 4 — 14 — 1 21.39
9 Nick Fitzgerald, MSU vs. #12 LSU 23 — 180 — 2 — 0 14 — 88 — 2 21.24
10 Riley Ferguson, MEM vs. #25 UCLA 38 — 398 — 6 — 1 4 — (-4) — 0 20.86
11 Khalil Tate, Arizona vs. #15 WSU 17 — 275 — 2 — 1 13 — 146 — 1 20.74
12 Drew Anderson, BUF vs. W. Mich. 61 — 597 — 7 — 0 3 — 13 — 1 19.14
13 Khalil Tate, Arizona @ Colorado 13 — 154 — 1 — 0 14 — 327 — 4 18.63
14 Trace McSorley, PSU vs. #19 Mich. 26 — 282 — 1 — 1 11 — 76 — 3 18.10
15 Sam Darnold, USC vs. #14 Stan. 26 — 316 — 4 — 2 2 — 4 — 0 17.13
16 Zach Smith, BAYL vs. #3 Okla. 50 — 463 — 4 — 0 7 — (-23) — 0 16.03
17 Kelly Bryant, CLEM @ #14 L’ville 32 — 316 — 1 — 0 18 — 26 — 2 15.91
18 Ross Bowers, CAL vs. #8 WSU 38 — 259 — 1 — 0 3 — -9 — 1 14.94
19 C. Manning, GAST @ ULM 35 — 446 — 4 — 0 4 — 19 — 0 14.67
20 J.T. Barrett, Ohio St. @ Nebraska 33 — 325 — 5 — 0 10 — 48 — 2 14.32
21 Jon Wassink, WMU @ Buffalo 29 — 256 — 5 — 1 8 — 26 — 0* 14.48
22 Nic Shimonek, TT vs. ASU 50 — 543 — 6 — 0 4 — (-24) — 0 13.99
23 Josh Rosen, UCLA vs. Hawaii 25 — 329 — 5 — 0 2 — (-17) — 0 13.93
24 Clayton Thorson, NW vs. #16 MSU 48 — 356 — 2 — 0 7 — 11 — 1 13.70
25 Caleb Evans, ULM vs. App. St. 32 — 356 — 3 — 1 9 — 47 — 2 13.66
26 Brian Lewerke, MSU vs. #7 PSU 56 — 400 — 2 — 1 7 — 25 — 0 13.64
27 Mason Rudolph, OSU vs. #5 OU 54 — 448 — 5 — 2 4 — (-15) — 0 13.41
28 Lamar Jackson, LOU @ UNC 39 — 393 — 3 — 0 19 — 132 — 3 13.25
29 Luke Falk, WSU vs. #5 USC 51 — 340 — 2 — 1 8 — -9 — 0 13.25
30 Logan Woodside, UT vs. Tulsa 33 — 458 — 6 — 1 2 — (-1) — 0 13.23
31 Mason Rudolph, OSU @ Tex. Tech 38 — 376 — 3 — 1 11 — 50 — 2 12.98
32 L. Woodside, TOL vs. Akron 24 — 304 — 5 — 1 3 — 39 — 0 12.71
33 Kenny Hill, TCU vs. SMU 30 — 365 — 4 — 0 5 — 3 — 0 12.69
34 Shane Morris, CMU @ Kansas 37 — 467 — 5 — 0 8 — 32 — 0 12.40
35 Will Grier, WVU vs. #15 ISU 25 — 316 — 2 — 1 5 — 28 — 0 12.38
36 Josh Jackson, VT vs. #22 WVU 26 — 235 — 1 — 0 11 — 101 — 1 12.02
37 Mason Rudolph, OSU @ Pitt 32 — 497 — 5 — 1 1 — 0 — 0 11.79
38 Kyle Kempt, ISU vs. #4 TCU 35 — 202 — 2 — 1 3 — (-14) — 0 11.54
39 Drew Lock, MIZ @ #4 UGA 25 — 253 — 4 — 1 2 — 15 — 0 11.05
40 Jason Driskel, FAU vs. N. Texas 35 — 357 — 2 — 0 4 — 68 — 1 10.97
41 Jordan Ta’amu, OLE @ Kentucky 40 — 382 — 4 — 0 10 — 8 — 0 10.97
42 Ryan Finley, NCST vs. #17 LOU 31 — 367 — 1 — 0 7 — 19 — 0 10.96
43 Q. Flowers, USF vs. Illinois 27 — 280 — 4 — 1 25 — 106 — 1 10.86
44 Baker Mayfield, OU vs. TTU 34 — 281 — 4 — 1 6 — 20 — 1 10.77
45 Manny Wilkins, ASU vs. #24 ORE 39 — 347 — 1 — 0 14 — 35 — 2 10.76
46 Brian Lewerke, MSU @ #7 Mich. 22 — 94 — 1 — 0 15 — 61 — 1 10.61
47 D’Eriq King, HOU @ #17 USF 20 — 137 — 1 — 0 20 — 83 — 2 10.52
48 Ryan Finley, NCST @ #12 FSU 32 — 230 — 2 — 0 0 — 0 — 0 10.36
49 J.T. Barrett, Ohio St. vs. Maryland 31 — 261 — 3 — 0 8 — 59 — 1 10.32
50 B. Wimbush, ND vs. #14 NCST 19 — 104 — 2 — 0 7 — 21 — 1 9.99

* Wassink also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass vs. Buffalo.

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