Greatest College Quarterback of 2017, Week 14: Jarrett Stidham makes another leap

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Much like the Heisman Trophy, the quarterback “greatness” crown is Baker Mayfield’s to lose. At present, the conversation is more about the players jockeying for the runner-up position.

Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham staked his claim with another strong performance, this time against top-ranked Alabama in the most-watched game of the season. The first-year Tigers starter rose from No. 12 to No. 4 after the upset win, and is in strong position to lock down a top-5 spot on the final list with another big game against Georgia this Saturday.

To give you an idea of how our formula (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 12 (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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A one-drive suspension didn’t deter Mayfield from ripping West Virginia. He put up 281 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 17 passing attempts, and now boasts the best adjusted-yards-per-attempt figure in FBS history (13.33). Who’s No. 2? That’d be Mayfield in 2016 (12.30).

2. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 

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We’ve got a full-blown Big Ten controversy. This past Saturday at Michigan, an unidentified cameraman ran into J.T. Barrett’s right knee on the sideline, which eventually forced the star quarterback out of the contest. He’s listed as “probable” to start against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, but Urban Meyer is looking for blood.

3. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State 

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The nation’s leader in passing yards will be sitting at home during the Big 12 title game. Mason Rudolph and his Cowboys are projected to land in a slightly-above-average December bowl game, meaning he won’t have a shot at winning the 2017 “greatness” crown unless he puts up — *checks calculations* — 13 touchdowns against Virginia Tech (or something like that).

4. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn ⬆️

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An efficient passer all season, Jarrett Stidham has given Gus Malzahn and the Auburn offense a dimension it’s been sorely lacking since dual-threat star Nick Marshall left three years ago. His consistent play helped the Tigers slay a pair of No. 1 teams over the past month, and — along with an elite defensive line and a powerful running game — makes them a legitimate national title threat.

5. Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame 

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Notre Dame held a fourth-quarter lead at Stanford, and the Irish appeared ready to end their regular season on a positive note. But Brandon Wimbush tossed 2 interceptions in the final frame and the Cardinal rallied for 21 consecutive points. The junior should be back for one more shot at a national title in 2018.

6. Riley Ferguson, Memphis 

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Riley Ferguson continues to destroy opposing defenses and now has at least 32 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons. Saturday, he’ll square off against UCF and quarterback McKenzie Milton (No. 16 on this list) in the AAC Championship Game. The winner is headed to a major bowl game.

7. Nate Stanley, Iowa 

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The “good” Nate Stanley was back against Nebraska after two weeks of ceding the spotlight to the “bad” version. He tossed a pair of touchdown passes in a big win over Nebraska, and his 25 on the season — including 5 against both Ohio State and Iowa State — are the most for a Hawkeyes quarterback since James Vandenberg posted the same amount in 2011.

8. John Wolford, Wake Forest 

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John Wolford was due for a rough game, and he had one against Duke. The dual-threat wizard could not get things going through the air vs. the Blue Devils, and that letdown will cost Wake in bowl positioning. That being said, this has been the most impressive Demon Deacons quarterback season in recent memory.

9. Will Grier, West Virginia 

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A broken finger against Texas ended Will Grier’s regular season last week. Can he get it right before West Virginia’s bowl game? Either way, he should be back in 2018 to put up more big numbers.

10. Khalil Tate, Arizona 

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Coach Rich Rodriguez sent Khalil Tate to the sideline during a loss to rival Arizona State, apparently due to injury. But the Pac-12 Network reported he was “fine,” leaving fans to scratch their heads and wonder how such a promising situation could go down the drain so quickly.

11. Jalen Hurts, Alabama (54.58)
12. Kyle Kempt, Iowa State (53.91)
13. Lamar Jackson, Louisville (53.02) ⬆️🔥
14. Sam Darnold, USC (51.62)
15. Malik Rosier, Miami, FL (51.45)
16. McKenzie Milton, UCF (48.96) ⬆️🔥
17. Kelly Bryant, Clemson (45.10)
18. Luke Falk, Washington State (43.89)
19. Trace McSorley, Penn State (41.63)
20. Josh Rosen, UCLA (40.39)
21. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (40.19) ⛔️
22. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State (40.02)
23. Eric Dungey, Syracuse (40.01)
24. Ryan Finley, N.C. State (39.19)
25. Drew Lock, Missouri (38.30) ⬆️

26. Kenny Hill, TCU (37.58) 🔥
27. Logan Woodside, Toledo (37.57)
28. Caleb Evans, UL-Monroe (37.11) ⬆️
29. Mason Fine, North Texas (35.39)
30. K.J. Costello, Stanford (33.79) ⬆️⬆️⬆️
31. Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech (32.18)
32. Kurt Benkert, Virginia (32.04)
33. Quinton Flowers, USF (32.03) ⬆️
34. Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss (29.85) ⬆️
35. Shane Morris, Central Michigan (27.99)
36. Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech (27.85)
37. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh (27.39) ⬆️⬆️⬆️
38. Manny Wilkins, Arizona State (27.25)
39. Nick Stevens, Colorado State (26.90) 🔥
40. TaQuon Marshall, Georgia Tech (26.74)
41. Skylar Thompson, Kansas State (24.93)
42. Jason Driskel, Florida Atlantic (24.86)
43. Danny Etling, LSU (24.79) ⬆️
44. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern (24.21)
45. Ross Bowers, Cal (23.72)
46. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (23.60) ⬆️
47. Mike White, Western Kentucky (23.18)
48. Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State (23.11) ⬆️
49. Tanner Lee, Nebraska (23.03)
50. Jon Wassink, Western Michigan (22.76)

51. Ben Hicks, SMU (22.47)
52. Justice Hansen, Arkansas State (22.34) ⬆️
53. D’Eriq King, Houston (22.26) ⬆️
54. Drew Anderson, Buffalo (20.65)
55. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss (20.47)
56. Conner Manning, Georgia State (19.23)
57. Jake Browning, Washington (18.72)
58. Ty Gangi, Nevada (18.12)
59. Zach Smith, Baylor (17.45) ⛔️
60. Daniel Jones, Duke (16.86)
61. Arion Worthman, Air Force (16.13)
62. Jake Fromm, Georgia (16.05)
63. Nathan Rourke, Ohio (15.97)
64. Brett Rypien, Boise State (15.59)
65. Justin Herbert, Oregon (14.80) 🔥
66. Chase Litton, Marshall (14.30) ⬆️
67. Steven Montez, Colorado (14.22)
68. Zach Abey, Navy (13.05)
69. Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State (13.04)
70. Gus Ragland, Miami, OH (12.84)
71. Brandon Silvers, Troy (12.74) ⬆️
72. Andrew Ford, Massachusetts (12.32)
73. Tyler Huntley, Utah (11.65)
74. Dru Brown, Hawaii (11.33)
75. Anthony Brown, Boston College (11.14)
76. Frank Nutile, Temple (11.02)
77. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo (10.80) ⬆️🔥
78. Chazz Surratt, North Carolina (10.69)
79. Hayden Moore, Cincinnati (10.46)
80. Kato Nelson, Akron (10.36)
81. Jacob Park, Iowa State (10.12)
82. A.J. Erdely, UAB (9.83)
83. Kwadra Griggs, Southern Miss (9.40) ⬆️
84. Jake Bentley, South Carolina (9.29)
85. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (9.26)
86. Thomas Sirk, ECU (8.88)
87. Alex Delton, Kansas State (8.87)
88. Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin (8.82)
89. Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan (8.81)
90. Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State (8.57) ⬆️
91. J’mar Smith, Louisiana Tech (8.41)
92. Alex McGough, Florida International (8.37) ⬆️
93. Jonathan Banks, Tulane (8.32) ⬆️
94. Bryant Shirreffs, Connecticut (8.30)
95. Keon Howard, Southern Miss (8.28)
96. Elijah Sindelar, Purdue (8.25)
97. Gardner Minshew, ECU (8.11)
98. Josh Allen, Wyoming (7.94)
99. Hasaan Klugh, Charlotte (7.91) ⬆️
100. Sam Ehlinger, Texas (7.81)

Top 70 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 Jarrett Stidham, AUB vs. #1 UGA 23 — 214 — 3 — 0 7 — 3 — 1 33.60
7 Baker Mayfield, OU vs. #6 TCU 27 — 333 — 3 — 0 11 — 50 — 0 29.77
8 Eric Dungey, SYR vs. #2 Clem. 32 — 278 — 3 — 0 21 — 61 — 0 28.43
9 B. Wimbush, ND vs. #11 USC 19 — 120 — 2 — 0 14 — 106 — 2 26.87
10 Kenny Pickett, Pitt vs. #2 Miami 29 — 193 — 1 — 0 13 — 60 — 2 26.74
11 K.J. Costello, STAN vs. #8 ND 22 — 176 — 4 — 0 4 — (-1) — 0 23.82
12 S. Thompson, KSU @ #13 OSU 13 — 204 — 3 — 0 17 — 93 — 1 22.90
13 John Wolford, WAKE vs. Louisville 34 — 461 — 5 — 0 4 — 14 — 1 21.39
14 Nick Fitzgerald, MSU vs. #12 LSU 23 — 180 — 2 — 0 14 — 88 — 2 21.24
15 Riley Ferguson, MEM vs. #25 UCLA 38 — 398 — 6 — 1 4 — (-4) — 0 20.86
16 Khalil Tate, Arizona vs. #15 WSU 17 — 275 — 2 — 1 13 — 146 — 1 20.74
17 Drew Anderson, BUF vs. W. Mich. 61 — 597 — 7 — 0 3 — 13 — 1 19.14
18 Khalil Tate, Arizona @ Colorado 13 — 154 — 1 — 0 14 — 327 — 4 18.63
19 Trace McSorley, PSU vs. #19 Mich. 26 — 282 — 1 — 1 11 — 76 — 3 18.10
20 Sam Darnold, USC vs. #14 Stan. 26 — 316 — 4 — 2 2 — 4 — 0 17.13
21 Malik Rosier, MIA vs. #3 ND 24 — 137 — 1 — 0 9 — 44 — 1 17.01
22 M. Milton, UCF vs. #22 USF 44 — 373 — 4 — 1 11 — 56 — 1 16.46
23 Zach Smith, BAYL vs. #3 Okla. 50 — 463 — 4 — 0 7 — (-23) — 0 16.03
24 Kelly Bryant, CLEM @ #14 L’ville 32 — 316 — 1 — 0 18 — 26 — 2 15.91
25 Jarrett Stidham, AUB vs. #1 ALA 28 — 237 — 0 — 0 12 — 51 — 1 15.08
26 Ross Bowers, CAL vs. #8 WSU 38 — 259 — 1 — 0 3 — -9 — 1 14.94
27 Mason Rudolph, OSU @ #21 ISU 31 — 376 — 3 — 0 4 — 9 — 0 14.84
28 C. Manning, GAST @ ULM 35 — 446 — 4 — 0 4 — 19 — 0 14.67
29 J.T. Barrett, Ohio St. @ Nebraska 33 — 325 — 5 — 0 10 — 48 — 2 14.32
30 Jon Wassink, WMU @ Buffalo 29 — 256 — 5 — 1 8 — 26 — 0* 14.48
31 Nic Shimonek, TT vs. ASU 50 — 543 — 6 — 0 4 — (-24) — 0 13.99
32 Josh Rosen, UCLA vs. Hawaii 25 — 329 — 5 — 0 2 — (-17) — 0 13.93
33 Clayton Thorson, NW vs. #16 MSU 48 — 356 — 2 — 0 7 — 11 — 1 13.70
34 Caleb Evans, ULM vs. App. St. 32 — 356 — 3 — 1 9 — 47 — 2 13.66
35 Brian Lewerke, MSU vs. #7 PSU 56 — 400 — 2 — 1 7 — 25 — 0 13.64
36 Mason Rudolph, OSU vs. #5 OU 54 — 448 — 5 — 2 4 — (-15) — 0 13.41
37 Lamar Jackson, LOU @ UNC 39 — 393 — 3 — 0 19 — 132 — 3 13.25
38 Luke Falk, WSU vs. #5 USC 51 — 340 — 2 — 1 8 — -9 — 0 13.25
39 Logan Woodside, UT vs. Tulsa 33 — 458 — 6 — 1 2 — (-1) — 0 13.23
40 J.T. Barrett, Ohio St. vs. #12 MSU 21 — 183 — 2 — 2 9 — 55 — 2 13.20
41 Mason Rudolph, OSU @ Tex. Tech 38 — 376 — 3 — 1 11 — 50 — 2 12.98
42 Riley Ferguson, MEM vs. SMU 27 — 320 — 2 — 1 6 — 29 — 3 12.89
43 L. Woodside, TOL vs. Akron 24 — 304 — 5 — 1 3 — 39 — 0 12.71
44 Kurt Benkert, UVA @ #3 Miami 37 — 384 — 4 — 1 7 — (-25) — 0 12.69
45 Kenny Hill, TCU vs. SMU 30 — 365 — 4 — 0 5 — 3 — 0 12.69
46 Shane Morris, CMU @ Kansas 37 — 467 — 5 — 0 8 — 32 — 0 12.40
47 Will Grier, WVU vs. #15 ISU 25 — 316 — 2 — 1 5 — 28 — 0 12.38
48 Jalen Hurts, ALA @ #16 MSU 19 — 242 — 1 — 0 19 — 40 — 1 12.31
49 Josh Jackson, VT vs. #22 WVU 26 — 235 — 1 — 0 11 — 101 — 1 12.02
50 TaQuon Marshall, GT vs. #17 VT 8 — 140 — 2 — 1 22 — 64 – 2 11.88
51 Mason Rudolph, OSU @ Pitt 32 — 497 — 5 — 1 1 — 0 — 0 11.79
52 Kyle Kempt, ISU vs. #4 TCU 35 — 202 — 2 — 1 3 — (-14) — 0 11.54
53 Lamar Jackson, LOU vs. Virginia 26 — 195 — 3 — 0 15 — 147 — 1 11.06
54 Drew Lock, MIZ @ #4 UGA 25 — 253 — 4 — 1 2 — 15 — 0 11.05
55 Jason Driskel, FAU vs. N. Texas 35 — 357 — 2 — 0 4 — 68 — 1 10.97
56 Jordan Ta’amu, OLE @ Kentucky 40 — 382 — 4 — 0 10 — 8 — 0 10.97
57 Ryan Finley, NCST vs. #17 LOU 31 — 367 — 1 — 0 7 — 19 — 0 10.96
58 Q. Flowers, USF vs. Illinois 27 — 280 — 4 — 1 25 — 106 — 1 10.86
59 Baker Mayfield, OU vs. TTU 34 — 281 — 4 — 1 6 — 20 — 1 10.77
60 Manny Wilkins, ASU vs. #24 ORE 39 — 347 — 1 — 0 14 — 35 — 2 10.76
61 Brian Lewerke, MSU @ #7 Mich. 22 — 94 — 1 — 0 15 — 61 — 1 10.61
62 D’Eriq King, HOU @ #17 USF 20 — 137 — 1 — 0 20 — 83 — 2 10.52
63 Q. Flowers, USF @ #15 UCF 45 — 503 — 4 — 1 20 — 102 — 1 10.50
64 Ryan Finley, NCST @ #12 FSU 32 — 230 — 2 — 0 0 — 0 — 0 10.36
65 J.T. Barrett, Ohio St. vs. Maryland 31 — 261 — 3 — 0 8 — 59 — 1 10.32
66 John Wolford, WAKE vs. #19 NC St. 28 — 247 — 3 — 1 8 — 31 — 0 10.32
67 Will Grier, WVU vs. ECU 46 — 372 — 4 — 2 3 — (-5) — 0 10.24
68 Jordan Ta’amu, OLE vs. Louisiana 36 — 418 — 3 — 1 7 — 13 — 2 9.99
69 B. Wimbush, ND vs. #14 NCST 19 — 104 — 2 — 0 7 — 21 — 1 9.99
70 Mason Rudolph, OSU @ #22 WVU 34 — 216 — 3 — 1 2 — 5 — 1 9.86

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

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