QBL Week 1: Which SEC QBs are on the path to greatness?

Introducing the QB Ladder (aka “QBL,” aka “Cube-uhl,” aka “Q-Bladder” to the haters), a new college quarterback formula and ranking system that tosses out the archaic NCAA “Passer Rating” and accounts for a number of previously ignored factors (Rushing yards! Strength of opponent! Duh!).

This is not a ranking of the “best” quarterback with the tightest spiral or the quickest decision-making ability or the fastest 40 time. It’s about “greatness,” that all-important factor that — until now — was unquantifiable.

These numbers can and should be compared against quarterbacks from different eras, and SEC Country plans to do so as the season goes on.

Consider Week 1 a test run, as one-sided matchups and bizarre results abounded. You’ll find quarterbacks near the top of the list (Ex. Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur) who will likely slip over the next few weeks, while some of the preseason studs (Ex. Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald) won’t take long to climb up.

RELATED: National QB rankings using QBL

In other words, the larger the sample size, the more accurate the results.

Here’s how the SEC QB Ladder stands after Week 1:

Jalen Hurts-QBL-Alabama
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1. Jalen Hurts, Alabama

Season QBL: 9.86 | Week 1 QBL: 9.86 | 2017 national rank: 3
W, 24-7 vs. #3 Florida State (33 pass + rush, 151 total yards, 1 TD + 2-point conversion)

From Diehards.com: Alabama earned the only Top-10 victory of Week 1, as Hurts and the Crimson Tide took down No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta. The book is ut on Hurts’ passing ability, but he lofted a beautiful 53-yard touchdown throw to Calvin Ridley that gave the Tide a lead it never relinquished.

Shea Patterson-QBL-Ole Miss
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2. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss

Season QBL: 8.74 | Week 1 QBL: 8.74 | 2017 national rank: 4
W, 47-27 vs. South Alabama (41 pass + rush, 435 total yards, 4 TD)

From Diehards.com: The sophomore decided not to abandon ship during a tumultuous offseason, and his loyalty paid off in Week 1. Patterson was Manziel-like in a big win over South Alabama, escaping would-be tacklers while firing bullets across the gridiron. His biggest helper: A.J. Brown, who set a Rebels single-game record with 233 receiving yards.

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3. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt

Season QBL: 3.95 | Week 1 QBL: 3.95 | 2017 national rank: 14
W, 28-6 @ Middle Tennessee State (29 pass + rush, 290 total yards, 3 TD)

Those who paid close attention to SEC box scores last season noticed a shift in Vanderbilt’s offensive efficiency during the final few games. Coach Derek Mason began trusting Shurmur with more of a workload through the air, and he responded with surprising performances (most notably a 416-yard passing night vs. Tennessee). Vandy apparently plans on using Shurmur as a weapon this year, because he threw early and often in a big win over Middle Tennessee State.

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4. Drew Lock, Missouri

Season QBL: 3.31 | Week 1 QBL: 3.31 | 2017 national rank: 17
W, 72-43 vs. Missouri State (35 pass + rush, 527 total yards, 7 TD)

Missouri and FCS Missouri State put on an ugly defensive showing to open the season. Lock — who threw a school-record 7 touchdown passes — was the primary beneficiary of the madness (especially because he got a shoutout from Sheryl Crow). Most of his big plays came on quick throws or one-read designs. He should not be able to move the ball as easily against South Carolina on Saturday.

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5. Jake Bentley, South Carolina

Season QBL: 1.04 | Week 1 QBL: 1.04 | 2017 national rank: 30
W, 35-28 vs. North Carolina (34 pass + rush, 216 total yards, 3 TD)

Will Muschamp’s first South Carolina season began with an anemic offense and ended with hope, much of which was fulfilled this past Saturday when the Gamecocks hung 35 on North Carolina. Bentley was the star; his on-the-run touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel no doubt grabbed NFL scouts’ attention.

QBL post-Week 1

6. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn (1.01 — nat’l ranking: 33)
7. Quinten Dormady, Tennessee (0.98 – nat’l ranking: 34)
8. Stephen Johnson, Kentucky (0.91 — nat’l ranking: 37)
9. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (0.68 — nat’l ranking: 53)
10. Jake Fromm, Georgia (0.57 — nat’l ranking: 73)
11. Danny Etling, LSU (0.54 — nat’l ranking: 81)

12. Feleipe Franks, Florida (0.24)
13. Malik Zaire, Florida (0.23)
14. Keytaon Thompson, Mississippi State (0.20)
15. Austin Allen, Arkansas (0.19)
16. Cole Kelley, Arkansas (0.15)
17. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (0.14)
18. Nick Starkel, Texas A&M (0.09)

19. Myles Brennan, LSU (0.03)
20. Devin Adams, Auburn (0.01)
21. Jacob Eason, Georgia (0.007)
22. Brice Ramsey, Georgia (-0.34)

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