Greatest College Quarterbacks of 2017, Week 9: Brandon Wimbush, Khalil Tate rise

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It had been 51 years since a ranked Notre Dame team beat a ranked USC team as badly as the Fighting Irish did Saturday night. Brandon Wimbush led the Irish charge, scoring 4 total touchdowns and racking up 106 rushing yards in a 49-14 win. For his efforts, Wimbush is now one of the 10 “greatest” quarterbacks in the country, per our QBG (quarterback greatness) metric.

He was not the only dual-threat quarterback to join that group. Arizona’s Khalil Tate ripped off his third consecutive impressive game to move into the No. 10 slot. Other impressive movers included Penn State’s Trace McSorley (to No. 18), Florida Atlantic’s Jason Driskel (No. 43) and Boston College’s Anthony Brown (No. 57).

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 9 (key below):

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

1. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma 🔥

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Oklahoma continues to flirt with a second loss, while Baker Mayfield continues to light up the box score. Another Sooners defeat seems as if it might happen any week now, and such a scenario likely would knock Mayfield out of the “G.O.A.T.” race. But that doesn’t mean the senior is unworthy of national recognition this season. He’s currently the leading Heisman Trophy candidate among quarterbacks, and can solidify a spot at No. 1 overall if he has a big game against Texas Tech while Penn State and running back Saquon Barkley fall apart at Ohio State. Speaking of the Buckeyes …

2. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 🔥

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J.T. Barrett is hot on Mayfield’s trail coming off a bye week. He has an opportunity to knock off the No. 2 team in the country on Saturday, which likely would result in a major QBG boost. Of course, if the game goes the other direction, Penn State’s Trace McSorley would have a good chance to climb past Barrett and several others. Games like Ohio State-Penn State are where the Heisman Trophy is won. This is Barrett’s biggest opportunity of the season.

3. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

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Much like their in-state rivals, Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys seem hell-bent on knocking themselves out of the College Football Playoff race. This past Saturday was a heart-in-your-throat moment for Oklahoma State at Texas. The Cowboys escaped, 13-10, in overtime, but Rudolph’s award candidacy took a hit thanks to a zero-touchdown performance. He has a three-game stretch against ranked teams upcoming: West Virginia, Oklahoma and Iowa State.

4. Kyle Kempt, Iowa State ⬆️

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Neither Kyle Kempt nor the Cyclones have fallen off their cloud yet. Iowa State is ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2005, and Kempt’s performance at Oklahoma earlier this month remains the “greatest” in the country this year. Iowa State will be thoroughly tested from here on out, as it faces TCU, West Virginia and Oklahoma State over the next three weeks.

5. Riley Ferguson, Memphis

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Riley Ferguson found it uncharacteristically tough to get into the end zone at Houston, but he passed for 471 yards and led a 17-point second-half comeback to keep Memphis on top of the AAC West. The Tigers will be favored to win each of their final four regular season games. Up next: Tulane on Friday night.

6. Eric Dungey, Syracuse ⛔️

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Miami needed to shut down Eric Dungey in order to beat Syracuse, and the Hurricanes defense did its job in an ugly 27-19 win. The Orange quarterback found some room to run, but completed just 13 of 41 passes, threw 4 interceptions and was routinely knocked to the ground. He’ll have a week off to heal before a matchup with Florida State on Nov. 4.

7. Will Grier, West Virginia 🔥

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Will Grier has been (quietly) lighting up the Big 12 for the past three weeks. Now, he has a great opportunity to join the Heisman conversation, as his Mountaineers host No. 11 Oklahoma State this weekend. If Grier can outduel Mason Rudolph and get to the 30-touchdown mark on the year (he’s at 26 now), he’ll race up rankings across the country.

8. Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame ⬆️⬆️⬆️

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A ranked Notre Dame team had never defeated a ranked USC team by 35-plus points in South Bend … until Saturday. Wimbush returned from a one-game absence (right foot injury) and helped the Fighting Irish destroy their Pac-12 rivals. All eyes now seem to be on Notre Dame-Miami and Notre Dame-Stanford in November, but the Irish would be foolish to overlook a 6-1 N.C. State team, ranked 14th in the country, this weekend.

9. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State ⬆️

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Nick Fitzgerald has been Superman in Mississippi State’s five victories, but has completely disappeared during the Bulldogs’ two losses. His numbers in MSU’s defeats (3.9 yards per throw, 1 total touchdown, 4 interceptions) have been abysmal, and threaten to keep him behind Alabama’s Jalen Hurts in the All-SEC race. For now, though, he’s back in the national top 10 thanks in part to a few quiet weeks from Hurts.

10. Khalil Tate, Arizona ⬆️🔥

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Arizona is now must-watch TV thanks to Tate, a sophomore who set an FBS record with 327 rushing yards earlier this month. He has now rushed for at least 137 yards and accounted for at least 3 touchdowns in each of the past three games, all Wildcats wins. Tate will attempt to keep the demolition going against No. 15 Washington State this Saturday night.

11. Luke Falk, Washington State (33.98)
12. Jalen Hurts, Alabama (33.46)
13. Ryan Finley, N.C. State (32.86)
14. Kelly Bryant, Clemson (32.82)
15. Sam Darnold, USC (32.00)
16. Josh Rosen, UCLA (31.87)
17. Logan Woodside, Toledo (31.25) ⬆️
18. Trace McSorley, Penn State (31.11) ⬆️
19. Kenny Hill, TCU (27.25)
20. Drew Lock, Missouri (27.01) ⬆️🔥
21. Lamar Jackson, Louisville (26.89)
22. Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech (25.10)
23. Nick Stevens, Colorado State (23.86)
24. Mason Fine, North Texas (23.20)
25. Jon Wassink, Western Michigan (22.76)

26. Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech (21.80)
27. Malik Rosier, Miami, FL (21.48) ⬆️
28. Ross Bowers, Cal (21.41)
29. McKenzie Milton, UCF (20.92)
30. Drew Anderson, Buffalo (20.65)
31. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State (20.52)
32. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss (20.47) ⛔️
33. Quinton Flowers, USF (18.39)
34. Zach Smith, Baylor (17.70)
35. Manny Wilkins, Arizona State (17.08)
36. Conner Manning, Georgia State (16.34)
37. Nate Stanley, Iowa (15.79)
38. Shane Morris, Central Michigan (15.26)
39. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (15.128)
40. Kurt Benkert, Virginia (15.125)
41. Arion Worthman, Air Force (14.40)
42. Danny Etling, LSU (14.08)
43. Jason Driskel, FAU (13.68) ⬆️⬆️⬆️🔥
44. Ty Gangi, Nevada (13.63)
45. Jake Browning, Washington (13.39)
46. Caleb Evans, UL-Monroe (13.34)
47. Tanner Lee, Nebraska (13.02)
48. TaQuon Marshall, Georgia Tech (12.64)
49. Zach Abey, Navy (11.99)
50. Justice Hansen, Arkansas State (11.79) ⬆️🔥

51. Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State (11.75)
52. John Wolford, Wake Forest (11.54)
53. Jake Fromm, Georgia (11.26)
54. Mike White, Western Kentucky (11.24) ⬆️🔥
55. Justin Herbert, Oregon (11.18)
56. Andrew Ford, UMass (10.90)
57. Anthony Brown, Boston College (10.69) ⬆️⬆️⬆️
58. Ben Hicks, SMU (10.54)
59. Chazz Surratt, North Carolina (10.27) ❄️
60. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn (10.23)
61. Jacob Park, Iowa State (10.12)
62. Daniel Jones, Duke (9.60)
63. Gus Ragland, Miami, OH (9.35)
64. Dru Brown, Hawaii (9.16)
65. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (9.06)
66. Thomas Sirk, ECU (9.04)
67. Chase Litton, Marshall (8.92)
68. Alex Delton, Kansas State (8.13) ⬆️⬆️⬆️
69. Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State (8.04)
70. Hayden Moore, Cincinnati (7.95)
71. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern (7.94)
72. Bryant Shirreffs, Connecticut (7.70)
73. Nathan Rourke, Ohio (7.48)
74. Brandon Silvers, Troy (7.46) ⬆️
75. Keon Howard, Southern Miss (7.44)
76. Brandon Dawkins, Arizona (7.01) ❄️
77. Keller Chryst, Stanford (6.90)
78. Jake Bentley, South Carolina (6.45)
79. Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin (6.42)
80. Montell Cozart, Boise State (6.12) ⬆️
81. Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan (6.09)
82. Hasaan Klugh, Charlotte (6.05)
83. Tyrrell Pigrome, Maryland (6.01)
84. Sam Ehlinger, Texas (5.73)
85. Chad President, Tulsa (5.68)
86. Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State (5.58)
87. Stephen Johnson, Kentucky (5.52)
88. Steven Montez, Colorado (5.27)
89. A.J. Erdely, UAB (5.16)
90. Max Bortenschlager, Maryland (5.13)
91. Dalton Sturm, UTSA (5.00)
92. K.J. Costello, Stanford (4.91)
93. Christian Chapman, San Diego State (4.84)
94. Max Browne, Pittsburgh (4.70)
95. Tyler Keane, Coastal Carolina (4.61) ⬆️
96. Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest (4.59)
97. David Blough, Purdue (4.46) ❄️
98. J’mar Smith, Louisiana Tech (4.41)
99. Armani Rogers, UNLV (4.21)
100. Peyton Ramsey, Indiana (4.05) ❄️

101. Dallas Davis, South Alabama (3.96) ⬆️
102. Thomas Woodson, Kentucky (3.84)
103. Josh Allen, Wyoming (3.58)
104. Matt Linehan, Idaho (3.50)
105. Austin Allen, Arkansas (3.49)
106. Kent Myers, Utah State (3.29) ❄️
107. Jesse Ertz, Kansas State (3.27)
108. Jonathan Banks, Tulane (3.25)
109. Kwadra Griggs, Southern Miss (3.20)
110. Elijah Sindelar, Purdue (3.15) ⛔️
111. Alex McGough, FIU (3.105)
112. Kyle Postma, Houston (3.101)
113. James Blackman, Florida State (3.09)
114. Ahmad Bradshaw, Army (2.98)
115. John Urzua, MTSU (2.96)
116. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (2.95)
117. Marcus Childers, Northern Illinois (2.87) ⬆️
118. Feleipe Franks, Florida (2.83) ❄️
119. Tyler Huntley, Utah (2.70) ⛔️
120. Damian Williams, Texas State (2.60)
121. Kyle Allen, Houston (2.54)
122. Logan Marchi, Temple (2.52)
123. Tyree Jackson, Buffalo (2.40)
124. Conor Rhoda, Minnesota (2.38) ❄️
125. Richard Lagow, Indiana (2.33)
126. Ben DiNucci, Pittsburgh (2.28)
127. Brett Rypien, Boise State (2.26)
128. Gardner Minshew, ECU (2.21)
129. Troy Williams, Utah (2.15)
130. James Morgan, Bowling Green (2.13) ❄️
131. Tyler Hilinski, Washington State (2.09)
132. Peyton Bender, Kansas (2.03) ❄️
133. Jordan Davis, Louisiana (1.97) ❄️
134. Quinten Dormady, Tennessee (1.96)
135. Daniel Parr, FAU (1.90) ⛔️
136. Wilton Speight, Michigan (1.88)
137. Andre Nunez, Louisiana (1.78) ⛔️
138. Riley Neal, Ball State (1.76)
139. Tevaka Tuioti, New Mexico (1.69) ⬆️
140. Demry Croft, Minnesota (1.66)
141. Jake Luton, Oregon State (1.65)
142. Montel Aaron, San Jose State (1.59)
143. Ross Comis, UMass (1.58) ⬆️
144. Cole Kelley, Arkansas (1.55) ❄️
145. Luke Skipper, Tulsa (1.54) ❄️
146. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (1.527)
147. Chason Virgil, Fresno State (1.5238)
148. John O’Korn, Michigan (1.5236)
149. Garrett Smith, UL-Monroe (1.48)
150. Shane Buechele, Texas (1.46)

Top 35 single-game performances

QB Game PAtt-Yds-TD-INT RAtt-Yds-TD QBG
1 Kyle Kempt, ISU @ #3 Okla. 24 — 343 — 3 — 0 3 — 0 — 0 36.67
2 Baker Mayfield, OU @ #2 Ohio St. 35 — 386 — 3 — 0 7 — -5 — 0 35.95
3 Eric Dungey, SYR vs. #2 Clem. 32 — 278 — 3 — 0 21 — 61 — 0 28.43
4 B. Wimbush, ND vs. #11 USC 19 — 120 — 2 — 0 14 — 106 — 2 26.87
5 Nick Fitzgerald, MSU vs. #12 LSU 23 — 180 — 2 — 0 14 — 88 — 2 21.24
6 Riley Ferguson, MEM vs. #25 UCLA 38 — 398 — 6 — 1 4 — -4 — 0 20.86
7 Drew Anderson, BUF vs. W. Mich. 61 — 597 — 7 — 0 3 — 13 — 1 19.14
8 Khalil Tate, ARI @ Colorado 13 — 154 — 1 — 0 14 — 327 — 4 18.63
9 Trace McSorley, PSU vs. #19 Mich. 26 — 282 — 1 — 1 11 — 76 — 3 18.10
10 Sam Darnold, USC vs. #14 Stan. 26 — 316 — 4 — 2 2 — 4 — 0 17.13
11 Zach Smith, BAYL vs. #3 Okla. 50 — 463 — 4 — 0 7 — -23 — 0 16.03
12 Kelly Bryant, CLEM @ #14 L’ville 32 — 316 — 1 — 0 18 — 26 — 2 15.91
13 Ross Bowers, CAL vs. #8 WSU 38 — 259 — 1 — 0 3 — -9 — 1 14.94
14 C. Manning, GAST @ ULM 35 — 446 — 4 — 0 4 — 19 — 0 14.67
15 J.T. Barrett, Ohio St. @ Nebraska 33 — 325 — 5 — 0 10 — 48 — 2 14.32
16 Jon Wassink, WMU @ Buffalo 29 — 256 — 5 — 1 8 — 26 — 0* 14.48
17 Nic Shimonek, TT vs. ASU 50 — 543 — 6 — 0 4 — -24 — 0 13.99
18 Josh Rosen, UCLA vs. Hawaii 25 — 329 — 5 — 0 2 — -17 — 0 13.93
19 Lamar Jackson, LOU @ UNC 39 — 393 — 3 — 0 19 — 132 — 3 13.25
20 Luke Falk, WSU vs. #5 USC 51 — 340 — 2 — 1 8 — -9 — 0 13.25
21 Logan Woodside, UT vs. Tulsa 33 — 458 — 6 — 1 2 — -1 — 0 13.23
22 Mason Rudolph, OSU @ Tex. Tech 38 — 376 — 3 — 1 11 — 50 — 2 12.98
23 L. Woodside, TOL vs. Akron 24 — 304 — 5 — 1 3 — 39 — 0 12.71
24 Kenny Hill, TCU vs. SMU 30 — 365 — 4 — 0 5 — 3 — 0 12.69
25 Shane Morris, CMU @ Kansas 37 — 467 — 5 — 0 8 — 32 — 0 12.40
26 Josh Jackson, VT vs. #22 WVU 26 — 235 — 1 — 0 11 — 101 — 1 12.02
27 Mason Rudolph, OSU @ Pitt 32 — 497 — 5 — 1 1 — 0 — 0 11.79
28 Drew Lock, MIZ @ #4 UGA 25 — 253 — 4 — 1 2 — 15 — 0 11.05
29 Jason Driskel, FAU vs. N. Texas 35 — 357 — 2 — 0 4 — 68 — 1 10.97
30 Ryan Finley, NCST vs. #17 LOU 31 — 367 — 1 — 0 7 — 19 — 0 10.96
31 Q. Flowers, USF vs. Illinois 27 — 280 — 4 — 1 25 — 106 — 1 10.86
32 Manny Wilkins, ASU vs. #24 ORE 39 — 347 — 1 — 0 14 — 35 — 2 10.76
33 Brian Lewerke, MSU @ #7 Mich. 22 — 94 — 1 — 0 15 — 61 — 1 10.61
34 Ryan Finley, NCST @ #12 FSU 32 — 230 — 2 — 0 0 — 0 — 0 10.36
35 J.T. Barrett, OSU vs. Maryland 31 — 261 — 3 — 0 8 — 59 — 1 10.32

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

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