2011 Big East Positive Impact Factor: Week Eight

Collaros is #1 again in the Big East in the Positive Impact Factor.

The realignment nightmare is not over. Now it has descended into Louisville and West Virginia fighting each other to get out of the Big East and into the Big 12. There are politicians involved now and that's probably not going to be anything good. On the field this past week, Louisville and Syracuse shook up things in the Big East standings with wins over Rutgers and West Virginia. Turning to the Positive Impact Factor (what's this?), we can get a glimpse of what went into those wins and see if anything happened in the PIF standings.


Here's the updated standings:

 

2011 Big East Positive Impact Factor: Week Eight
Rank Quarterback Team Touches Total TD Neg Play XNeg Play XPos Play PIF
1. Zach Collaros Cincinnati 261 20 32.6 19.9 7.7 55.2
2. B.J. Daniels South Florida 313 15 33.9 16.6 4.8 54.3
3. Ryan Nassib Syracuse 253 17 35.6 17.4 6.7 53.7
4. Teddy Bridgewater Louisville 169 6 36.7 25 3.6 41.9
5. Geno Smith West Virginia 320 18 39.4 28.1 5.6 38.1
6. Tino Sunseri Pittsburgh 267 6 41.9 27 2.2 33.3
7. Johnny McEntee Connecticut 224 6 50.9 26.5 2.7 25.2
8. Gary Nova Rutgers 146 7 47.9 32.3 4.8 24.5

Zach Collaros returned to the #1 spot after his Bearcats defeated the South Florida Bulls. Collaros' outdueled B.J. Daniels in PIF 51.8 to 31.4. The only other change happened at the bottom of the standings. Idle Johnny McEntee passed Gary Nova who turned in an 18.3 PIF in Rutgers' loss to Louisville. Ryan Nassib rocked West Virginia's defense for five total touchdowns and a PIF of 91.7, the best of any Big East quarterback this season. Geno Smith's struggled against the Orange defense and only managed a PIF of 32 in a big loss. Teddy Bridgewater only turned in a 41.7 against Rutgers in a win, but that was also the highest PIF against the #1 Big East PIF ranked Rutgers defense.

Now for the defenses:

2011 Big East Defensive Positive Impact Factor
Rank Team Touches Total TD Neg Play XNeg Play XPos Play PIF
1. Rutgers 244 6 46.3 42.7 2.5 13.4
2. Cincinnati 304 12 38.2 43.9 3.9 21.9
3. Connecticut 299 12 42.8 30.4 4 30.8
4. South Florida 305 13 40.7 29.9 4.3 33.7
5. West Virginia 260 10 37.7 25.7 3.8 40.4
6. Syracuse 335 15 38.8 19.7 4.5 45.9
7. Louisville 261 10 38.3 17.7 3.8 47.8
8. Pittsburgh 323 10 40.2 9 3.1 53.8

 

Rutgers and Cincinnati didn't budge from the top spots. South Florida and Connecticut remain neck and neck this season and keep trading the #3 spot back and forth. Connecticut plays tonight against Pittsburgh which should help them stay in third place as Tino Sunseri produces touchdowns at a lower rate than anybody else in the Big East. Pittsburgh's defense needed to run into a quarterback like Johnny McEntee to feel good about themselves. However, we should remember this is the Big East so strange things can happen. Both Sunseri and McEntee have had a game with a PIF of 63+ this year. Syracuse and Louisville made the biggest moves after strong games against the quarterbacks of West Virginia and Rutgers.

Check out the previous weeks of the Big East Positive Impact Factor:

Week Seven

Week Six

Week Five

Week Four

Week Three

Week Two

Week One

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