2011 Big East Positive Impact Factor: Week Four

One third of the college football season has now gone by. That is certainly depressing news. The Big East presidents are meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss who knows what (likely survival). However, on the field, the Big East had some good performances during the past week of games from the league's quarterbacks. Here's the updated Positive Impact Factor (what's this?) numbers through Week Four:

2011 Big East Positive Impact Factor: Week Four
Rank QB Team Touches Total TD Neg Play X Neg Play X Pos Play PIF
1 Zach Collaros Cincinnati 126 12 31 5.7 9.5 72.9
2 B.J. Daniels South Florida 163 10 30.1 4.8 6.1 71.3
3 Ryan Nassib Syracuse 140 9 32.1 19.8 6.4 54.4
4 Chas Dodd Rutgers 104 6 43.3 9.8 5.8 52.7
5 Will Stein Louisville 101 5 38.6 15.8 5 50.6
6 Tino Sunseri Pittsburgh 166 4 39.2 28.2 2.4 35.1
7 Geno Smith West Virginia 194 9 35.6 45.9 4.6 23.2
8 Johnny McEntee Connecticut 103 2 53.4 33.7 1.9 14.9

Of all of these quarterbacks, Johnny McEntee made the biggest leap forward with his 2 touchdown performance against Buffalo. McEntee was the last Big East quarterback to produce a touchdown this season and yet, his rate isn't far behind that of Tino Sunseri who moved up to 6th despite the loss to Notre Dame. Geno Smith dropped one spot but his rating took a big hit due to three turnovers against LSU. Although he produced two touchdowns, his percentage took a hit because of how many attempts it took to get them. Zach Collaros remained number one overall after a very solid game against N.C. State, but B.J. Daniels is getting closer after demolishing UTEP. Ryan Nassib remained in third place with another good game. Will Stein dropped one spot during the bye week. Chas Dodd was able to move into the top half of the league after a win over Ohio.

Now for the defenses:


2011 Big East Defensive Positive Impact Factor
Rank Team Touches Total TD Neg Play X Neg Play X Pos Play PIF
1 Cincinnati 152 9 38.2 73.9 5.9 -6.1
2 Rutgers 116 4 44.8 45.2 3.4 13.4
3 South Florida 177 6 42.9 41.6 3.4 18.8
4 Connecticut 149 2 49 30.6 1.3 21.7
5 Louisville 126 4 38.1 15.8 3.2 49.3
6 Pittsburgh 215 6 36.7 15.1 2.8 50.9
7 West Virginia 147 4 34.7 12.5 2.7 55.5
8 Syracuse 184 10 34.2 10.7 5.4 60.5

On the defensive side of things, Pittsburgh moved up two spots in a loss. Besides that last drive where Tommy Rees tore them apart, they held him in check. Cincinnati and Rutgers saw their ratings fall in wins but were still ahead of the pack. South Florida and Connecticut switched places this week. However, the Huskies have held opposing quarterbacks to just 2 total touchdowns this season. Louisville stayed in fifth place during their bye week. West Virginia lost to LSU and allowed Jarrett Lee to throw a touchdown pass on 10.7% of his attempts so their rating took a hit. Syracuse dropped into last place this week. Even though they beat Toledo, their defense became the first in the Big East to give up double digit touchdowns on the season to opposing quarterbacks.

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




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