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2011 Big East Positive Impact Factor: Week Two

When kickoff happens tonight, we'll already been on Week Three of the college football season. Doesn't it go so fast? Before we move on to Week Three, it is time to review Week Two's quarterback performances using the Positive Impact Factor (what's this?). The Big East didn't perform as I expected last week but the problem was not so much the Big East quarterbacks as the Big East defenses against opposing quarterbacks that seemed to be an issue in the games.

Although national ranks aren't yet complete, here's how things looked in Week Two for the Big East (click here to review Week One's PIF):


2011 Big East Positive Impact Factor: Week Two
Rank QB Team Touches Total TD Neg Play X Neg Play X Pos Play PIF

Geno Smith West Virginia 37 4 40.5 0 10.8 70.3

Zach Collaros Cincinnati 41 2 39 0 4.9 65.9

B.J. Daniels South Florida 44 1 27.3 18.2 2.3 56.8

Ryan Nassib Syracuse 40 3 27.5 25 7.5 55

Will Stein Louisville 56 2 33.9 15.4 3.6 54.3

Chas Dodd Rutgers 52 2 50 0 3.8 53.8

Tino Sunseri Pittsburgh 45 0 46.7 28.6 0 24.8
Johnny McEntee Connecticut 31 0 71 85.3 0 -56.3

Geno Smith had another solid week with a big win against Norfolk State and has posted six touchdowns and 0 turnovers on the season. Zach Collaros is still putting up good numbers for Cincinnati and avoiding the turnover bug that plagued the Bearcat offense last season. B.J. Daniels moved up one spot from last week despite throwing an interception in a comfortable win against Ball State. Ryan Nassib was higher last week but is still doing much better than his career average for Syracuse. Will Stein threw a pick six against FIU but bounced back and tried to rally Louisville after the defense let T.Y. Hilton put up some long receiving scores. Chas Dodd was all the offense Rutgers had against North Carolina because his rushing game went almost literally nowhere against the Heels. Tino Sunseri is struggling mightily in Todd Graham's offense. Pitt would be in big trouble right now without Ray Graham. To describe how bad Johnny McEntee's game against Vanderbilt was going, consider the following: 71% of his touches ended in an incompletion, fumble or sack.


Now for the defenses:


2011 Big East Defensive Positive Impact Factor
Rank Team Opponent Touches Total TD Neg Play X Neg Play X Pos Play PIF
Rutgers North Carolina 32 1 25 100 3.1 -21.9
Connecticut Vanderbilt 37 1 56.8 49 2.7 -3
South Florida Ball State 42 0 40.5 57.1 0 2.4
Syracuse Rhode Island 45 1 42.2 25 2.2 35
Pittsburgh Maine 55 3 38.2 0 5.5 67.3
West Virginia Norfolk State 44 0 31.8 0 0 68.2
Louisville FIU 23 2 34.8 0 8.7 73.9
Cincinnati Tennessee 43 5 16.3 0 11.6 95.3

There was plenty of movement in the defensive ranks as the competition changed from last week. Cincinnati did a 180. After holding Austin Peay to a near -100 PIF, they dropped from 1st to 8th this week by allowing Tyler Bray to put up a 95.3. Rutgers has been in the top 2 both weeks of the season but did not find a way to convert UNC's handful of turnovers into enough points. Blame the rushing game's lack of production, not QB Chas Dodd. South Florida really impressed me as they held Ball State's QB Keith Wenning to a 2.4 rating after he posted a 91.9 against Indiana last week. Syracuse won a close one against FCS Rhode Island in part by keeping their quarterback in check. Pittsburgh had a rough outing against Maine's Warren Smith, but the Panthers had the running game working in a win. West Virginia has prevented opposing QBs from scoring touchdowns this season, but have allowed them to move the ball on the defense with some efficiency. FIU's Wes Carroll had an easy night against Louisville when they didn't cover his favorite target T.Y. Hilton.