05 Mar 2011
We're not charting new territory by exploring the limitations of the NCAA quarterback efficiency rating. A Cal Bears SBNation blog provided an exhaustive analysis last week that compared the standard QB rating metric with an alternative that included a quarterback's contribution on the ground.
Taking our own approach for ESPN, we examined the quarterback rating data through a combination of simple opponent-adjusted lenses. First, we compared the ratings for each returning quarterback against the defenses he faced last season according to QB rating surrendered. Cincinnati's Zach Collaros faced the toughest pass defenses in the nation last year by this method. Second, we compared each quarterback's game-by-game ratings against F/+ defensive categories and found only a few passers that performed with consistent efficiency against both the best and worst defenses he faced.
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