Going Bowling: Picking every game


If you’re like us, then you’re watching the New Orleans Bowl right now as it kicks off bowl season. After a rather unimpressive showing in last year’s picks, Bryce & Dan are back to make more. This time Brett joins us to fill out the roster. Here’s every bowl game, with viewing info, and our professional football watchers picks:

Bowl Location Date/Time TV BRETT DAN BRYCE
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome Dec. 20 11 a.m. ESPN Nevada ULL ULL
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Utah State vs. UTEP Albuquerque, N.M. University Stadium Dec. 20 2:20 p.m. ESPN Utah State UTEP Utah State
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah vs. Colorado State Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium Dec. 20 3:30 p.m. ABC Rado St Utah Utah
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan vs. Air Force Boise, Idaho Albertsons Stadium Dec. 20 5:45 p.m. ESPN AF Western Mich. West Mich
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl South Alabama vs. Bowling Green Montgomery, Ala. Cramton Bowl Dec. 20 9:15 p.m. ESPN BGSU BG USA
Miami Beach Bowl BYU vs. Memphis Miami Marlins Park Dec. 22- 2 p.m. ESPN BYU BYU BYU
Boca Raton Bowl Marshall vs. Northern Illinois Boca Raton, Fla. FAU Stadium Dec. 23- 6 p.m. ESPN NIU Marshall Marshall
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Navy vs. San Diego State San Diego Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 23 9:30 p.m. ESPN Navy SDSU Navy
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky Nassau, Bahamas Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium Dec. 24 Noon ESPN CMU WKU W. Kentucky
Hawai’i Bowl Fresno State vs. Rice Honolulu Aloha Stadium Dec. 24- 8 p.m. ESPN Fresno St Fresno St Rice
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech Dallas Cotton Bowl Dec. 26- 1 p.m. ESPN Illinois La Tech La Tech
Quick Lane Bowl Rutgers vs. North Carolina Detroit Ford Field Dec. 26 4:30 p.m. ESPN UNC UNC Rutgers
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl NC State vs. UCF St. Petersburg, Fla. Tropicana Field Dec. 26- 8 p.m. ESPN NC State UCF UCF
Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech Annapolis, Md. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Dec. 27- 1 p.m. ESPN Cincy VT Cincy
Hyundai Sun Bowl Arizona State vs. Duke El Paso, Texas Sun Bowl Dec. 27- 2 p.m. CBS Zona St ASU AZ State
Duck Commander Independence Bowl Miami vs. South Carolina Shreveport, La. Independence Stadium Dec. 27 3:30 p.m. ABC The U Miami Miami
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Boston College vs. Penn State Bronx, N.Y. Yankee Stadium Dec. 27 4:30 p.m. ESPN Hackenbergs PSU Penn State
National University Holiday Bowl Nebraska vs. USC San Diego Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 27- 8 p.m. ESPN USC Nebraska Nebraska
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Texas A&M vs. West Virginia Memphis, Tenn. Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Dec. 29- 2 p.m. ESPN A&M A&M WVU
Russell Athletic Bowl Oklahoma vs. Clemson Orlando, Fla. Florida Citrus Bowl Dec. 29 5:30 p.m. ESPN Clemson Clemson Oklahoma
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Arkansas vs. Texas Houston NRG Stadium Dec. 29- 9 p.m. ESPN Texas Arkansas Arkansas
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Notre Dame vs. LSU Nashville, Tenn. LP Field Dec. 30- 3 p.m. ESPN Irish LSU LSU
Belk Bowl Georgia vs. Louisville Charlotte, N.C. Bank of America Stadium Dec. 30 6:30 p.m. ESPN The Ville Georgia Georgia
Foster Farms Bowl Maryland vs. Stanford Santa Clara, Calif. Levi’s Stadium Dec. 30 10 p.m. ESPN Stanford Stanford Maryland
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl No. 9 Ole Miss vs. No. 6 TCU Atlanta Georgia Dome Dec. 31 12:30 p.m. ESPN TCU TCU TCU
VIZIO Fiesta Bowl No. 20 Boise State vs. No. 10 Arizona Glendale, Ariz. University of Phoenix Stadium Dec. 31- 4 p.m. ESPN Zona Arizona Boise
Capital One Orange Bowl No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Georgia Tech Miami Gardens, Fla. Sun Life Stadium Dec. 31- 8 p.m. ESPN Ga Tech Miss St. Miss State
Outback Bowl Auburn vs. Wisconsin Tampa, Fla. Raymond James Stadium Jan. 1 Noon ESPN2 Auburn Wisconsin Auburn
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic No. 8 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Baylor Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium Jan. 1 12:30 p.m. ESPN Mich St Baylor Mich State
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Missouri vs. Minnesota Orlando, Fla. Florida Citrus Bowl Jan. 1- 1 p.m. ABC Sota Mizzou Minnesota
Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern MutualCollege Football Playoff Semifinal No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State Pasadena, Calif. Rose Bowl Jan. 1- 5 p.m. ESPN Oregon Oregon Oregon
Allstate Sugar BowlCollege Football Playoff Semifinal No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. ESPN Bama Bama Ohio State
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Houston vs. Pittsburgh Fort Worth, Texas Amon G. Carter Stadium Jan. 2 Noon ESPN Houston Pitt Pitt
TaxSlayer Bowl Iowa vs. Tennessee Jacksonville, Fla. EverBank Field Jan. 2 3:20 p.m. ESPN Tennessee Iowa Iowa
Valero Alamo Bowl Kansas State vs. UCLA San Antonio Alamodome Jan. 2 6:45 p.m. ESPN UCLA K-State K-State
TicketCity Cactus Bowl Washington vs. Oklahoma State Tempe, Ariz. Sun Devil Stadium Jan. 2 10:15 p.m. ESPN OKST UW Washington
Birmingham Bowl East Carolina vs. Florida Birmingham, Ala. Legion Field Jan. 3- 1 p.m. ESPN Florida ECU ECU
GoDaddy Bowl Toledo vs. Arkansas State Mobile, Ala. Ladd-Peebles Stadium Jan. 4- 9 p.m. ESPN Toledo Ark St. Arkansas State
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented By AT&T TBD vs. TBD Arlington, Texas AT&T Stadium Jan. 12 TBD ESPN Alabama Oregon Oregon

2014 QB Rankings #31-45

McGough in the Spring Game

45. Alex McGough, FIU, FR (NR)
2014 stats (12/17): 138/274 (50.4%), 1680 yds, 14 TD, 10 INT

Typical freshman year for a second tier Florida school freshman. And we’ll admit this is an awfully bold ranking. Let’s say this one is about 95% based on projectability and because we believe McGough should be a four year starter when all is said and done.

44. Kale Pearson, Air Force, SR (NR)
2014 stats (12/18): 96/162 (59.3%), 1513 yds, 14 TD, 3 INT, 157 att, 646 yds, 6 TD

Led the Falcons to big wins over Boise State and Georgia Tech. Will see Western Michigan in bowl game.

Kale Money


43. Joe Licata, Buffalo, JR (81)
2014 stats (12/18): 224/345 (64.9%), 2647 yds, 29 TD, 11 INT

More TDs, fewer INTs from when we saw him last year in fewer pass attempts. If their Kent State game didn’t get postponed and then cancelled, we might see Broadway Joe here in a bowl game. Either way, looking forward to his senior season at Buffalo. Also the Western New York High School record book leader in three pointers made.



42. Dylan Thompson, South Carolina, SR (NR)
2014 stats (12/18): 248/417 (59.5%), 3280 yds, 24 TD, 11 INT

South Carolina really underperformed this year all around, but they will be heading to the Independence Bowl against Miami (sponsored by first year partner Duck Commander). Threw for over 62% completion in half of the games. In a year where SC didn’t play Alabama, Ole Miss, or Mississippi State, again we say the Gamecocks underperformed.

41. Grant Hedrick, Boise State, SR (NR)
2014 stats (12/17): 270/381 (70.9%), 3387 yds, 22 TD, 13 INT

Started five games last year in injury replacement duty and started all 13 for the Fiesta Bowl bound Broncos. Had two bad games which resulted in Boise State’s two losses.


Eight interceptions combined between the Air Force and Ole Miss losses. Lowest point total in wins was 28; had 27 points between the two losses. Arizona’s trouble at the quarterback position could make for a very interesting Fiesta Bowl matchup.


40. Hutson Mason, Georgia, SR (NR)
2014 stats (12/18): 176/307 (57.3%), 2019 yds, 20 TD, 4 INT

It’s tough to follow the greatest statistical QB in SEC history in Aaron Murray, but Mason is trying and succeeding for the most part. Georgia QBs are tasked with taking care of the football and making the easy throws to open receivers. Murray got a little more leeway than most, but Mason is back in that mold. Not a great athlete, but Mason moves around well in the pocket, steps up and finds guys down the field. Has only taken 15 sacks this season. With all that said, he’s still a great turn-around and hand it off guy, which is just what the Bulldogs like in a QB. Mason has done his job in his time at UGA.

39. Brad Kaaya, Miami, FR (NR)
2014 stats (12/18): 202/345 (58.6%), 2962 yds, 25 TD, 11 INT

A young guy that got the nod as the starting QB held up well and put up nice numbers in his freshman season. If you’re looking for a guy to build around, he is it, and just a


freshman. Only had 2 games of positive rushing yards, with a net gain of 6 total yards on the year. So no, he’s not a scrambling threat, but Kaaya can do many different things well. His yards per completion is one of those things at a very good 8.6 yards. That shows that he can read a defense and make the right read down the field, which Kaaya has been trusted to do at the U. He could find himself very high on our rankings when all is said and done at Miami.

38. Jacoby Brissett, NC State, JR (NR)
2014 stats (12/18): 206/344 (59.9%), 2344 yds, 22 TD, 5 INT

A Florida kid making the trip north to NC State, this is his first year as the starter, but sat time in a few games each of the last 2 seasons previous. Good frame at 6-4, 230 lbs and good athleticism make him a nightmare to bring down both in the pocket and on the run. Ran for 167 yards on 14 attempts against UNC the last week of the season. THe more I read on this guy, the more I like about him. He runs in the 4.6 range and projects well, especially after another year to simmer with the Wolf Pack. Will like to see what he doesn with a little more freedom next season as well, but for now a matchup against UCF in the St. Petersburg Bowl will have to hold me over.



37. Marquise Williams, North Carolina, JR (NR)
2014 stats (12/17): 245/391 (57.3%), 2870 yds, 20 TD, 9 INT, 178 att, 737 yds, 12 TD

The slew of first year starters in this portion of our rankings continue with the dual threat QB who, while he wasn’t ranked last year, saw 6 starts behind Brynn Renner. Williams stepped in and helped lead the Tar Heels to a Belk Bowl win over Cincy in 2013. This year he’ll be looking to bring another bowl victory when they face off wi th Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl.

36. Zach Terrell, Western Michigan, SO (NR)
2014 stats (12/18): 231/330 (70.0%), 3146 yds, 23 TD, 10 INT

Dan’s newest crush

This guy was incredible and could easily be higher than 37, but that’s where we find him until next year. He completed 70% of his throws at 9.53 yards/completion. 7 multi-TD games and leading the Broncos to a bowl game gets you come credit. His progression from last year was insane, where he only completed 53% of his passes with a 8-8 TD-INT split. Some QB gurus we’ve got over at Western Michigan apparently. Runs a good 40 time at 4.6 and eludes the pressure while getting what he can, but also keeping his eyes down the field. With Terrell at the helm, Western Michigan could be the new NIU in the MAC.

35. Cyler Miles, Washington, Soph.
2014 stats (12/18): 194/291 (66.7%), 2129 yds, 16 TD, 3 INT

Completes balls at a good clip. We’d like to see a couple more throws out of Miles before putting him higher, but definitely has the potential. 6-4, 225 lbs of tough-to-bring-down QB. We could have a fun one in the Cactus bowl against Oklahoma State.

34. Kevin Hogan, Stanford, SR (15)
2014 stats (12/17): 218/332 (65.7%), 2603 yds, 17 TD, 8 INT

Hogan getting some love

Super similar stats to last years #15 ranking. I guess the Cardinal’s winning ways persuaded us a bit last year, so we’ll let their down season this year persuade us the other direction. When it comes down to it, Hogan is a game manager. And while we thought that meant he made the team better because of it last year, we see this year it may not be entirely the case. Of their 5 losses, only in the overtime loss to Utah did he throw for more touchdowns than interceptions.

33. Keenan Reynolds, Navy, JR (72)
2014 stats (12/17): 49/104 (47.1%), 826 yds, 6 TD, 3 INT, 231 att, 1182 yds, 21 TD

Comparable numbers to last year. Just a bit lower, but he did miss 2 games this year. Big rushing games include 173, 251, and 277 yard performances. Also threw for 231 yards against Rutgers in a 7 point loss. Next up the Midshipmen will face a fellow 7-5 team in the San Diego Poinsettia bowl.

Best helmets in football


32. Nate Sudfeld, Indiana, JR (26)
2014 stats (12/18): 101/167 (60.5%), 1151 yds, 6 TD, 3 INT

Well our plea to #FreeNateSudfeld didn’t exactly work out as we planned last season. We saw him throw a lot over the first 5 weeks of the season, including a 350 yard performance against BG, but then the injury bug bit. Sudfeld suffered a shoulder injury that ended his season. He was fairly inconsistent when he did play in the first half of the season, throwing for games of 111, 347, 252, 126, & 230 before bowing out. As you remember last year, Sudfeld split time, and they opted for a run-heavy approach in the last half of the season without him this year. We’re still waiting on those big things to come from Nate Sudfeld. It looks like he’s free though, judging by his could-be first 5 week numbers. 

31. Jared Goff, Cal, SO (84)
2014 stats (12/18): 316/509 (62.1%), 3973 yds, 35 TD, 7 INT

If you’re counting at home, that’s a 53-spot jump from #84 as a freshman last year. He’s the first member of the 50+ club at NBSR and maybe the reason that Cal won any games this year. Yes, the system helps, but playing in that same system last year didn’t produce what we saw this year. He averages 42 pass attempts per game and completes the down the field well, especially the long ball. 9 multi-TD games from the sophomore gives us and Cal hope that things are looking up. We’ll see you in the top 20 next year, Jared Goff.


Middle-of-the-Pack QB Rankings, #60-46


60. Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State, SR (D2): 2014 stats (12/11): 283/427 (66.3%), 3602 yds, 34 TD, 11 INT

From Texas, straightlaced, 6’3”, 215 pounds, pre-season all-american, and completing 66% of his passes. Almost too good to be true. Threw 7 touchdowns and 408 yards in season opener, and went 28 for 46 with 313 yards and a touchdown in the season finale against Ouachita Baptist in the Battle for Arkansas and Great American Conference supremacy. Oachita won and nabbed a four seed in the D2 tourney but exited with a second round loss to UM-Duluth. We think Rodgers will get a healthy whiff of the CFL…speaking of Canada…

59. Brandon Bridge, South Alabama, SR (NR): 2014 stats (12/11): 140/270 (51.9%), 1648 yds, 14 TD, 6 INT

NFL scouts are salivating over Bridge, I mean look at the kid.

Did we mention he can do this? #BridgeForHeisman

The first Canadian on our countdown. A pretty good athlete with all the measurables (6-5, 235 lbs.), he’ll get a chance to show what this relatively unknown team is all about on the national stage in the Camellia Bowl against Bowling Green.

58. Jameill Showers, UTEP, SR (82): 2014 stats (12/16): 146/262 (55.7%), 1732 yds, 17 TD, 5 INT

From last year’s rankings: “The big thing we see her with Showers is that UTEP does better when he throws less. Jameill shows potential to lead UTEP to a .500 season next year if the offense can ever click.” Well, UTEP is a .500 team with the help of Showers, who improved in nearly every statistical category. We’ll see the Miners in the New Mexico Bowl against Utah State. Even with all the improvements, UTEP is still a much better team when Showers throws the ball less. There could be multiple reasons for this, but it seems that the team is much more comfortable when Showers is running an effective read-option. He’s still got all the tools in terms of athleticism that he showed as not Johnny Manziel at A&M, and could translate as a Denard Robinson in the NFL.

57. Anthony Boone, Duke, SR (40): 2014 stats (12/11): 240/422 (56.9%), 2507 yds, 17 TD, 7 INT

Weird year as he split time and was hurt. This year he throws 100 more pass attempts but only 4 more touchdowns and 300 yards. However he did split his interception rate in half. Adds about 30-40 yards a game on the ground and won’t intend to hurt you with his feet but can if he’s resorted to it. If he were a junior we’d think he could sneak into draft conversations.

56. Gary Nova, Rutgers, SR (77): 2014 stats (12/17): 178/307 (58.0%), 2667 yds, 20 TD, 12 INT

Voted the team MVP and why not. Of the 12 interceptions, only 2 were thrown in victories (finished 7-5). Five picks coming in 13-10 loss to Penn State, the only loss in which they can say they should have won (other losses Ohio St, Mich St, Nebraska, Wisconsin). The question on everyone’s mind is Rutgers football on the rise? Are shades of Ray Rice and Kenny Britt soon to come? Only time will tell. And also depends on Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Will see UNC in the Quick Lane Bowl-I’ll take Nova and the Knights by 12.

55. Drew Hare, Northern Illinois, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/16): 179/299 (59.9%), 2097 yds, 17 TD, 2 INT, 145 rush, 850 yds, 8 TD

Jordan Lynch who?

It’s tough replacing a school legend like Jordan Lynch, but Hare has done everything that’s been asked of him. He might not be the runner that Lynch was, but he looks to be just as physical and will likely go over the 900 yard mark in the bowl game. Hare is challenging people to see how quickly they can forget.

54. Brandon Allen, Arkansas, JR (94): 2014 stats (12/16): 178/316 (56.3%), 2125 yds, 18 TD, 5 INT

Much, much, much, much, much, much, much more efficient and protective of the football in his junior season at the helm than what we saw last year as a sophomore. Maybe the reason the Razorbacks find themselves in the Texas Bowl later this month. You can compare him to many-a Stanford QB out west, but he’s there to hand the ball off and not turn it over. Sprinkle in 18 TDs this season and you’ve got the makings of a much improved player and team in general. Allen is the first ever member of the 40+ club, signifying that a QB has jumped that many spots from the year before. We may very well see a performance reminiscing those Stanford QBs next season as a senior.

53. Chad Voytik, Pittsburgh, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/11): 158/252 (62.7%), 2011 yds, 15 TD, 7 INT

The 6-6 Panthers grabbed a bowl game with Houston, probably because of their win over U of Miami in the final week. Voytik is interesting, because while he doesn’t do most of his work with running the ball, that is precisely where he is most effective. Watched him rack up over 100 yards rushing against Virginia Tech and thought of a right handed, smaller Tim Tebow the way he absorbed contact. At 6-1 205 he won’t be able to run the ball 25 times for Pitt, but this season if he ran more than 10 times, they didn’t lose [in regulation].

52. Jake Rudock, Iowa, JR (76): 2014 stats (12/16): 211/337 (62.6%), 2404 yds, 16 TD, 4 INT

Rudock jumped up 24 spots mostly because he’s not making dumb decisions this year. Just another year of progression for a young QB. We promised last year that he’d be in the top half of B1G QBs by his senior year, watch out.

51. Kevin Ellison, Georgia Southern, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/17): 71/128 (55.5%), 1001 yds, 5 TD, 3 INT, 172 att, 1096 yds, 12 TD

Hard to deny the incredulous running ability Ellison brought to the 9-3 Eagles who won the Sun Belt their first year in. Also because it was their first year in the FBS, they don’t get any bowl time. Ellison didn’t complete more than 10 passes in any one game this year, making their November 19, 2016 matchup with Georgia Tech a running attack matchup to not be missed.

50. Blake Frohnapfel, Massachusetts, SR (NR): 2014 stats (12/17): 241/437 (51.7%), 3345 yds, 23TD, 10 INT

Typically you don’t see a QB from such a bad team make it this high in the rankings, but Blake may deserve it. The one trick spot is allowing his stats to bloat a little bit because of throwing the ball from behind all year. Transferred from Marshall to UMASS because of a dude named Rakeem Cato. Twin brother was tight end at Marshall too.

49. Kenny Hill, Texas A&M, SO: 2014 stats (12/16): 214/321 (66.7%), 2649 yds, 23 TD, 8 INT

Not quite Kenny, not quite.

Remember after week 1 against South Carolina how ESPN anointed Hill as the next best thing to Manziel? Yeah me too. Since that 511 passing yard performance, Hill only played in 7 more ball games and played ok…until the last 3-game stretch. He threw 6 INTs in his last 3 games and may have wore his arm out each week throwing the rock so much. 8 INTs in his final 5 games didn’t help his cause. Any way you slice it, Hill is a tremendous talent and he could make “the leap” next season, whether it’s the system or by his own doing. We’ll be watching Kenny, don’t disappoint us.

48. Paxton Lynch, Memphis, SO (99): 2014 stats (12/17): 235/367 (64.0%), 2725 yds, 18 TD, 6 INT

Miami Beach Bowl matchup with BYU could be a lot better than most expect. Memphis only had 3 losses this year, Houston, Ole Miss, and UCLA playing the roles of bad guys. Not often anyone has ever gotten amped up on a Memphis quarterback, but the 6-7 Lynch has already progressed half way up our list in 1 year. Can’t wait to see how Lynch develops and see if he can ever become a Top 25 NBSR QB.

47. Wes Lunt, Illinois, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/16): 149/233 (63.9%), 1729 yds, 14 TD, 3 INT

Ugly kid, effective QB.

Put on 20 pounds and Lunt would be a QB guru’s dream, but for now he’s just an Illinois QB waiting for his turn to sling it. His output will go up, but watch out for the efficiency, as he only played in 7 games with a few of those being cupcakes. Played great in his first 4 games, got hurt, played well a week later and fell off the map after reinjury. He’s another leap guy to watch out for next season.

46. Driphus Jackson, Rice, JR (NR): 2014 stats (12/17): 176/307 (57.3%), 2524 yds, 21TD, 8 INT

Will head to Hawaii to face a Fresno State team that is, oddly, 6-7. Shake and bake athleticism that keeps up from getting tagged by the best defensive backs.

2014 College Football QB Power Ranking #71-61

In case you’ve missed it, here are links to our previous posts:

#101-120 – Includes the likes of Kevin Burke, Anthony Jennings, and Cooper Rush
#87-100 – Includes the likes of Fredi Knighten, Taylor Lamb, and Devin Gardner
#72-86 – Includes the likes of Will Gardner, Chandler Whitmer and Justin Worley

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71. Mark Myers, John Carroll University, SR (D3)
2014 stats (12/14): 255/379 (67.3%), 3428 yds, 41 TD, 4 INT

NFL scouts have to be salivating looking at this guy. No, he won’t be a first round pick, but he was a D1 guy at Pitt and has all the measurables (6-5, 230 lbs.). He’s not a great athlete but makes great decisions and simply did not turn the ball over against teams not named Mount Union this year. Obviously when comparing D3 guys to D1, you have to take the stats with a grain of salt, but Myers is as efficient as any QB I’ve seen; regardless of division you still have to complete the throws. Composed in the pocket with a big arm. Sees defenses well and doesn’t make dumb decisions. If he doesn’t get drafted late, he should have his pick of places to at least take part in training camp. Wouldn’t be surprised if he made a team as a 3rd string.

Justin Thomas, GT

70. Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech, SO
2014 stats (12/11): 89/175 (50.9%), 1594 yds, 17 TD, 5 INT, 176 att, 965 yds, 5 TD

Only 2 points away from an ACC championship and proving to the world that the triple option offense never died. Surprised by the passing numbers a bit, and probably why he makes his way inside the top 75.

69. Chris Bonner, Colorado State-Pueblo, JR (D2)
2014 stats (12/13): 225/374 (60.2%), 3413 yds, 33 TD, 9 INT

Chris Bonner

The Junior from San Diego originally went the JUCO route before becoming a Thunderwolf. The mascot alone might have convinced me, but a team good enough to be competing for the D2 National Championship (Dec 20, 2pm, ESPN 2) probably did the trick for Bonner. And at 6’7” and another year to go, you can go ahead and cue the scouts salivation. His arm strength is what scares me. This tape from his sophomore year will show you a fifty yard pass on the run and then a 40 yard completion off his back foot, while getting hit, in between three defensive backs. I stopped the video there because if we saw anymore of that we’d become even more of a Bonner hype machine than we are already are. We’ll finish by saying the D2 competition prevents him from getting ranked too high, however next year might be a different story.

68. Morgan Roberts, Yale, JR (FCS)
2014 stats (12/12): 248/371 (66.8%), 3230 yds, 22 TD, 9 INT

Morgan Roberts

Second in the FCS in yards per game, which is key for an Ivy League school that only plays 10 games and doesn’t have post-season football. Probably helps to have a 1400 yard/22 TD running back even-ing out the load. Roberts went to Clemson in 2011 and redshirted, threw 3 passes in 2012, came to Yale in 2013 (finished year with 339 pass yards, 58 rush yards, 15 receiving yards, 5 total TD), solidified a captain role in 2014. Only thing we don’t like is the trend of big potential Ivy Leaguers who have flopped under the spotlight (see Quinn Epperly of Princeton and Brett Nottingham of Columbia).

67. Trevor Knight, Oklahoma, SO (NR)
2014 stats (12/12): 162/279 (58.1%), 2197 yds, 14 TD, 9 INT

Cleared to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson after injuring his knee and missing the last three games of the year. Would have been close to 3,000 yards and 20 TD’s if he would have finished out the year. Played in 8 games last year with 5 starts, one of which being a Sugar Bowl. Has the experience and will be poised for a breakout year in 2015.

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66. Cody Clements, U-Alabama-Birmingham, JR (NR)
2014 stats (12/14): 183/275 (66.5%), 2227 yds, 14 TD, 8 INT

RIP Blazer football. Their QB goes out at #66 in the most powerful QB ranking out there. Very efficient passer within the offense. Played well against Mississippi State on the road in week 2. Just athletic enough to give the defense something to think about when he steps up in the pocket, but won’t win many foot races. Averages a pretty impressive 8.1 yards/completion, which means he finds his receivers down field well. We’d like to see a bigger sample size, but Clements definitely has the arm and brain to be a solid starter. I’ll be interested to see where he ends up once the NCAA says he can play next year when he leaves UAB.

65. Jacquez Johnson, FAU, JR (86)
2014 stats (12/11): 182/315 (57.8%), 2215 yds, 17 TD, 5 INT, 120 rush, 513 yds, 7 TD

A common progression up our boards from last season. Held onto the ball much better this year with his 5 picks and upped his TD numbers.

J. Johnson, 12

J. Johnson, 12

That being said, Johnson did not do a whole lot to help his team win games. He did next to nothing against the big boys this year (Nebraska/Bama), but also didn’t get to throw the ball a whole lot within the offense. He threw for less than 100 yards on 3 different occasions this season. Of all his numbers, the only one that went down was completion percentage. I like his reads this year seeing highlights on the YouTube machine. Provides great athleticism running the ball and looks more like a WR than a QB standing back there. With some help around him, he may be poised for a breakout senior campaign in 2015.

Towles, UK

64. Pat Towles, Kentucky, SO (NR)
2014 stats (12/11): 225/392 (57.4%), 2718 yds, 14 TD, 9 INT

The 6’5” sophomore led his team to hot 5 and 1 start with that one loss being a triple overtime game with Florida. Then the real meat of the schedule arrived and the Wildcats from Lexington lost their last 6 games of the year finishing not bowl eligible. Only threw multiple touchdowns in 3 games but did provide 6 rushing touchdowns.

Richardson, Iowa State

63. Sam Richardson, Iowa State, JR (90)
2014 stats (12/11): 254/451 (56.3%), 2669 yds, 18 TD, 9 INT

Two wins this year over Toledo and rival Iowa. 345 yards and 3 TD’s in 3 point loss to Texas was probably his best performance of the year. Not a running quarterback but definitely poses as a dual threat who can hurt with his feet when he wants to. We like his progression from his sophomore season and expect a similar jump to his senior year.

62. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, SR (NR)
2014 stats (12/12): 289/457 (63.2%), 3476 yds, 30 TD, 16 INT

Old Dominion QB, T. Heinicke

While ODU finished 6-6 and bowl eligible, their season will end there. 0-2 gainst power 5 teams but the Monarchs are a team on the rise and doing well with their FCS to FBS transition. Heinicke was the Walter Payton award winner in 2012 (FCS’s Heisman equivalent) and will be showing off his talents in the East West Shrine game. Rightfully so as he put together a commendable year and has some fair pro potential.

61. Tommy Amrstrong Jr, Nebraska, SO
2014 stats (12/11): 152/294 (51.7%), 2314 yds, 19 TD, 11 INT

Next up for Tommy and the Huskers is a Holiday Bowl without head coach Bo Pelini. Threw for 966 yards in a fill in role for injured Taylor Martinez last year, which probably helped with stepping in this year. Ran for over 50 yards in seven games and contributed 5 touchdowns on the ground too.

2014 Quarterback Rankings #72-86

86. Kyle Pohl, Akron, JR (Last Year: 103)
2014 stats (12/12): 208/382 (54.5%), 2189 yds, 9 TD, 8 INT

Missed two games this year dropping his total to 10 games played. In those 10 he only threw for touchdowns in 4. Projectability may get him higher in our rankings than he should.

85. Daxx Garman, Oklahoma State, JR (Last Year: Not Ranked)
2014 stats (12/11): 152/277 (54.9%), 2041 yds, 12 TD, 12 INT

Trying to follow in the footsteps of an oddly-historic college QB proving ground in Stillwater. Didn’t play in a week 1 loss to Florida State and took over for starter JW Walsh in week 2 after a leg injury. He hasn’t looked back since then, although Garman was hurt himself the final 2 weeks of the season. The scouting report is that he plays well in wins, bad in losses. Funny how that works. He’s taken 31 sacks in just 8 games (that’s a lot), but is a strong kid with a big arm to fire the football. Has more multi-INT games than multi-TD games so the decision making will need to be improved for him to move up our list anytime soon.


Chandler Whitmer, Connecticut

84. Chandler Whitmer, Connecticut, SR (NR)
2014 stats (12/12): 124/223 (55.6%), 1522 yds, 11 TD, 8 INT

Playing time diminished after game 9 and probably rightfully so. Threw for over 300 yards once, 200 once, and under 100 once.

83. Quinn Kaehler, San Diego State, SR (83)
2014 stats (12/14): 158/280 (56.4%), 2016 yds, 9 TD, 10 INT

Has to take care of the ball when we see him in the Poinsettia Bowl against Navy.

82. Lamar Jordan, New Mexico, FR (NR)
2014 stats (12/14): 59/112 (52.7%), 895 yds, 6 TD, 5 INT, 120 rush, 612 yds, 3 TD

Not a whole lot to base this 70th-place ranking on the list. We like his projectability to run the offense for the Lobos. Kind of a Manziel-type, but running a spread option-type offense.

Lamar Jordan optioning out

Did play in all but 1 game for UNM, but the highest amount of pass attempts was 18, twice against San Diego State & Utah State. On the ground, not a lot of rushing TDs, but a whole lot of yards and attempts. More rushing attempts than passing attempts leads us to believe he’s in the infancy stage of a QB progression. If he stays at that position, check out where he lands next year with a spring of development under his belt.

81. Logan Woodside, Toledo, SO (NR)
2014 stats (12/14): 165/270 (61.1%), 2096 yds, 19 TD, 7 INT

Beautiful display of QBR-ing this season from Woodside, including a 300+ QBR performance! Led the Rockets to a 8-4 record and a berth in the Go Daddy Bowl.

80. Justin Worley, Tennessee, SR (92)
2014 stats (12/14): 157/525 (59.7%), 1579 yds, 12 TD, 8 INT

Hasn’t played since October 18 @ Ole Miss, but racked up some nice numbers before that shoulder injury. One game with fewer than 34 pass attempts and a knack for making good decisions under pressure. Will get you next to nothing with his legs, but does have 3 rushing TDs on 3 QB sneaks.


79. Jerry Lovelocke, Prairie View A&M SR, (FCS)
2014 stats (12/14): 202/351 (57.5%), 2473 yds, 16 TD, 9 INT, 60 rush, 281 yds, 10 TD

Lovelocke was the best player on the field in most games, but did not necessarily take advantage of it. Tough time completing passes and decision making must improve. Could be moved to a TE position in the league, but don’t count on it. Used his size well to make running lanes for himself. Another Blake Bell comparison is in order here.

78. Sefo Liufau, Colorado, SO (NR)
2014 stats (12/14): 325/498 (65.3%), 3200 yds, 28 TD, 15 INT

Finally we see a D1 guy who chucks the ball all around the field. Inflated numbers for a QB who throws it 40+ times/game. Sefo does so effectively within the offense and doesn’t force much. Didn’t for many wins for the Buffaloes either, losing their final 8 games.

Sefo and his Lady

Not a great athlete, but has a great arm. Prototypical pocket passer size (6-4, 225) and a great arm will make him a draft dream in a few years. Many of the stats were inflated because he threw the ball so much, but if he takes care of the rock over the next 2 year, he’ll find himself in the top 20 before all is said and done.

77. Will Gardner, Louisville, SO (NR)
2014 stats (12/11): 127/221 (57.5%), 1669 yds, 12 TD, 3 INT

Did not start in 4 of the team’s games this year, which accounts for the lower numbers. Started in the games 3 losses and threw his 3 interceptions in two of those 3 losses. Will see Georgia in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium.

76. Nick Arbuckle, Georgia State, JR (NR)
2014 stats (12/14): 259/429 (60.4%), 3283 yds, 23 TD, 17 INT

Off to a hot 1-0 start to the year before losing 11 straight. Not Arbuckle’s fault, as he was really the lone bright spot for the Panthers. Looks as though the defense was more of the problem, since Arbuckle led the offense to around 25 PPG.

Nick Arbuckle, Panthers of Georgia State

75. Nick Mullens, Southern Miss, SO (NR)
2014 stats (12/12): 218/365 (59.7%), 2470 yds, 12 TD, 9 INT

Taking only starts into consideration, Mullens threw 274.4 yards a game. Racked up the yards and did a solid job in the touchdown and completion departments given his surrounding talent.

74. Cody Sokol, Louisiana Tech, SR (NR)
2014 stats (12/11): 246/420 (58.6%), 3189 yds, 29 TD, 13 INT

We call it a solid year, as Sokol, a first year starter, helped his team get to a Conference USA championship game.Frosh Ryan Higgins was the starter last year. Will face Illinois in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

73. Justin Holman, Central Florida, SO (NR)
2014 stats (12/12): 200/339 (59%), 2661 yds, 20 TD, 13 INT


Only got 14 attempts in behind Blake Bortles last year. Admirable effort in the season opener loss to Penn State, that probably would have had a better result for the Golden Knights had it not been Holman’s first start. St. Petersburg Bowl with NC State should be a good one where they put their 1-2 record against the power 5 on the line (9-3 this year overall).

72. Mitch Leidner, Minnesota, SO (85)
2014 stats (12/14): 101/206 (49%), 1540 yds, 10 TD, 8 INT, 117 rush, 462 yds, 10 TD

Mitch Leidner in Novembeard

Good size (6-4, 235) & good athleticism don’t make you a good QB, as Leidner has a tough time completing his passes. It feels like a Blake Bell comparison is in order here as he has run for 50+ yards in 5 different games, but only completed over half his throws in 4 games. We’ll see Leidner in the Citrus Bowl against an awfully good defense in Mizzou. Nothing like an SEC matchup to show what you’ve got as a QB, right?

Here’s how the rest of the rankings will shape out:

Tuesday: #61-71
Wednesday #46-60
Thursday #31-45
Friday #16-30
Saturday #1-15

2014 QB Rankings: Part 2, #87-100

Continuing with our QB rankings, here is the next part in our list, #87-100:

100. Colby Kirkegaard, Wyoming, SR (Last Year: Not Ranked): 2014 stats (12/11): 206/359 (57.4%), 2660 yds, 12 TD, 9 INT

Nothing quite like trying to fill Brett Smith’s shoes and throw for 92 yards and a pick in a 17-12 win over FCS rival, Montana. Not so smooth sailing from there on out. The Cowboys are not the most talented team and forced Kirkegaard to play from behind a vast majority of the season. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how good a quarterback is when the team is that terrible…

99. Devin Gardner, Michigan, SR (44): 2014 stats (12/11): 174/283 (61.5%), 1896 yds, 10 TD, 15 INT

He has the numbers of a 100+ guy but it’s hard to forget his 2013 season. Last year we had Devin at 44 because he threw for 2960 yards and 21 TD’s plus 483 yards and 11 TD on the ground. He get’s almost every stat category cut in half this year. But at 6-4 and running a 4.6 40, he should get a look as a receiver at the next level.

98. Trevor Siemian, Northwestern, SR (65): 2014 stats (12/11): 228/392 (58.2%), 2214 yds, 7 TD, 11 INT

Played in every game except the season finale against Illinois compliments of a torn ACL.

Trevor Siemian, Northwestern Wildcats

Five win season and went for the win with a two point conversion that failed and resulted in loss against Michigan. Saw him last year as a game manager, now we see him as a manager of the soon to be college football players union.

97. Andrew Hendrix, Miami University, SR: 2014 stats (12/11): 222/458 (48.5%), 3280 yds, 23 TD, 9 INT

Notre Dame transfer who pulled out a solid season given his dismal surrounding talent. Rushed for over 40 yards five times. Could have been a real asset for the Red Hawks if they would have been able to get more than one year out of him.

96. Tanner Lee, Tulane, FR (NR): 2014 stats (12/11): 185/336 (55.1%), 1962 yds, 12 TD, 14 INT

First step for Lee was beating out Joe Montana’s son, Nick Montana for the starting job before the season. Montana, the Senior, can claim one of the Green Wave’s 3 wins this year, while Lee can credit the other two. Eight of Lee’s first 12 TD’s were scored in the first three games, with the other four spread amongst two of the next seven games. We call Lee shaky, but projectability comparable to any other quarterback from Tulane the last twenty years. I.E. JP Losman being the most successful, and he wasn’t really that successful.

95. Tyler Jones, Texas State, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/11): 246/376 (65.4%), 2670 yds, 22 TD, 7 INT

Tyler Jones, Texas State Bobcats

Very good with the ball in his hands. Reminds you of a small school Manziel when he takes off and runs. Confident and creative from the QB position. 4 times this season he completed over 70% of his passes in a game. Does take a lot of sacks, nearly 3 per game, but that’s something that you’ll see with a young athletic QB. A very balanced offensive Texas State attack keeps the ball on the ground half the time, but they may want to look at opening the playbook for what could be the best QB there in a very long time.

94. Maty Mauk, Missouri, SO (Honorable Mention): 2014 stats (12/11): 209/395 (52.9%), 2551 yds, 23 TD, 11 INT

Rough patch in three game stretch against South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia in which threw 5 interceptions and no touchdowns. Otherwise not an absolutely terrible year, in which Indiana, Alabama, and Georgia were only losses. Hot start last year helped out when filling in for injured started…has potential to be a 50 spot jumper next year.

93. Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State, FR (NR): 2014 stats (12/11): 181/295 (61.4%), 2381 yds, 17 TD, 9 INT

Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year. Only 2 games all season with a passer rating of under 106, with one of those coming against Michigan. 5 games with a rating over 150, we can see that he made big strides from early in his freshman year. A very good athlete, did not have a game where rushing yardage dropped below zero. Had 3 multi-INT games before leading the Mountaineers to 6 straight wins to close the season. He was supposed to be the backup to Kameron Bryant but played his way into a starting role after Bryant played his way out of it in the Michigan game.

Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State Mountaineers

92. Angel Santiago Jr, Army/West Point, JR (109): 2014 stats (12/11): 35/68 (51.5%), 488 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 182 rush, 793 yds, 10 TD

Triple-option QB, that’s the reason for the low passing numbers. Even so, his running numbers aren’t great either.

91. Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech, JR (NR): 2014 stats (12/11): 248/417 (59.5%), 2598 yds, 17 TD, 14 INT

Completed 41 passes at Texas Tech in two years before transferring to Blacksburg. Very up and down season for the Hokies in general, headlined by an Ohio State victory and Wake Forest defeat.

90. Brian Burrell, Fresno St, JR (NR): 2014 stats (12/11): 242/412 (58.7%), 2576 yds, 22 TD, 16 INT

Looking to follow in the footsteps of greatness at Fresno State. 59 pass attempts vs. Nebraska was the low point, but recovered well and ended with a handful of multi-TD games.

89. Fredi Knighten, Arkansas State, JR (NR): 2014 stats (12/11): 246/401 (61.3%), 2874 yds, 19 TD, 7 INT, 195 rush, 775 yds, 11 TD

Throws the ball a lot, takes a lot of sacks, but is a good athlete and runner with the ball in his arms. Spells Fredi with an “i” so he gets docked points. Went over 100 QBR in every game this season, even against the big boys. Definitely a dual threat player who needs to go through his progressions before tucking & running. Since Bryce likes making bold QB predictions, I’ll make one as well; we’ll be seeing Knighten in the top 40 next season.

88. Colin Reardon, Kent State, JR (105): 2014 stats (12/11): 228/400 (57%), 2466 yds, 14 TD, 16 INT

Solid yet not very substantial improvement from last year’s stats. Only wins were over Army and Akron. Threw at least 3 interceptions in 3 games. QB ranking improved as year went along.

87. Tyrone Swoopes, Texas, SO: 2014 stats (12/11): 211/359 (58.8%), 2352 yds, 13 TD, 10 INT

There was a story floating around that Head Coach Charlie Strong actually had to ask Swoopes if he wanted to play QB for the University of Texas. He’s a very small school product and his legs are his best weapon at this point in his progression. He’s a great athlete, winning state titles in track throughout his HS career. We’re excited to see his final 2 years worth of QB play at Texas. Strangely enough, in 4 of the team’s 6 wins, Swoopes had run for less than 7 yards in each contest. Maybe the key for Swoopes in to remain a pocket passer (think Logan Thomas).

Tyrone Swoopes, Texas Longhorns

Part 3 will be coming at you tomorrow with QBs #74-86.

2014 QB Rankings, The Bottom 20 (#101-120)

P.J. Walker, Nick Temple

Our first post of this new QB ranking season features the bottom 20 QBs from around the nation. We’ve gone away from just D1 guys to give a few others a shout out as well. Look for a new post with 10-12 new faces each day until bowl season begins.

For those of you looking for a little refresher on how this works, last year we took all the starting quarterbacks in the FBS and ranked ‘em through and through. If there was a starter controversy or split time, then you were out. This year we put the cap at 120, with the same, must-be-a-starter rule in place. For instance, there are about 15 FBS programs without a defined starter, or had their starter injured this season. So we rounded it out to 120 with the previously mentioned, new faces, from the non-FBS ranks.

We won’t make you wait any longer, here are our 2014 QB rankings:

120. Kevin Burke, Mount Union, SR (D3): 2014 Stats (as of 12/9): 239/364 (65.7%), 3674 yds, 42 TD, 4 INT, 468 rush yds, 9 TD

Talk about a winner, this guy is 32-1 in his 3 years as a starter with his only loss coming in the 2013 national championship Stagg Bowl. His stats aren’t bad either after transforming himself into more of a passer coming into his senior year.

Kevin Burke, University of Mount Union

He’s T-1 in passer efficiency with a much more recognizable name: Marcus Mariota, at 186.3. He’s also the defending Gagliardi Trophy winner and is a finalist once again, looking to become the first ever two-time winner.

119. John Wolford, Wake Forest, FR (Last Year: Not Ranked) 2014 stats (12/9): 214/367 (58.3%), 2037 yds, 12 TD, 14 INT

Throwing more interceptions than touchdowns is never a good sign…Mix in only three wins (Army, Gardner Webb, and VA Tech 6-3 in 2OT) that lack anything remotely impressive, and you have yourself a bottom feeder with a young quarterback. It seems it has been forever since Wake Forest has been relevant, and next year should be a make or break season for Wolford’s career and the direction of the Deamon Deacons.

118. Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 268/436 (61.5%), 2779 yds, 19 TD, 23 INT

Tyler Rogers, NMSU

The sophomore spent his freshman year at Arizona Western (Community) College where he threw for 1832 yards, 14 TD, and 7 INT. Throw in 10 rushing touchdowns and his ability to keep plays alive and you have a wannabe dual threat quarterback. He does throw exceptionally well when on the run and shows Brandon Doughty-esque potential at his very best.

117. Matt Linehan, Idaho, FR (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 221/378 (58.5%), 2527 yds, 11 TD, 18 INT

We were real big on Chad Chalich last year, the now sophomore backup to Matt Linehan. A shoulder injury forced Chalich to miss the last couple games last season, then was beaten out by Linehan for the starting job this year. A head scratcher to most of us here at NBSR, especially since Chalich’s only start this season resulted in Idaho’s only win (only game Linehan was hurt for)…Chalich played a very weirdly half split game with Linehan against SDSU which resulted in a close loss. Chalich goes 1 for 1 for 41 yards against GA Southern, thanks to getting the nod with 3 seconds left in the game and down by three scores. And that sums up Chalich’s season, as Linehan was the hands down starter for the entire year. Rumor mill is circling that Chalich transfers to Montana next season and we wish him the best as we hope it is indeed true. .

116. Treon Harris, Florida, FR (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 50/100 (50%), 896 yds, 7 TD, 3 INT; 65 rush, 291 yds, 3 TD

Split some time this year, mostly won over the starting job as he provided the offense with a spark and some life. What we really don’t like is his 22 for 55, 40% completion rate in the last three games of the year (Florida State, Eastern Kentucky, and South Carolina).

115. Benjamin Anderson, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, SR (FCS): 2014 stats (12/9): 166/313 (53.0%), 2462 yds, 17 TD, 10 INT; 187 rush, 952 yds, 7 TD

He’s been compared to RG3 the way Anderson scrambles in and out of defenses. He actually had slightly better numbers in his junior year, too. Not an NFL draft prospect at quarterback, but could make a practice squad somewhere trying to utilize that 4.5 speed at somewhere other than QB.

114. Blake Decker, UNLV, JR (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 231/401 (57.6%), 2886 yds, 15 TD, 18 INT

Threw for over 4,000 yards and over 45 touchdowns in his JUCO days. Fast forward to a much different Mountain West Conference that only surrendered two wins to the Rebels.

Blake Decker, UNLV

Decker with average numbers, on a bad team, and threw for 0 TD (4 times) more than he threw for 0 INT (3 times) this season.

113. Dane Evans, Tulsa, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 256/462 (55.4%), 3102 yds, 23 TD, 17 INT, 3 rushing TD

Listen to this: in 2004, this kid won the Pee Wee football national championship, a Texas State 92-pound wrestling title, and a baseball national championship in his age group. Not that any of that matters, it’s just good to know. Anyways, he’s a classic pro-style guy running a pro-style spread offense at Tulsa. His decision-making isn’t great yet, as evidenced by his 17 picks, but it’s his first year as a full-time starter and for the most part, we like what we see from Evans. He’s a good enough athlete to move around back there, avoid sacks and even run from time to time, grabbing 3 rushing scores on the year. He’s thrown multiple INTs in 7 games this season, and in 6 of those he’s thrown more INTs than TD passes. Yes, we like the progression so far from a mop-up duty guy last year to a starter this year, but he’s got a long ways to go.

112. Ikaika Woolsley, Hawaii, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 210/416 (50.5%), 2538 yds, 13 TD, 13 INT

This sophomore is the opposite of a game-changer, in fact, the Rainbow Warriors had their 4 wins this season come in games that Woolsley had his lowest figures. I.E. A strong Hawaii running game left them a chance to win, with relying on the passing attack leading down a losing track in 2014. Throws for over 200 yards in six games (only one of those over 300) and throws for under 200 yards in 7 games this year. Good News, Bad News: McKenzie Milton, class of 2016 quarterback, just committed to Hawaii two weeks after winning a Hawaii, state championship. Tua Tagovailoa, class of 2017 quarterback, is getting offers from UCLA, USC, Oregon, and Texas Tech. Mariota has paved the way for Hawaii talent to take their talents off the island.

111. Cole Stoudt, Clemson, SR (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 165/266 (62%), 1573 yds, 6 TD, 10 INT

The Columbus, Ohio native battled injuries and production this year. On a Clemson team that was supposed to be much better, the loss of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins seemed to be more than the Tigers could handle.

110. Anthony Jennings, LSU, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 104/213 (48.8%), 1460 yds, 10 TD, 7 INT

Saw many shades of Blake Sims

A. Jennings, LSU

when watching Anthony Jennings, but the numbers were not one of them. We really dislike the total output for a guy who was under center 90% of the time. Frosh Brandon Harris should pose as a starting threat this spring.

109. Greyson Lambert, Virginia, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 154/261 (59%), 1632 yds, 10 TD, 11 INT

Too many interceptions and not enough big plays hamper Lambert’s numbers. Absolutely no rushing numbers to help him out and three games were missed due to ankle injury. The downside, sophomore backup Matt Johns threw 162 times this year and very well could contend for the QB1 position.

108. CJ Brown, Maryland, SR (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 174/327 (53.2%), 2083 yds, 13 TD, 9 INT  

This senior never threw for more than 300 yards or for four touchdowns in a game, in his career (33 games, 24+starts). Was an intern at Under Armour last summer, holds a communications degree and will soon have his masters in business and management…You’ll see Brown on the cover of Forbes before he’s even mentioned in a Sports Illustrated.

107. PJ Walker, Temple, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 203/381 (53.3%), 2317 yds, 13 TD, 15 INT

The sophomore has too many interceptions for our liking, but there is definitely time for him to still develop. “Led” the Owls to a win over ECU (7 for 19, 70 yards, 0TD) en route to a six win season. Has the ability to create plays as well as step up in the pocket; I predict this NJ state champ makes into our top 30 in a couple years.

106. Brandon Silvers, Troy, FR (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 191/271 (70.5%), 1832 yds, 11 TD, 3 INT

Shaky starter as there were questions about him all year,

Brandon Silvers, Troy

but Silvers doesn’t make many mistakes. It feels like the coaches said if you throw an INT, we’ll bench you. So, long story short, he hasn’t thrown many. He completes 70% of his throws and is a smart kid when it comes to making reads within the offense. Good athlete as well. Will be exciting to see if Troy can knock off some big boys with Silvers under center for the next 3 years there. Who knows, maybe they’ll even open up the playbook a little for him.

105. Joe Gray, San Jose State, JR (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 210/329 (63.8%), 2305 yds, 11 TD, 9 INT

Not terrible numbers when considering Gray had 5 games in which he attempted no more than 12 passes. In five of 7 starts threw for over 300 yards, but takes over 40 attempts to do so. An athlete playing quarterback and getting by, in our opinion.

104. Tyler Murphy, Boston College, SR (52, at Florida): 2014 stats (12/9): 120/211 (56.9%), 1526 yds, 11 TD, 10 INT, 170 rush, 1079 yds, 10 TD

This guy sound familiar? He was the starter for most of the season at Florida last year, but found himself at BC this season. Not exactly a QB breeding ground, as they love their running game. Murphy’s problem has been a combination of reading defenses and looking to run first, which is exactly his curse this season at BC. Looking at his rushing numbers, you might think BC runs a triple option attack, but that’s just Murphy freestyling. He brings a lot to the table with his legs, and that could be big at the next level, or in 3 weeks when he faces off against a very different kind of QB in the immortal Christian Hackenberg.

103. Austin Grammer, Middle Tennessee State, SO (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 221/338 (65.4%), 2557 yds, 17 TD, 12 INT

Adequate and sometimes a factor in the run game. Redshirt soph is from Tuscaloosa and gets to open with them next season. Biggest opponents in 2014 were Minnesota and BYU, both were losses but Grammer actually kept the Blue Raiders in contention against the Golden Gophers. Probably won’t ever crack the top 45 of our list.

102. Cooper Rush, Central Michigan, SO (117): 2014 stats (12/9): 215/337 (63.8%), 2664 yds, 20 TD, 12 INT

Cooper Rush, C. Mich

Slowly creeping up our board, Rush is a guy who has most of the pieces required of him, just doesn’t quite know how to put them together. Seven win season is a good start. I’d love to see Cooper jump about 40 spaces next season.

101. Pete Thomas, UL-Monroe (NR): 2014 stats (12/9): 301/501 (60.1%), 3181 yds, 14 TD, 6 INT

Four stars out of high school went to Colorado State, transferred to UL-Monroe. Once upon a time was rated as the 6th best pro style QB of the class. We’re finally seeing that this year from a kid who has all the measurables (6-5, 235 lbs.). 501 pass attempts put him 5th most in the country, so why the low yards & TDs? It appears that the ULM faithful are none too happy on their forums with the short passing patterns and called check downs from this system. Maybe next year Thomas will get to sling it with an NFL team. Fairly unimpressive against the big boys that they played this year.

There’s our bottom 20 guys. Tune in tomorrow for #87-100

NCAA Football Playoff Selection Committee – December 2, 2014

CFB playoff football snap pic

The final unimportant rankings of the year are here before they go official, set-in-stone, next Sunday. Fan-favorite Addison is back with his take on the rankings this week. We’ll skip the small talk and get right into it with our current personal top 4’s:

Now Bryce Brett Dan Addison
1 Florida State Alabama Florida State Alabama
2 Oregon Oregon Alabama Oregon
3 Alabama Florida State Oregon Florida State
4 Ohio State Baylor Baylor Baylor

As you can see, pretty much what you would expect overall with the teams you would expect to see in some of those spots. The committee was split on whether or not Florida State or Alabama was deserving of the #1 seed. Oregon was all but the consensus #2 team in the country (thanks Dan),while FSU, Baylor, and Ohio State rounded out our top 4’s.

The future predictions of which teams will get in looks about the same as the rankings above. Here’s what we’ve got:

Later Bryce Brett Dan Addison
1 Alabama Alabama Florida State Alabama
2 Oregon Oregon Alabama Baylor
3 Ohio State Florida State Oregon Ohio State
4 Baylor Baylor Baylor TCU

Addison got scared and took his Wisconsin pick out of his finals rankings, but many of the committee’s final picks look the same as their current top 4’s. That’s because both Brett and Dan think that all their teams will win this weekend. Both Bryce and Addison think that Florida State will lose to Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship and drop out of their playoffs. Addison has 2 Big 12 teams in, and also thinks Oregon will lose to Arizona in the Pac-12 championship.

We also took the liberty of giving you our full top 15 rankings, here they are alongside the actual selection committee’s rankings that came out earlier this evening.

Alabama 1 Alabama
Florida State 2 Oregon
Oregon 3 TCU
Baylor 4 Florida State
Ohio State 5 Ohio State
TCU 6 Baylor
Arizona 7 Arizona
Mississippi State 8 Michigan State
Michigan State 9 Kansas State
Kansas State 10 Mississippi State
Georgia Tech 11 Georgia Tech
Wisconsin 12 Ole Miss
Ole Miss 13 Wisconsin
Missouri 14 Georgia Tech
16 Missouri
17 Arizona State
18 Clemson
19 Auburn
20 Oklahoma
21 Louisville
22 Boise State
23 Utah
24 LSU
25 USC

One final public service announcement from the NBSR team is that playoff football is JCU Mount the gamealready going on, and this week is the rematch of the century. John Carroll travels to Alliance, OH to take on OAC rival Mount Union, a reunion that took 3 weeks to get back to. Saturday at noon eastern time, the JCU Blue Streaks got robbed when they tried to spike the ball at the Purple Raiders 7 yard line. Well, the rules say that you can’t execute a spike play in with less than 3 seconds on the clock. The officials didn’t give an explanation and just said by rule the game is over. The Review Photo/Ed Hall Jr.Streaks aren’t happy and they’ll take another shot at Mount. Robbed may not be the right word, but they weren’t happy with the unfortunate circumstances. This week is for all the marbles and to move to the next round in the division 3 playoffs.

NCAA Football Mock Committee – Nov. 25, 2014

A pretty boring week in division one college football last weekend, as only one top ten team went down, and most cruised to easy wins. Many SEC teams played non-conference games, while everyone else managed to take care of their own business as well. Here’s our personal top 4s:

Now @bsedio @b1ders @KnappyBoy
1 Florida State Alabama Florida State
2 Oregon Oregon Alabama
3 Alabama Florida State Oregon
4 Miss State Baylor Baylor

No fourth committee member this week, so it’s just those three experts. Two of them believe that Florida State is still deserving of that #1 spot, because after all, they have not lost a game in 2 years. Alabama falls anywhere from #1-#3, while Brett & Dan agree with the four teams, just not necessarily in the same order. Bryce is the only one that changed up his top 4, leaving Ohio State out and putting Mississippi back in. CFB playoff meme Harvard Yale

The next poll is a predicted top 4, or teams we think will still be standing after December 6:

Now @bsedio @b1ders @KnappyBoy
1 Oregon Alabama Florida State
2 Baylor Oregon Alabama
3 Ohio State Florida State Oregon
4 Marshall Baylor Baylor

Bryce has the most things shaking out with his final four, while both Dan and Brett think that this week’s top four will double as the final four when everything is said and done. This week doesn’t scare Brett & Dan, but there are a lot of great rivalry games. Florida State plays Florida, Alabama plays Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Oregon plays Oregon State in the Civil War, and Baylor plays Texas Tech in a game that could see 150 combined points.

Marshall finally makes their first appearance in the top 25 with their sparkling 11-0 record, coming in at #24 this week.

Here’s NBSR’s playoff top 4 alongside the official CFB playoff committee’s top 4.

NBSR Mock PC 11/25/14 NCAA PC
Florida State 1 Alabama
Alabama 2 Oregon
Oregon 3 Florida State
Baylor 4 Miss State

Division III Playoff Football

The football playoffs are finally here!


I know what you’re thinking; the first college football playoff doesn’t start until 2015 and the NFL playoffs later than that, what kind of football has playoffs starting this early?

NCAA Division III, that’s who. On Saturday at noon local time, 32 teams will battle to move onto the next round, an all-expense-paid trip to Salem, VA on their minds for the championship.

Our resident D3 braketologists took turns trying to crack the D3 code in search of the perfect playoff bracket. UW-Whitewater won big over Mount Union in the championship last year and will try to repeat, something that hasn’t been done since…….Whitewater did it. Here are our four brackets (click to enlarge):

Bryce (@bsedio):

D3 football playoff BRYCE


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Brett (@b1ders):

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Dan (@KnappyBoy):

D3 football playoff bracket

The Purples (UW-Whitewater & Mary Hardin-Baylor) are the top two teams in the top half of the bracket, but the Delaware Valley faithful hope to put an end to that reign. Meanwhile, John Carroll (OH) looks like a favorite out of our 4 experts to go far in the field.

Dan somehow has Mount Union losing to John Carroll, but also making the championship game, must have been some kind of glitch on the website to allow him to do that.

3 of our 4 experts will be in Cleveland this weekend for that first-round John Carroll (9-1) vs. Centre (10-0) matchup at noon. Stop by and see us if you’ve got your own bracket to show us. You can also make mean comments about how dumb our picks are on Twitter, @NBSportsReport.