While the bottom of this list hasn’t changed much, thanks to half the SEC East taking last Saturday off, we have another new No. 1 in the weekly SEC quarterback ranking. Sorry, Chad Kelly fans.
With 3 touchdowns and another dazzling run in a battle of unbeatens, you might be able to guess who that was. If not, read on!
10. NICK FITZGERALD, Mississippi State
Last week’s ranking: 10
Stats vs. Kentucky: 13 of 21 for 81 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 16 for 107 yards, 2 TD rushing
Why he’s here: Per usual, Fitzgerald’s passing left a lot to be desired, but he continues to be a terror on the ground, now up to 538 yards rushing for the season. He gave the Bulldogs a chance in a 40-38 loss, throwing a go-ahead touchdown with just over a minute left.
9. DREW LOCK, Missouri
Last week’s ranking: 9
Stats vs. Middle Tennessee: 20 of 40 for 281 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 10 for 63 rushing
Why he’s here: Lock’s 344 total yards were hollow in a stunning loss to the Blue Raiders. And the fact remains: He’s completed just 46.5 percent of his passes with 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions against Power 5 teams, compared to 12 touchdowns and no picks against the Tigers’ other three opponents.
Drew Lock to Ray Wingo for a 4th quarter touchdown. pic.twitter.com/EwvFm7i3uT
— Mark Kim (@MarkJKim_) October 23, 2016
8. LUKE DEL RIO, Florida
Last week’s ranking: 8
Why he’s here: He got a week off to shake off the rust of a 3-interception game in his return from injury against Missouri. He’s thrown for 998 yards, 7 TD and 5 INT in four appearances this season, and the SEC East-leading Gators need Del Rio sharp Saturday against Georgia.
7. JACOB EASON, Georgia
Last week’s ranking: 7
Why he’s here: Coming off a career-high 346 passing yards against Vanderbilt — albeit in defeat — and a bye week, the freshman will get a huge test against Florida’s fierce defense Saturday. It’ll be difficult to improve his completion percentage (54.3) against the Gators, who lead the nation in opposing quarterback percentage (37.9).
6. JOSH DOBBS, Tennessee
Last week’s ranking: 6
Why he’s here: The Volunteers’ erratic senior quarterback got a week off to regroup after back-to-back losses, and he needs to be Good Josh the rest of the way to overtake Florida for an SEC East crown that was fans’ minimum expectation for this season. His 19 total touchdowns are offset by a league-worst 9 interceptions.
5. SEAN WHITE, Auburn
Last week’s ranking: 5
Stats vs. Arkansas: 6 of 11 for 77 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 4 for 61 yards, 1 TD rushing
Why he’s here: White didn’t have to do much with the Tigers steamrolling Arkansas in the ground game last week. Still, he leads the SEC in completion percentage (68.5) and has 9 total touchdowns against just 2 interceptions for a surging Auburn team that just needs him to be smart with the ball.
Sean White's 41-yard run, which went for more yards than Arkansas' RBs had for the entire game…he said he'll fall more gracefully next time. pic.twitter.com/o8H3PrXzkm
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) October 23, 2016
4. AUSTIN ALLEN, Arkansas
Last week’s ranking: 4
Stats vs. Auburn: 17 of 30 for 187 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Why he’s here: It’s hard to know how much blame Allen deserves for Saturday’s loss after Auburn’s offense ran through the Razorbacks like (insert Nick Saban’s tin-horn line here). Allen still ranks first in the league in passing touchdowns (18), is second in passing yards (2,048) and QB rating and third in completion percentage (62.2).
3. TREVOR KNIGHT, Texas A&M
Last week’s ranking: 1
Stats vs. Alabama: 14 of 31 for 164 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 13 for 24 rushing
Why he’s here: Alabama largely neutralized Knight’s top weapon — the running game — and his season-long struggle to complete much better than 50 percent of his passes continued. Still, he did drive the Aggies to a third-quarter lead at Alabama before the wheels fell off. He’s up to 2,190 total yards and 20 touchdowns, and his team isn’t out of the College Football Playoff picture.
I am Trevor Knight. Monday morning is Jonathan Allen. https://t.co/7eLpT2bAN7
— Will Elliott (@Will_Elliott22) October 24, 2016
2. CHAD KELLY, Ole Miss
Last week’s ranking: 3
Stats vs. LSU: 19 of 32 for 209 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT; 12 for 56 rushing
Why he’s here: Kelly leads the league in passing yards (2,058) and ranks third in QB rating, but he’s also thrown the second-most interceptions (7) and has hurt his team as often as he’s helped it. The Rebels now have a losing overall record and 1-3 mark in SEC play, and Kelly bears some responsibility for that.
1. JALEN HURTS, Alabama
Last week’s ranking: 2
Stats vs. Texas A&M: 15 of 25 for 164 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; 21 for 93 yards, 1 TD rushing
Why he’s here: As he sometimes does, Hurts misfired on three deep balls in the first half against against the Aggies, but he delivered when the Tide needed it most. And now the true freshman has surpassed 1,500 yards passing and 500 yards rushing and hit 20 total touchdowns for unbeaten, No. 1 Bama.
— Nic Ghoulas ? (@Nic_Gulas) October 23, 2016