Even with a win over Georgia, Luke Del Rio is out. A third true freshman is in. Josh Dobbs and Drew Lock have gone from flirting with the top spot earlier this season to nearly off the list entirely.
Our weekly ranking of the SEC’s top 10 quarterbacks is still fairly fluid after nine weeks of football. Check it out:
10. DREW LOCK, Missouri
Last week’s ranking: 9
Stats vs. Kentucky: 18 of 31 for 220 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 6 for 34 rushing
Why he’s here: Lock’s overall numbers still look good — 2,215 yards passing, 18 touchdowns — but he continues to underwhelm against Power 5 opponents. Kentucky’s Stephen Johnson, who out-dueled him last week, would have overtaken him on this list were it not for his turnover problem.
9. JOSH DOBBS, Tennessee
Last week’s ranking: 6
Stats vs. South Carolina: 12 of 26 for 161 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT; 12 for 27 rushing
Why he’s here: For all his talent, and some huge moments this season, Dobbs’ inability to take care of the football has helped torpedo the Volunteers. He’s produced 20 total touchdowns but now 14 total turnovers — a number that only luck has prevented being higher. He’s thrown 11 interceptions and fumbled 8 times, only 3 of which were lost. By any measure, this has been a disappointing senior season. And too bad the following 49-yard touchdown was negated by a penalty.
Crazy Legs Dobbs pic.twitter.com/rhnPNT9a1m
— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) October 29, 2016
8. JAKE BENTLEY, South Carolina
Last week’s ranking: NR
Stats vs. Tennessee: 15 of 20 for 167 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Why he’s here: The true freshman, a former 4-star recruit, has rejuvenated the Gamecocks in the last two games, completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 368 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. His poise against the Volunteers was well beyond his years and helped deliver the biggest win of Will Muschamp’s first season. We’d say he’s the future for South Carolina, but he’s the present.
— Rick Russo (@wvltrick) October 30, 2016
7. NICK FITZGERALD, Mississippi State
Last week’s ranking: 10
Stats vs. Samford: 20 of 35 for 417 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT; 19 for 119 yards, 2 TD rushing
Why he’s here: The FBS Bulldogs needed all 7 of his touchdowns and 500-plus total yards to squeak by the FCS Bulldogs. Fitzgerald leads all SEC quarterbacks with 657 rushing yards. He has 20 total touchdowns and more than 2,100 total yards. Mississippi State just doesn’t have much else around him.
6. JACOB EASON, Georgia
Last week’s ranking: 7
Stats vs. Florida: 15 of 33 for 143 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Why he’s here: The Bulldogs’ coaching staff has not put Eason in the best position to succeed. Instead of letting him lean on a pair of future NFL running backs, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, they’ve had him chuck it 73 times in the last two weeks. All things considered, including a horrid offensive line, his 1,509 yards, 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions are admirable.
5. SEAN WHITE, Auburn
Last week’s ranking: 5
Stats vs. Ole Miss: 15 of 22 for 247 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 5 for 27 rushing
Why he’s here: With the Tigers suddenly running the ball at will, all White has to do is be smart with the ball, and boy has he. The sophomore leads the SEC in completion percentage (68.5 percent) and is up to 10 total touchdowns against just 2 interceptions. It’s rarely flashy but plenty effective as Auburn has reeled off five straight wins.
Sean White's no Nick Marshall or Michael Dyer, but he does his best to mimic both and that's what counts. pic.twitter.com/xUGl7ZjbHz
— WarRoomEagle (@WarRoomEagle) October 31, 2016
4. AUSTIN ALLEN, Arkansas
Last week’s ranking: 4
Why he’s here: Coming off his first truly bad performance of the season in a blowout loss to Auburn — and a bye week to regroup — Allen now faces a brutal test: Florida’s fearsome secondary. The Gators have allowed opposing QBs to complete just 39 percent of their passes for 5 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. We’re about to find out what Allen is made of.
3. TREVOR KNIGHT, Texas A&M
Last week’s ranking: 3
Stats vs. New Mexico State: 15 of 24 for 204 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Why he’s here: Knight bounced back from the Alabama loss, where he was running for his life, with a season-high completion percentage Saturday, albeit against much weaker competition. He took care of himself, too, running for a season-low 3 yards. He’s up to 2,397 total yards and 22 touchdowns and getting ready to face an atrocious Mississippi State defense.
2. CHAD KELLY, Ole Miss
Last week’s ranking: 2
Stats vs. Auburn: 36 of 59 for 465 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; 11 for 40 rushing
Why he’s here: Poor guy can’t get any help, but he’s certainly doing all he can. His 500 total yards and 4 touchdowns weren’t close to enough Saturday against the Tigers, and his 2,841 total yards and 21 touchdowns for the season have not been enough to avoid a 3-5 start. On the bright side: NFL draft day should be fun for him.
— Browns Scout (@BrownsScout) October 30, 2016
1. JALEN HURTS, Alabama
Last week’s ranking: 1
Why he’s here: You can’t ask for much more from a true freshman QB playing with the pressure of a national-title pursuit. Hurts’ 1,578 yards passing, 521 yards rushing and 21 total touchdowns have put him in the Heisman race and kept Alabama atop the polls. Now comes a major test at resurgent LSU, in dangerous Death Valley. Another dazzling performance there might punch his ticket to New York.