Ricky Stanzi Still Third In Passing Efficiency, For Now

As has been mentioned in various reports about the Wisconsin game, Ricky Stanzi's passing efficiency is up to third in the entire FBS, behind only Kellen Moore and Cam Newton. The key to Stanzi's success has been an absurd 10.17 yards per pass attempt, also third behind those two aforementioned QBs, and a drastic reduction in interceptions; Stanzi still only has two on the year. His touchdown rate is way up, and even his completion percentage is up 11.5 points over last season.

Also, lest one wishes to pin this success solely on Stanzi's competition, think again; The President's six-game season thus far is still by far better than his six most efficient performances from last season. Against Northern Iowa, Arkansas State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northwestern (you can have us toss this game out, but his efficiency numbers only get worse), and Georgia Tech, this was Stanzi's total line:

91-147, 1458 yards, 10 touchdowns, 9 interceptions: 155.42 quarterback rating

Against Iowa's six opponents this season:

99-145, 1474 yards, 13 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 180.50 quarterback rating

So yes, he's playing at a clearly higher level now than he was 12 months ago. Sending the interception numbers off a cliff will do that.

Yet at the same time, that competition is, at some level, a concern. Stanzi's line at Michigan was 17-24, 248 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs. That's good. But some of those passes were really, really easy; the slant to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was less a "what a throw by Stanzi" play and more of a "explain how J.T. Floyd is any better at pass coverage than a scarecrow tied to a broom" play. It was ghastly. And even with Indiana and Minnesota looming on the schedule, Iowa's definitely not facing a worse, more comically inept secondary than Michigan's all season long. Michigan Defense: We Appear To Be Trying.

So, hivemind, rather than start making the BHGP editorial position to this question a series of wildly specific (and therefore soon-to-be incorrect) speculations, we pose it to you: how will Ricky Stanzi's stats look at the end of the year?

Also, yes, the W-L record is most important. Yes, yes, yes, you're so very enlightened to say you'd rather have Ricky go 2-19 in a win than 34-34 in a loss. Guess what, False Dichotomy Man? We'd rather have him go 34-34 in a win. 

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