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The Easiest Way to Settle the QB Issue

With all of the talk about who should be playing QB for the Cougs, we've seen a lot of stats. Interception rates, sack rates, and yards by all sorts of metrics. All of this left me wishing for something absolute that we can look at and settle the debate once and for all. And finally it hit me:

Fantasy stats.

I few guidelines: I took the standard ESPN fantasy scoring, found here. All stats were taken from ESPN.com. Due to the dumb sack rules, I'm just going to leave rushing out as well, unless there's a TD. So anyways I calculated the points each QB had per week. Then I ranked the defenses based on fantasy points per game 1-6, with 6 being the best defense. Now take the QB's points and multiply it by the defensive ranking. Then take that number and divide it by the number of quarters played. This leaves you with an adjusted fantasy points per quarter. It's known around my apartment as the Jason Statistic. You stats majors have most likely heard of it.

PASSING

Standard scoring:
· TD Pass = 4pts
· Every 25 passing yards = 1pts
· 2pt Passing Conversion = 2pts
· Interceptions Thrown = -2pts

Fumble Lost = -2 pts

RUSHING
Standard scoring:
· TD Rush = 6pts
· Every 10 rushing yards = 1pt
· 2pt Rushing Conversion = 2pts

So without further ado:

WSU @ BYU

Tuel:

DATE OPP RESULT CMP ATT YDS CMP% LNG TD INT RAT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
8/30 @Brigham Young L 30-6 30 45 229 66.7 26 0 2 100.5

Math: 9*1-2*2=5 points. Hope no one started him that week.

Defense: 6

Total Points: Tuel: 30 points in 4 quarters, 7.5 ppq

Running total: Tuel: 7.5 ppq

Halliday: N/A ppq

EWU @ WSU

Tuel:

20 26 171 76.9 28 2

Halliday:

5 11 76 45.5 36 0 1

Total points:

Tuel: 6+8 = 14 points

Halliday: 3-2= 1 point

Defense: 3

Adjusted points:

Tuel: 14*3 = 42 points in 3 quarters,

Halliday: 1*3 = 3 points in 1 quarter.

Running total:

Tuel: 72 points in 7 quarters

Halliday: 3 points in 1 quarter

WSU @ UNLV

Halliday:

26 45 378 57.8 81 4

2

Math: 15+16-4=27

Defense: 1

Adjusted points:

Halliday: 27 points in 4 quarters

Running Totals

Tuel: 72 points in 7 quarters

Halliday: 30 points in 5 quarters

CU @ WSU

Halliday:

32 60 401 53.3 49 4 2

Math: 16+16-4=28 points

Defense: 2

Adjusted points:

Halliday: 28*2=56 points

Running Totals

Tuel: 72 points in 7 quarters

Halliday: 86 points in 9 quarters

UO @ WSU

Tuel:

4 4 62 100.0 25 1 0

Halliday:

33

60 348 55.0 33 1 1

Math:

Tuel: 2+4= 6 pts

Halliday: 13+4-2=15 pts

Defense: 5

Adjusted points:

Tuel: 30 points in .5 quarters

Halliday: 75 points in 3.5 quarters

Running Totals

Tuel: 102 points in 7.5 quarters

Halliday: 161 in 12.5 quarters

WSU @ OSU

Tuel:

11 17 126 64.7 51 0 1

Halliday:

9 20 81 45.0 49 0 3

Math:

Tuel: 5-2=3 pts

Halliday: 3-6=-3 pts

Defense: 4

Adjusted points:

Tuel: 12 points

Halliday: -3 points (won't be adjusted because of negative)

Running Total:

Tuel: 114 points in 9.5 quarters

Halliday: 158 in 14.5 quarters

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FINAL ANALYSIS

Tuel: 114 points in 9.5 quarters = 12 adjusted points per quarter

Halliday: 158 in 14.5 quarters = 10.9 adjusted points per quarter

Dang. That wasn't nearly as decisive as I'd hoped. And I really can't think of a more reliable metric than this one either. Oh well.

Couple of notes: I didn't factor in the defense for Halliday's game against OSU because he was already negative and multiplication would make it more negative which didn't feel right. Also, UNLV's defense has actually averaged negative points this year, so I almost threw them out entirely but I didn't. And regarding EWU's defense, I couldn't really find a good way to do some sort of statistical analysis, so I just threw them ahead of CU and UNLV which seems pretty fair.

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