Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/20/13
When doing my Big Ten QB Power Rankings, I couldn’t help but vacillate back and forth between Penn State signal caller Christian Hackenberg or Illini passer Nathan Scheelhaase. The House always wins, but the Haase does not. Scheelhaase carves up bad defenses and has the numbers, but he looks lackluster against great defenses. At least he led the Illini on a couple scoring drives against the Badgers defense. Only half of Wisconsin’s opponents this year have been able to find the end zone (Alabama is the only other defense in the nation that can claim that). Still I say point Christian Hackenberg. He has the pedigree and potential, and he’s had to deal with a lot. Christian Hackenberg has the brilliant offensive mind of Bill O’Brien to work with, but Nathan Scheelhaase has benefited from Bill Cubit. In the end I went with the true freshman Christian Hackenberg.   1. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State Look to see “Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year Christian Hackenberg PSU, QB” 2. Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois Cubit has done wonders for him. Complete turnaround in his numbers. All the midseason All-Big Ten teams by the mainstream media have Scheelhaase first or second. Don’t blame Nate for why the Illini are so bad. He doesn’t play defense on that 115th rated unit (out of 124 teams) 3. Kenny Guitton, Ohio State Braxton Miller is so overrated it’s ridiculous, we’re going to go ahead and leave him towards the end. Guitton has the better numbers anyway. 4. Nate Sudfeld, Indiana They don’t play any defense at all in Hoosiers Land. So the offense he’s guiding is the only reason they’ll probably make a bowl. 5. Devin Gardner, Michigan Broke a total offense record for Michigan football. Put up insane numbers, but it was against Indiana. And all numbers versus Indiana should be stricken from the record. 6. Kain Colter, “Quarterbacks 1a and 1b” at Northwestern Will he be himself again when he returns? 7. Trevor Siemian, “Quarterbacks 1a and 1b” at Northwestern What’s happened to his accuracy and his efficiency lately? He’s made a couple critical mistakes of staring down his primary receiver when near his own South end zone. And that was critical versus Minnesota and Ohio State. 8. Braxton Miller, Ohio State He’s no Christian Hackenberg. He’s SO OVERRATED 9. Joel Stave, Wisconsin Did you see that horribly under-thrown ball to Abby versus the Illini? Or how much he stares down Abbrederis ALL THE TIME? 10. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Before he got hurt, I would have had him #1. He was my favorite in the preseason 11. Connor Cook, Michigan State Numbers inflated by game versus Indiana. Still growing and developing. 12. Ron Kellogg III, Nebraska Tremendous upside potential. And all those cliches. 13. Jake Ruddock, Iowa Everyone and their brother (and their mother, and their sister and their nephew’s cousin’s brother’s former roommate) does a Big Ten Power Rankings. I do Big Ten QB power rankings! 14. Purdue’s excuse for a quarterback situation It’s been a very rough year in West Lafayette; blame can be spread around. Of course, like the cliche says “it all starts with the quarterback” 15. Minnesota’s train wreck of a QB situation They came into today’s game 119th in the nation in passing. Yet put up and completed some critical 3rd down passes Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also a regular analyst on news talk radio stations across the world; with weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS The post PSU’s Christian Hackenberg leads Big Ten QB Power Rankings appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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