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Some ground rules:

-Eligible schools have to have multiple Qbs and have to have had players who made a combined 6 NFL starts

-the stats used for the comparison:

*Average starts(number of starts/number of draftees)

*Average yards(total passing yards/number of draftees)

*Average TD/INT ratio

*Yards per attempt(Average yards/[total attempts/number of draftees])

*Sack rate(Attempts/sack)

*total Qb rating(not an average of  the qb ratings, but a recalculated QB rating)

And at the end, I’ll show the top ten schools for these categories and the overall top ten schools.

The Data is available in spreadsheet form in this link

Top 10 schools:

Average starts:

  1. PSU 85.5
  2. Arizona State 72.5
  3. Washington State 71.3
  4. Virginia 65
  5. Fresno State 64
  6. Marshall 61.5
  7. Indiana 56.5
  8. Purdue 56.67
  9. Tennessee 53.5
  10. West Virginia 48

Average yards

  1. PSU 19309.5
  2. Washington State 16092
  3. Arizona State 15586
  4. Virginia 15674
  5. Indiana 14241
  6. Marshall 14011
  7. Tennessee 13742
  8. Purdue 13283
  9. Fresno State 11628
  10. West Virginia 11407

Average TD to Int ratio:

  1. Tennessee 1.77
  2. Purdue 1.67
  3. Marshall 1.52
  4. Michigan 1.5
  5. California 1.5
  6. Wisconsin 1.5
  7. Delaware 1.45
  8. Washington 1.45
  9. Indiana 1.42
  10. Boston College 1.4

YPA

  1. Indiana 7.6
  2. Tennessee 7.55
  3. Virginia 7.16
  4. Delaware 7.1
  5. Purdue 7.06
  6. Michigan 7.02
  7. Marshall 6.98
  8. Boston College 6.93
  9. Southern Cal 6.93
  10. Iowa State 6.89

Sack Rate

  1. LSU 29.7
  2. Tennessee 27.2
  3. Purdue 22.6
  4. Boston College 21
  5. PSU 18.45
  6. Iowa State 18
  7. Michigan 16.63
  8. Marshall 16.1
  9. Oregon 15.5
  10. Kansas State 14.95

Average Qb Rating

  1. Tennessee 91.64
  2. Purdue 87.6
  3. Marshall 86.1
  4. Indiana 86.02
  5. Michigan 85.19
  6. Delaware 84.9
  7. West Virginia 84.3
  8. Virginia 82.66
  9. Boston College 82.2
  10. Iowa State 82.1

Overall:

A note: its hard to rank schools high that have a single great NFL QB, then nothing else, so the overall rating will reflect consistency on top of statistical excellence. For the average rating, any school outside of the top ten of a category gets an 11 for purposes of averaging.

  1. Purdue: average rating 4.67. 1 legendary Qb, 1 good starting QB, 1 backup
  2. Tennessee: average rating 3.67(weighted down by the uneven distribution). 1 legendary Qb, 1 major draft bust, 2 stiffs
  3. Marshall: average rating 5.5. 1 quietly effective starting, 1 decent starting QB
  4. Michigan: average rating 7.33. 1 Legendary Qb, 2 effective starters, 2 stiffs, 1 emerging young starter, 1 long time backup.
  5. Virginia: average rating 6.83. 1 emerging star QB, 1 long time starter
  6. Indiana: average rating 6.17(weighted down by the uneven distribution). 1 long time starter, 1 stiff
  7. Penn State: average rating 6.67(weighted down by the uneven distribution). 1 long time starter who put up big numbers, 1 stiff
  8. Washington State: average rating rating 8.16(weighted down by the uneven distribution). 1 long time effective starter who put up big numbers, 1 major draft bust, 1 stiff
  9. Boston College: average rating 8.8. 1 long time effective starter, 1 emerging star, 2 stiffs
  10. West Virginia: average rating 10.2(weighted down by the uneven distribution). One long time starter who put up big numbers, 1 wildcat player

Conclusions: What I’m most struck by is how inconsistent the chart is, the majority of the top performing schools are heavily affected by a single great player who makes the rest look good, so looking at the top 10s and the data, the most impressive schools for producing talent are Purdue, Michigan and  Boston College. All of them have produced multiple quality NFL starters and have done so recently also. Also very striking is how bad some major programs are: LSU, Southern Cal, Georgia, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and Florida(among others) barely register in this comparison, which is amazing considering how many national and conference titles these programs have combined for during this time frame.

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