October 11, 2006

Not number one anymore, but still in the zone

Well, all good things must come to an end apparently, and so it goes for Tyler Palko's reign as the nation's most efficient passer. Despite completing 20 of 24 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown against Syracuse, Palko fell from the top spot this week, sitting in second with his 186.01 passer rating.

Ahead of him? That would be Ball State true freshman Nate Davis. Davis has played in all six games so far for the Cardinals, starting the last two. Davis' passer rating is a sparkling 195.2, but he has attempted 55 fewer passes than Palko and his completion percentage is over a point lower. Davis' high rating is carried by his 12 touchdown passes and one interception; the combination of a high number of touchdown passes and few interceptions with a relatively low number of passes attempted has pushed Davis to the top.

Nevertheless, Palko is still the highest-rated quarterback from a BCS conference team (he rates 11 points higher than Nebraska's Zac Taylor) and, more importantly, Palko's 2006 numbers dwarf his 2005 production.

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