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Wisconsin Vs. Iowa: The Continuing Ballad Of Ricky Stanzi

SB Nation's Black Heart Gold Pants reviews the first half of the 2010 season for quarterback/philosopher-king Ricky Stanzi:

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.