By now most Clemson fans have made their choice and the split is probably somewhere along the lines of the last election in Beijing, so the information below may not mean a whole lot in the big picture or change any minds.
That’s fine with me, because I don’t see my role here as changing minds, but rather providing information that assists individuals forming an opinion while presenting both sides of the argument.
The numbers below heavily favor Deshaun Watson, that’s no surprise to anyone with two good eyes (or a monitor and keyboard). In particular, the red arrows are intended to point out differences that are significant in my mind.
Seven red arrows and six favor Watson, with the exception being the average defense faced. That’s not an insignificant category in my mind, but often gets glossed over in the hysteria and hope that Watson brings Clemson fans.
There’s no doubt Stoudt has faced the tougher defense on average, including 3 quarters against then #1 Louisville and an entire game against #11 Boston College (and most of Georgia, too).
If you’re interested in knowing how I get those numbers here’s the thumbnail: NCAA rankings. These rankings change from week to week and I change them each week. You don’t get credit for playing #1 Louisville if they end up say, #6 (which they are today). Each drive is weighted, meaning if Stoudt plays 12 drives against Georgia and Watson plays 3 drives against Georgia, that will have more of a positive effect on Stoudt’s average defensive ranking than Watson’s.