Is UCF's Jeff Godfrey That Good Or Are Conference USA Defenses That Bad?

Part of UCF Week.

Meet Jeff Godfrey, UCF's highly touted sophomore quarterback. All this guy did last year was put up 2,159 passing yards, 13 TDs, a 154.3 passing efficiency, 566 rushing yards, and 10 rushing TDs in his freshman season. Godfrey would finish the season with a higher passing efficiency rating than Matt Barkley, Landry Jones, Denard Robinson, Darron Thomas and Robert Griffin III, just to name a few.

So how good is this kid? Let's take a closer look at his 2010 splits compared to UCF's opponents final 2010 ranking in total defense and passing defense:

DATE OPP RESULT CMP ATT YDS CMP% LNG TD INT RAT TOTAL D PASS D
20-Nov @Tulane W 61-14 6 8 133 75 60 2 0 297.2 74 28
27-Nov @Memphis W 37-17 14 17 252 82.4 56 2 0 245.7 115 116
5-Nov @Houston W 40-33 15 19 294 78.9 49 2 0 243.7 103 68
30-Oct East Carolina W 49-35 8 12 159 66.7 40 2 0 233.0 120 107
4-Sep South Dakota W 38-7 6 7 65 85.7 23 1 0 210.9 N/R N/R
6-Oct UAB W 42-7 9 11 137 81.8 44 0 0 186.4 80 105
4-Dec SMU W 17-7 15 19 167 78.9 21 1 0 170.1 40 43
23-Oct Rice W 41-14 13 18 178 72.2 59 1 1 162.5 107 119
11-Sep N.C. State L 28-21 7 10 107 70 29 0 0 159.9 31 72
13-Nov Southern Miss L 31-21 16 25 190 64 40 2 2 138.2 47 99
18-Sep @Buffalo W 24-10 15 24 130 62.5 27 0 0 108.0 33 18
13-Oct @Marshall W 35-14 11 21 138 52.4 19 0 1 98.1 71 94
31-Dec Georgia W 10-6 16 29 117 55.2 14 0 2 75.3 23 16
25-Sep @ Kansas St. L 17-13 8 18 92 44.4 32 0 2 65.2 106 52

Four of Godfrey's five best passing performance came against defenses that finished ranked 100+ (or unranked, in the case of I-AA South Dakota) in Total Defense, including an ECU defense that finished dead last in the nation. In all, five of UCF's 11 I-A opponents finished with a Total Defense ranked 100+.

On the flip side, Godfrey's passer ratings were much lower when he faced tougher defenses like Georgia, Buffalo and N.C. State. Buffalo and Georgia, in particular, both finished the year with Top 25 ranked passing defenses.

Now while BC finished in the middle of the pack last year in terms of passing defense (76), they did finish 13th in total defense and tops in rushing defense, something Godfrey does particularly well. In recent seasons, the Eagles defense has also done a really good job bottling up mobile QBs, including Cameron HigginsRussell Wilson, Tyrod Taylor, Colin Kaepernick and Brandon Connette. It's probably not a stretch to say that the Boston College D will be the toughest unit Godfrey has gone up against in his short UCF career.

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