Quarterbacks get too much credit for wins and too much blame for losses.
Tell that to Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Michigan’s Wilton Speight. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter: Credit isn’t a term associated with either quarterback as they lead their top-10 teams into Week 3 matchups against Army and Air Force, respectively.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t sound all that different when defending their quarterbacks this week. Meyer cut off the question after Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 9.
“No, no,” he said. “We’ve seen him play exceptional, and he will play exceptional (next) week.”
“Wilton’s the starting quarterback,” Harbaugh said Monday (via the Detroit Free Press). “And we’re forging on.”
That’s after Michigan’s 36-14 victory against Cincinnati. Barrett is getting too much blame in a loss, and both he and Speight are getting more blame than credit in victories that aren’t cosmetic enough in a sport that often judges like a beauty pageant instead of the scoreboard.
There’s no reading between the lines with Meyer and Harbaugh, however. Fans and pundits can speculate all they want at this point, but regardless of their credit rating, neither Barrett nor Speight is getting benched anytime soon. At least not until their teams lose or put their respective
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