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March Badness, the Finale: Jared Lorenzen vs Bo Wallace

The Pillsbury Throwboy faces the Doctor in the finals of our bad quarterbacking tournament.

And now, the end is near
And so we face the final curtain
My friends, we'll say it clear
We’ll throw a pick, of this you’re certain

We've lived a life that's full
Lost games on each and every highway
But more, much more than this
We did it our way

Ah yes, finally, the time has come to name the best of the worst quarterbacks. After four rounds, we whittled down our list of 16 quarterbacks to two. Yeah, it’s a chalk matchup, but this is why we have seeds.

Jared Lorenzen

versus Bo Wallace

Now again, to remember some of the things that qualify these two for the “good” part of this tournament — Lorenzen:

  • Completed 862 career passes (4th all-time in SEC history) in 1,514 attempts (1st all-time) for 10,354 yards (7th all-time) — all Kentucky records as well.
  • 90 combined rushing and passing touchdowns, another school record and the eighth highest total in conference history.


  • One of just 10 players in SEC history with more than 10,000 yards of total offense in his career.
  • Led Ole Miss to three straight bowl games and a stay in the top five during the 2014 season. MVP of the 2013 BBVA Compass Bowl (played after the 2012 season) and 2013 Music City Bowl, and the 2012 Conerly Trophy winner, given to the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi.

SB Nation’s Ryan Nanni — the conveyor of Dr. Bo’s credentials — was good enough to weigh in on both himself:

“This is my best statistical summation of Jared Lorenzen. Since 2000, there are seven SEC quarterbacks who have thrown 30+ passes in at least 20 games. (If you're curious, they're Eli Manning, Chris Leak, David Greene, Rex Grossman, Andre Woodson, Dr. Bo, and Lorenzen.) Six of those QBs have a record of .500 or better in those pass-heavy games.

Lorenzen went 6-21. The SEC's career leader in passing attempts was just going to go out there and throw and throw and throw and throw and throw, even if he put up shitty numbers and even if the team around him wasn't good enough to win, because that was his purpose and the rest was noise.”

Naturally, he’s a bit partial to his self-christened doctor:

“I obviously feel a personal connection to Bo Wallace. If I had to say why, it's that I appreciated his refusal to acknowledge that there were bad ideas. This is the same spirit that helped us reach the Moon; it is also the reason why people light themselves on fire trying to do cool shit for YouTube fame. Lots of quarterbacks are capable of giving you either one or the other from week to week. Dr. Bo was the only one who felt like he could yo-yo between those two polar extremes from drive to drive within a game. He was college football's 20 sided die, and hell yeah it's time to attack that dragon head on.”

Remember that time Hugh Freeze gave Dr. Bo one more chance to try and get his team closer for a potential game-tying field goal? I remember...

So now, it’s time to vote. Just who is the best bad quarterback in history?


Who is the best "good" bad quarterback in history?

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    Jared Lorenzen
    (907 votes)
  • 36%
    Bo Wallace
    (512 votes)
1419 votes total Vote Now