One got beat to Virginia Tech, struggles terribly against Penn State, and had a hard time against Minnesota and Michigan. Let's not forget 2 of the 4 were home games. The other beats Wisoncon, Alabama, as Oregon handily. I love big numbers as much as anyone, but I can't really believe this is as big as a debate as its become. A couple things Cardale can do that Braxton/JT can't IMO.
1) throw deep out routs. When combined with the deep ball, corners safeties really have no other options than to play deep.
2) get and extra 3 yards after contact which was HUGE in the championship run. Can think of multiple times Cardale picked up an extra 3 yards to get a 1st down and extend the drive. This is demoralizing to a defense. The biggest one was avoiding the safety against Alabama.
3) throw in tight windows. This takes exceptional arm strength. There was throw where Cordale threaded the needle with a laser for a large gain vs Oregon. I remember thinking to myself, wow, VERY few college/even NFL QB could make that throw. Again, loosens up the secondary whic creates running lanes. See Zekes productivity the first 12 games vs last 3 (the last 3 having better defenses) and that's all you need to know.
Im really struggling with the fact people would consider benching a Big 10 championship QB, and a Nationional Championship QB. Both items Braxton not JT never won. Sorry, but this is a easy decision for me...