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Comparing college football's top QBs to their preseason projections

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Lawrence shakes off mistakes with 4-TD performance (1:38)

Despite throwing two interceptions and eclipsing his 2018 total, Trevor Lawrence tosses three touchdowns and rushes for another in Clemson's win over Syracuse. (1:38)

We're officially three weeks into the 2019 college football season and the data at Pro Football Focus is arriving in droves. Has Trevor Lawrence actually been struggling? Why have Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields been so dominant right away with their new teams?

Using our play-by-play grading and subsequent set of advanced statistics that come with it, we take a look at those questions, plus break down Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow and how more of the nation's most noteworthy quarterbacks have fared based on their preseason projections.

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

The offseason Heisman Trophy favorite has had a rough go of it through three games. Sure, Clemson is 3-0, but its star signal-caller has not looked anything like he did in his rise to stardom during his true freshman season a year ago. He has already thrown more turnover-worthy passes (six) on just 101 dropback attempts than he did all of last season. He has counteracted that with just five big-time throws, a middling figure among all FBS quarterbacks, and his grades show he's in the middle of the pack both in overall and passing grades so far this season.