This is where I come in...
First things first, let's not have an apples-to-paleontology comparison. Let's throw out Queen's vs. Waterloo and Western vs. Toronto and Queen's vs. Western,* so that we have common opponents for both quarterbacks. Then let's ignore York because ... well, it's York. Anyone could pass for 400 yards.
Now we add up those remaining five games for both players (Ottawa, Guelph, McMaster, Windsor, Laurier) and here's what we find:
- Brannagan: 90 of 149 (60%) for 1254 yards (8.4 per attempt), 4.0% interception rate (6/149), no sacks that I could find
- Faulds: 120 of 192 (63%) for 1850 yards (9.6 per attempt), 3.1% interception rate (6/192), 13 sacks for 114 yards
We see an early advantage on yardage for Faulds. (Even rushing yards, too: 178 vs. 29.) And even with the extra attempts, he's quite a bit ahead of Brannagan in adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A, the basis for these rankings), with 8.9 vs. 7.4.
So Faulds is ahead here, but wait. We said five games for both; however, that's not totally fair: Brannagan, of course, didn't actually play against Ottawa. On the other hand, he had 41 pass attempts against hapless Windsor, but Faulds only got to throw 23 times. We should take that into consideration too. So we'll make it a more direct comparison and adjust their stats against each opponent to give both players the same number of attempts against each team. (This means Faulds loses his Ottawa stats and most of his McMaster performance.)
In the end, we get 116 attempts for both players, and the following adjusted totals:
- Brannagan: 71 completions, 979 yards, 5 interceptions, 5 touchdown passes
- Faulds: 77 completions, 1161 yards, 2 interceptions, 7 touchdown passes
So who deserves it?
For my money, the debate ends there.
If you don't want to punish Brannagan for missing some time, it doesn't matter: we gave both players the same playing time against the same opponents and Faulds still came out on top. Granted, Faulds' receivers and offensive line and so on could have helped him out more than Brannagan's did, but without much playing time from other Western QBs, it's tough to figure that out.
Although both players had pretty good seasons, as best as I can tell for now, one QB deserves the nomination. And it's not the one wearing yellow.