One of the things I keep bringing up with my FCB colleagues and fantasy players is that, in college football, experience on the offensive line is so important to a college offense.
In college football, having an offensive line with experience is a huge advantage. Unlike pro football, where more training time is allowed, and, no one has to study for their upcoming Differential Integral Remedial Calculus exam….colleges do not have the time to mold a cohesive offensive line before the start of the season.This past weekend, we witnessed what happens when an offensive line lacks experience. Of course, everyone has now heard about the shoulder injury suffered by Oklahoma QB Sam Braford….note his offensive line was inexperienced, and getting beat a lot by the BYU defense. Earlier in the week, we saw Oregon struggle to move the ball on Boise State….Oregon, too, had a very inexperienced o-line.
On the other end of the spectrum, we saw what an experienced offensive line can do in the Colorado State-Colorado game. Colorado State (who won 23-17), has the most experienced o-line in the nation (based on starts of returning linemen). The Rams were able to push CU around….remember that CU has the McDonald’s All-Americans…while CSU has guys that never have been in a McDonald’s. In the CSU-CU game, experience beat talent.
When handling you fantasy college football teams and rosters, pay attention to the offensive lines. Experince is so important with those positions at the college level
Now…lets get back to those QBs, like BYU’s Max Hall (photo, thanks IconSMI)
Case Keenum – Houston AND Zac Robinson – Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State’s defense played well against Georgia last week, but, Houston has a much better offense. And, you should see Robinson put up more stats…as Houston does not possess Georgia’s defense. And, with the Cougars being a big underdog, Keenum (photo, thanks Scout.com)will be throwing often. Last season, Oklahoma State won 56-37 in a shoot-out.
Todd Reesing – Kansas AND Trevor Vittatoe – UTEP: You know Reesing will have his way with UTEP’s defense, and, Vittatoe will have to keep up. The Miners QB did not produce much in a loss to Buffalo last week, however, UTEP is going to have to air things out to keep up with the Jayhawks.
Lyle Moevao – Oregon State AND Omar Clayton – UNLV: Second-tier fantasy QBs in most cases, but, look for this game to be a stats-fest. Both opened with cupcakes last week, and, kept their offenses vanilla for the most part. The Rodgers Brothers (James, Jacquizz) for OSU should put up numbers….and Clayton can match up with his good WR corps.
Bo Levi Mitchell – SMU AND Joe Webb – UAB: Webb was the best fantasy producer in college football last week, and should be able to run and pass on the Ponies defense like he did against Rice. Mitchell will have to throw to keep up with the Blazers Dragon-Master (Webb).
Riley Dodge – North Texas (vs Ohio): Although Dodge was not a world-beater last week vs Ball State, he did secure a 20-10 road win, and proved he is threat to run the ball (72 yards rushing). This will be his first home game as UNT starting QB, and, gets a chance to show the home fans what all the hype is about.
Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame (at Michigan): Both had big wins over non-BCS schools last week, but, Notre Dame’s win over Nevada was more impressive….and…they have a definite talent advantage over the Wolverines. Clausen has two long-ball threats, so do not be surprised Golden Tate is the big WR this week for the Domers (and not Michael Floyd).
OTHER QB TO START: Tim Tebow – Florida; Taylor Potts – Texas Tech; Blaine Gabbert – Missouri; Tony Pike – Cincinnati; Max Hall – BYU; G.J. Kinne – Tulsa; Ricky Dobbs – Navy; Kellen Moore – Boise State; Tim Hiller – Western Michigan
Dan LeFevour – Central Michigan (at Michigan State): I was shocked at how little LeFevour produced at Arizona last week, and he faces a Michigan State team that should be an upgrade from Arizona. Of course, it is a much shorter trip from Mount Pleasant to East Lansing, than to Tucson….maybe that will help the Chips QB.
Jarrett Brown – West Virginia (vs East Carolina): East Carolina spanked WVU last year in Greenville, and could pose a threat this year in Morgantown. Although they struggled against Appalachian State last week, ECU does play the BCS schools quite well in recent years. This will not be an easy matchup for Brown, even with the home crowd behind him.
SIT THEM THIS WEEK
Terrelle Pryor – Ohio State AND Matt Barkley – USC: Look for a low-scoring game in this one, and, if any of the two teams somehow breaks this game open…it will be the Trojans with their NFL-ready backfield. The Buckeyes need Pryor (photo, left, thanks IconSMI) to win, whereas the Trojans have more weapons on offense than Barkley.
NOTABLES OFF THIS WEEK
Jevan Snead – Ole Miss; Ryan Mallett – Arkansas; Robert Griffin – Baylor; Colin Kaepernick – Nevada; Rusty Smith – Florida Atlantic
LANDRY JONES: SHOULD YOU…OR NOT…PICK HIM UP
The Landry Jones question is interesting, since the Sooners have a couple easy games ahead (especially this week vs Idaho State). I suggest holding off on him, because the Sooners have other issues than QB….especially the offensive line. This week, I expect the Sooners to re-establish the run with Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray…who were noticeably absent last week vs BYU. Life for Jones will be easier once the line can establish themselves.