CFB Easy Pick QB League Preview
Week 14 of the 2017 college football season is the final weekend of action and several key matchups are on tap for Championship Saturday. FanPicks delievers in it’s promise to offer all possible contest for this special weekend in College Football. It all starts with the CFB Easy Pick QB League, an head-to-head matchup between opposing QB. Pick between 8 fantasy winning quarterbacks to earn your prize.
Here’s a preview of the head-to-head matchups:
Riley Ferguson (Memphis) vs McKenzie Milton (UCF)
UCF continues to grow as a team, and sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton has been at the forefront with 30 touchdown passes and a 69.1 completion percentage to lead the nation’s top scoring offense (48.3). Milton accounted for 253 yards through the air with three touchdown passes and rushed for another 88 against Memphis in the first matchup, and has been intercepted only six times this season (13 times in 21 career outings).
Senior quarterback Riley Ferguson has thrown for 3,500 yards and 32 scores. He has completed 62.2 percent of his throws and boasts 23 touchdown passes to go along with only three interceptions since the loss to UCF, in which he had three picked off. He is seventh nationally in passing yards per game. It’s not a bold statement to say that Riley Ferguson and is one of the most underrated players in the country.
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) vs Kenny Hill (TCU)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield says winning a national championship, not the Heisman Trophy, is his main goal. Heisman voters must turn in their ballots by 5 p.m. ET on Monday so this is Mayfield’s last chance to hammer down the award after finishing third last season and fourth in 2015. He threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed for 50 yards against the TCU Horned Frogs on November 11. It was a 38-20 victory by the host Sooners who raced out to a 38-14 halftime lead and coasted to an easy win. Mayfield has completed 247-of-346 passes (71.4 percent, No. 1 in the nation) for 4,097 yards, 37 touchdowns and five interceptions and his pass efficiency rating of 203.3 is on target to be an NCAA record. He has also thrown a touchdown pass in a Big 12-record 38 consecutive games.
Quarterback Kenny Hill (19 touchdown passes) must find the end zone after going just 13-of-28 for 270 yards and one TD in the loss to the Sooners in Norman. This time around, Hill will need to at least successfully complete at least half of his pass attempts. He completed 26 of 36 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns while also running for 21 yards and another score in the win over Baylor last week.
Jake Fromm (Georgia) vs Jarrett Stidham (Auburn)
Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm was sacked four times at Auburn on November 11, but has completed 21-of-30 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns in two games since the loss to the Tigers. Even though Fromm has been the starter for nearly all of 2017, Georgia isn’t equipped to win high-scoring games. Instead, this offense needs to establish the run and allow Fromm to attempt 20-25 passes, with some play-action mixed in on favorable downs.
Jarrett Stidham, who transferred from Baylor, is fourth nationally in completion percentage (68.5 percent) while passing for 2,682 yards and 16 touchdowns. He connected on 16 of 23 throws for 214 yards and three touchdowns and added a score on the ground on November 11. Stidham is making a run at first-team All-SEC honors. Additionally, he’s connected on 17 passes of 40 or more yards in 2017.
Kelly Bryant (Clemson) vs Malik Rosier (Miami)
The Tigers have plenty of weapons beginning with quarterback Kelly Bryant, who has passed for 2,426 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 639 yards and 10 scores. Quarterback Deshaun Watson (who is now with the Houston Texans) left big shoes to fill. The junior quarterback has been a solid addition to the lineup. Bryant also leads the team in carries with 164.
Last week’s performance on offense against Pitt was the worst of the year for Miami. The Hurricanes posted only 14 points, generated 232 yards (3.9 per play, converted 4 of 15 third-down attempts and was limited to just 45 rushing yards. Additionally, quarterback Malik Rosier was pulled in the fourth quarter for a series due to ineffectiveness, with Evan Shirreffs filling in for a couple of snaps. In order for Miami’s offense to get back on track, it starts with Rosier under center. He needs a big rebound in order for the Hurricanes to win. Rosier has accounted for 30 touchdowns (25 pass, five rush), matching Vinny Testaverde’s school record set during his Heisman Trophy season of 1986.
Alex Hornibrook (Wisconsin) vs J.T. Barrett (Ohio State)
J.T. Barrett (2,728 yards passing, 672 yards rushing and 42 total touchdowns) is listed as probable for the championship game after he aggravated a cartilage injury in his right knee before and during this last weekend’s victory over the Wolverines. Before leaving the game for good in the third quarter, Barrett joined Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan (2006-09) as the only players in FBS history to throw for 100 TDs and run for 40 more.
Quarterback Alex Hornibrook is 19-2 as a starter and ended an eight-game streak of throwing an interception against Minnesota, finishing 15-of-19 for 151 yards and three touchdowns. He must avoid making mistakes. The sophomore has thrown the second-most interceptions among Big Ten quarterbacks this season (13). Hornibook had his best game of the year against the Gophers and will hope to ride the momentum into Indianapolis against a much tougher defense.
Brett Rypien (Boise State) vs Marcus McMaryion (Fresno)
One reason why Fresno State has improved so dramatically from last season is the play of Marcus McMaryion. The Oregon State transfer has blossomed at quarterback this year. McMaryion lit up Boise State’s defense last week, throwing for a career-high 332 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It ended up being the second career 300-yard game for the junior. After three games with Fresno State, McMaryion won the starting job and hasn’t looked back since. He has thrown for 2,212 yards, 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions while completing 63 percent of his passes. McMaryion’s 146.8 quarterback rating ranks second in the Mountain West.
Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion outdueled Boise State’s Brett Rypien, with 332 yards passing with two touchdowns to Rypien’s 294 yards and one score. He was held without a touchdown pass also. He has averaged 9.5 yards per pass and posted a 9-1 TD-INT ratio over his last five contests after averaging only 6.5 yards per pass and a having a 5-3 TD-INT ratio prior to those five games this season.
Thomas Woodson (Akron) vs Logan Woodside (Toledo)
Logan Woodside hasn’t made many mistakes, throwing just three interceptions compared to 24 touchown passes in 345 attempts, but one of those picks was against Akron in the first meeting (in which he also threw for 304 yards and five TDs). The senior signal-caller has quite the arsenal of weapons around him, which takes a lot of the pressure off and allows Woodside to distribute to any one of them at any given time.
It’s uncertain if Tommy Woodson will get the ball on Saturday. Woodson, a senior, was suspended minutes before the kickoff of the November 7 game against the Miami RedHawks for what the school said was a violation of team rules. He hasn’t played in 3 game since, being replaced by Kato Nelson. Despite that, he was able to collect a total of 1742 yards with 14 touchdowns and a 58.3 completion rate this season.
Mason Fine (North Texas) vs Jason Driskel (Florida Atlantic)
This game is all about whether or not Mason Fine can outbomb the FAU offense. He’s been good for well over 200 yards per game, but he has to keep hitting his third down throws, he has to keep a good tempo to the attack, and he has to avoid the big interceptions. He threw two against FAU, along with 283 yards and two touchdowns.
Jason Driskel went 18-for-22 for 245 yards, two touchdowns against FIU last week. He also rushed eleven times for 40 yards. He has a total of 1708 yards with 12 touchdowns and a 66.8 completion rate in 2017.