Oklahoma vs Iowa State

No. 11 Oklahoma plays a rare midweek game Thursday night when it travels to Iowa State in Big 12 Conference play (Enter Contest). The contest marks just the fourth time in the 18-year Bob Stoops era that the Sooners will be playing a non-Saturday contest and is just the second time during that span that OU will be playing a game with a shortened week of preparation.

The only other time Oklahoma played with a short week under Stoops came in 2007 when the Sooners, behind quarterback Sam Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray crushed host Tulsa, 62-21, in a Friday-night affair. Oklahoma also played two other midweek games under Stoops, but both of those came after bye weeks. So Thursday night’s game at Jack Trice Stadium, just five days after a 56-3 thrashing of Kansas in Norman, could present more of an obstacle for the Sooners. Also, Stoops is 11-0 versus Iowa State as Oklahoma’s head coach with the average score being 41-9.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA (6-2, 5-0 Big 12)

Quarterback Baker Mayfield, who threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-16 win over the Cyclones last year in Norman, has thrown 27 touchdown passes compared to just five interceptions and leads the nation in passing efficiency (195.8). Wide receiver Dede Westbrook set a school record with his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game against Kansas and has an amazing 40 receptions for 881 yards and 11 touchdowns during that span. Sophomore running back Joe Mixon leads the Big 12 and is third nationally with an average of 195.4 all-purpose yards per game but will sit this one out for a violation of team rules while linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (seven sacks) and cornerback Jordan Thomas (13 passes defended) lead a suspect Sooner defense.

ABOUT IOWA STATE (1-7, 0-5)

The Cyclones come into the contest just five days after losing to Kansas State, 31-26, at home, the team’s fourth straight loss since a 44-10 non-conference victory over Mountain West bottom feeder San Jose State. Quarterback Jacob Park passed for a career-high 301 yards, including 250 in the second half, against Kansas State and has one of the top freshmen wide receivers in the country to throw to in Deshaunte Jones, who has 19 catches for 282 yards and five TDs over the last five games, as well as steady junior Allen Lazard, who has caught a pass in a school-record 31 straight games. Junior safety Kamari Cotton-Moya leads the team in tackles (48) and ranks third in the Big 12 in solo stops with an average of 5.4 per game.

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NCAA Preview 2016

BIG 12

NCAA fantasy football is getting closer. Are you excited as i am? Get ready to play CFB at FanPicks (click to play). With the impending kickoff in Sydney, Australia August 26th, FanPicks will cover every NCAA conferences and their teams for the 2016 season. If you’ve missed the ACC Coastal NCAA preview, click here. The NCAA BIG 12 is composed of ten programs which have won 18 national titles including three since it’s inception.

Oklahoma leads in BIG 12 championship title with nine. Not only are the Sooners the greatest school within the conference, but they also have the third-most national championship title since the poll era (1936-present) with seven. The 2005 Rose Bowl BCS Championship was the last BIG 12 conquest. The Texas Longhorns were crowned champions. Labelled “The game of the century”, the Longhorns defeated USC 41-38.

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Baylor Bears Baylor logo

Baylor shocked many with the decision to fire head football coach Art Briles. He helped turn an underwhelming program into a national power. Shortly after the decision, Baylor released the full findings of an investigation into the football program and athletic department’s handling of various sexual assault accusations against members of the BU football program. Baylor has lost a bunch of promising recruits in the wake of that sexual assault scandal, but the Bears suffered their biggest roster hit when talented sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham announced he was transferring.

Iowa State Cyclones Iowa St Logo

Iowa State’s Mike Warren emerged as one of the top running backs in the league last season, finishing fourth in the Big 12 with 1,339 rushing yards despite getting just nine carries in the first two games. The new coaching regime is very familiar with Warren, and not just because he gained 126 yards when the Cyclones faced Toledo last September. Warren originally committed to new coach Matt Campbell and Toledo out of high school before later flipping to Iowa State.

Kansas Jayhawks Kansas Logo

LaQuvionte Gonzalez, the 5-10 junior receiver transferred from Texas A&M with a 4.4 speed and a 41-inch vertical, could provide a big-play threat for the Jayhawk. Kansas coach David Beaty was his position coach at A&M and promises to get creative with Gonzalez to get him the ball in as many ways as possible. In 16 games with the Aggies, he had 26 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns.

Kansas State Wildcats Kansas St Logo

KSU has been at its best when coach Bill Snyder has been able to have a quarterback that is a dual threat and is the catalyst for all things successful in the offense. So when the team was down to Joe Hubener to run the offense last year after injuries to Alex Dalton and Jesse Ertz, the offense sputtered badly as Hubener completed below 50 percent of his passes but did show dual threat ability. If the spring game is any indication, things are totally up in the air. With Ertz and Dalton back, the battle is on, but it was the forgotten Hubener who showed the best in the spring game, throwing for over 300 yards and having significantly more accuracy. No matter who gets the mantle of the starting gig, he’ll have to be big, big, big for KSU to achieve whatever goals they have in sight.

Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Logo

Oklahoma is the overwhelming preseason pick to win another Big 12 title. With quarterback Baker Mayfield among seven returning starters on offense, the Sooners got 24 of 26 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released last Thursday. Mayfield’s fearless attitude and fiery approach instantly rubbed off on the Sooners, who averaged 47.6 ppg after an Oct. 10 2015 loss to Texas. After finishing fourth in the Heisman voting, Mayfield should start this season on the short list of MVP front-runners.

Oklahoma State Cowboys Oklahoma St Logo

Oklahoma State’s hopes of returning to Big 12 title contention rest on quarterback Mason Rudolph’s shoulders. After a solid season splitting time with J.W. Walsh, Rudolph is finally the unquestioned leader of the offense. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound junior passed for 3,770 yards, 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He had six 300-yard games (three with more than 400 yards), but his 71.5 adjusted QBR leaves plenty of room for improvement.

TCU Horned Frogs TCU Logo

The TCU Horned Frogs look like a team that could be one of the best in the Big 12 and possibly in the country this year. However, it looks like they will go forward without possible starting running back Shaun Nixon. TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced today that Nixon suffered an undisclosed injury and would miss the entire 2016 season because of it. Despite that, TCU’s offense has been among the nation’s best since co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie arrived two seasons ago. Quarterback Kenny Hill is expected to thrive again this season.

Texas Longhorns Texas Logo

Texas benefited from Baylor University’s scandal. With recruits leaving the program here and there, the Longhorns were able to land five-star Devin Duvernay. A blazing-fast wideout who has been timed at 10.27 in the 100-meter. Duvernay’s big-play potential should help a very young UT passing game as it adapts to the new scheme of offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.

Texas Tech Red Raiders Texas Tech Logo

In his first season as the full-time starter, quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished fourth in the country with 357.9 passing yards per game last year. He also tossed 36 touchdowns (tied for the Big 12 lead with Baker Mayfield) while rushing for 456 yards and 10 scores. The Red Raiders graduated key players at every other position offensively from last year’s dynamic scoring attack. But with Mahomes, Texas Tech could still feature its best offense yet under coach Kliff Kingsbury.

West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia Logo

Mountaineers Quarterback Skyler Howard had an inconsistent 2015 season. He passed for 3,145 yards and 26 touchdowns, but despite a QB-friendly system, he also threw 14 interceptions and surpassed 300 yards just twice. Accuracy was an issue, as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four of his 13 starts, and his 55.3 adjusted QBR was seventh in the Big 12. But there is reason for optimism. Howard ended the season by setting Cactus Bowl records with 532 passing yards and five passing touchdowns in a 43-42 win over Arizona State.

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Clemson vs. Oklahoma

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Top-ranked Clemson is the lone remaining unbeaten squad and fourth-ranked Oklahoma has reeled off seven straight victories as they enter their College Football Playoff semifinal clash in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31 at Miami Gardens, Fla. The Tigers are bidding for their first national championship since going 12-0 in 1981, while the Sooners are chasing their first national title since going 13-0 in 2000. Oklahoma’s lone loss came to Texas on Oct. 10, while Clemson has won 16 consecutive games since losing to Georgia Tech in mid-November of the 2014 campaign.

There is no disputing the notion that the top two quarterbacks in the country are playing in this contest as Clemson sophomore Deshaun Watson finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting and Oklahoma junior Baker Mayfield placed fourth with the top two finishers both being running back. Watson is an all-around nightmare for defensive coordinators as he has passed for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 887 yards and 11 scores while Mayfield has passed for 3,389 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 420 yards and seven scores. “I think he’s exceptional,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops told reporters of Watson. “What a great athlete – thrower, runner, everything. I really have a great respect and appreciation for what a quality player he is.”

One aspect both teams are downplaying is that Clemson put a 40-6 thumping on the Sooners in last season’s Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Watson missed the game with a knee injury and Oklahoma committed five turnovers and was never in the contest but Tigers coach Dabo Swinney has been insisting that nobody should be bringing up that game. “That just absolutely has nothing to do with this year,” Swinney told reporters. “They’re playing as good as anybody in the country right now, maybe the best of anybody in the country, so we know they’ll be fired up to play us.”

OKLAHOMA Season Overview (11-1, 8-1 Big 12): The Sooners have averaged 52 points during their seven-game winning streak as senior receiver Sterling Shepard and sophomore running back Samaje Perine complement Mayfield’s prowess. Shepard has 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and 11 touchdown catches and ranks second in school history in receptions (226) and receiving yardage (3,395) while Perine has rushed for 1,291 yards and 15 touchdowns and has 3,004 career rushing yards to join Adrian Peterson (2004-05) as the only players to top 3,000 in their first two seasons as Sooners. Oklahoma allows 20.8 points per game and boasts solid players in senior outside linebacker Eric Striker (team-high 16 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks), junior cornerback Zack Sanchez (team-leading six interceptions), sophomore cornerback Jordan Thomas (five interceptions), junior inside linebacker Dominique Alexander (team-best 91 tackles) and senior defensive end Charles Tapper (seven sacks).

CLEMSON Season Overview (13-0, 8-0 ACC): The Tigers are hoping standout sophomore receiver Artavis Scott (84 receptions, 805 yards) will be in top shape by the bowl game after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair meniscus cartilage in his right knee earlier this month. Sophomore running back Wayne Gallman has been superb with 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns and is 14 yards shy of surpassing the school mark set by Raymond Priester in 1996. Clemson allows 20.2 points per game with standout junior defensive end Shaq Lawson delivering a dominating season – he has a team-best 9.5 sacks and leads the nation with 22.5 tackles for losses – while senior middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (team-high 91 tackles), junior cornerback Condrea Tankersley (team-leading five interceptions) and junior defensive end Kevin Dodd (eight sacks) also are having strong campaigns.

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11-28-2015

UCLA Bruins vs. USC Trojans College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 11-28-2015

The PAC 12 South division in on the line in the cross-town rivalry game as the USC Trojans will be hosting the UCLA Bruins. College football fantasy draft GMs can tune to ABC TV at 3:30PM Eastern Time on Saturday November 28th to follow the results of their roster picks.

UCLA enters this game with a record of 8-3. They showed some heart last week going into a hostile road venue at Utah and coming away with the 17-9 victory. Bruins defense has been very disappointing for much of the season with their poor ability to defend the run. They allowed about 4 yards a carry on the ground to the Utes but held Utah to only 110 yards passing. The run game for UCLA got grounded with 105 yards on 38 carries but they got just enough from their passing game to squeak out a huge win.

USC is 7-4 as they suffered a 48-28 road defeat at the Oregon Ducks last week. It broke a four game win streak for the Trojans as the dynamic passing attack by Oregon done in the Trojans. Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams threw for 407 yards and six touchdown passes. The Trojans were able to run for nearly 5 yards a carry on Oregon which is a positive to take into this game against a Bruins team weak in that area.

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UCLA Bruins RB:

Paul Perkins

The Bruins senior running back has been a workhorse by averaging nearly 24 carries over his past three games. He has rushed for 1180 yards this year for 5.7 yards per carry average. He had a nice game against Washington St two weeks ago where he rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries as he averaged 6 yards per attempt.

USC Trojans WR:

JuJu Smith

Smith leads the Trojans with 68 catches for 1217 yards with ten touchdowns. He has been outstanding at home with 138 receiving yards against Arizona, 143 against Utah and 153 against Stanford scoring a touchdown reception in each game.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Oklahoma St Cowboys

College Football Fantasy Preview 11-28-2015

The Bedlam rivalry game features the Oklahoma St Cowboys playing host to the Oklahoma Sooners. DFS GMs can tune to ABC TV at 8PM Eastern Time on Saturday November 28th to follow the results of their fantasy draft roster for one day leagues.

There is a lot at stake for this Oklahoma team that is in the playoff picture. The Sooners‘ body of work has impressed the committee and a win against the Cowboys would be another feather in their cap. The Sooners since their loss to Texas has won six straight games including a 30-29 home victory to TCU last week as they defended a two point conversion in the closing seconds to seal the win. Sooners are the third rated offense in college football as they score 44.6 points per game.

Oklahoma St is 10-1 and took a recent loss as they dropped a 45-35 home decision to Baylor to kick them out of the playoff picture at the moment. This Cowboys team is also high scoring as they push across 42.8 points per game ranking seventh best in the nation.

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Oklahoma Sooners QB:

Baker Mayfield

The Sooners junior quarterback is completing 68.7% of his throws this year for 3209 yards with 33 touchdowns and five picks. He had 107 yards receiving and two touchdown throws in the win against TCU last week.

Oklahoma St Cowboys WR:

James Washington

Washington has been a big play receiver for the Cowboys as he has 45 catches for 908 yards with nine touchdowns. He is averaging 20.2 yards per catch on the season.

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Oklahoma Sooners versus Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Picks 11-14-2015

A monster matchup for fantasy college football draft managers to pick a roster from is the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Baylor Bears. DFS can tune to ABC TV on Saturday night November 14th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day league picks.

The past two meetings between these teams resulted in huge wins by Baylor each time. In 2013 it was Baylor with the 41-12 home victory and last year the Bears crushed the Sooners again but this time it was 48-14 at Oklahoma.

The Sooners have just one blemish on their record as the team enters play with a mark of 8-1. After their 24-17 loss to Texas the Oklahoma Sooners have flexed their muscles on the scoreboard with four straight wins and scoring no fewer than 52 points in the process. The team is sixth best from college football in total offense by averaging 549 yards per game. Last week they hosted the Iowa St Cyclones and produced a 52-16 victory. They poured it on in the second half by scoring 31 points. The offense was balanced with 405 yards passing and 279 coming from their ground game for over seven yards a carry.

Baylor has a perfect record of 8-0 on the season. They are the top offense in the league and score the most points from college football. The team averages 665 yards along with 57 points per game. Baylor last played on a Thursday night on November 5th as they earned the 31-24 victory that saw the Bears put up the least amount of points this season. Despite the low point total for the Bears they still managed 522 offensive yards and 419 threw the air. The team has a very difficult schedule to close the regular season. Following this Oklahoma game the Bears travel to Oklahoma St and TCU on a short week before closing out their regular season with a home game to Texas.

Oklahoma Sooners QB:

Baker Mayfield

The Sooners quarterback is hitting on 70% of his throws for 2812 yards with 28 touchdowns and four picks. Mayfield had a huge game against Iowa St last week by completing 74% of his throws for 342 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and one pick over his past four games.

Oklahoma Sooners RB:

Samaje Perine

The Oklahoma sophomore running back has run for 806 yards on 140 carries and ten touchdowns. He is averaging 5.8 yards per attempt on the season. Three weeks ago Perine had 201 rushing yards and four carries. Last week Perine had 13 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown with a 7.3 yards per rush average.

Oklahoma Sooners WR:

Sterling Shepard

Shepard leads the Sooners with 47 catches for 826 yards with seven touchdowns. The senior wide out has seen significant action in all four years of play. He is averaging 17.6 yards per catch. He caught four balls for 94 yards and a touchdown last week in their win against Iowa St.

Baylor Bears QB:

Jarrett Stidham

The freshman quarterback is completing 77% of his passes for 750 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. Stidham threw for 419 yards last week in the win against Kansas St with three touchdowns and nearly a 70% completion percentage. Starting quarterback Seth Russell is out for the year with a broken bone in his neck.

Baylor Bears RB:

Shock Linwood

Lindwood leads the Bears in rushing with 1046 yards on 134 carries with nine touchdowns. He is averaging 7.8 yards per carry on the season which is nearly two yards greater than his run average in 2014. Linwood has rushed for over 100 yards in five of his eight games this year.

Baylor Bears WR:

Corey Coleman

The junior wide out for Baylor is leading the team with 58 catches for 1178 yards with 20 touchdown catches. Coleman is averaging nearly 20.3 yards per reception. In the win against Kansas St, Coleman had 11 grabs for 216 yards and two touchdowns.

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QB: Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma Sooners)

RB: Shock Linwood (Baylor Bears)

WR: Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma Sooners)

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Oklahoma Sooners versus Texas Longhorns College Football Fantasy Preview 10-10-2015

It’s the Red River Rivalry game as the Texas Longhorns will face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday afternoon. Fantasy college football draft managers can tune to ABC TV at 12PM Eastern Time on October 11th from Dallas Texas to track the results of their roster picks.

Oklahoma has won four of the previous five meetings in this series. Last year the Sooners defeated the Longhorns 31-26 despite gaining just 232 yards to the Longhorns 462 offensive yards for the game. The Longhorns lost the turnover battle with a -2 margin. Oklahoma earned a touchdown on a kickoff and interception return.

The Sooners enter this rivalry contest with a record of 4-0. They opened up their Big 12 conference season with a 44-24 victory at home to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Oklahoma forced five Mountaineers turnovers in the win and had 320 yards passing. The Sooners is tenth in passing yards per game (358) and is eleventh best in college football in points scored per game (42).

It has been a bad start to the year for the Texas Longhorns as the club is 1-4. They must go 5-2 the rest of the way to get bowl eligible. It was bad 50-7 road defeat last week at the TCU Horned Frogs. The Longhorns are now 0-2 in the Big 12 after with a 30-27 home loss to Oklahoma St two weeks ago. In their loss to TCU the Longhorns were down 37-0 at the half. For the game Texas surrendered 604 yards to the Horned Frogs offense along with six touchdown passes to their quarterbacks. The stats look ugly for Texas ranking 120th in college football in yardage allowed per game (507) and are 110th in yards gained per game from their offense (338).

Oklahoma Sooners QB:

Baker Mayfield

The Sooners junior quarterback is hitting on 65% of his passes for 1382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three picks. Last week against West Virginia he completed 14 of 25 passes for 320 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. Mayfield averaged nearly 25 yards per reception in the victory. The Oklahoma signal caller ran for 138 yards and four touchdowns.

Oklahoma Sooners RB:

Samaje Perine

Perine leads the Sooners with 72 carries for 328 yards and two touchdowns. He is running for 4.6 yards per carry on the season. The Oklahoma sophomore running back had 65 yards last week on 16 carries.

Oklahoma Sooners WR:

Sterling Shepard

Senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard has seen significant action in all four of his years in the program. In 2015 Shepard has 20 catches for 321 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 16.1 yards per catch.

Texas Longhorns QB:

Jerrod Heard

The Longhorns are looking at a freshman quarterback now under center. Heard has hit on 55% of his throws for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. He struggled in the TCU loss going 8 of 20 for just 48 yards. Jerrod Heard leads Texas in rushing with 318 yards and three touchdowns on 67 carries.

Texas Longhorns RB:

D’Onta Foreman

The sophomore running back has 44 carries for 211 yards and two touchdowns. In the TCU loss Foreman ran for 112 yards on 18 carries as he averaged a very good 6.2 yards per rush attempt.

Texas Longhorns WR:

John Burt

The Longhorns freshman wide out has made big plays in the passing game. He has nine catches for 222 yards and a touchdown. Burt is averaging 24.7 yards per catch on the season. John Burt caught just two passes last week at TCU for 36 yards.

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