Stanford (3-0) vs Washington (4-0)

Junior running back Christian McCaffrey is ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game but is somehow considered to be experiencing a down season. He leads No. 6 Stanford into a Pac-12 showdown at No. 9 Washington on Friday night (Enter Contest). McCaffrey’s spectacular 2015 campaign in which he rushed for 2,019 yards and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting has made his 145.3 rushing yards per game seem pedestrian but only San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey (199.7) has a better average. Washington coach Chris Petersen is well aware of who will be the best player on the field. Both teams won their last seven games dating back to last season. This contest is the Huskies’ opportunity to show they are for real and not unbeaten just because of a soft schedule.

ABOUT WASHINGTON

Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning threw 14 touchdown passes against two interceptions this season while helping the Huskies rank 10th nationally in scoring offense at 45.8 points per game. Sophomore tailback Myles Gaskin leads the team with 302 rushing yards, but is being pushed from behind by junior Lavon Coleman. Coleman exploded for a career-best 181 yards on 11 carries in Saturday’s 35-28 overtime victory over Arizona.

Washington allowed a staggering 308 rushing yards to the Wildcats. It makes slowing Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey seem like more of a challenge for a defense led by junior linebacker Azeem Victor (team-best 31 tackles) and junior safety Budda Baker (20 stops). On the upside, the Huskies are tied for the national lead in takeaways (13) and have committed only four turnovers.

ABOUT STANFORD

McCaffrey aims to help the Cardinal defeat the Huskies for the eighth time in the past nine meetings. He rushed for 436 yards and leads the Cardinal in receiving (12 catches for 119 yards). Despite opponents crowding the line to stop McCaffrey, you would believe that it helps opening up the passing game. Though senior quarterback Ryan Burns (395 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions) hasn’t displayed the ability to be a downfield passing threat despite throwing the go-ahead touchdown pass with 24 seconds left to beat UCLA on Saturday.

The defense ranks eighth nationally in scoring defense at 12 points per game. Junior defensive tackle Solomon Thomas has been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after returning a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown and also posted a sack against the Bruins. Stanford won 15 of its past 16 contests and matched the school record of seven consecutive Pac-12 road wins. The Cardinals recent dominance has allowed them to tie the series 41-41-4. Senior WR Francis Owusu (concussion) won’t be available for this game. He got injured against UCLA.

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NCAA September 17, 2016

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#17 Texas A&M (2-0) vs Auburn (1-1)

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin sees a lot of similarities between his No. 17 Aggies and host Auburn heading into Saturday’s SEC opener. Both teams have recorded big offensive games, have shown improving defenses and have fan bases expecting more wins.

The Tigers have been solid against the run, allowing 108.5 yards on the ground after allowing 182.7 yards last year, and the Aggies have also improved their rushing-defense numbers, allowing 78.5 rushing yards after holding Prairie View A&M to 32. Texas A&M features some of the league’s top receivers while Auburn has built a balanced attack behind sophomore quarterback Sean White. The teams have split their four meetings since the Aggies joined SEC with the road team winning each time.

#12 Michigan State (1-0) vs #18 Notre Dame (1-1)

Notre Dame might have the toughest first-month schedule of any contender for the College Football Playoff, and it is still looking for a signature win. The 18th-ranked Fighting Irish opened the season with a double-overtime loss at Texas but declared DeShone Kizer starting quarterback for Week 2 and rolled past Nevada to even its record. The Spartans have had two weeks to prepare for Notre Dame due to an early bye in Week 2.

#3 Ohio State (2-0) vs #14 Oklahoma (1-1)

Ohio State was expected to go through a few growing pains this season, as the team returned only six starters. It’s the fewest in the BCS. Yet after two impressive wins, the expectations are sky high. The Buckeyes have won 18 straight road games. It’s a school record and the longest active streak in the nation.

USC (1-1) vs #7 Stanford (1-0)

Visions of Stanford star Christian McCaffrey looks to be still fresh in USC’s memory. McCaffrey had a school-record 461 all-purpose yards to help Stanford clinch last season’s Pac-12 title with a 41-22 victory over the Trojans in December.
The junior running back began this season’s Heisman Trophy quest strong, and looks to get back inside their opponents mind. Stanford defeated USC twice last season and has won six of the last eight meetings, but seven of the past 10 games have been decided by eight points or fewer. The Trojans will need an even better performance to keep pace with Stanford and McCaffrey, who has collected at least 200 all-purpose yards in seven consecutive games.

#11 Texas (2-0) vs California (1-1)

Texas looks to avenge last year’s narrow loss to California on Saturday as the 16th-ranked Longhorns head out on the road for the first time this season to face the high-powered Golden Bears. While Texas is seeking its first 3-0 start since 2012, Cal is hoping to bounce back after allowing 334 rushing yards in last Saturday’s 45-40 loss at San Diego State.
Coach Charlie Strong recorded his 50th career win last Saturday against UTEP.

This game figures to be a shootout reminiscent of last season’s 45-44 Cal victory, with Texas averaging 45.5 points and 466.5 yards through its first two games. The Longhorns were 1-4 on the road last season but have the weapons to keep pace with a Cal offense led by senior quarterback Davis Webb, who has thrown for 963 yards and nine touchdowns in games against Hawaii and San Diego State. Cal ranks 125th nationally defending the run while allowing 291 yards per game and could struggle to slow down Texas quarterback Shane Buechele and backup Tyrone Swoopes, who rushed for three scores in the season’s opener against Notre Dame.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

ROSE BOWL GAME
Stanford vs. Iowa

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you grandest of the all the college playoffs – The Rose Bowl game preview featuring Stanford against Iowa. This will prove to be an exciting game for all fans. We predict that this year’s Rose Bowl will be won by Stanford with a 27-21 score. Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com.

Two teams that barely missed out on a spot in the College Football Playoff meet Jan. 1 as Iowa takes on Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual in Pasadena, Calif. “If the Rose Bowl is the consolation prize, what a deal for both of us,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told reporters. The Hawkeyes suffered their first loss with a 16-13 defeat to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game, while Stanford earned its third Rose Bowl berth in the last four years with a 41-22 win over USC in the Pac-12 title game.

Iowa began the season unranked after finishing 7-6 a year ago but improved every week to earn its first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1991. The Big Ten West Division champions rely heavily on their run defense, which ranks 10th in the nation at fewer than 115 yards per game. The impressive unit will be tested by a powerful Stanford offensive attack led by sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy race after breaking Barry Sanders’ single-season all-purpose yards record with 3,496.

Stanford struggled in its only other meeting against a Big Ten opponent this season as the Cardinal scored their fewest points since 2007 and lost their opener 16-6 at Northwestern. Following that low point, however, coach David Shaw’s squad strung together eight straight wins before losing 38-36 to Oregon on Nov. 14. In addition to McCaffrey, the Cardinal boast a steady hand at quarterback in senior Kevin Hogan, who has thrown for 2,644 yards and 24 touchdowns against seven interceptions while completing 68.6 percent of his passes.

STANFORD Season Overview (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12): The Hawkeyes can expect a heavy dose of McCaffrey, who rushed for 1,847 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 540 receiving yards and four more scores through the air. “He’s the best player in the nation,” coach David Shaw told reporters after McCaffrey recorded 461 yards in total offense in the Pac-12 title game. “I don’t know if that’s even a question. There’s nobody in the nation doing what he’s been doing. It’s not even a debate.” Linebacker Blake Martinez averages a Pac-12-high 10.2 tackles per game to lead the defense, which benefits from a Stanford offense that leads the nation in time of possession.

IOWA Season Overview (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten): For the Hawkeyes to win their school-record 13th game and their first Rose Bowl since beating Cal in 1959, they’ll need another solid outing from quarterback C.J. Beathard, who threw 15 touchdowns against three interceptions and rushed for six scores. Beathard could be without the services of leading rusher Jordan Canzeri, who ran for 12 touchdowns but left the Big Ten championship game with a sprained right ankle and is listed as questionable for the Rose Bowl. Iowa’s secondary is led by first team All-American Desmond King, who received the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back after recording eight interceptions while averaging 25.6 yards per kickoff return and 12.7 yards on punts.

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Christian McCaffrey did it all! Run, pass and catch, delivering a record setting performance that will place him high on the Heisman Trophy contender list as well as clinching a third Rose Bowl berth in four years. As the most renowned fantasy college football DFS site, Fanpicks.com is proud to provide the highlights of this exciting PAC-12 Championship game.

McCaffrey led the number 7th ranked Stanford to the PAC-12 Championship by rushing 207 yards and a score, throwing a touchdown pass and catching another as they trounced over USC for 42-22 win. Coach David Shaw praised McCaffrey by saying, “To my left here is the best player in the nation, there’s nobody in the nation doing what he’s been doing. It’s not even a debate.”

The Trojans (8-5; No. 20 CFP, No. 24 AP) Cody Kessler, threw for 187 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score. USC coach Helton said of the loss “Got some hurt kids in that locker room, they’ve given tremendous effort to get to this point and obviously are extremely saddened by not finishing the job.”

Stanford’s win became apparent as they took control of the game with a pair of touchdowns in a span of just over 3 minutes late in the third quarter. After blowing an early 13-point lead, the Cardinal faced a third-down in their own territory. Hogan then found McCaffrey open in the middle of the field and he ran with for a 67-yard reception down to the USC 7. Hogan ran it in on the next play to put Stanford back on top.

Playing with an injured ankle, Blake Martinez, sacked Kessler and caused a fumble on the very next possession which Thomas was able to recover and ran in for the score… making it 27-16 at that point. “The center came up on me and tried to wall me off and I just went right around him,” Martinez said. “I saw the quarterback still had the ball and I was like, ‘All right, time to make a play.’ When I saw the ball on the ground, I was like, ‘Pick it up, pick it up.’ I saw Solly pick it up and I was like, ‘Yes!’ He scored and it was amazing.”

McCaffrey, who was left completely open in the middle of the field, then caught a 27 yard pass for the touchdown. McCaffrey’s feats led him to break Sander’s 1988 record of 3,250 yards in single season, albeit it took McCaffrey two additional games to achieve it.

The Trojans were completely outplayed for the first 25 minutes into the game, yet the bounced back with three straight scoring drives. Kessler was impressive in driving a 15 play sequence the set up to a 40 yard field goal by Alex Wood cutting Stanford’s lead to 13-3. Kessler rose to the occasion once again in the opening minutes of the third quarter by throwing a 1 yard touchdown pass to Jahleel Pinner further cutting Stanford’s lead to 13-9. The on their very next possession, Ronald Jones II then scored on 27 yard rushing play giving the Trojans the lead at 16-13.

The Cardinal dominated the game early but led only 13-0 due in part to problems converting in the red zone. Stanford held a 210-9 advantage in yards gained but was unable to break the game open. A holding penalty on Rollins Stallworth negated a TD on the first drive, forcing Stanford to settle for a field goal. Stanford later was stopped at the 1-yard line, leading to another short field goal by Conrad Ukropina and Hogan got sacked on a fourth down from the 1.

The only touchdown in the first half came on McCaffrey’s trick play. Hogan pitched to Barry Sanders Jr., who then flipped it to McCaffrey, who had lined up as a receiver. McCaffrey then threw to a wide-open Hogan for his second TD pass of the season.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 9-19-2015

Stanford Cardinal versus USC Trojans College Football Fantasy Preview

It will be the PAC 12 opener for both teams as the USC Trojans will meet the Stanford Cardinal. Fantasy draft GMs can tune to ABC at 8PM Eastern Time from LA Coliseum.

The Trojans have beaten USC in their past two meetings with the Cardinal scoring no more than 17 points in the two games. Stanford is 1-1 with a 31-7 home victory to Central Florida last week after losing at Northwestern in week one by the score of 16-6. USC is 2-0 with blowout home wins to Idaho and Arkansas St.

USC Trojans QB:

Cody Kessler

The Trojans senior quarterback has hit 79% of his throws for 650 yards with seven touchdowns. That came against Arkansas St and Idaho.

USC Trojans RB:

Ronald Jones II

This freshman running back has seen some time in blowout games and rushed 14 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

Tre Madden

This game doesn’t figure to be a blowout like the first two games for the Trojans so Madden should get more carries. The senior back has 19 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

USC Trojans WR:

JuJu Smith Schuster

Shuster is the top receiver by far for the Trojans with 14 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns. He has averaged 20.1 yards a catch this season.

Stanford Cardinal QB:

Kevin Hogan

Hogan a senior is completing 57% of his throws for 496 yards with three touchdowns and one pick. His touchdowns passes came at home to Central Florida. At Northwestern Hogan threw for just 155 yards with no touchdowns and one pick.

Stanford Cardinal RB:

Christian McCaffrey

Christian McCaffrey leads the Cardinal in carries with 32 rushing attempts for 124 yards with just 3.9 yards per run attempt. He has caught nine balls for 82 yards with a touchdown catch.

Stanford Cardinal WR:

Michael Rector

Michael Rector has five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. At Northwestern he grabbed just one ball for 10 yards.

BYU Cougars versus UCLA Bruins College Football One Day Fantasy League Preview

Two undefeated clubs meet as the UCLA Bruins will host the BYU Cougars. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to FOX at 10:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

BYU is 2-0 with some come from behind victories at Nebraska in week one and a road win at Boise St 35-24 last week. UCLA is 2-0 with a home blowout win to Virginia and last week a 37-3 road victory at UNLV.

BYU Cougars QB:

Tanner Mangum

Tanner Mangum was forced into action with the season ending injury to starter Taysom Hill. Mangum is hitting 61% of his throws for 420 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. He rallied the Cougars in fourth quarter comeback wins at Nebraska and home to Boise St.

BYU Cougars RB:

Adam Hine

Adam Hine leads the club with 23 carries on the season with 130 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 5.7 yards per run on the year.

BYU Cougars WR:

Mitchell Juergens

Junior wide out Mitchell Juergens has caught eight passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. In the win against Boise St Juergens had two touchdown catches with 172 receiving yards.

UCLA Bruins QB:

Josh Rosen

Freshman quarterback Josh Rosen has completed 65% of his throws for 574 yards with four touchdowns and one pick. In his first road game Rosen completed just 52% of his throws last week at UNLV with a touchdown and pick.

UCLA Bruins RB:

Paul Perkins

The junior running back has rushed 32 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Perkins is averaging 6.6 yards per rush average this year.

UCLA Bruins WR:

Jordan Payton

Payton a senior wide out has caught eight passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. At UNLV he had a touchdown grab.

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