Louisville Cardinals vs Houston Cougars

Ever since a six-point loss at Clemson on October 1st, Louisville knew it was going to need a number of upsets to happen to teams in front of them in the rankings in order to re-enter the College Football Playoff discussion, and most of them came to fruition last weekend. The Cardinals hope to take advantage of their good fortune and impress the CFP committee with a resume-building win Thursday when they attempt to end Houston’s 14-game home winning streak (Enter Contest).

Michigan, Clemson and Washington were three of the teams Louisville in the coaches’ poll before Saturday. In one single day, those three programs fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, putting the Cardinals in a much more favorable position. Louisville moved from No. 6 to No. 5 in the CFP rankings. Top 4 teams will have a chance to play for a national championship. For the first 45 minutes of its last contest, Louisville appeared to be on the verge of joining the aforementioned top-five teams before piling up 34 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 44-12 win over Wake Forest on Saturday. It is the most productive quarter in NCAA football history since a 35-point eruption against Washington-Tennessee on October 8, 1913.

The Cougars lost two of their first three games in October to fall out of the Top 25, but they have seemingly righted the ship with back-to-back wins. Houston served notice early last season that it was ready to wreak havoc on the big boys of college football, forcing four turnovers and blocking a potential tying field goal in the final minute to pull off a 34-31 upset at Louisville.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (9-1)

Quarterback Lamar Jackson continued to shatter records on a near-weekly basis last Saturday, breaking Teddy Bridgewater’s single-season school record of 4,048 offensive yards and tying another single-season school mark with his seventh 100-yard rushing effort. While the Heisman Trophy frontrunner was limited to season lows in total yards (298) and touchdowns responsible for (one), senior running back Brandon Radcliff sparked Louisville’s 41-point second-half explosion with a career-high three TDs and rushed for 141 yards, giving the Cardinals a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for a school-record third time this season. The Cardinals lead FBS with 6.68 yards per carry. Devonte Fields matched a personal best with three sacks Saturday, while fellow linebacker James Hearns added a career-high two of Louisville’s season-high seven sacks.

ABOUT HOUSTON (8-2)

Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. joined Case Keenum (20,114) and Kevin Kolb (13,715) as the only players in school history to amass 10,000 yards of total offense last weekend, and he moved into a second-place tie with Kolb (26) for the most wins by a Cougars quarterback. Junior wide receiver Linell Bonner caught nine passes for 97 yards Saturday, marking the fifth time this season he has managed at least eight receptions and 97 yards in the same game. Freshman defensive tackle Ed Oliver continued to wreak havoc in last weekend’s 30-18 win over Tulane, recording his FBS-best (among defensive linemen) sixth pass breakup while adding 1.5 tackles for loss to give him 16.5 for the season. Houston’s average margin of victory during its home winning streak is 19.3 points.

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Saturday’s College Featured Matchup

CFB September 17, 2016

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#2 Florida State (2-0) vs #10 Louisville (2-0)

Lamar Jackson has compiled 1,015 yards of total offense and accounted for 13 touchdowns in less than two full games for Louisville, so it goes without saying Florida State wouldn’t mind having all hands on deck defensively. Unfortunately, that won’t be the case for the second-ranked Seminoles.

Preseason All-American sophomore safety Derwin James suffered a cartilage tear in his left knee against FCS foe Charleston Southern last weekend. He will be sidelined indefinitely. Although the Seminoles will be shorthanded defensively, they should have more than enough firepower on the other side of the ball to stick with FBS’ highest-scoring team thus far, as running back Dalvin Cook has already accounted for 284 total yards and two touchdowns in limited action. While Cook has done nothing to hurt his campaign for the Heisman Trophy, Jackson has raced out to an early lead in that regard by ranking third in the country in rushing (318 yards) and eighth in passing (697) while leading Louisville to an average of 66 points in routs over Charlotte and Syracuse.

#25 Miami (2-0) vs Appalachian State (1-1)

After two one-sided victories, No. 25 Miami faces its first true test Saturday against a dangerous Appalachian State team in what is sure to be a hostile environment.  The Hurricanes have shown signs of being ready for such a test, having dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. After depending on junior Brad Kaaya’s arm to carry the offense for two seasons, the Hurricanes are averaging 326 yards a game rushing while the defense has allowed only 34.5 yards on the ground to rank first in the nation despite starting a front seven dominated by freshmen and sophomores. Those young guys will face a big test against the Mountaineers, who are run-first team and feature one the nation’s best running backs in senior Marcus Cox, who entered the season with 4,088 yards rushing and has added 248 yards already this season.

#22 Oregan (2-0) vs Nebraska (2-0)

Mike Riley watched his Oregon State teams drop seven straight “Civil War” games to Oregon before he bolted for Nebraska in December of 2014. It should come as no surprise if the usually mild-mannered coach is a bit more amped up this week. He will get his chance to end his frustration against a familiar foe Saturday when his Cornhuskers host the 22nd-ranked Ducks in the first meeting between the schools in nearly 30 years.

Oregon have been solid starters, enjoying a plus-42 margin before the halftime break only to outscore their foes by one point over the final 30 minutes in its two home triumphs. Although they are sporting their usual offensive proficiency (eighth in FBS in total offense, tied for 14th in scoring offense), the Ducks are ranked 80th in scoring defense and 82nd in total defense despite playing a FCS opponent (UC Davis) and a struggling FBS squad (Virginia).

#1 Alabama (2-0) vs #19 Ole Miss (1-1)

Ole Miss sets its sights on knocking off top-ranked Alabama for the third consecutive season when the No. 19 Rebels host the defending national champions in the SEC opener for both teams. Crimson Tide Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts still hasn’t been declared the starting quarterback over redshirt freshman Blake Barnett but it is heading in that direction after Hurts passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday’s victory over Western Kentucky. While it’s unclear who will start at quarterback for Alabama, the same can’t be said for Ole Miss. Senior quarterback Chad Kelly passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns while fueling last season’s win at Alabama and he has thrown for 532 yards and seven touchdowns in this season’s first two games.

Pittsburgh (2-0) vs Oklahoma State (1-1)

After one of the most bizarre finishes in college football history, Oklahoma State need to return their focus to the football field this week. The previously 17th-ranked squad cannot afford to falter against Pittsburgh. The Cowboys most recent contest turned ugly for them after a misinterpreted rule extended the game. One untimed down allowed the Chippewas to score the winning touchdown on a Hail Mary and lateral. Mike Gundy’s squad tried to kill the final four seconds of the game by throwing the ball away on fourth down with time expired, but they were incorrectly penalized for intentional grounding, setting up the 51-yard play. Pittsburgh is seeking to boost its top-25 credentials by starting 3-0 for just the fourth time since 2000.

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NCAA Fantasy Football Preview

The Atlantic Coast Conference (Atlantic)

The NCAA 2016 season is less then two month away, with kickoff happening in Sidney mate! FanPicks will preview all of the conferences before season starts. If you missed the AAC preview, click here. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is viewed as one of the best conference in NCAA division 1 football. Bringing 14 program into their fold, including last years CFP national championship finalist Clemson, the ACC is one of three conferences to have one of their schools winning the BCS title at least twice. It was Florida State who won it twice for the Atlantic Coast Conference back in 1999 and 2013. With new season comes new changes, here’s a look at what to look for the 2016 season in the Atlantic side of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Boston College Eagles Boston College logo

The Eagles brought in Scot Loeffler, who coordinated offenses at Virginia Tech, Auburn and Temple, to run an offense that averaged just 275 yards and 17 points last season. Boston College will count on a solid defense, which includes the return of seven of their impressive starters.

Clemson Tigers Clemson logo

2015 Heisman trophy nominee Deshaun Watson has amassed 5,209 yards of total offense (becoming the first player in FBS history with 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a season) just a year after an ACL injury. Late in the season, he showed how effective he can be in the run game, finishing with three 100-yard rushing performances in his final four games. He also had a hand in 478 of Clemson’s 550 yards in the national championship game, carrying the then-undefeated Tigers to within points of a title.

Florida State Seminoles Florida St. logo

QB Sean Maguire will be out for the spring with a broken ankle. The Seminoles have groomed eventual replacements for Maguire, with redshirt freshman Deondre Francois and freshman Malik Henry showing promise. RB Dalvin Cook accomplishments in his sophomore season makes him a lethal weapon for Florida State’s offense, this year.

Louisville Cardinals Louisville logo

For his bowl performance against Texas A&M, Lamar Jackson threw for 227 yards and ran for 226 more in the 27-21 win. Coach Bobby Petrino said Jackson, a dual-threat QB who rushed for 186 or more yards in each of the last two games last season, showed improvement in his decision-making and in his throwing accuracy.

North Carolina State WolfpackNC State logo

The Wolfpack wanted to grasp the fundamentals of coach Eli Drinkwitz’s offense. Drinkwitz came from Boise State to replace the fired Matt Canada. Jalan McClendon and Jakobi Meyers are competing to replace Jacoby Brissett as the starting QB. This will likely gives RB Matthew Dayes even more carries this year, assuming he stays healthy.

Syracuse Orange Syracuse logo

Due to injuries, Syracuse has used six different quarterbacks over the past two seasons. The Orange brought in coach Dino Babers to revive a program that went a combined 7-17 the past two years. Eric Dungey is the favorite to win the quarterback competition and orchestrate Babers’ desired offensive transformation. In eight games as a true freshman last fall, he was responsible for 16 touchdowns and 1,649 yards of offense.

Wake Forrest Demon Deacons Wake Forrest logo

Wake Forest’s offense was among the worst in the nation in 2015, ranking 119th in points (17.4) and 113th in yards per game (333.4). Though both were improvements from 2014. QB John Wolford has never thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in a season, and his nine passing TDs last year ranked just 15th among ACC QBs. But now is the time for that to change, with sophomore Kendall Hinton pushing him for the starting job. Whoever is under center will be aided by receiver Cortez Lewis, who had 611 yards and four touchdowns as a redshirt freshman last year.

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Texas A&M vs. Louisville

By: Aldo Panessidi

 

Welcome to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl featuring Texas A&M against Louisville.  This will be an exciting game with Louisville winning 28-17 over Texas A&M.  Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

 

Texas A&M will have a new quarterback when it faces Louisville in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. Sophomore Kyle Allen and freshman Kyler Murray, who combined for 2,896 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while splitting time this year, announced they were transferring out of Texas A&M as the Aggies began bowl preparations. Sophomore Jake Hubenak (a transfer from Blinn Junior College) is the only other Aggies quarterback to throw a pass this season.

The Cardinals, won five of their last six games to qualify coach Bobby Petrino for a school-record sixth bowl appearance, also used two starting quarterbacks this season. Dual-threat freshman Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals in rushing yards (734) and touchdowns (nine) in 11 appearances and six starts. Sophomore Kyle Bolin is a pocket-passer and threw for 1,154 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

The pressure will be on the two defenses to slow these offenses full of talented, young skill players. The Aggies rank third nationally in tackles for loss – led by Myles Garrett’s SEC-best 18.5 – and held teams to 161.2 passing yards. Devonte Fields had 19.5 tackles for loss while the Cardinals ranked 13th in total defense (323.4).

 

TEXAS A&M Season Overview (8-4, 4-4 SEC): Allen made nine starts and Murray had three while Hubenak went 12-of-27 for 92 yards and one touchdown in five appearances. Hubenak will have plenty of targets in Christian Kirk (70 catches for 925 yards, six TDs), Ricky Seals-Jones (42, 542, three) and Josh Reynolds (40, 730, five). Kirk, the SEC Freshman of the Year after recording 1,659 all-purpose yards, finished with a 24.4-yard average and two scores on punt returns.

 

LOUISVILLE Season Overview (7-5, 5-3 ACC): Jackson – who threw for 1,613 yards, 10 TDs and eight interceptions – is practicing taking snaps under center after spending most of the year in a pistol or shotgun formation. Jamari Staples (36 catches for 610 yards, three TDs) and James Quick (35 catches for 551 yards, five TDs) led the team in receiving while freshmen Ja ylen Smith (27 catches, 372 yards, one TD) and Traveon Samuel (18 catches, 177 yards, one TD) got valuable experience. Brandon Radcliff added 587 yards and seven scores on the ground.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 9-16-2015

Clemson Tigers versus Louisville Cardinals College Football Fantasy Picks

From the ACC conference the Louisville Cardinals will be hosting the Clemson Tigers from college football action. Fantasy draft managers can check out this college football game on Thursday September 17th at 7:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV.

It was a defensive battle when these clubs met last year with Clemson earning the 23-17 victory. Not much yardage from either offense with the Tigers gaining just 229 yards with Louisville gaining 264 yards.

Clemson began 2-0 on the year but have played a very weak schedule to open the season. They included home games and blowout wins against Wofford and Appalachian St.

Louisville has had a much tougher schedule facing Auburn in a neutral field in week one and losing 31-24. Then last week the Cardinals hosted the Houston Cougars and lost in their home opener 34-31.

Clemson Tigers QB:

Sophomore Deshaun Watson has completed 77% of his throws this year with five touchdowns and one pick. Last year he hit on 68% of his throws with 14 touchdowns and two picks.

Clemson Tigers RB:

Wayne Gallman is the leading rusher for the Tigers with 171 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging six yards a carry in 2015. Last year through ACC conference and non-conference play he averaged 4.8 yards per run.

Clemson Tigers WR:

Artavis Scott leads the Tigers with 12 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Charone Peake had six grabs for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Peake is averaging 16.3 yards per reception.

Louisville Cardinals QB:

Freshman Lamar Jackson has seen extended time this year and has completed 55% of his throws for 268 yards with a touchdown and three picks. He has rushed for 122 yards in two games with two touchdowns.

Louisville Cardinals RB:

Brandon Radcliff has rushed for 119 yards on the year with two touchdowns with 4.4 yards per rush average.

Louisville Cardinals WR:

Freshman Micky Crum had eight grabs for 122 yards and a touchdown. Crum is averaging 15.3 yards per catch on the year.

Jaylen Smith another freshman has caught eight passes for 94 yards.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets versus Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football One Day League Fantasy Picks

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be at home facing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday September 19th. College football fantasy GM’s can tune to NBC at 3:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their daily league rosters.

Georgia Tech enters play with a 2-0 record with blowout wins against weak foes in Alcorn St and Tulane at home. Notre Dame has played tougher opponents in Texas at home and last week the Fighting Irish had a tough fight winning at Virginia. The Fighting Irish are also 2-0 as they crushed Texas in week one winning 38-3.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets QB:

Justin Thomas is a junior signal caller in his second year as a starter. Thomas has completed 77% of his throws this year for 151 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. He has rushed for 73 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. This dual threat quarterback could give Notre Dame some trouble.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RB:

Marcus Marshall leads the club on the ground with 221 rushing yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 16 yards a carry.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish QB:

Malik Zaire suffered a season ending injury last week at Virginia as he fractured his ankle.

DeShone Kizer a sophomore will get the start for the Fighting Irish. Last week in a relief role Kozer hit on 8 of 13 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

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