Alabama Crimson Tide vs LSU Tigers Preview

Top-ranked Alabama is soaring toward the College Football Playoff and seeks its 21st consecutive victory when it visits No. 13 LSU on Saturday (Enter Contest). The Crimson Tide are also atop the first CFP poll of the season but will have to overcome the loss of senior star safety Eddie Jackson (broken leg) down the stretch. The team has scored a stunning 12 non-offensive touchdowns (nine on defense, three on punt returns) during its dominating campaign but is certainly wary of the Tigers, who are 3-0 since interim coach Ed Orgeron replaced Les Miles. It’s something that Nick Saban’s made clear his squad won’t be overlooking this weekend.

ABOUT ALABAMA (8-0, 5-0 SEC)

Jackson has scored three of the Crimson Tide’s 12 non-offensive touchdowns. Losing his 23.0 average on punt returns will cost the squad some of the field-position advantages it has enjoyed. The defense’s other major star are still around though. Senior defensive end Jonathan Allen has six sacks to raise his career total to 24, one behind second-place Kindal Moorehead (1998-2002) on Alabama’s all-time list. The Crimson Tide have forced 16 turnovers this season with nine resulting in defensive touchdowns.

Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has accounted for 20 touchdowns (11 passing, nine rushing) this season. Sophomore running back Damien Harris has a team-leading 697 rushing yards and sophomore wideout Calvin Ridley has 43 receptions for 504 yards and five scores. Alabama has won the past five meetings, holding a 50-25-2 series edge.

ABOUT LSU (5-2, 3-1)

LSU junior running back Leonard Fournette is back on his game after dealing with an ankle injury earlier this season. He’s set a school record with 284 rushing yards in a victory over Ole Miss on week 8. Fournette has rushed for 670 yards and five touchdowns despite a three-game absence. He hasn’t forgotten that his 2015 Heisman hopes were squashed against the Crimson Tide when he had just 31 yards on 19 carries. The Tigers are 15-4 when Fournette rushes for 100 yards and 5-0 when he tops 200.

Sophomore Derrius Grice is also running well with 621 yards and seven scores while junior quarterback Danny Etling has thrown for 1,129 yards and seven touchdowns against three interceptions. The Tigers are allowing 15 points per game, which ranks fifth nationally. Thanks in large part to sophomore outside linebacker Arden Key (team-high eight sacks) and senior middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith (team-leading 69 tackles) who are enjoying solid campaigns.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

Advocare V100 Texas Bowl

LSU vs. Texas Tech

By: Aldo Panessidi

Fanpicks.com continues to bring you our College Football Bowl Game previews… with an exciting matchup between LSU and Texas Tech battling it out in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.  It will be a very close game… we predict that LSU will reign over Texas Tech with a final score of 35 to 31.  Play the most exciting fantasy college football contest only at Fanpicks.com… simply the best daily fantasy sports destination on the Net.

 

LSU coach Les Miles spent the last few weeks of the regular season unsure about his job security but comes into bowl season armed with the knowledge that he’ll be back to guide Leonard Fournette and company again next year. Miles will try to reward the school’s faith in him when he leads the Tigers against Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl in Houston on Dec. 29. The Red Raiders enter the postseason with some momentum after knocking off Kansas State and Texas in their final two games.

Texas Tech boasts the No. 2 scoring offense in the nation at an average of 46.6 points and the No. 2 passing attack (389.7 yards). LSU proved to be more vulnerable in the defensive secondary than usual and slipped to 47th against the pass, surrendering an average of 211 yards through the air. The Tigers were in the mix for a spot in the National Championship Playoff before surrendering 30 or more points in three straight losses, but finished the regular season with a 19-7 triumph over Texas A&M.

The Red Raiders will put their passing offense up against any opponent behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who enters bowl season third in the nation with 4,283 passing yards. The sophomore threw for 32 touchdowns and rushed for 10 more in a breakout campaign. The Texas Tech passing game is in direct contrast to LSU’s attack, in which quarterback Brandon Harris heads an offense that averages 173.1 yards – 110th in the nation.

 

TEXAS TECH Season Overview (7-5, 4-5 Big 12): The Red Raiders became bowl eligible with a 59-44 victory over Kansas State on Nov. 14 and are excited to have an extra month of bowl practice to continue the steps forward gained down the stretch. “I think the last two games, (we) played our best football and felt like that is what we wanted to do and have a month to continue to try to get better and play one of the best teams we will have played all year,” coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters. “I like where we are at, but know that it is a big challenge ahead of us.” Kingsbury’s squad could use the extra time to work on the defense, which gave up 44.5 points in its final two games.

 

LSU Season Overview (8-3, 5-3 SEC): The Tigers’ offense took a dip when Fournette’s historic pace tailed off in a 30-16 loss at Alabama on Nov. 7. The superstar sophomore posted his three lowest rushing totals in the team’s three losses before bouncing back with 159 yards in the season-closing victory over Texas A&M, pushing him past Charles Alexander (1977) for the school’s single-season rushing record with 1,741. “My brother was showing me a highlight tape someone made of me. Just looking at it, I was like, ‘Man, I did all that?’” Fournette told reporters. “It was like a dream, everything was coming so fast. I had a wonderful season. I enjoyed every bit of it.”

 

 

 

PREDICTION: LSU 35, Texas Tech 31

 

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-29-2015

LSU Tigers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-29-2015

 

The Texas Bowl will feature the Texas Tech Red Raiders to meet the LSU Tigers. College football draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Tuesday December 29th to follow the results of their one day real money fantasy picks.

 

LSU has been a one dimensional team on the year and it costs the team when they stepped up in competition. The team is 9-3 and suffered three straight losses down the stretch to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. They picked up a 19-7 victory against Texas A&M to close out the regular season but the 19 points were the most they scored in their final four games of the regular season. The Tigers get the luck of the draw as they face one of the worst defenses in the bowls in the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders are 126th against the run and a layup for a much maligned LSU offense to look good.

 

Texas Tech is the top passing team from college football passing for 389 yards per game. They should have success in this game moving the football on the Tigers who rank 50th from college football in defending the pass.

 

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The best player on the field in this game and the top NFL prospect is LSU running back Leonard Fournette. He has rushed for 1741 yards on the campaign with 18 touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and should have a field day running on the bad Texas Tech defense. This game will be a showcase game for Fournette to get the Tigers fans fired up for the 2016 campaign as they get at least another year from their sophomore running back.

 

Play Leonard Fournette

 

LSU Tigers RB

 

Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes improved greatly from his freshman campaign. He completed 65% of his throws for 4283 yards with 32 touchdowns and 14 picks. He is also rewards fantasy football general managers with his running ability as he rushed for 484 yards and ten touchdowns on the campaign. Mahomes has passed for three touchdowns or greater in three of his past four games. The Red Raiders signal caller has also thrown for over 300 yards in seven of his past nine games.

 

Play Patrick Mahomes

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders QB

 

 

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Preview 12-29-2015

 

The Russell Athletic Bowl features the Baylor Bears against the North Carolina Tar Heels. DFS draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 5:30PM Eastern Time on Tuesday December 29th to track the scoring results of their college football fantasy daily picks.

 

The Baylor Bears had much higher aspirations than the Russell Athletic Bowl. This team has a single goal and that is to make the playoffs and it was another year of disappointment. Their offense has struggled as they have been hit with several injuries to their quarterback position that saw the team have to play a fourth stringer.

 

North Carolina had a very successful season at 11-2. They were tenth in the nation in scoring offense by averaging nearly 41 points per game. They are competing against the 76th ranked pass defensive team that gives up 232 yards per game.

 

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Big play wide receiver Mack Hollins led the Tar Heels with 28 catches for 711 yards with eight touchdowns. He faced off against several good defensive teams in the ACC but will find the pass coverage much softer in this spot. Hollins caught five balls for 165 yards against a defensively challenged Duke Blue Devils team and had three touchdown catches against Wake Forest.

 

Play Mack Hollins

 

North Carolina Tar Heels WR

 

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LSU Tigers versus Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-7-2015

It’s the big one on Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide will be home to the LSU Tigers. Fantasy college football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on November 7th at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their DFS roster selections.

The Alabama Crimson Tide has won the past four meetings with the LSU Tigers. Last year it was a low scoring game as Alabama was able to win 20-13 in overtime on the road. The Tigers gained just 259 offensive yards in the loss as they rushed for 183 yards. NFL prospect Leonard Fournette had 21 carries for 79 yards in defeat.

LSU is 7-0 on the year. The team has notable wins at Mississippi St and home to Florida by seven points. Tigers will have the benefit of a bye week after a 28 point home victory to Western Kentucky. LSU is fourth from college football in running the football as the club rushes for 308 yards per game on the campaign. On defense LSU is 40th in the nation in points allowed by allowing 22.6 points per game.

Alabama is 7-1 and will also come off a bye week. They squeaked past Tennessee two weeks ago by the score of 19-14. Their lone loss came back on September 19th with a 43-37 defeat at home to Mississippi. The Crimson Tide had difficulty defending the passing game for the Rebels as Alabama allowed Chad Kelly 341 yards passing and three touchdown passes. The Crimson Tide self-destructed in their loss by turning the ball over five times and taking none away from Ole Miss. In their win against the Volunteers, Alabama needed a touchdown with just over two minutes remaining for the win. Their run game struggled as they rushed for 117 yards on 42 carries.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

The Tigers signal caller is completing 58% of his throws for 1098 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. He is a threat to run the football as Harris has rushed for 136 yards on 41 carries and three touchdowns. He had his best game two weeks ago at home to Western Kentucky with 286 yards passing and three touchdowns.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

Fournette leads the Tigers with 176 carries for 1352 yards with 15 touchdowns. The sophomore running back is not featured much in the passing game with seven receptions for 58 yards.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

The LSU junior wide receiver has 24 receptions for 426 yards with two touchdowns. Two weeks ago Dural had a good game at home to Western Kentucky with five catches for 132 yards with a touchdown. On the year Dural is averaging 17.8 yards per catch.

Malachi Dupre

Dupre has caught 21 passes this season for 397 yards with five touchdowns. The sophomore wide out has four touchdown catches in his past three games. In the win at home to Florida on October 17th it was Dupre catching four passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Malachi Dupre has an outstanding 18.9 yards per reception on the 2015 campaign.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The senior quarterback for the Crimson Tide has completed 63.8% of his passes for 1623 yards with 11 touchdowns but seven picks. Coker has hit on 72% of his throws or greater in his past three games which came against Arkansas, at Texas A&M and home to Tennessee. In the big second half comeback win to Arkansas, Coker passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry has rushed for 1044 yards on the year on 180 carries for 5.8 yards per carry. The Crimson Tide running back has combined in two games for 379 yards with four rushing touchdowns. Two weeks ago at home to Tennessee it was Henry rushing for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Calvin Ridley

The freshman wide out leads the Crimson Tide with 48 catches for 525 yards with three touchdowns. Ridley has seven receptions or greater in his past three games all against SEC schools in Tennessee, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Jake Coker (Alabama)

RB: Leonard Fournette (LSU)

WR: Calvin Ridley (Alabama),  Travin Dural (LSU)

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Florida Gators versus LSU Tigers College Football Fantasy Picks 10-17-2015

It will be a battle between two undefeated SEC conference schools as the LSU Tigers will be home to the Florida Gators. College football fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters picks.

These teams went head to head last year and it was LSU pulling out a 30-27 victory on the road. Florida will visit LSU with a mark of 6-0. The team has four wins in the SEC and has held three SEC opponents to ten points or fewer. Last week they traveled to Missouri and won 21-3 as they limited the Tigers to just 257 yards for the game and a miserable 1 of 14 conversions on third down. A big blow for the team as starting quarterback Will Grier is out for the season with a PED suspension. The team will look to Treon Harris to start on Saturday night. Florida has put up some impressive defensive stats this year ranking in the top 16 in college football in yardage allowed, rushing defense and points allowed giving up just 14.3 points a game.

LSU is a 5-0 football team. After a 21-19 road win at Mississippi St in the opener the Tigers have scored an average of over 40 points in their past four games. They crushed South Carolina in their home stadium last week by the score of 45-24. LSU produces some great defensive numbers as well. They are a good rushing team as they run for 346 yards per game on the year. The Tigers don’t pick up much from their passing game throwing for 122 yards ranking 122nd in college football.

Florida Gators QB:

Treon Harris

The sophomore backup has hit on 70% of his throws for 269 yards with two touchdowns. In his limited time under center Harris has run for 63 yards on ten carries for 6.3 yards per rush.

Florida Gators RB:

Kelvin Taylor

Taylor leads the Gators by a long way with 114 carries for 438 yards with seven touchdowns. He has seen significant action for all three years in the program. Last week at Missouri Taylor had 99 rushing yards on 28 carries for 3.5 yards per run. Taylor had two touchdowns in the win.

Florida Gators WR:

Demarcus Robinson

The junior wide out has caught 34 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks ago against Ole Miss Robinson had 98 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Powell

Powell had 16 receptions for 252 yards with three touchdowns. He had a 77 yard touchdown catch in the win against Ole Miss. The sophomore wide out is averaging 15.8 yards per catch on the year.

Antonio Callaway

The freshman wide receiver has 13 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Callaway had a good game at home to Tennessee with five grabs for 112 yards and a touchdown.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

The LSU quarterback has hit on 57% of his throws for 610 yards with four touchdowns and no picks. He had his best game of the year against South Carolina at home last week by hitting on 18 of 28 throws for 228 yards with two touchdowns and a long throw of 62 yards.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

The sophomore running back has been huge this year with 1022 yards rushing on 119 carries and 12 touchdowns. Last week against South Carolina Fournette ran for 158 yards and a touchdown as he rushed for nearly 8 yards a carry.

Derrius Guice

Guice has run 29 times for 263 yards and a touchdown. The freshman back had his best game of the year last week against South Carolina with 16 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

Dural leads the unit with 14 catches for 229 yards and a touchdown. He caught four balls last week for 109 yards and a touchdown. The junior wide out is averaging 16.4 yards per catch on the year and had a long reception go for 62 yards last week against South Carolina.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Treon Harris (Florida)

RB: Leonard Fournette (LSU)

WR: Travin Dural (LSU), Demarcus Robinson (Florida)

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College Football Weekend Leaders

Daily Fantasy College football is often overlooked in the fantasy world. It typically serves as a Saturday side note to the Fantasy focus of the weekend, the NFL Sunday action. However, by skipping the amateur football contests, you may be missing out on some volatile and exiting Cash Drafts where you can make a lot of money.

Look at this weekends leaders for example. We saw the leading Quarterback score 45.3 fantasy points, the leading wide receiver score 51.9 fantasy points, and the leading receiver score an unreal 65.7 fantasy points. In the NFL these totals would be historic, even record breaking, but in the NCAA, this is the norm. College games are more fast paced and with the constant scoring, there is much more to the fantasy excitement.

Quarterback

The top quarterback of the weekend should be no surprise. Brandon Doughty from Western Kentucky has been consistent in providing fantasy value all season. While he comes at a premium price, he provides fantasy return week after week. Doughty scored his massive point total of 45.3 fantasy points with pure passing, no rushing touchdowns or yards (he actually had -29 rushing yards). Rather he stayed in the pocket and threw 6 touchdowns and 457 passing yards to lead the list of quarterbacks.

The second quarterback on the list scored his points a little differently. Greg Ward Jr. from Houston scored 39 fantasy points, but he did a lot of work with his legs. He scored 6 touchdowns like Doughty, but only 4 of those were passing and he ran in the rest. He only scored 274 passing yards, falling short of the 300 yard fantasy bonus, but matched that with 91 rushing yards, almost enough for the rushing yards fantasy bonus.

Running Backs

Deandre Washington from Texas Tech had a dominating 51.9 fantasy point performance this weekend. He rushed for 188 yards with 4 rushing touchdowns. Once a player exceeds that 100 yard mark and attains that rushing bonus, they get most of their fantasy value from touchdowns. Compare Washington to Leonard Fournette of Louisiana State who ran for 244 yards, but only got 2 touchdowns, and therefore ended the day with 41.1 fantasy points, far less than Washington. The key to maximizing fantasy value in your running back draft picks is to find a back who gets enough attempts to surpass that 100 yards mark yet still gets the red zone attempts. A running back who does all the work down the field, just to hand off the duties in the red zone has little value in a Daily Fantasy CFB contest.

Receivers

Way above the competition at the receiver position was Josh Doctson of Texas Christian. He scored a total of 65.7 fantasy points this weekend with 267 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. The next closed on this list was Ed’Marques Batties from Middle Tennessee with 45.5 fantasy points from 2 touchdowns and 175 receiving yards.

The point differential here is key. At the quarterback position, if you swap out Ward for Doughty that only costs your lineup 7 fantasy points while swapping out Doctson for Batties costs your lineup a huge 20 fantasy points. The key to winning Daily Cash Drafts is to spend a little extra money on those positions with high point differentials, and maybe save a little cash at those positions like quarterback where there is a lot of depth to be found.

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Auburn Tigers versus LSU Tigers College Football Fantasy One Day League Picks

College Football Fantasy Draft News 9-18-2015

SEC conference action is on tap for Saturday September 19th as the LSU Tigers will host the Auburn Tigers. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune into CBS TV at 3:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters.

The Auburn Tigers are 2-0 facing non-conference opponents. They beat Louisville in the opener 31-24 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated as Auburn dominated this game early. The Tigers got a scare last week as they defeated non-FCS school Jacksonville St 27-20 in overtime.

LSU is 1-0 on the campaign. Their opener with McNeese St was cancelled due to lightning strikes in LSU Stadium area. Last week LSU opened up play with a tough test and they got past Mississippi St 21-19 on the road. They held a 17-6 lead after three quarters and successfully defended a two point conversion with four minutes left for the win.

Auburn Tigers QB:

Jeremy Johnson

The junior quarterback has completed 60% of his passes for 373 yards with three touchdowns and a very poor five interceptions. He threw three picks in the Louisville game and two picks in the win against Jacksonville St. Johnson has only 18 rushing yards in his two games.

Auburn Tigers RB:

Peyton Barber

The sophomore back leads the team in carries with 47 rushes for 240 yards with a touchdown. He had 115 yards in the win against Louisville and rushed for nearly five yards a carry.

Auburn Tigers WR:

Ricardo Louis

Senior wide out Ricardo Louis leads the team by far with 13 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. Louis has a rushing touchdown in the win against Louisville.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

In the win against Mississippi St the sophomore signal caller hit on 9 of 14 throws for 71 yards.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

The key to the LSU offensive attack comes from running back Leonard Fournette. The sophomore leads the Tigers with 159 yards and three touchdowns and he runs for 5.7 yards a carry in the young season.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

The LSU junior wide out has four catches but just for 15 yards. In 2014 he averaged over 20 yards per reception and had seven receiving touchdowns.

Nebraska Cornhuskers versus Miami Hurricanes Cash Real Money Fantasy Tips

The Miami Hurricanes will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 3:30PM Eastern Time on ABC TV. This is a revenge game for Miami as they traveled to Lincoln last year and were defeated 41-31. Miami piled up the passing yards for 359 behind their freshman quarterback at the time Brad Kaaya. It was the ground game that won it for the Cornhuskers as they piled up 343 yards rushing in the win.

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