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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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.

 

College Football Daily Cash Fantasy League Pick

 

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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Texas Tech Red Raiders versus Texas Longhorns NCAA Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-26-2015

It’s the battle of Texas NCAA programs during thanksgiving. It’s going to sizzle like a turkey dinner. Fantasy football GM’s can tune to FS1 on Thursday November 26th at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 6-5 overall this year, but 3-5 against conference teams. Their offensive squad has been putting up excellent numbers. The Red Raiders are third in the nation in yards gained with 588 yards per game. It’s a lot due to their passing game, which is ranked just behind Washington State for most in the NCAA. They look like a team going in the right direction.

The Texas Longhorns have not played to their expectations. They are 4-6 overall and 3-4 within their conference. With frustrated fans demanding action, it will be interesting how they will redeem their status as champions.

Texas Tech QB:

Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes is 89 yards away from reaching 4,000, this the season. He has 31 touchdown and stands in 3rd for passing yards throughout the country. The Red Raiders QB has been solid and will continue to be for years to come.

Texas Tech RB:

DeAndre Washington

Washington has 1,282 rushing yards this year. It’s nothing like his quarterback’s numbers, but he can be enough of a weapon to be a wild card whenever. If given some space, he will run pass the scrimmage without any problems. Funny enough, he leads the team with 7 receiving TD’s. Washington also holds 12 rushing touchdown, this year.

Texas RB:

Chris Warren & Kirk Johnson

Both freshmen will get some playing time because of D’Onta Foreman’s pinkie injury. They combine for 23 carries with 100 yards and no touchdown. Despite that, they are slated to become highly efficient pair in the backfield.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech)

RB: DeAndre Washington (Texas Tech)

 

 

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