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Memphis vs. Auburn

As we continue our College Football Bowl games roundup; Fanpicks.com is proud to preview the Birmingham Bowl featuring Memphis and Auburn.  We predict a rather one sided game in favour of Memphis by a score of 42 – 28.  Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com; the premiere and most exciting destination for daily fantasy sports.

Memphis will head into bowl season without the head coach that guided them into the College Football Playoff Rankings before a late-season swoon. Justin Fuente took the vacant head coaching job at Virginia Tech, and the Tigers brought in former Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell on a five-year contract to be the new coach, but interim coach Darrell Dickey will guide Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., against Auburn on Dec. 30. Dickey is expected to remain with the program as part of Norvell’s staff moving forward.

Auburn had big expectations heading into the season but ended up falling off the pace as Jeremy Johnson struggled early at quarterback and eventually lost the job before regaining it down the stretch. The junior threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more in a 56-34 win over Idaho on Nov. 21 that gained the team bowl eligibility but struggled again in a loss to Alabama the next week. Johnson threw only one of his seven interceptions on the season in the final four games.

Memphis will have the best quarterback on the field in senior Paxton Lynch, who might be the top quarterback taken in this spring’s NFL draft. Lynch threw for 28 touchdowns and three interceptions, with seven of those TDs coming on nine completions in a 63-0 victory over SMU in the regular-season finale. Lynch guided an offense that averaged 510.4 yards and 42.7 points.

MEMPHIS Season Overview (9-3): While Lynch is auditioning for pro scouts, most of the rest of the roster will attempt to impress Norvell and the new coaching staff. Norvell is expected to keep a similar up-tempo pace after guiding an Arizona State offense that averaged 39.3 points. The Tigers made big strides as a program under Fuente and ranked 13 in the first CFP rankings after beginning the season 8-0, but consecutive losses to Navy, Houston and Temple buried any hope the team had of a New Year’s Six bowl.

AUBURN Season Overview (6-6): Auburn was supposed to have an offense to rival the top teams in the SEC but never got things going under Johnson or freshman Sean White, who is recovering from a knee injury and could be back for the bowl game. The extra month of bowl practice gives coach Gus Malzahn a chance to work with a defense that lost coordinator Will Muschamp and secondary coach Travaris Robinson to the annual carousel. “Our goal in these first three practices is just get better with what we do,” Malzahn told reporters in mid-December. “That’s a big advantage with these bowl practices for that development of your guys as far as fundamentals … development of your young guys and also evaluate your young guys, because a lot of these guys have been on the scout team all year.”

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College Football Week 8 Friday Night Fantasy Picks 10-23-2015

Memphis Tigers versus Tulsa Golden Hurricane College Football Fantasy Picks 10-23-2015

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will host the undefeated Memphis Tigers on Thursday night. College football fantasy league draft GM’s can tune to ESPN on Friday October 23rd at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their roster picks.

Memphis got the win on Tulsa last year by a 40-20 victory at home. They had a good effort on the ground in the win with 243 yards rushing. The Tigers have to try and avoid a letdown as they hosted an SEC school in Mississippi and got past the Rebels by the score of 37-24. Memphis didn’t have much success on the ground for 2 ½ yards a carry. They got 384 yards passing in the win. The Tigers were able to contain the run game from an SEC school in Ole Miss as they limited the Rebels to just 40 rushing yards on 24 carries for less than two yards per run. Despite their undefeated record the Tigers have a strong weakness and it’s in pass defense as they allow 329 yards passing per game ranking 126th in college football.

Tulsa is a 3-3 football team and is trending downward losers of three of their past four games. Their three wins came against weak foes in UL Monroe, New Mexico and a three point home overtime win to Florida Atlantic. The Golden Hurricane is weak defensive team. They are 122nd in total defense by giving up 525 yards per game to their opponents.

Memphis Tigers QB:

Paxton Lynch

The junior quarterback for Memphis is hitting on 71% of his throws for 1919 yards with 13 touchdowns and one pick. He has started in all three years in the program. In the win against Mississippi, Lynch completed 39 of 53 passes for 384 yards with three touchdowns and one pick.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane WR:

Keyarris Garrett

Garrett has caught 45 passes for 698 yards with two touchdowns. He is averaging 15.5 yards per catch on the year. Last week in the loss at East Carolina, Garrett had four grabs for 70 yards and a touchdown.

College Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Paxton Lynch (Memphis)

WR: Keyarris Garrett (Tulsa)

Utah St Aggies versus San Diego St Aztecs College Football Cash League Fantasy Picks 10-22-2015

From the Mountain West conference the San Diego St Aztecs will be hosting the Utah St Aggies. DFS college football draft GM’s can tune to ESPN2 TV on Friday night October 23rd at 10:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

Utah St is coming off a surprise victory as they crushed Boise St at home last week by the score of 52-26. The margin of victory was the a bit shocking but what happened is the Aggies were the beneficiary of eight Broncos turnovers and won the turnover battle by a +7 margin. Utah St is a good defensive club as they give up 20.3 points per game ranking 32nd in college football.

San Diego St enters play with a mark of 4-3. They have won three straight and is 3-0 against the Mountain West conference. The Aztecs traveled to San Jose St last week and won 30-7. It was a nice defensive effort by San Diego St as they held the Spartans to just 148 yards total with 35 yards rushing on 35 carries. The team is the 13th top rated defense in college football as the Aztecs allow just 296 yards.

San Diego St Aztecs RB:

Donnel Pumphrey:

The junior running back has been a workhorse for San Diego St. He has 159 carries on the year for 729 yards with eight rushing touchdowns. In the passing game, Pumphrey had 18 receptions for 247 yards and a touchdown. Donnel Pumphrey has seen significant action in all three years in the program. He has averaged 6 yards a carry as a freshman and 6.8 yards per run as a sophomore last year.

Utah St Aggies WR:

Hunter Sharp

Hunter Sharp a senior wide out has caught 23 balls for 278 yard and three touchdowns. Sharp had two touchdown catches last week in the home win to Boise St.

College Football DFS Fantasy League Picks

RB: Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego St)

WR: Hunter Sharp (Utah St)

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 Memphis Tigers versus South Florida Bulls College Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 10-2-2015

It’s a battle in the AAC conference as the South Florida Bulls will meet the Memphis Tigers. College football fantasy league players can check out this game from South Florida on Friday night October 2nd on ESPN2 TV.

Memphis has won the past two meetings including last year by the score of 31-20. The Tigers in the win moved the football for 470 yards on the South Florida defense. Memphis had balance in their win running for 238 yards and passing for 232 yards. The Tigers are putting up some points this year as this undefeated 4-0 squad is averaging nearly 54 points a game ranking 3rd best in the nation. The team puts up 570 yards per game ranking eighth best in college football. The defensive numbers have not been good especially against the pass as Memphis surrenders 333 yards passing per game.

South Florida enters play at 1-2 on the campaign. They are coming off a bye week after a 35-17 road loss at Maryland The prior week they dropped a 34-14 road defeat at Florida St. The Bulls have had issues offensively passing for 155 yards per game ranking 115th in the country. South Florida scored 27 points a game ranking 85th in college football.

Memphis Tigers QB:

Paxton Lynch

The Tigers junior quarterback is completing 73% of his throws for 1230 yards with eight touchdowns and no picks. He has played in all three years of his college career. Last week at home to Cincinnati Lynch threw for 412 yards with two touchdowns and no picks.

Memphis Tigers RB:

Jarvis Cooper

Cooper has rushed 45 times for 223 yards with four touchdowns. He is running for five yards a carry this year. Last week against Cincinnati Cooper had nine carries for 49 yards for 5.5 yards a carry.

Sam Craft

The junior back has 42 carries for 187 yards and four touchdowns. Craft ran for two touchdowns and fifty yards in the win against the Bearcats in week four.

Memphis Tigers WR:

Anthony Miller

Miller leads the team with 12 catches for 268 yards and a touchdown. He has averaging 22 yards per catch on the campaign. Last week at home to Cincinnati it was a very good game for the sophomore wide receiver with five catches for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Mose Frazier

The senior wide receiver for the Tigers has caught 19 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He had two touchdowns in the opening game against Missouri St.

Tevin Jones

Jones has made big plays in the passing game for Memphis as he senior wide out has caught nine passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Against Cincinnati the Memphis Tigers receiver grabbed four balls for 64 yards.

South Florida Bulls QB

Quinton Flowers

Flowers under center have hit on 35 of 58 for 326 yards with five touchdowns and three picks. Two weeks ago at Maryland the sophomore quarterback went 10 of 19 for 60 yards with a touchdown and pick.

South Florida Bulls RB

Marlon Mack

The sophomore running back leads the Bulls with 53 carries on the year for 285 yards with a touchdown. He is rushing for 5.3 yards a carry on the campaign. Mack had 71 yards on 12 carries at Maryland for nearly 6 yards per rush attempt.

Darius Tate

Tate has seen just 16 carries in the three games this year with 143 yards with a touchdown. He has a long run of 44 yards and is averaging 8.9 yards per rush attempt.

D’Earnest Johnson

The sophomore running back leads the team with 10 catches for 193 yards and four touchdowns.

South Florida Bulls WR:

Ryeshene Bronson

The South Florida Bulls vertical passing game has struggled for this season. Their leading wide receiver for the year has just three catches for 41 yards and no touchdowns. Bronson is a sophomore who caught three balls in 2014 in the freshman campaign for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Chris Barr

The freshman wide receiver has five catches for 34 yards. He did not produce much at Florida St and Maryland.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Paxton Lynch (Memphis)

RB: Jarvis Cooper (Memphis), Marlon Mack (South Florida)

WR: Anthony Miller (Memphis), Tevin Jones (Memphis)

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Cincinnati Bearcats versus Memphis Tigers College Football Fantasy Preview

The Memphis Tigers will be hosting the Cincinnati Bearcats from college football from the AAC conference. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time on Thursday night September 24th.

The Cincinnati Bearcats will enter play with a record of 2-1 on the campaign. Their defeat came in week two losing at home to Temple 34-26. Last week the Bearcats visited Miami Ohio a MAC school and came away with a 37-33 victory. Cincinnati drove for a touchdown with a minute remaining for the victory. The team was able to move the football for 545 yards with 282 yards rushing. Defensively the Bearcats allowed 448 yards to the Red Hawks. Cincinnati will have to clean up the four turnovers from last week.

Memphis is a perfect 3-0 on the year. They have notable road wins at Kansas winning 55-23 and went into Bowling Green last week and won 44-41. The Tigers are fifth best in college football in scoring and rank eighth in the nation in total yards with 570 yards.

Cincinnati Bearcats QB:

Gunner Kiel

Junior quarterback Gunner Kiel has completed 63% of his throws for 805 yards with five touchdowns and four picks. In his lone road game at Miami Ohio Kiel hit on 15 of 26 passes for 145 yards with a touchdown.

Cincinnati Bearcats RB:

Tion Green

Green leads Cincinnati in carries with 49 rushes for 252 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 5.1 yards a carry on the season. On the road at Miami Ohio, Green had 19 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Hosey Williams

The senior running back has 44 carries for 221 yards and a touchdown. He had 81 rushing yards in the road win at Miami Ohio last week on 17 carries for nearly 5 yards per rush.

Cincinnati Bearcats WR:

Johnny Holton:

Holton had eight catches for 167 yards with two touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 21 yards per reception on the campaign.

Shaq Washington:

The senior wide out has caught 17 balls for 166 yards and a touchdown. He had four grams for 44 yards last week at Miami Ohio.

Memphis Tigers QB:

Paxton Lynch:

The six foot seven inch junior quarterback has hit on 76% of his throws for 818 yards with six touchdowns and no picks. Last week at Bowling Green Lynch threw for 386 yards on 29 of 40 throws with three touchdowns.

Memphis Tigers RB:

Jarvis Cooper:

Cooper leads the Tigers in carries with 36 on the year with 174 yards and three touchdowns. The sophomore back saw nine carries at Bowling Green and ran for just 15 yards for less than 2 yards per rush average.

Doroland Dorceus:

The sophomore back has rushed 29 times for 143 yards with four touchdowns. At Bowling Green last week Dorceus ran for 75 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown and a long run of 17 yards.

Memphis Tigers WR:

Mose Frazier

A senior wide out Mose Frazier has 17 catches on the year for 232 yards with two touchdowns. He caught seven passes at Bowling Green last week for 66 yards with a long gain of 26 yards.

Phil Mayhue:

The Tigers sophomore wide receiver has nine catches on the season for 124 yards. Week two was his most productive with five catches for 68 yards with a long reception going for 32 yards.

Tevin Jones

Jones has seen significant action in all four years with the program. He has five receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He caught three balls at Bowling Green for 98 yards and a touchdown. He had a catch go for 48 yards last week.

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