Oregon (2-4) vs California (3-3)

Two of the most disappointing teams in the Pac-12 meet Friday (Enter Games of the Week) as Oregon visits California. Cal is looking to bounce back from a surprising 47-44 overtime loss at Oregon State on Oct. 8, while Oregon are off to their worst start in 30 years. The Ducks bring a four-game losing streak into this contest, but they’ve won their last seven straight matchups against Cal.

Oregon appeared to be a team in disarray following the Washington rout two weeks ago. They’ve allowed Huskies quarterback Jake Browning to throw for 304 yards and collect a school-record six touchdowns. The green and gold will look to come together against the inconsistent Golden Bears, who have previously beaten Texas and Utah but allowed Oregon State to rush for 474 yards and record its first conference win in nearly two years. Friday’s contest figures to feature plenty of offense with both teams allowing at least 40 points per game while ranked among the worst in the country in several defensive categories.

ABOUT OREGON 

Freshman quarterback Justin Herbert is expected to make his second career start. He completed 62 percent of his passes while throwing for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns with one interception against the stellar Washington defense. The Ducks boast the league’s top running game at 257.8 yards per game. Friday’s gameplan figures to be filled with a heavy dose of Royce Freeman, Tony Brooks-James and Jarret LaCoste against the porous Cal run defense. Oregon has a number of freshmen starting on both sides of the ball. Linebacker Troy Dye is one of them. He ranks second on the team with 30 tackles. Oregon has won 27 of its 31 road conference games since the beginning of the 2009 season and have scored 20-plus points in 36 straight games, tying TCU for the nation’s longest current streak.

ABOUT CAL

Last week’s bye came at a good time for quarterback Davis Webb. He had averaged 376 passing yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but was limited against Oregon State with a hand injury. Webb is expected to start against Oregon along with receiver Chad Hansen. Hansen was a former walk-on who has 59 catches for 770 yards and eight touchdowns. He hopes to play through an ankle injury. While the defense continues to struggle without several injured starters, Cal featured a balanced offensive attack against Oregon State. Tre Watson and Khalfani Muhammad rushed for a combined 299 yards.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

VALERO ALAMO BOWL

Oregon vs. Texas Christian University

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you the Valero Alamo Bowl game preview featuring Oregon against Texas Christian University.  Talk about excitement, these two teams will certainly play their hearts out in a very close game which will be won by Oregon 49-47 over TCU. Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

Two high-octane offenses will be looking to put a bushel of points on the scoreboard when TCU – without suspended senior quarterback Trevone Boykin – faces Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2 at San Antonio. The Horned Frogs average 41.7 points per game and scored 50 or more points on five occasions while Oregon checks in with a 43.2 average and four outings of over 50. The Ducks are shaky on defense – allowing 36.8 per contest – despite ending the regular season with six consecutive victories.

Boykin was suspended two days before the contest after being arrested outside a San Antonio bar and charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. Boykin, who passed for 3,575 yards and 31 touchdowns, allegedly fought employees of the bar as they attempted to get him to leave and could also face charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication. Either senior Bram Kohlhausen (369 yards, three touchdowns, one interception) or redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer (155 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions) will start in Boykin’s place.

Ducks sophomore running back Royce Freeman somehow flies under the national radar despite racking up 1,706 yards and 14 touchdowns. Freeman posted 10 100-yard rushing games this season and needs an even 100 yards to break the school’s season-single rushing mark set by LaMichael James in 2011. “He’s a guy that I think was very overshadowed, unfortunately, with kind of some early losses,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich told reporters. “He was out of any talk for individual awards and accolades. I know that doesn’t mean a ton to him, but it’s unfortunate for him.”

OREGON Season Overview (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12): Senior quarterback Vernon Adams overcame an early season finger injury to pass for 2,446 yards and 25 touchdowns and the offense took off once he was healthy. Junior wideout Bralon Addison caught 58 passes for 775 yards and 10 touchdowns, while big-play sophomore Darren Carrington averaged 20.1 yards per catch and had five touchdowns in six games after returning from an NCAA suspension for failing a drug test prior to last season’s College Football Playoff title game. Senior defensive end DeForest Buckner is the star of the defense with 16 tackles for losses (including 9.5 sacks) with senior linebacker Tyson Coleman (10 tackles for losses), senior inside linebacker Joe Walker (team-best 82 tackles) and sophomore strong safety Tyree Robinson (team-high three interceptions) also being key figures.

TCU Season Overview (10-2, 7-2 Big 12): Senior receiver Josh Doctson was enjoying the best receiving season in school history – 79 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns – before breaking his left

wrist in early November. He was recently ruled out for the contest and his absence takes away more firepower from an offense that also has a strong running back in senior Aaron Green (1,171 yards, 10 touchdowns). The Horned Frogs allow 26.1 points per game and had to patch holes on defense most of the season due to injuries but have a couple of dependable standouts in senior free safety Derrick Kindred (79 tackles, team-best two interceptions) and junior defensive end Josh Carraway (team-leading eight sacks).

 

 

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 10-29-2015

North Carolina Tar Heels versus Pittsburgh Panthers College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 10-29-2015

The Pittsburgh Panthers will meet the North Carolina Tar Heels from the college football gridiron on Thursday night. DFS managers can tune to ESPN TV on October 29th from Pittsburgh at 7PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day league roster picks.

This is a battle between two 6-1 teams. The Tar Heels opened the season with a 17-13 defeat on the road to South Carolina. Since that loss the team has strung together six straight wins and are bowl eligible. Their other road game was on October 3rd where they pulled out a 38-31 victory at Georgia Tech. North Carolina has been a solid defensive team as they give up just 16.7 points per game to their opponents which is 16th best in the nation.

Pittsburgh suffered their first loss back on September 19th dropping a 27-24 road decision at an undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes club. The Panthers play only their third home game of the season as they have just one road game left on their schedule. Last Saturday they won at Syracuse 23-20. Like North Carolina, Pittsburgh is a stout defensive team ranking very highly in all the key categories.

North Carolina Tar Heels QB:

Marquise Williams

The senior quarterback has seen significant action the past three years with the program. He is completing 67% of his throws for 1353 yards with nine touchdowns and seven picks. He is a dual threat quarterback who has run for 476 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 7.0 yards per carry.

North Carolina Tar Heels RB:

Elijah Hood

Hood leads the Tar Heels on the ground with 646 rushing yards with eight touchdowns and a very good 6.5 yards per rush average.

Pittsburgh Panthers QB:

Nathan Peterman

The Panthers signal caller is hitting on 69% of his passes for 1111 yards with nine touchdowns and three picks. He is not a major threat to run with a 1.5 yards per rush average on 46 carries.

Pittsburgh Panthers WR:

Tyler Boyd

Boyd leads the Panthers with 53 catches for 489 yards with four touchdowns. He had 12 catches last week for 93 yards in the win at Syracuse.

Oregon Ducks versus Arizona St Sun Devils College Football Fantasy Preview 10-29-2015

It will be a PAC 12 conference tilt in late night as the Arizona St Sun Devils host the Oregon Ducks. College football fantasy draft GMs can tune to ESPN at 10:30PM Eastern Time from Arizona St to track the results of their roster picks.

Oregon is going through a down season for their standards with a record of 4-3. They have two PAC 12 losses with a 62-20 home defeat to Utah and on October 10th dropped a 45-38 home decision in overtime to Washington St. The defense has gone south on the Ducks by ranking 113th in the nation in yards allowed at 461 per game.

Arizona St is 4-3 with their losses coming in a neutral field to Texas A&M, home to USC and two weeks ago at Utah. They have struggled in pass defense ranking 95th in the nation.

Oregon Ducks QB:

Vernon Adams

The transfer from FCS school Eastern Washington has hit on 59.4% of his throws for 853 yards with six touchdowns and two picks.

Oregon Ducks RB:

Royce Freeman

Freeman has run well this season with 997 yards on 150 carries and nine touchdowns. He is producing 6.6 yards per carry.

Arizona St Sun Devils QB:

Mike Bercovici

The senior quarterback is completing 58.6% of his throws for 1846 yards with 14 touchdowns and 5 picks. He had a tough game at Utah where he completed just 48% of his passes.

Arizona St Sun Devils WR:

Tim White

White has 22 passes this year for 303 yards with five touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 14 yards per catch on the season.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 9-23-2015

Utah Utes versus Oregon Ducks College Football Real Money League Fantasy Preview

A good one is scheduled from the PAC 12 conference on Saturday September 26th from college football as the Oregon Ducks will host the Utah Utes. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to FOX at 8:30PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their roster picks.

These two PAC 12 foes met last year with Oregon posting a 51-27 road victory. In the win the Ducks had balance offensively as they ran for 269 yards and threw for 239 for a total of 508 gained on the Utes defense. Utah was one of the better defenses from the PAC 12 last year as they were very competitive against their opponents and seldom got blown out.

Utah is a perfect 3-0 on the year. They have a notable home win to Michigan in week one. This is their second road game of the year. Last week the Utes were at Fresno St and won 45-24. It was not a clean game for the Utes as they lost three turnovers and didn’t get much yardage from their passing game. Defensively they allowed 241 yards to the Bulldogs offense with three touchdown passes.

Oregon is 2-1 with their loss coming on the road in week two at Michigan St losing 31-28. Their home wins this year have come against weak opponents in Georgia St and Eastern Washington. In the Ducks loss at the Spartans the team struggled on third down converting 4 of 13 tries. The Oregon run game did not perform rushing for 123 yards on 43 carries for less than three yards per carry.

Oregon Ducks QB:

Vernon Adams Jr

The senior sat out the Georgia St game to get ready for this PAC 12 tilt against the Utes. In the loss to Michigan St Adams Jr. threw for 309 yards with a touchdown but two picks. He had only six rushing yards on his 14 carries in the game.

Oregon Ducks RB:

Royce Freeman

Freeman is getting the bulk of the work at running back. The sophomore has 55 carries for 373 yards and five touchdowns. Against Michigan St the toughest opponent thus far the ball carrier had 92 yards rushing on 24 carries and a touchdown but only 3.8 yards per rush.

Oregon Ducks WR:

Braion Addison

A junior wide receiver Addison leads the team by far with 13 catches for 185 yards with a touchdown. He shined in the Michigan St game grabbing seven balls for 138 yards with a long gain of 30 yards.

Utah Utes QB:

Kendal Thompson

Thompson a senior has been forced into action due to the injury to Travis Wilson. At Fresno St last week Thompson completed 19 of 25 throws for 159 yards with a touchdown and pick.

Utah Utes RB:

Devontae Booker

The senior running back for the Utes has 345 yards rushing on 84 carries and four touchdowns. At Fresno St last week Booker had 156 yards rushing on 31 carries and two rushing touchdowns. Booker is a workhorse with 31 carries in back to back games. Devontae Booker is a fantasy football draft managers dream as not only does he get tons of carries but he co-leads the team in receptions with 14 catches for 126 yards.

Utah Utes WR:

Britain Covey

It is a freshman wide out who leads this unit in catches with 14 on the year for 127 yards. Covey had just three catches in his first road game of his college career last week for eight yards. He caught five balls against Michigan in week one with a long gain of 20 yards.

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