Arkansas (5-2) vs Auburn (4-2)

Arkansas has shown a recent knack for knocking off ranked opponents and even more so on the road. The 17th-ranked Razorbacks will try to continue that trend when they visit No. 21 Auburn for an SEC West matchup on Saturday (Enter Games of the Week Contests).

The Razorbacks have won four of their last six overall matchups with ranked opponents and three straight on the road. The Tigers are the third consecutive ranked opponent for Arkansas, which rebounded from a 49-30 loss to top-ranked Alabama with a 34-30 win over Ole Miss last week. Auburn hopes to pick up where they left off prior to a bye last week, when they’ve won three straight games. That stretch included triumphs over SEC West rivals LSU and Mississippi State. The Razorbacks have won three of their last five meetings with Auburn, including a 54-46 four-overtime thriller last year at Arkansas.

ABOUT ARKANSAS

The Razorbacks possess the SEC’s leading rusher in Rawleigh Williams III, who rolled up 180 yards and added a receiving touchdown against Ole Miss. Austin Allen also leads the conference in passing yards (1,861) and scoring passes (18), and is the only player in the nation with multiple touchdown tosses in seven games this season. Wide receiver Jared Cornelius’ last 15 offensive touches have resulted in either a first down or a touchdown. The Razorbacks have put up mediocre defensive numbers and have struggled to stop top-flight offenses, allowing 41.3 points per game in conference play.

ABOUT AUBURN

The Tigers’ youthful offense steadily has improved as the season has progressed, as sophomore quarterback Sean White has thrown six touchdown passes and just one interception since an uneven performance in a season-opening loss to Clemson. The sophomore tandem of Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway provides a solid one-two punch in the backfield, with each averaging over five yards per carry. Auburn’s improved defense has held six of its last seven opponents under 20 points dating to last season and has been especially tough on third down, holding opponents to a 31.5 percent conversion rate to rank 21st in the nation. The Tigers have gone three games without allowing a rushing touchdown for the first time since 2008.

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Auburn (3-2) vs Mississippi State (2-2)

After five straight home games to open the season, Auburn faces its first road test Saturday at Mississippi State (Enter Contests). The game, meanwhile, will be the first home date for the Bulldogs in nearly a month as they’re coming off two road games followed by a bye last weekend.

ABOUT AUBURN

The Tigers have played a demanding schedule so far, going 1-2 against ranked foes Clemson, Texas A&M and LSU, mixed in with blowout wins over Arkansas State and last week against ULM.  They’ve have posted the best rushing numbers (269.8 yards per game) in the SEC so far behind tailbacks Kerryon Johnson (103.4) and Kamryn Pettway (84.0). Pettway didn’t play last Saturday’s 56-7 win over ULM. It was for precautionary measure because of a bruised quad. He’s expected to return this Saturday along with center Xavier Dampeer, who was also held out last week.

The Auburn defense, led by cornerback Johnathan Ford (31 total tackles) and defensive end Carl Lawson (four sacks) has held four of five foes to fewer than 20 points and ranks fifth in the conference in total defense (358.4 yards allowed per game). Quarterback Sean White has completed 33-of-43 passes for 473 yards, two TDs and no interceptions over the last two games. Auburn has dominated the overall series 61-26-2, but Mississippi State has won three of the last four, including a 17-9 road victory last season.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE

Mississippi State, meanwhile, has had an up-and-down first month, losing to South Alabama (21-20) in the opener and then alternating wins and a loss against South Carolina, LSU and Massachusetts. The Bulldogs will be countering Auburn’s ground game with the SEC’s fourth-ranked run defense (110.8 yards allowed), which is headed by conference tackles-for-loss leader (9.0) A.J. Jefferson, a senior defensive end. Sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has taken over for Dak Prescott and had 415 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the Sept. 24 win over UMass. Fitzgerald also is Mississippi State’s leading rusher with 82.2 yards per outing. Wideout Fred Ross is second in the conference in receptions per game (6.2) and tied for third with four total receiving TDs. Ross’ 152 career receptions leads all active SEC players.

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Saturday’s Featured Late Evening Games

NCAA September 17, 2016

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#17 Texas A&M (2-0) vs Auburn (1-1)

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin sees a lot of similarities between his No. 17 Aggies and host Auburn heading into Saturday’s SEC opener. Both teams have recorded big offensive games, have shown improving defenses and have fan bases expecting more wins.

The Tigers have been solid against the run, allowing 108.5 yards on the ground after allowing 182.7 yards last year, and the Aggies have also improved their rushing-defense numbers, allowing 78.5 rushing yards after holding Prairie View A&M to 32. Texas A&M features some of the league’s top receivers while Auburn has built a balanced attack behind sophomore quarterback Sean White. The teams have split their four meetings since the Aggies joined SEC with the road team winning each time.

#12 Michigan State (1-0) vs #18 Notre Dame (1-1)

Notre Dame might have the toughest first-month schedule of any contender for the College Football Playoff, and it is still looking for a signature win. The 18th-ranked Fighting Irish opened the season with a double-overtime loss at Texas but declared DeShone Kizer starting quarterback for Week 2 and rolled past Nevada to even its record. The Spartans have had two weeks to prepare for Notre Dame due to an early bye in Week 2.

#3 Ohio State (2-0) vs #14 Oklahoma (1-1)

Ohio State was expected to go through a few growing pains this season, as the team returned only six starters. It’s the fewest in the BCS. Yet after two impressive wins, the expectations are sky high. The Buckeyes have won 18 straight road games. It’s a school record and the longest active streak in the nation.

USC (1-1) vs #7 Stanford (1-0)

Visions of Stanford star Christian McCaffrey looks to be still fresh in USC’s memory. McCaffrey had a school-record 461 all-purpose yards to help Stanford clinch last season’s Pac-12 title with a 41-22 victory over the Trojans in December.
The junior running back began this season’s Heisman Trophy quest strong, and looks to get back inside their opponents mind. Stanford defeated USC twice last season and has won six of the last eight meetings, but seven of the past 10 games have been decided by eight points or fewer. The Trojans will need an even better performance to keep pace with Stanford and McCaffrey, who has collected at least 200 all-purpose yards in seven consecutive games.

#11 Texas (2-0) vs California (1-1)

Texas looks to avenge last year’s narrow loss to California on Saturday as the 16th-ranked Longhorns head out on the road for the first time this season to face the high-powered Golden Bears. While Texas is seeking its first 3-0 start since 2012, Cal is hoping to bounce back after allowing 334 rushing yards in last Saturday’s 45-40 loss at San Diego State.
Coach Charlie Strong recorded his 50th career win last Saturday against UTEP.

This game figures to be a shootout reminiscent of last season’s 45-44 Cal victory, with Texas averaging 45.5 points and 466.5 yards through its first two games. The Longhorns were 1-4 on the road last season but have the weapons to keep pace with a Cal offense led by senior quarterback Davis Webb, who has thrown for 963 yards and nine touchdowns in games against Hawaii and San Diego State. Cal ranks 125th nationally defending the run while allowing 291 yards per game and could struggle to slow down Texas quarterback Shane Buechele and backup Tyrone Swoopes, who rushed for three scores in the season’s opener against Notre Dame.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

BIRMINGHAM BOWL

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 Fantasy Football Draft News 10-15-2015

 

Auburn Tigers versus Kentucky Wildcats College Football Fantasy Preview 10-15-2015

It will be action from the SEC conference from college football on Thursday October 15th as the Kentucky Wildcats will host the Auburn Tigers. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

Auburn enters play at 3-2 on the year. The two losses all came against SEC competition with defeats to LSU on the road and a home game to Mississippi St. They defeated San Jose St last week 35-21 but the Tigers defense was lit up by a low level Mountain West conference team for 406 yards of offense with 182 on the ground. Auburn ranks 105th in the nation in total offense as they average just 343 yards per game.

Kentucky is a 4-1 team. They have wins in SEC play at South Carolina and home to Missouri. The Wildcats were competitive in a 14-9 road defeat at Florida. The team suffered a letdown two weeks ago as they got past FCS school Eastern Kentucky 34-27 in overtime. The Wildcats have defended well this year by limiting the opposition to just 21.8 points per game.

Auburn Tigers QB:

Sean White

The freshman quarterback has seen action over an ineffective Jeremy Johnson. White has completed 68% of his throws for 296 yards with no touchdowns and a pick.

Auburn Tigers RB:

Peyton Barber

Barber leads the Tigers on the ground with 109 carries for 558 yards and six touchdowns. He rushed for 147 yards and five touchdowns last week against San Jose St.

Kentucky Wildcats QB:

Patrick Towles

The Wildcats junior quarterback is hitting on 61% of his throws for 1153 yards with eight touchdowns and six picks. He had two picks last week in the close win against FCS school Eastern Kentucky.

UCLA Bruins versus Stanford Cardinal College Football Cash League Fantasy Preview 10-15-2015

A nice matchup from the PAC 12 conference is on tap for October 15th in late night action as the Stanford Cardinal will host the UCLA Bruins. College football fantasy draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 10:30PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their roster picks.

Stanford ruined the Bruins season last year as the Cardinal defeated UCLA 31-10 late last year to kick them out of the PAC 12 championship game. The Bruins suffered their first loss of the year in week five dropping a 38-23 home decision to the Arizona St Sun Devils. The Bruins had trouble dealing with run game of the Sun Devils as they produced 192 yards on the ground. UCLA is 100th on the year defending the run by allowing 197 yards per game to opponents.

Stanford has won four straight after a week one defeat to Northwestern to start the year. They also will be coming off a bye week. In week five they crushed Arizona 55-17. The Cardinal has scored no fewer than 41 points in their past three games. Stanford is 35th in the nation in scoring by pushing across 35 points per game.

UCLA Bruins RB:

Paul Perkins

The Bruins junior running back has 100 rushes for 577 yards and seven touchdowns. His production has dropped the past two games averaging just 3.5 yards per carry against Arizona and Arizona St.

Stanford Cardinal QB:

Kevin Hogan

Hogan is now a senior quarterback and has seen much improvement this year. He is completing 67% of his throws for 1155 yards with nine touchdowns and two picks. The Cardinal signal caller completed 17 of 19 throws in week five for 217 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona.

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