Armed Forces Bowl Preview

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Navy Midshipmen

The Armed Forces Bowl was originally slated to be Navy versus a Big 12 programs, but the conference fell short of eligible teams. It opened the door for an at-large appearance by Louisiana Tech. Both the Midshipmen and Bulldogs lost their conference championship game, but there shouldn’t be much of a hangover effect when these two teams meet on December 23 for the Armed Forces Bowl (Enter Contets).

Despite a stark contrast in styles, these two teams rank among the top 20 in scoring offense. Navy’s option attack averages 39.1 points per game, while Louisiana Tech averages 44 per contest. The Bulldogs feature a prolific passing attack, headlined by quarterback Ryan Higgins (37 TDs) and two standout receivers (Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson). The Midshipmen counter with one of the nation’s top ground attacks (327.5 ypg). Still, quarterback Will Worth was lost for the season due to an injury suffered against Temple in the American Athletic Conference title game. With Worth out for the year, sophomore Zach Abey will step into the starting role. Expect a lot of points between these two teams at the Armed Force Bowl.

ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH (8-5, 6-2 C-USA)

Bulldogs quarterback Ryan Higgins was named Conference USA MVP after throwing for 4,208 yards and 37 TDs against eight interceptions for the nation’s fifth-ranked scoring offense (44 points per game) and third-ranked passing unit (359.8 yards). Navy’s rushing game is fourth in the country at 310.9 yards, making for an intriguing clash of styles.

Higgins has one of the nation’s top targets in senior Trent Taylor, who is second in the country in receptions (124), third in yards (1,570) and among 31 players with at least 10 receiving TDs, although he has only two in his last eight games. Junior Carlos Henderson had 52 fewer grabs but nearly the same number of yards (1,406) and ranks tied for second among FBS players with 17 receiving scores. Junior running back Jarred Craft had a total of 31 yards on the ground over the last two games but gained 1,350 total yards this season and 13 TDs, nine of which came on the ground.

ABOUT NAVY (9-4, 7-1 AAC)

Navy has not been the same team since losing senior quarterback Will Worth early in the loss to Temple on December 3. Sophomore Zach Abey has run for three scores since taking over but has thrown four interceptions in the two games. Abey and his crew will need to get some early points in order to prevent a situation where they need to play catch up through the air opposite Louisiana Tech’s relentless passing attack.

The Midshipmen will be challenged early and often by Higgins after allowing 25 TDs through the air and ranking 122nd in the country in passing efficiency defense. It’ll be up to Abey and junior running back Chris High (500 rushing yards, five TDs) to maintain possession and burn the clock. Senior fullback Shawn White had 310 of his 443 yards over the final five games, as well as four of his seven scores, while senior wideout Jamir Tillman has team highs of 38 catches and 615 receiving yards.

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NCAA Preview 2016

NCAA Conference USA

The NCAA football season is near.  Get ready to play CFB at FanPicks (click to play). With the impending kickoff in Sydney on August 26th, FanPicks will cover every NCAA conferences and their teams for the 2016 season. If you’ve missed the Big Ten West CFB preview, click here. Now let’s get to the NCAA Conference USA.

Western Kentucky enters the season as defending Conference USA champions as they defeated Southern Miss in the previous year’s championship game. The Hilltoppers would then go on to defeat South Florida in the Miami Beach Bowl 45–35. This season, Middle Tennessee is the early favorite to finish first in the East divison standings. While in the West, Southern Miss have taken the media prediction to repeat atop the standings for a second year in a row.

Charlotte 49ers Charlotte logo

There will be a quarterback battle at Charlotte. Lee McNeill tossed one TD and 10 INTs, then was pulled for Brooks Barden (four TDs, five picks) last year. They’ll be pushed by transfers Hasaan Klugh (NC A&T), Cody Keith (ECU) and former four-star recruit Kevin Olsen (Miami).

FIU Golden Panthers FIU logo

FIU begins its 15th season of football when the Panthers start fall camp Wednesday morning. Coming off a 5-7 season, FIU features an experienced offense this season that looks to build on 2015.

Florida Atlantics Owls Florida A logo

FAU has experienced wide receivers, none of whom has emerged as a star. They all possess varied and often impressive skills sets. The biggest question the Owls hope to answer in the coming weeks is whether new offensive coordinator Travis Trickett’s offense exploits the explosiveness of this unit while also helping it develop consistency.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Louisiana Tech logo

Wide receiver Trent Taylor hauled in 99 passes for 1,282 yards last season, the league’s fourth most. He caught 75.6 percent of all targets. He should be one to watch again this year.

Marshall Thundering Herd Marshall logo

The Herd’s offensive production declined in 2015, small surprise considering record-breaking QB Rakeem Cato was supplanted by a true freshman, Chase Litton. But now that Litton is a year older, and maturing, Marshall expects to rise back to the top of the Conference USA scoring charts.

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Middle Tennesee logo

Coach Rick Stockstill’s son, QB Brent Stockstill, was the only freshman in the country to throw for 4,000 yards, and his 77.7 QBR was the nation’s 19th best. He threw 30 TDs to 9 INTs and had 66 completions for 20 or more yards.

North Texas Mean Green North Texas logo

Alabama former backup quarterback Alec Morris has transferred to North Texas, where he will be eligible to play immediately for new coach Seth Littrell. Morris was the third-string quarterback and appeared in seven games the past two seasons for the Crimson Tide, who won the national championship earlier this month. As a graduate student, he can play next season as a senior at North Texas.

Old Dominion Monarchs Old Dominion logo

Shuler Bentley started at quarterback as a freshman only to be replaced by ex-WR David Washington, who then tore his ACL in November. Washington should be at full strength by August, so like the fast-paced offense, the position is wide open.

Rice Owls Rice logo

Last season, Rice University went 5-7 overall under tenth year head coach David Bailiff. Running back Darik Dillard should provide big numbers this year. When healthy, he can be an effective back for the Owls offense.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles Southern Miss logo

Last season, only five NCAA players threw more yards than quarterback Nick Mullen’s 4,476, while just three topped his 38 TDs. Should I say more?

UTEP Miners UTEP logo

The UTEP offense is always going to be conservative and run-oriented under coach Sean Kugler, but after a season of struggles at the quarterback position and a general lack of production overall, Kugler brought in a new coordinator in Brent Pease to liven things up.

UTSA Roadrunners UTSA logo

Running Back Jarveon Williams was the most prominent piece in the offense last year, gaining 1,042 rushing yards without a fumble. Only three Conference USA backs averaged more than his 6.0 yards per carry.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Western Kentucky logo

Wide receiver Taywan Taylor caught 86 passes for 1,467 yards last year, which topped the Conference USA and stood third in the FBS. His 17 TD catches was second nationally.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News

12-19-2015

Arizona Wildcats vs. New Mexico Lobos

College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-19-2015

It will be a PAC 12 versus Mountain West conference showdown when the bowl season begins as the New Mexico Lobos will meet the Arizona Wildcats. The New Mexico Bowl will be played on Saturday December 19th at 2PM Eastern Time and fantasy college football GMs can tune to ESPN TV to follow the results of their DFS roster picks.

The Arizona Wildcats are 6-6 and failed to earn a berth into the PAC 12 championship game like they did in 2014. The issue with the Wildcats has been with the defense. In their past five road games the Wildcats have given up no fewer than 31 points. This game will be played on New Mexico’s home field and the Wildcats have allowed 40 points per game in their road games. The strength of the Wildcats has been their offense. The team is 15th in the nation in total offense by gaining 494 yards per game. Arizona is balanced in the run and pass. A big hit for the Wildcats is their leading running back Nick Wilson will be out.

New Mexico should be motivated in this spot as the team is 7-5 and playing in a bowl game for the first time in a long time The Lobos picked up wins on the road to Boise St and has a home victory to Air Force 47-35 in the final regular season game.

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The Lobos are the number eight rushing team from college football. They run for 249 yards per game. Jhurell Pressley leads the Lobos on the ground with 846 yards on 135 carries and 11 touchdowns. The senior running back is averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

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Arkansas St Red Wolves vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

College Football Fantasy Preview 12-19-2015

In the New Orleans Bowl it will be the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to battle the Arkansas St Red Wolves. Fantasy college football draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 9PM Eastern Time on Saturday December 19th to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

The Red Wolves were champions of the Sun Belt conference at 8-0 in conference and 9-3 overall. They were a very high scoring team by averaging 41 points per game. They are a well balanced offensive team and are led by an experienced quarterback. But they are a bit leaky on the defensive end by giving up nearly 29 points per game. They have trouble stopping the pass by allowing 252 yards through the air.

Louisiana Tech finished off the regular season with a record of 8-4. They finished 6-2 in the Conference USA West division behind first place Southern Mississippi. They had a shot to make the Conference USA title game but dropped a 58-24 home decision to Southern Miss. They are the 15th ranked passing team from college football.

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Senior quarterback Fredi Knighton has been impressive throwing for 19 touchdowns and seven picks for Arkansas St. He has thrown for multiple touchdowns in three straight games and eight of his past nine contests.

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Arkansas St Red Wolves QB

Louisiana Tech wide receiver Trent Taylor led the team with 89 catches for 1133 yards with eight touchdowns. The junior has seen significant action in his three years with the Bulldogs. In the game against Southern Miss, Taylor had 11 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. This game will be played in a dome and will be a plus for the passing game.

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