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Michigan vs. Florida

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl game preview featuring Michigan against Florida. Talk about excitement, these two teams will certainly play their hearts out in a very close game which will be won by Michigan 21-20 over Florida. Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com.

Florida coach Jim McElwain and Michigan counterpart Jim Harbaugh resurrected dormant programs in their first year on the sidelines and look to cap off encouraging campaigns with a victory when the Gators and Wolverines meet in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 1. McElwain led Florida to the SEC Eastern Division title before losing 29-15 to College Football Playoff participant Alabama in the SEC championship game, while Harbaugh had Michigan in contention for the Big Ten East Division crown heading into the final week of the regular season. Defense has been the catalyst for the dramatic turnaround for both teams as the Gators rank eighth nationally in scoring defense (16.4 points per game) while the Wolverines are fourth in total defense (281.3 yards).

Florida’s offense has sputtered without suspended quarterback Will Grier as the Gators were held to 17 points in their last two games, and couldn’t manage an offensive score in the 27-2 setback to Florida State on Nov. 28. Michigan’s Jake Rudock suffered a shoulder injury in the 42-13 loss to Ohio State, and it was initially feared that he would miss the bowl game, but the senior quarterback will make his final collegiate start on New Year’s Day. Rudock struggled with the command of a new offense after transferring from Iowa before ending the season on a tear by throwing for 1,296 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last four games.

The Wolverines and Gators have meet twice previously in the postseason with Michigan emerging 38-30 victors in the 2003 Outback Bowl before downing Florida 41-35 in Lloyd Carr’s final game as coach in the 2008 Capital One Bowl. The Gators last met a Big Ten team in 2012 when they beat Ohio State in the Gator Bowl and McElwain, who is one of six finalists for the Dodd Trophy – awarded to the top coach in the country – is keen to lead Florida to its third straight win over a Big Ten opponent. “We’re here to win a ballgame,” McElwain told reporters. “We aren’t here just to go on rides.”

MICHIGAN Season Overview (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten): Jake Butt and Jourdan Lewis announced they will return for the senior seasons after the junior tight end caught 48 passes for 620 yards and three touchdowns, while the junior cornerback was ranked third nationally with 19 pass breakups. Safety Jabrill Peppers (two rushing touchdowns, eight receptions), who won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award after making an impact as a three-way player, could miss the bowl game after suffering a suspected hand injury. “He’s working through something,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We’ll see.”

FLORIDA Season Overview (10-3, 7-1 SEC): Starting quarterback Treon Harris has struggled to move the ball through the air and has failed to throw for 200 yards in each of his last three games. Vernon Hargreaves III, who is the Gators’ first unanimous All-America pick since 2009, will likely play his last game as the junior cornerback is considered a surefire first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Defensive end Alex McCalister has been sidelined with a foot injury since Nov. 15 and will likely miss the game while wide receiver Brandon Powell is questionable because of a foot problem.

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Alabama vs. Florida College Football Recap

It’s raining confetti on Alabama’s parade as they cruised to 29-15 victory over Florida in the Southeastern Conference Championship game. The Crimson Tide’s Derrick Henry delivered a Heisman Trophy-worthy performance along with a superior dominating defensive plays. Simply put, the Crimson Tide’s ability to dominating their opponents enabled them to overpower the Gators and clinch a playoff berth. No surprise that Alabama’s ability to impose its dominating style of play has helped them be ranked No.2 in the nation. This echoed in quarterback Jake Coker’s statement; “As tight as this group is and how hard we play together and how we have each other’s backs, I’m real confident in this team. I think we can do whatever we want to do, based on how we practice and prepare. It’s going to be an exciting playoff.”

Many fans felt that Alabama’s title hopes were on the ropes in mid-September when five turnovers allowed Mississippi to pull off a 43-37 upset at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Since that loss, The Tide was able to regroup and focus their game and bounce back to win 10 straight. Their impressive 12-1 record will likely earn them a spot in the national semifinals at either the College Football Playoff Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic or College Football Playoff Capital One Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Derrick Henry was outstanding during the game certainly capping his Heisman Trophy campaign rushing for 189 yards for 44 carries against Florida’s defense which is ranked as one of the nation’s best. The Tide’s quarterback, Jake Coker also contributed immensely making 18 completions out of 26 throws for an amazing 2014 yards gain with 2 touchdowns to secure the win. The Crimson Tide’s defensive maligned Florida’s offensive unit, which were held to 3 yards offense gain in the second and third quarters.

However, Florida, who came into the game as an 18-point underdog, briefly grabbed a 7-2 lead on Antonio Callaway’s 85-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the second quarter, spurring Alabama’s domination to take over.

Heisman Trophy favorite, Derrick Henry improved his chances to win with an MVP showing, due to the fact that his game play efforts put went a long way to secure the Alabama win. “My main focus is on finishing and helping the team win,” Henry said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to help this team win.” Henry tied He tied the SEC record for touchdowns in a season (23) and eclipsed Herschel Walker’s 34-year-old conference mark for rushing yards in a year, pushing his total to 1,986 with likely at least one more game still to come.

Both teams did not disappoint fans, who expected a defensive slugfest; although through the course of the game it became apparent that Alabama was the superior team. The Tide led 12-7 at the break, scoring a safety off a blocked punt, settling for a field goal after a long drive, and turning it over deep in Florida territory.

From then on, it was apparent that the Gators simply couldn’t focus enough offensive strength to make it a game. Their aerial attack consisted of numerous wobbly passes which were dropped, in the end, Harris was 9-of-24 for 165 yards with one interception. The Gators also had a woeful running game, which was held to 21 yards rushing. Their only offensive score coming on Treon Harris’ 46-yard pass to C.J. Worton at the very end of the game. Florida will likely settle for a spot in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Yet the sun still shines bright over the Gators an coach Jim McElwain pointed out; “We’re a program on the rise, we’ll have a good football team here — a lot of them — in the future.”

The Crimson Tide on the other hand, complemented its pound-and-ground offense with a couple of huge passing plays. Calvin Ridley leaped between two Florida defenders to pull down a 55-yard pass at the Florida 2, setting up Henry’s touchdown. ArDarius Stewart made an even more spectacular grab in the third quarter, going up in traffic to snare a 32-yard scoring pass before flipping to the turf on his head. Yet Stewart hopped right back up, a clear sign that no one was going to keep this team down. Coker then finished off the Gators with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Richard Mullaney with 8:50 remaining.

The defense turned in quite a performance for coordinator Kirby Smart, who is expected to be named head coach at Georgia in the next few days. But whatever happens with Smart, Alabama’s defense still has some goals left to achieve.

The Tide are likely heading back to the College Football Playoff.

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Florida Gators versus LSU Tigers College Football Fantasy Picks 10-17-2015

It will be a battle between two undefeated SEC conference schools as the LSU Tigers will be home to the Florida Gators. College football fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters picks.

These teams went head to head last year and it was LSU pulling out a 30-27 victory on the road. Florida will visit LSU with a mark of 6-0. The team has four wins in the SEC and has held three SEC opponents to ten points or fewer. Last week they traveled to Missouri and won 21-3 as they limited the Tigers to just 257 yards for the game and a miserable 1 of 14 conversions on third down. A big blow for the team as starting quarterback Will Grier is out for the season with a PED suspension. The team will look to Treon Harris to start on Saturday night. Florida has put up some impressive defensive stats this year ranking in the top 16 in college football in yardage allowed, rushing defense and points allowed giving up just 14.3 points a game.

LSU is a 5-0 football team. After a 21-19 road win at Mississippi St in the opener the Tigers have scored an average of over 40 points in their past four games. They crushed South Carolina in their home stadium last week by the score of 45-24. LSU produces some great defensive numbers as well. They are a good rushing team as they run for 346 yards per game on the year. The Tigers don’t pick up much from their passing game throwing for 122 yards ranking 122nd in college football.

Florida Gators QB:

Treon Harris

The sophomore backup has hit on 70% of his throws for 269 yards with two touchdowns. In his limited time under center Harris has run for 63 yards on ten carries for 6.3 yards per rush.

Florida Gators RB:

Kelvin Taylor

Taylor leads the Gators by a long way with 114 carries for 438 yards with seven touchdowns. He has seen significant action for all three years in the program. Last week at Missouri Taylor had 99 rushing yards on 28 carries for 3.5 yards per run. Taylor had two touchdowns in the win.

Florida Gators WR:

Demarcus Robinson

The junior wide out has caught 34 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks ago against Ole Miss Robinson had 98 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Powell

Powell had 16 receptions for 252 yards with three touchdowns. He had a 77 yard touchdown catch in the win against Ole Miss. The sophomore wide out is averaging 15.8 yards per catch on the year.

Antonio Callaway

The freshman wide receiver has 13 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Callaway had a good game at home to Tennessee with five grabs for 112 yards and a touchdown.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

The LSU quarterback has hit on 57% of his throws for 610 yards with four touchdowns and no picks. He had his best game of the year against South Carolina at home last week by hitting on 18 of 28 throws for 228 yards with two touchdowns and a long throw of 62 yards.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

The sophomore running back has been huge this year with 1022 yards rushing on 119 carries and 12 touchdowns. Last week against South Carolina Fournette ran for 158 yards and a touchdown as he rushed for nearly 8 yards a carry.

Derrius Guice

Guice has run 29 times for 263 yards and a touchdown. The freshman back had his best game of the year last week against South Carolina with 16 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

Dural leads the unit with 14 catches for 229 yards and a touchdown. He caught four balls last week for 109 yards and a touchdown. The junior wide out is averaging 16.4 yards per catch on the year and had a long reception go for 62 yards last week against South Carolina.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Treon Harris (Florida)

RB: Leonard Fournette (LSU)

WR: Travin Dural (LSU), Demarcus Robinson (Florida)

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