Seattle at Dallas
Last year Dallas destroyed Seattle 34-9 with a 447-322 yd edge & tallied 7 sacks. The Cowboys are off a win vs a quality foe in the Falcons last week & now get an inconsistent SEA team. Both of Seattle’s wins have been shutouts (St Louis & Jacksonville) but 3 of their 4 losses have been by 13 or more points. In Seattle’s defense they have had no offensive line stability (12 different combos in 22 games) & injuries have hurt them on defense. Dallas’ main advantage here their huge offensive line vs a smaller, faster front 7 that is without their best player on defense in MLB Tatupa. This is a game the Cowboys should & must win as they have Philadelphia & Green Bay on the road next to show they can be a consistent force in the NFC.
FORECAST: DALLAS 34 Seattle 17
AUBURN – During their 3 game losing streak, Todd has been a 50% passer averaging 86.7 yards per game with an 0-2 ratio. Despite his struggles, Chizik said Todd will continue to be the starter.
NAVY - Navy ranks in the upper 4th of the NCAA in every defensive category, allowing 20.8 points per game (39th) and 316 yards per game (30th).
IOWA - The Hawks’ win over MSU was costly as LG Dace Richardson (1st Tm Midseason All-Big Ten & 2nd Tm All-American) was lost for at least the regular season with a broken leg. Iowa is the first Big Ten team selection since ’77 to win at MSU, PSU & Wisconsin in the same season.
For the last couple of years I have picked the games involving the Top 25 teams and thrown in a couple of upset picks. This year I thought you might be interested in who I think will win EACH FBS game this weekend. Every Friday I will give you my personal forecast on exery game that involves a FBS team. Read more…
A special thanks to our friends at CollegeFootballGeek.com for providing us with their Week 9 Waiver Wire Report.
Need to bolster your roster? Here is a look at the top college fantasy football prospects who may be available on the waiver wire.
Last week was another excellent week for my players of the week. I will grade it 7-2-1 and that means the last 5 weeks the record is 24-8-3 which pretty great for making mostly surprise picks! First a review of last week’s picks.
First a recap of last week’s selections and I grade them win, loss or push.
A special thanks to our friends at CollegeFootballGeek.com for providing us with their Week 9 Sneaky Plays
Do you need roster help this weekend, but missed out on the hot waiver wire pick ups? Here are some sneaky, under-the-radar players who have favorable matchups this week.
A special thanks to our friends at CFFinsider for providing us with their Week 9 Rankings.
There is not a hotter quarterback right now than Colin Kaepernick. After a slow start, Nevada is tearing through opponents, especially on the ground. Notre Dame plays Washington State in San Antonio, Texas. A showcase game for Charlie Weis and Texas recruits. Anyone wearing a gold helmet this week should have a big day. Our top fantasy running back Ryan Mathews is edged out this week by Lance Dunbar. Dunbar has scored at least two touchdowns in the last four games and faces the Western Kentucky rushing defense that is ranked 119th in the country. Who faces the worst worst rushing defense (Eastern Michigan)? That would Michael Smith and Arkansas. Smith is not a gimme in this one though, as he is still battling a hamstring injury. This is a feast or famine game for Smith. The same can be said for C.J. Spiller who is still bothered by a turf toe injury and facing Coastal Carolina. Defensively, there are a lot of good options this week, starting with the Clemson defense. Ohio State, Air Force and Penn State also look good. For more rankings, projections and player news visit www.CFFinsider.com.
Every week we will post my Forecasts of all the games involving Top 25 teams. As usual, it includes my computer’s projected box score for each game.
So far this year the Top 25 Forecasts have gone 127-33 79% picking the winners of each game. That record may sound great, but do keep in mind most games have involved teams that were big favorites so the majority of people will have a solid record on these games as well. On the bottom of the forecast, I have listed some Upset Specials which have pulled the upset 10 out of 21 times with BOTH pulling the upset last week (UNLV and FAU). Combined the first eight weeks record is 140-47 75%!!
Let’s get to my Top 25 Forecasts!
Temple was given a short field often in their game versus Toledo. Toledo had punts of 32 and 23 yards setting up Temple for 44 and 34 yard drives for TD’s. Temple recovered a fumble at the Toledo 18 and got a 5 yard “drive” for a 30 yard FG, 23-7. It was 23-17 at the half. Coming into the game Temple’s leading rusher, Bernard Pierce, was listed as doubtful but not only played, he rushed for a career high 212 yards and 3 TD’s. Toledo QB Aaron Opelt was downgraded to probable prior to the game but did not play and his backup, Alex Pettee, hit 29 of 47 for 265. Pettee’s interception early 3Q was returned 39 yards to the 6 setting up another short TD “drive”, 30-17. Toledo was SOD at the Temple 13 with 14:30 left, intercepted at the Temple 2 with 7:47 left but trailing 40-17 did get a TD with 3:01 left. After recovering the onside kick with a personal foul penalty added, Temple ended the game at the Toledo 15 yard line.
Virginia had 4 trips into GT territory result in 4 FG att’s and they missed one so they had just 9 pts. A key play in the game happened when UVA settled for a 30 yd FG after a 1st & gl at the 6 to trail by 11 then stopped GT on 3rd & 7. The Cavs were going to get the ball back but a late pers foul call gave GT a FD and UVA’s tired D allowed GT to go 66/11pl and 71/10pl for a pair of TD’s to ice it. It was GT’s first win in Charlottesville since 1990 when they upset #1 ranked Virginia who was led by Shawn and Herman Moore. GT finished with a 42:43-17:17 TOP edge… Read more…