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Week 14 News & Notes – Part 2

December 3rd, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

BYU finished with a 492-363 yard edge although Nevada dominated the 1H of the game. UN took its opening drive 81/8pl for a td. BYU fumbled a punt at its 29 and UN got 1 FD but had a 38 yard FG blocked. BYU, on 4&8, was SOD at the UN28. Two punts. UN went 66/9pl and had a 2&gl at the 3 but was intercepted in the EZ for a TB. Five punts. At the half UN had a 190-150 yard edge. BYU opened the 3Q with a 2&1, 66 yard run by Jamaal Williams, 7-7. UN went 75/11pl for a 3 yard td run, 14-7 (9:34 3Q). BYU went 80/9pl for a td, 14-14 (6:07). BYU went 59/13pl for a td, 21-14 (14:50). They then went 75/8pl for a 34 yard FG, 28-17 (6:35). UN answered with a 67/11pl drive for td (xpng) 28-23 (2:42). BYU got 2 FD’s running the clock out at the 15.

North Texas didn’t win its division in CUSA, but they were the most impressive team in the division. They went on the road vs Tulsa and had 550-236 yard and 21-14 FD edges. NT took its opening drive 72/10pl but fumbled. TU’s Will Barrow scooped it up and returned it 97 yards for a td and a 14 point swing, 7-0. (10:53). There were 4 punts then NT went 53/6pl for a 12 yard td run, 7-7. TU went 58/7pl for a 26 yard FG, 10-7 (:42). TU was intercepted at the NT42 and returned 32 yards but NT missed a 32 yard FG. NT was intercepted a the TU29 with 6:50 left but blocked a punt and returned it 8 yards for a td for a 14-10 lead. TU punted with 3:32 left and NT went 54/6pl for a 10 yard td run, 21-10. NT had a 266-82 yard edge. NT got a 91 yard td run by Brandin Byrd to open the 3Q, 28-10. Three punts. NT went 73/12pl for a 2 yard td run, 35-10 (3:25). NT went 63/3pl for a td. TU went 69/13pl but was intercepted from the 11 on the last play of the game.

Rice had 304-123 yard and 21-6 FD edges vs Tulane, but this one was tight and went to the wire at the end. Rice opened with a 53/13pl drive but was SOD on 4&13. Rice was sacked and fumbled at its own 18. TU took over at the Rice18 and got a 30 yard FG. TU, however, fumbled at its own 19 on 3&27 with 1:15 left in the 1Q. Rice got a 19 yard td pass, 7-3. Rice went 68/6pl for a td. Rice went 45/17pl and missed a 50 yard FG with 1:46 left in the half. Rice did get it back with 1:18 left at its 32, got 3 FD’s on a 49/9pl drive and got a 36 yard FG (:07). At the half Rice had a 232-10 yard edge and led 17-3. The first 5 possessions of the 2H ended in punts. Rice got 1 FD and fumbled. TU started at the Rice27 and 3pl later had a td, 17-10. TU went 61/11pl but settled for a 32 yard FG after a FD at the 18, 17-13. Three punts. Rice’s punt pinned TU at the 3 and TU fired 4 incomplete passes and Rice took a knee from the 3 yard line at the end.

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Week 13 News & Notes – Part 1

November 25th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

There is 1.5 weeks left before their MAC East title game showdown vs Bowling Green and as you would expect from one of the MAC’s best, vs one of the weakest, Buffalo dominated with a 27-9 FD edge and 517-200 yard edge. Branden Oliver rushed for 150 yards for UB but Anthone Taylor topped him with 154 on just 17 carries. Joe Licata hit 20-32-172 and was pulled with 12:26 left in the 4Q. Miami, OH QB Austin Gearing hit 5-19-65. Surprisingly, UB punted on its first 2 possessions but then went 45/6, 71/10 and after a fumble, 52/6pl for td’s to lead 21-0. UB punted with 2:37 left in the half but with :54 left, Khalil Mack sacked Gearing and Houston returned the fumble 60 yards for a td. Mack forced 3 fumbles in the game to become the career NCAA leader in FF. UB punted to open the 3Q, drove 53/8pl for a 22 yard FG and 58/9 to the 28 but was intercepted in the EZ. They drove 58/11 for a 28 yard FG, after an int at the MU26 with backup QB Tony Daniel in, gained 5 yards for a 38 yard FG. MU was SOD at its own 48. UB went 48/10pl and on 3&11 got an 11 yard td pass with 4:36 left, 44-0. Miami went 71/4pl and got a 2 yard td run by Drew Kummer, 44-7.

Kent St was playing its season finale and while it was close at the half with Ohio leading 13-10 and punting with 2:31 left in the half, KSU went 37/5pl after a 16 yard punt to get a td to take a 17-13 lead with a slim 205-170 yard edge. KS dominated the 2H and finished with a 537-204 yard edge and 29-16 FD edge. KS rushed for 312 yards with Dri Archer having 138 and they did get 61 yards on a fake punt when 6’4” 265 lb Nate Terhune took the snap and rumbled for the td early 3Q. OU had leads of 3-0, 6-3 and 13-10. Another ST’s snafu saw OU’s P fumble the snap from the KS33 and KS recovered out at the 48 late in the 2Q. The fake punt made it 31-13 and OU was intercepted at the KS9 with 5:33 left in the 3Q. KS would go 82/13pl with a 26 yard FG, 62/11pl for a 28 yard FG and did add a 29 yard Archer td run with 1:46 left for the 44-13 final.

A win by Northern Illinois would get them a berth in the MAC title game. Toledo needed a win just to stay alive as they only had one loss in MAC play. Heisman candidate Jordan Lynch was held to 30 yards rushing in the 1H. Turnovers were a key factor in the 1H. UT was sacked and fumbled on the first play and NI went 21/3 for a td. UT was intercepted at the NI22. NI went 72/11pl but missed a 23 yard FG. UT went 61/10pl for a 36 yard FG, 7-3 but then went 83/16pl. About to take the lead, RB Kareem Hunt–out of the Wildcat–charged towards the line then threw a jump pass into the EZ but it was intercepted. NI went 52/7pl and missed a 40 yard FG. UT went 77/6pl and got a 44 yard td pass, 10-7. NI went 45/6pl and missed a 47 yard FG. At the half UT had a 254-216 yard edge and led 10-7. Each team drove for a td to open the 3Q with NI getting 2 of those to lead 21-17. UT got 3 FD’s on a 41/13pl drive but punted on the last play of the 3Q. NI went 99/15pl for a td opening the drive with a key 3&6 conversion. They then went 77/9pl for a td to go up 35-17 with 5:39 left. UT got to the NI18 with :22 left and was intercepted in the EZ. NI finished with a 566-419 yard edge and Lynch finished with 161 yards on the ground and hit 17-22-202. Cameron Stingily also rushed for 146 for NI. David Fluellen returned for UT but had just 54-15 with Hunt rushing for 91-19.

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College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 13

November 21st, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green • Sean Schroeder, Hawaii • Clint Chelf, Oklahoma St

QB Matt Johnson (Bowling Green) – When choosing this week’s fantasy QB’s Matt Johnson caught our eye almost immediately as while he is almost automatic when it comes to reaching 200+ yds passing, his matchup is what has us salivating as Eastern Michigan’s secondary is getting thrashed over the past 4 games allowing 368 ypg in the air. We expect more of the same in this meeting as BG continues to build up their resume on their way to next week’s showdown against Buffalo.

QB Sean Schroeder (Hawaii) – With the likes of Timmy Chang, Colt Brennan and Bryant Moniz being featured on many fantasy teams in years past, the Hawaii QB position has taken some time off over the past few seasons as they have transitioned away from the run-and-shoot to more of a pro-style scheme. With that being said, we like the ability of Sean Schroeder to deliver against Wyoming as he has thrown for at least 2 td’s in 6 of the L/7 contests, especially with the Cowboys allowing 500+ yards in each of their L/4 contests.

QB Clint Chelf (Oklahoma St) – After hitting nearly 73% of his passes and recording 4 total td’s a week ago against Texas, Clint Chelf will have to post similar results for their upcoming matchup against high-scoring Baylor. Chelf has proven to be a decent dual-threat signal caller with 3 games of 85+ rushing yards to go with his 11-5 pass ratio. Big time shootout expected in this one so grab Chelf if he’s available in your league right now!

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Week 11 News & Notes – Part 1

November 11th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Bowling Green/Miami met for the 70th time and it was the most lopsided victory in the history as BG rolled 45-3 over one of their rivals. There were questions in the spring about whether Anthon Samuel (997 yards rushing last year) would return and while he did not (transferred to FIU), Travis Greene has filled in nicely. Greene had 112 yards rushing and now has 1,018 (6.1). Matt Johnson hit 20-26 for 252 yards. MU actually opened with an 11pl drive to the BG34, but after a sack, punted. BG went 80/9pl and got a 6 yard td pass, 7-0. MU went 41/12pl and got a 51 yard FG, 7-3. BG went on a 76/13pl drive and had a FD at the 10 but settled for a 29 yard FG, 10-3. MU was playing without QB Austin Boucher who was out for the year and alternated Drew Kummer and Austin Gearing throughout the game (combined 15-25-131). MU fumbled at its own 29. BG went 29/4pl for a td then 69/9pl for a td with 1:19 left in the half. At the half BG had a 276-143 yard edge. BG opened the 3Q with an interception at its own 49 but MU fumbled it back 4pl later. BG went 61/10pl for a td then got an 11 yard FR td just :15 later, 38-3. BG went 75/5pl and got a 38 yard td pass and with 2:43 left in the 3Q they led 45-3. Two possessions later MU went 71/11 but on 4&1 was SOD at the BG29. BG, after a 49 yard PR with 2:40 left, was at the MU18 at the end. BG finished with a 447-228 yard edge.

Branden Oliver rushed for 249 yards for Buffalo and 2 td’s. Khalil Mack had another forced fumble, giving him 13 in his career, just 1 short of matching the NCAA record. I’ve noticed a big difference in QB Tyler Tettleton for Ohio as he’s not running the ball as much as he used to. He hit just 14-31-126 and had 6 carries for -21 yards which includes sacks. This was a close game late in the 2Q, however, Buffalo dominated from there and finished with a 421-233 yard edge including 252-69 on the ground. The first 7 possessions of the game were punts. OU had a controversial fumble on 2&7 from the UB28 and it was ruled a fumble and replays appeared to show the knee down, but I guess it wasn’t conclusive. The Bulls went 72/6pl and got a 2 yard td run to lead 7-0. UB’s next possession ended on a 3&1 pass from the OU37 which was intercepted in the endzone. Two possessions later, OU went 39/13pl and settled for a 23 yard FG to make it 7-3 at the half and UB had a 172-129 yard edge. OU was called for a safety on intentional grounding that happened at the 4. It ended up costing OU 2 points. Even the ref was at the 2 when he made the call of safety and they could not review it. UB, after the free kick, went 46/8pl for a td and keep in mind, had it been spotted at the 3, OU would have been kicking from their 3 as opposed to the 13 so that drive would have probably still happened. UB went 61/7pl for a 24 yard td pass, 75/7pl for a 25 yard td pass to Alex Nuetz to make it 30-3 with 13:05 left. OU brought in Derrius Vick at QB for a drive and went 67/12pl but was SOD at the UB27 with 1:50 left. UB controls its destiny getting to the MAC Title game while OU will need a lot of help to get there.

Ball St continued its impressive season moving to 9-1 and 6-0 in the MAC with a 44-24 win over Central Mich. BSt was probably even more impressive than the final score. Keith Wenning hit 20-29-299 yards. CMU’s Cooper Rush did hit 20-32-284. The game was played in a light rain in the 1Q on a Tuesday night. The surprise was that Zurlon Tipton returned to the lineup for CMU. He was their 1,000 yard rusher from last year that was injured in the opener. He did have just 8 yards on 5 carries and surprisingly Saylor Lavallii who had been doing a great job in his place, only rushed for 16 yards on 9 carries. BSt took its opening drive 75/9pl for a td and CMU was intercepted at the BS31. After a 39 yard PR, BSt was SOD on 4&3 but CMU went backwards and punted. CMU got off a 77 yard punt to the 4 and then Horactio Banks, who led BSt with 143 yards rushing, ripped off a 38 yard run and they would go 96/3pl for a td, 14-0. BSt went on to a 31-3 lead at the half with a 355-193 yard edge as CMU fumbled at the BS18, settled for a 30 yard FG and fumbled at the CM39. In the 2H BSt drove 64/10pl to lead 34-3. The next 3 possessions all went for td’s and it was 41-17 at the start of the 4Q. BSt was SOD on 4&9 at the CM36 then, after a 42 yard PR, went 22/7pl for a 26 yard FG to lead 44-17 with 2:51 left. CMU got a 33 yard run and 2pl later a 22 yard td pass to cap a 56/3pl garbage td drive with 1:33 left.

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Week 10 News & Notes – Part 2

November 5th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Clemson had 610-277 yd and 26-13 FD edges vs Virginia. Tajh Boyd looked great hitting 24-29-377. David Watford hit 16-35-130 for the Cavs. Anthony Harris did snag his 6th int on the season for UVA and the Cavs on their 2nd possession went 54/10pl for a 6 yd td run by Watford to tie it at 7. CU went 75/6pl for a td to lead 14-7. They were intercepted at the UVA7 on their next series and the next 5 possession were all punts. CU was SOD at the UVA47 with 8:00 left in the half but UVA was intercepted and returned 37 yds to the 33 and that was crucial. That happened with 6:30 left in the half and CU went 33/7 for a td, recovered a fumble and went 50/5pl for a td with 1:29 left then after forcing a punt with :55 left, went 56/8pl getting a 1 yd td run by Boyd, 3 td’s in the final 4:18 of the half helped them lead 35-7 with a 325-131 yd edge. CU was pinned at their own 4 and on 3&15, got a 96 yd td pass to Watkins that went 55 yds in the air, 42-7. UVA went 52/8pl for a 40 yd FG. There were 4 punts and CU missed a 31 yd FG. CU then went 72/6pl and got a 38 yd run by Kelly. Backup QB Stoudt had come in on the 2nd series of the 3Q. With Kelly at QB, CU went 36/9pl for a 41 yd FG with 8:24 left, 52-10. UVA backup QB Lambert was intercepted and returned 15 yds to the 10 with 3:12 left and Howard got a 10 yd td run for the 59-10 final.

San Jose St had a 492-351 yd edge vs UNLV. The Spartans opened with an 82/13pl drive for a td. UNLV was intercepted at midfield and SJSt went 53/6pl for a td, 14-0. SJSt was intercepted at their own 19 but UNLV settled for a 20 yd FG, 14-3. After an exchange of punts, SJSt went 74/3pl, got a 31 yd td run by Lawson, 21-3 then went 78/10pl but settled for a 20 yd FG after a 1&gl at the 6, 24-3. At the half SJSt had a 331-71 yd edge. UNLV went 78/7pl and got a 19 yd td pass, 24-10. After an exchange of punts, SJSt was intercepted at the LV43. UNLV went 57/9pl and got a td on 4&gl at the 1 with :17 left in the 3Q, 24-17 then forced a punt but UNLV was intercepted at the SJS40. SJSt on 3&7 got a 37 yd td run by Tucker to cap the 56/6pl td drive, 31-17. UNLV got back in it going 75/9 and a 16 yd td pass with 8:00 left, 31-24. SJSt got 3 FD’s and a 44 yd FG, 34-24. LV35 went 38/13pl. They opted for the 45 yd FG to get back within 1 score with :48 left but missed it and SJSt got 1 FD and took a knee. David Fales hit 15-30-150 regressing from his form of the previous 2 weeks while Caleb Herring hit 26-49-263. Jarrod Lawson was the star for SJSt with 187 yds rushing on 28 carries.

I have to give a lot of credit to Minnesota getting to 7-2 already this year. One week after becoming bowl eligible, the got their 3rd straight victory with their active coach Tracy Claeys. UM had a 573-496 yd edge and jumped out to a big lead and had to hold on at the end. They were fortunate that Indiana RB Tevin Coleman did not realize that there was a backward pass as he didn’t try to fall on the loose ball and UM scooped it up and ended the game. Jerry Kill was watching from the pressbox as David Cobb rushed for 188 yds and Philip Nelson hit 16-23-298. Nate Sudfeld was 13-20-189 and Tre Roberson 8-18-80 while the Hoosiers surprisingly ran the ball for 227 yds with both Stephen Houston (13-111) and Tevin Coleman (14-108) topping 100 yds rushing. They did lose C Jon Christenson to a leg injury in the 2Q and the game was delayed about 8:00 during that span. UM opened with a 76/7pl drive for a 10 yd td pass. IU went 34/6 for a 31 yd FG. After an exchange of punts, UM fumbled at their own 20 and IU got an 18 yd td pass 2pl later to lead 10-7. The next 3 possessions were punts. IU then went 76/14pl and had a chance to make it a 2 score game but after a 1&gl at the 9, settled for a 21 yd FG. UM took advantage and went 76/7pl and got a 5 yd td run for the lead with 10:39 left 2Q and forced a punt and went 64/8. On 4&1 they got a 10 yd td pass, 21-13. They forced another punt and went 73/5pl and shockingly their 3 td’s in 8:20 made it 28-13. At the half UM had a 301-162 yd edge. The 3Q opened with 3 punts then UM went 77/5pl for a Cobb 27 yd td run, 35-13. IU then began its comeback. They went 68/4pl with a Sudfeld 40 yd td pass to Wynn, 90/6pl with a Coleman 55 yd td run on the spread option then UM went for it on 4&2 at IU37 and were SOD with 10:00 left. IU went 61/7 for a td but missed the 2 pt conversion and still trailed by 2. UM got 1 FD and then tried to take IU by surprise and on 4&5, ran a fake punt but IU safety Greg Heban made a lunging tackle and they were stopped at its own 39. That appeared to be a costly mistake as the Hoosiers went 39/4pl for a 30 yd td pass, missed the 2pt again, 39-35. UM25 got 1 FD but then got a 50 yd td pass with 3:09 left to go back up, 42-39. IU31 marched right down the field 46/9 and had a 1&gl at the 9. On 2&gl from the 9, the pass was backwards and as mentioned, Coleman did not try to pick it up and UM returned it 21 yds to the 44 and took a knee. Read more…

Week 9 News & Notes – Part 1

October 28th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Louisiana was very impressive for the second week in a row, even though they were on the road. They had a 26-10 FD edge and 470-168 yard edge. Arkansas St’s Adam Kennedy was held to 11-20 passing for 89 yards while Louisiana’s Terrance Broadway, a week after they mostly ran the ball, hit 18-28-205. ASU was intercepted on its first drive and UL went 31/8pl for a 36 yard FG then went 77/12pl and 86/6pl for a td’s, 17-0 (10:44 2Q). UL was intercepted at the 39 on its next poss and ASU went 39/6pl for a td to get back in it, 17-7. UL got off a 9 yard punt and ASU took over at its 40 but on 4&2 with 1:04 left in the half fired incomplete and UL went 57/8pl and got a 38 yard FG, 20-7 at the half and had a 271-99 yard edge. UL went 73/14pl but missed a 28 yard FG then showing their domination went 73/12pl but settled for a 30 yard FG to lead 23-7. Each team punted 3x’s and UL took over with 8:54 left and put together an 80/17pl drive taking a knee at the ASU16 at the end. UL’s Elijah McGuire rushed for 110 yards and Alonzo Harris for 105.

Marshall/Middle Tennessee had one of the year’s more exciting games. As you would expect, the teams’ 51-49 final meant they traded scores often. MT did get a blocked punt for a td to take a 14-7 lead with 5:13 left in the 2Q. With 1:29 left in the half, MT got a 13 yard PR and drove 66/7pl for a td to tie at 21. MU got to midfield but was intercepted in the EZ on a Hail Mary. The first 3 poss of the 3Q were all td’s but then Marshall, on 4&5, went for it and was tackled for a 14 yard loss. They allowed a 37 yard FG but got an 81 yard KR and drove 17/4pl for a td, 38-35. Both went on long td drives, 45-42. A 37 yard PR set up MU for a 44/8pl drive for a td with 2:29 left and they led 49-45. MU dropped 2 int’s on the final drive. MT converted on 3&12 with a 24 yard pass then on 4&5 with an 18 yard pass. With :03 left from the 9, Kilgore hit Jefferson in the EZ for the td and they didn’t even attempt the xp. MT did finish with a 585-448 yard edge as MT’s D held Rakeem Cato to 19-35-235

Mississippi St came into the Kentucky game with the gameplan of using both QB’s but Tyler Russell sprained his ankle on the first series and did not return. Dak Prescott hit 23-34-268 yards while rushing 16 times for 33 yards and also catching a td pass of 17 yards. MSU S Nickoe Whitley was ejected in the 2Q after his 2nd PF call in a 4pl span. MSU finished with a 447-325 yard edge but failed to put Kentucky away. After a UK punt to open the teams would drive for td’s on the next 3 poss. MSU led 14-7. UK missed a 47 yard FG and MSU appeared on their way to a route with a 63/10pl drive for a td with 10:14 left in the half, 21-7. MSU punted with 2:50 left in the half and UK went 52/9pl getting a 45 yard FG with :31 left. MSU missed a 47 yard FG on the final play of the half. They had a 296-202 yard edge and led 21-10. The first 3 poss of the 3Q opened with punts but MSU’s P mishandled the snap for a safety and after the free kick UK went 52/5pl for a td and shockingly it was back to 21-19. MSU went 74/7pl and handed off on a jet sweep to Lewis who threw a pass to QB Prescott for the td up 17 yards, 28-19. After an exchange of punts, UK took over at the MSU44, converting on 4&2 and would get a 44 yard FG with 8:15 left. MSU went on a 32/13pl drive with 3 FD’s but on 4&9 opted to go for it and threw inc with 2:08 left. UK had a shot at the win getting 2 FD’s to the MSU32 but on 4&7 from the 29, fired incomplete. Maxwell Smith hit 18-34-160 and Jalen Whitlow was questionable coming in. Read more…

Week 8 News & Notes – Part 2

October 22nd, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

Stanford came in off a loss taking on an undefeated UCLA team and I thought they would rebound, and they did. They had a 419-266 yard edge and 23-16 FD edge. SU’s Kevin Hogan hit 18-25-227 while UCLA’s Brett Hundley, who was entering Heisman discussions, hit just 24-39-192 passing while rushing for 27 yards on 11 carries vs a staunch Stanford D. This was the teams’ 3rd meeting in less than a year including last year’s Pac-12 Championship game. SU punted on its first drive and on its 3rd went 74/11pl for a 31 yard FG, 3-0. The next 5 possessions were punts. The Cardinal went 62/10pl and had a FD at the LA23 but then Hogan was intercepted at the 6 with :40 left in the half. The interception came when the receiver made a diving grab for the ball, rolled over, and the ball popped into the air and into the hands of the DB. SU had a 207-84 yard edge at the half. The Cardinal went 76/7pl and 40/6pl for td’s on their first two 3Q possessions, 17-3. The Bruins went 75/11pl for a td with 14:56 left to get within 7 and SU, 2 possessions later, missed a 46 yard FG with 6:24 left. UCLA punted with 5:15 left but was intercepted a their own 32 with 2:40 left. SU went 32/5pl for a td with 1:42 left to win by 14.

Ohio St had better hope that all of the other unbeatens lose because they continue to be unimpressive vs a schedule that is far from overwhelming. Last week they took on Iowa and while they had a 495-375 yard edge, they actually were tied 24-24 into the 4Q. CB Bradley Robey is an All-American and was ejected in the 1Q for targeting, but Iowa’s offense was unstoppable. Jake Rudock hit 19-34-245. The first 5 possessions of the game were all scores with Iowa leading 17-10. OSU went 46/9pl but on 4&10 fired incomplete in the EZ. Iowa punted with :32 left in the half but had a 222-189 yard edge. OSU went 75/13pl and 84/11pl and appeared poised to pull away in the 2H leading 24-17 but Iowa, after a holding call, faced a 1&20 back at its own 15 and Rudock hit Jake Duzey with an 85 yard td pass. The TE got behind the defense, caught it at midfield and ran it into the EZ untouched. The Buckeyes went 75/10pl for a td and 64/11pl for a 25 yard FG to go up 34-24 then got an interception at their own 49 and ended the game taking a knee at the UI29 yard line.

Buffalo won its 5th straight game–once again in impressive fashion. Branden Oliver rushed for 216 yards on 43 carries. UB had a 382-247 yard edge over Massachusetts. They were coming off a shutout win vs Western Mich and almost got the shutout here again, winning 32-3. The first 4 possessions were all punts. UB went 21/5pl for a 44 yard FG and punted on its next possession, then got a 35 yard IR td by LB Khalil Mack, 10-0 with 10:13 left in the 1H. UB went 63/13pl for a 36 yard FG to lead 13-0 with :39 left in the half. UM took over at its 39, got a 27 yard pass then a 42 yard FG with :06 left to avoid the shutout, 13-3. In the 2H UB went 45/7pl for a 27 yard FG. UM had a FD at the UB15 but on 3&23 fumbled. UB missed a 43 yard FG, punted, but then pinned UM at the 1 and tackled them for a safety on the next play. After the free kick they went 56/5pl for a td with 13:22 left and after UM was SOD on 4&6, UB went 67/10pl for a td with 5:09 left for the final. Read more…

College Surprise Fantasy POW – Week 8

October 17th, 2013 No comments

By Phil Steele

My QB’s of the Week

Joe Southwick, Boise St • Tom Savage, Pitt • Garrett Grayson, Colorado St

QB Joe Southwick (Boise St) – The 4th most accurate passer in the FBS gets the nod as one of our 3 fantasy QB’s this week. On the year Southwick has completed 72.3% of his passes while surpassing the 300 yd mark in 2 of his last 3 contests. Up next for the Broncos is a date with rival Nevada who is allowing 602 ypg on the road this year. We look for Southwick to reach that 300+ pass mark again as the leader of the Boise offense.

QB Tom Savage (Pittsburgh) – After bouncing around the country via the transfer (Rutgers to Arizona to Rutgers to Pitt), Savage has finally found a home with the Panthers and has done relatively well including a massive 424 yd, 6 td outing a few weeks ago vs Duke. Pitt now gets a matchup with FBS transitional squad Old Dominion who has allowed 534 ypg vs FBS foes including 361 ypg through the air. Savage should get his share of passing opportunities as Pitt steps away from conf play for a weekend.

QB Garrett Grayson (Colorado St) – Consecutive 300 yard passing performances and a date with a Wyoming squad that is allowing 429 ypg on the season has us liking Grayson’s opportunities to deliver another consistent outing. Another promising stat to look at is the fact that over the past 5 contests, he has been able to pass for at least 2 td passes in 4 of those games. Read more…

Week 7 News & Notes – Part 2

October 15th, 2013 7 comments

By Phil Steele

Stanford is an academic institution and this is the week of their midterm exams which is usually a tough week for them (correction – it is not, in fact, their midterm week). It was the first time a top 5 team had lost all season long. SU was off a big effort the previous week vs Washington and traveling, so the situation favored Utah. It was the first time in school history that Utah would knock off a top 5 program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They had beaten #4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in ‘08. Ty Montgomery did it again, this time with a 100 yard KR td for the Cardinal, but Utah had 22-13 FD and 415-389 yard edges. Montgomery joins Bob Bryan (1950 vs San Francisco) and Damon Dunn (1994 vs Arizona St) as the only Stanford players with 100-yard KR’s in their history. Travis Wilson hit 23-34-234 for Utah. Things started well for the Cardinal as their first drive went 75/7pl for a td. They allowed a 75/8pl td drive, but then Montgomery’s 100-yard KR td made it 14-7 mid-1Q. Utah tied it with :10 left in the quarter at the end of a 79/10pl drive, then 2 possessions later went 99/11pl capped by a 3 yard td run to make it 21-14. Utah had a 301-199 yard edge at the half. Each team turned it over to open the 3Q. Utah went 47/10pl for a 23 yard FG, then, after Kevin Hogan was sacked and fumbled, Utah drove 2 yards for a 48 yard FG and a 27-14 lead. SU had a chance to avoid the upset. They went 52/5pl for a td with 9:22 left, forced a punt with 7:53 left, and went on their apparent game winning drive. They started at their 12 and went 82/13pl, but on 4&2 from the 6 fired incomplete.

There were times while I was watching the Troy/Georgia St game it appeared GSt was on their way to an upset. As it turned out, Troy finished with 634-422 yard and 29-23 FD edges and was able to escape with the road win over a winless Panthers’ team. It was 7-7 after 1Q. Troy, leading 14-7, had a 4&2 at the 4 but was intercepted in the EZ with 5:25 left in the half. On their last drive of the half, they got to the GS38 but fired incomplete with :03 left on 4&6. Troy turned it over on its first 2 possessions of the 3Q and GSt went 43/7pl for a td to tie it at 14-14. Troy’s 3rd possession ended in a blocked punt and GSt got a 31 yard td pass following that for a shocking 21-14 lead. Troy would go 62/6pl for a td to tie, but then GSt went 48/5pl for a td and the lead at the start of the 4Q, 28-21. Troy needed to go 75/13pl for a td with 9:14 left to tie. They punted on their next possession with 6:13 left and GSt got to the T45, but on 2&12 was intercepted and returned 20 yards. Troy went 63/2pl and got a 54 yard td pass to Williams with 3:17 left to escape with the win. GSt punted with 1:57 left on 4&15 and Troy got 1 FD and took a knee. Read more…

Week 6 News & Notes – Part 1

October 7th, 2013 3 comments

By Phil Steele

The story of the Utah/UCLA game was 6 interceptions by Travis Wilson although not all 6 were his fault. He hit 22-44-288 and there were some dropped passes. As it was, even with the 6-2 TO deficit, Utah, down 7, had a review on a possible td pass when the receiver caught the ball and clipped the pylon but his foot was not down inbounds. On 4&10 they were intercepted at the UCLA12. Utah did have a 14-7 lead in the 1Q in a game played in temps in the 40’s. It was 24-24 early 4Q but UCLA got a 36 yard td run with 3:33 left to go up by 10. Utah got a 37 yard FG with 2:04 left and recovered the onside kick. After the review, Wilson was intercepted at the 12 and returned 43 yards with :16 left. UCLA only had a 404-387 yard edge and Utah a 22-20 FD edge.

San Diego St/Nevada was a game of momentum shifts. It was good to see Cody Fajardo back in the lineup for UN. He hit 33-51-393. SDSt’s Adam Muema also appears to be getting back into form after not being 100% earlier in the year. He rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries. Quinn Kaehler hit 23-32-286. UN led 17-14 and was punting with :46 left in the half. However, the snap went through the P’s hands, who then kicked it out of the endzone for a safety and then following the free kick, SDSt went 64/6pl with a 25 yard td pass with :09 left to lead 23-17. The appeared to have the game wrapped up leading 44-30 when they missed a 39 yard FG with 10:36 left. UN would then regain momentum going 78/14pl for a td with 6:26 left to get back within 7 and then SDSt went for it on 4&5 and fired incomplete at the UN40 with 3:13 left. UN went 60/6pl for a 5 yard td pass with 1:38 left, 44-44. In OT SDSt got a13 yard td pass on 3&9 and UN, on 4&11, fired incomplete.

The key story of the BYU/Utah St game was the Aggies losing starting QB Chuckie Keeton (out for year) with 3:50 left in the 1Q. Keeton had only hit 4-10-26 yards. Craig Harrison replaced him and hit 18-41-185. Keeton had 17 yards rushing, Harrison finished with 6 carries for 38 yards. Keeton’s first pass of the game was intercepted by Kyle Van Noy and returned 17 yards for a td. BYU led 17-7 at the half but with only a 189-187 yard edge. They extended it to 31-7 after 3Q’s. The Aggies were SOD at the BYU21 with 12:47 left but then took over with 5:53 left and went 88/11pl capped by an 8 yard garbage td pass with 1:34 left to skew the stats as they were only outgained 438-397 thanks to that drive.

The Texas/Iowa St game was controversial with HC Paul Rhoads holding an irate press conference over the apparent fumble by Texas near the goal line. ISt did finish with a 463-363 yard edge. There were numerous momentum changes in this game. UT got a 44-yard Hail Mary just before the half to lead 17-13. In the 3Q, on ISt’s 2nd drive, the Cyclones were pinned at their own 2 but on 3&9, got a 97 yard Richardson-to-Bundrage td pass. UT retook the lead, 24-20, but then fumbled early 4Q, setting up an ISt 37/3pl drive and UT trailed 27-24. ISt had a chance to put it away as they had a FD at the UT13 but on 3&3 fired incomplete and settled for a 29 yard FG leaving the Horns in the game. UT, on 3&8, got a pass interference which gave them a FD at the 2. On the next play, RB Johnathan Gray was ruled down but the ISt DL had taken the ball out of his hands and started running down the field. Replays were inconclusive and the play stood. On the next down, he fumbled again, but got it back himself scraping the ball off the goal line. A Case McCoy QB sneak gave UT a 31-30 lead and ISt was intercepted on 3&4 at its own 42. ISt came into the game the least penalized team in the league but had 10 penalties for 118 yards, while the Horns had 6 for 62. Sam B. Richardson appears to get healthier each week and hit 16-26-262 while also rushing for 83 yards with many key 3rd down runs keeping drives alive.

The key story for ULM/WKU game actually took place before the game even started. ULM had lost 4th year starting Sr QB Kolton Browning to injury in the previous game. Brayle Brown got his first start and did well hitting 21-40-275 but only had 5 yards rushing on 4 carries whereas Browning is more of a dual-threat QB. Last week WKU played as many as 4 QB’s. Here, Brandon Doughty played the entire game hitting 24-36-370. WKU had a 530-391 yard edge. Leading 14-10 WKU had a 1&gl at the 1 with :03 left in the half and opted to go for the td but was stuffed. ULM failed to capitalize on the momentum after returning from the break and WKU opened the 3Q going 80/7pl and then, after a 25 yard PR, 41/8pl for a td and a 22 yard FG to lead 24-10. Two possessions later they went 89/14pl for a td, 31-10 and ULM’s last 2 drives ended on a SOD at the WKU37 and an interception at the WKU23. They also fumbled a punt at their own 12 with 2:09 left. Read more…