After taking a look at this weeks schedule, these are the games I feel could be mismatch affairs. Whether it be on the ground, through the air, or a mixture of both, these offenses should be able to exploit their opposing defenses. These aren’t necessarily the best matchups this week, but when taking a look at both teams season statistics, big performances could be in store. As always, feel free to give me a shout on Twitter @PutBoobieIn. Here they are:
Georgia (vs. Troy)
Through the first three games of the season, Troy’s defense is giving up 234 rushing yards per game. Last weekend, Abilene Christian ran for 181 yards against this Troy defense. The Trojans will have their hands full on Saturday when they play Georgia. The Bulldogs should run all over the Trojans. As a team, Georgia has rushed for 273 yards per game this season. Todd Gurley should have a very nice game, but will more than likely see a limited number of touches. Look for Sony Michel to put up respectable numbers as he could be the next runner in line for carries. Both Keith Marshall and Nick Chubb’s statuses are up in the air. Marshall could put up decent numbers, but there are questions still looming regarding his knee as he only carried the ball once last weekend. Although that could be due to the depth of this backfield, and not the uncertainty of his knee. Freshman, Nick Chubb is “50-50” on whether or not he will play this weekend, as the ball carrier just had surgery on an injured thumb. Regardless, whoever receives carries in this backfield on Saturday should put up respectable numbers.
Duke (vs. Tulane)
Tulane is giving up 185.3 rushing yards per game this season to its opponents. This will be Tulane’s toughest challenge yet, as Duke’s offense has averaged 263 rushing yards per game in its first three outings. Last weekend, running back Shaun Wilson carried the ball 12 times for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns in Duke’s 41-3 win over Kansas. Wilson could have another good game if he receives a fair share of carries. Duke has three running backs that have carried the ball over 18 times: Josh Snead, Shaquille Powell, and Joseph Ajeigbe. All three could put up decent numbers if the game gets out of hand. Wilson and Snead are probably the best options. Powell also receives a fair amount of touches. This matchup bodes well for QB Anthony Boone as he can beat you with his arm and his legs. Keep in mind that sophomore QB Thomas Sirk could be a factor in goal line situations for the Blue Devils. Regardless Boone will be a viable option for fantasy owners this week.
Georgia Southern (at South Alabama)
In two games this season, South Alabama has given up an average of 176 rushing yards per game. Last weekend South Alabama gave up 288 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground to SEC opponent Mississippi State. Georgia Southern and Mississippi State aren’t even comparable opponents, but there’s still reason to believe Georgia Southern will have success on the ground. Georgia Southern has rushed for a whopping 364 yards per game this season. Two of their three opponents were ACC members in NC State and Georgia Tech. Quarterback, Kevin Ellison and running back Matt Breida should have nice games on the ground Saturday. Breida has 258 yards and 5 touchdowns rushing this season, while Ellison has 231 yards and 1 touchdown. Breida could be a plug and play option if your willing to take the risk.
Houston (vs. UNLV)
This UNLV defense has been one of the worst in the country so far this year. In three games the Rebels are giving up an average of 39.3 points per game as well as allowing 303 passing yards per outing. John O’Korn owners were encouraged by his 307 yard, 3 touchdown performance against BYU last week. This week O’Korn could be in for even better numbers. Deontay Greenberry owners should also be very happy this weekend. He remains a must start. Daniel Spencer could be a sneaky option for fantasy owners. The senior has 17 catches for 200 yards and 1 touchdown to start the year. O’Korn and Greenberry should have solid performances, Spencer is more of a gamble.
Boise State (vs. Louisiana-Lafayette)
The Rajun Cajun’s have given up 36.7 points as well as 279 passing yards per game this season. Over the past two games, Louisiana-Lafayette has given up a combined 104 points to opponents Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss. Senior quarterback, Grant Hedrick has averaged 283 yards and nearly 2 touchdowns per game this season, and could be in for a nice performance on Saturday. Wide-receivers, Matt Miller and Shane Williams-Rhodes could be in for solid outings as well. As always, all-purpose running-back Jay Ajayi remains a solid option for fantasy owners. Boise State should have a very nice game offensively this weekend.
South Carolina (at Vanderbilt)
Defensively Vanderbilt has been awful this year. Last weekend while barely beating Massachusetts, the Commodore’s defense gave up 258 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air. This South Carolina passing game is no joke. In three games, versus three more than respectable opponents, Dylan Thompson has thrown for 902 yards and 8 touchdowns, he should do well against Vandy. Look for wide-receivers, Nick Jones, Shaq Roland, and Pharaoh Cooper to all have the potential for decent games. Jones is probably the best option for pass catchers. Senior tight-end Rory Anderson is also a candidate to reach the end zone. South Carolina should beat up on Vanderbilt, even if it is an away game in the SEC.
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Michigan State (vs. Eastern Michigan)
Eastern Michigan’s defense has been one of the worst in the country. The Eagles have given up 284 passing yards and 216 rushing yards per game. In my opinion, Connor Cook is the most improved quarterback in the country over the past year. Cook should have a good game as he has thrown for nearly 700 yards and has 5 touchdowns through the air this season. Cook’s favorite target, Tony Lippett should also have a nice game. Tight-end Josiah Price could see a fair share of targets in this one. Jeremy Langford is a solid option, while Nick Hill has the potential to put up decent numbers. Starters will probably get pulled early if all things go smoothly. But, Michigan State may not let off the gas pedal, with hopes to justify their relevancy in the college football landscape. Personally I think there one of the finest teams in the country but I’ll leave that for another time.
Washington (vs. Georgia State)
Georgia State also has one of the worst defenses in the country. Through three games they are giving up 289 passing yards and 201 rushing yards per game. Expect dual threat quarterback Cyler Miles to have a nice day for the Huskies. Miles is the best fantasy option in this game as he should produce with both his arm and his legs. John Ross would be the only receiver I would consider to rely on. The Huskies should also have a solid game on the ground. Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington should have acceptable performances.
Oregon (at Washington State)
Washington State’s defense has given up 220 passing yards and 174 rushing yards per game this season. In the Cougar’s week one loss to Rutgers, WSU’s defense gave up 281 yards passing, 215 yards rushing, and a total of 5 touchdowns. Oregon is a much stronger opponent than Rutgers, and should have a field day against this defense. Washington State’s offense has the potential to make this a shootout, which always bodes well for fantasy owners. Like always, Marcus Mariota should have a great game. Devon Allen and running back Byron Marshall should both be extremely effective in the passing game, as could the rest of the receiving corps. Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner could also produce solid stats on the ground.
GOOD FOR BOTH OFFENSES
New Mexico & New Mexico State
Both of these teams are terrible against the run. New Mexico is giving up a whopping 377 rushing yards per game. While New Mexico State is giving up 255 yards rushing per game. The “Rio Grande Rivalry” should be an old school ground and pound type affair. Assuming he’s back from his injury that kept him out against Arizona State, New Mexico’s dual threat QB Cole Gautsche could have a big game on the ground. As could running back Jhurell Pressley. The most intriguing player in this matchup is New Mexico State running back Larry Rose III. The freshman Rose has carried the ball 47 times for 238 yards and 1 touchdown in two games.
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