At this point in the season, you probably have a good idea of what kind of team you have. The you most likely have a pretty solid roster but just need to make the right decisions on who to play. Hopefully, these picks will help you entering the week.
Good QB: James Franklin, Missouri (vs. Arkansas State)- After what I saw from Arkansas State last week, I am expecting Franklin to have a pretty good day. The Red Wolves lost 31-7 to Memphis last week and if they give up 31 points to Memphis, then there is no telling how many points they will give up to a Missouri offense that racked up 623 yards in a win against Indiana last week. Franklin is a very talented quarterback and should be a solid play as a QB2 for sure.
Good QB: Tyler Murphy, Florida (vs. Kentucky)- The entire florida offense will now have to go through one man and this is it. WIth Driskel out for the rest of the year, it is Murphy or bust for Florida. Murphy did a pretty good job filling in when he took over in the game against Tennessee, and I expect him to do the same this week if not even better when he gets a full sixty minutes against Kentucky. —Matt
Good QB: Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois (vs. Miami (OH))- Through three games, Scheelhaase has 884 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. In the two wins, he has 728 yards and six touchdown passes. The Illini are heavily favored against the Redhawks so look for Scheelhaase to put up some big numbers once again.
Great QB: Connor Wood, Colorado (at Oregon State)- After getting an unexpected two weeks off following the postponement of their game against Fresno State, the Buffaloes should be eager to get back on the field this week. Look for Connor Wood to continue to find star receiver Paul Richardson often against a poor Oregon State pass defense. I would be shocked if Wood threw for less than 350 yards and three touchdowns.
Great QB: Chuckie Keeton, Utah State (at San Jose State)- One of my favorite players and if he played for a team in a BCS conference, would be a Heisman contender. He has 1,102 yards and 14 touchdowns and only one interception through the air this season. He was a decent play last week against USC but against San Jose State, he is a great play as he should account for 4+ touchdowns.
Gamble QB: Blake Bortles, UCF (vs. South Carolina)- Bortles is extremely talented but could have a tough time against this South Carolina defense. He is a dual-threat quarterback and could make a few plays to make him worthy of a start but he is a risk playing against a strong SEC defense. If you are in an emergency situation, Bortles may not be bad but don’t be shocked if he is shut down.
Good RB: Jahwan Edwards, Ball State (vs. Toledo)- Finally I can include Edwards on this list. Edwards might not be the fastest man in college football, but he is an incredibly effective runner when healthy. And now that is seems like he is finally 100% again, Edwards should be a must start in almost all leagues. Toledo gives up points in bunches as well, and with Edwards seeing all the goal line carries again, Edwards could be in for a great game. —Matt
Good RB: Trey Watts, Tulsa (vs. Iowa State)- Watts started this season slowly, but has bounced back in the last two games. He is the playmaker for the Golden Hurricane offense and will be called upon against Iowa State. He is used in the passing game as well, accounting for 18 receptions in three games. That makes him third in the country for receptions by running backs, and he has only played three games. If you are in a PPR league, Watts could be in for a nice day for you.
Good RB: Chris Nwoke, Colorado State (vs UTEP)- Nwoke is a former 1,000 yard rusher for the Rams. He had a disappointing 2012 season and was not expected to do much this season. In the last three games, he has lead the team in carries and minus the performance against Alabama, has had success. This week he faces one of the worst defenses against the run so far this season. UTEP gives up an average of 225 yards per game on the ground. Look for Nwoke to find some running room against the Miners.
Great RB: Tyler Gaffney, Stanford (at Washington State)- We know the game plan for Stanford: establish a strong running game before moving to the passing game. Gaffney makes this task simple for the Stanford offense. He is going to get around 20 carries and should find the end zone at least once. Washington State is an average defense against the run but I don’t expect them to keep Gaffney from having a great day.
Great RB: Adam Muema, San Diego State (at New Mexico State)- If you have read my top 10 running backs post on the blog then you know how highly I think of Muema. I think he is a great back but he has been plagued by an ankle injury and an inexperienced offensive line. I think he has a big game for the first time this season. He is coming off a 28 carry performance so it looks like the Aztecs want to get him the ball often. Against New Mexico State, Muema could put up those “Heisman-like” numbers I eluded to this past summer.
Gamble RB: George Atkinson III, Notre Dame (vs. Oklahoma). Atkinson seemed to have won the RB battle he had during the preseason, as he got the starting nod for the first couple of games, but as every game has seen less and less of him on the field and fewer chances at the goal line runs. Notre Dame might be able to get some points on the board, but there is a good chance it won’t be because of Atkinson. —Matt
Gamble RB: Jeff Scott, Ole Miss (at Alabama)- Scott could be a good play this week but I am not giving up on the Alabama defense yet. They haven’t been as stingy as in previous seasons but still could pose a problem for opposing runners. With that said, Scott has started the season on fire and could come up with some big plays regardless of the defense he is facing. Ole Miss is coming into this game quite confident and are looking for the big upset and for them to pull it off, Scott will have to be a vital part of the offense.
Good WR: Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (vs. Colorado). Currently, Cooks is having an incredible year so far in his catches and yards as he has totaled for 43 catches and 639 yards in only four games. Cooks has contributed in every way possible, and against pretty good teams too. Colorado has given up a lot of points so far to teams that cannot match the Oregon State offense. Look for Cooks to have a great game against Colorado and continue the torrid start he is riding. —Matt
Good WR: Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri (vs. Arkansas State)- Coming off of his first 100-yard game of his collegiate career, DGB could be in line for another one. Against Arkansas State, I expect DGB to catch at least five passes and reach 100 yards. I wouldn’t be surprised if he found the end zone more than once as well.
Good WR: Odell Beckham, LSU (at Georgia)- After finding the end zone four times in the previous two games, he was held out of the end zone in last week’s game against Auburn. The best thing about Beckham’s game is his consistency. He has caught exactly five passes in all four games thus far. I expect him to have a big game against Georgia and possibly catch more than five passes in a game for the first time this season. He also will be big in the return game so that is a bonus.
Great WR: Jamison Crowder, Duke (vs. Troy)- Crowder is one of the nation’s top receivers and should continue his great season against Troy. Coming off a performance gaining 170 total yards and finding the end zone twice, Crowder will be called upon again this week. Look for him top 100 yards once again and find the end zone at least once if not twice against a Troy defense that is giving up 34.3 points per game so far this season. That includes their 66-3 win against Savannah State. In the other three games Troy has played, they have given up a total of 137 points averaging out to 45.7 points per game. Basically, all of that was to make the point that Duke should score often in this one.
Great WR: Dominic Rufran, Wyoming (at Texas State)- One of the surprises of the season so far is Rufran. He has caught 33 passes for 385 yards and six touchdowns. He should continue to perform at a high level as he and the Cowboys take on a 2-1 Texas State team. Their two wins have come against Southern Miss and Prarie View A&M, not exactly the toughest opponents. Rufran should have a field day against this defense catching close to 10 passes and finding the end zone at least once.
Gamble WR: Colin Lockett, San Diego State (at New Mexico State)- The Aztecs are looking for their first win of the 2013 season and should not have to look further than this week to get it. Lockett is coming off his best game of the season catching five passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. The reason he is a gamble play is because he and the Aztecs’ offense has not shown any consistency but I expect this one to be a game where many players rack up some stats. He is also the Aztecs’ main kick returner so there is a possibility that he runs one back for a touchdown.