Sadly I have this Saturday off from work, but the game slate is really not that exciting to me. Sorry, but there is nothing exciting to me about Minnesota/Michigan, FSU/NC State, or Texas/Kansas. There are just a few intriguing games, but there are more than enough fantasy matchups to watch. What you see here are my notes concerning the games for September 27th.
Texas A&M is one of two FBS teams to have not given up a rushing TD this season. This weekend that is likely to change as they face the Arkansas Razorbacks at home. While Arkansas’ 324 yards per game is a little skewed due to a softer schedule, the same can be said for TAMU who has faced Rice, Lamar, SMU, and South Carolina (with Mike Davis banged up). While this matchup is going to be a good one, it’ll be almost impossible for Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins to stay out of the end zone.
Ohio State gets a very intriguing matchup at home against in-state rival Cincinnati. The Bearcats come into town with Gunner Kiel being hot. He has 10 TDs, 2 INTs, and almost 700 passing yards in just two games. He has beaten up on other in-state schools in Toledo and Miami (OH), and finally gets a good test with the Buckeyes Saturday. In their last game against Kent State, OSU gave up just 79 passing yards to go along with zero points allowed.
Deshaun Watson has been announced as the starter this week for the UNC game and boy does he get a good matchup. The Tar Heels have given up 807 passing yards in the last two games and most recently gave up four passing TDs to one INT against East Carolina. Now, the ECU Pirates have an offense that is way better than Clemson’s offense, but even San Diego State threw for over 300 yards against them. Watson is known more for his legs, but don’t be surprised if he puts up some good numbers through the air Saturday.
When Paul James tore his ACL on Saturday, Desmon Peoples and Justin Goodwin took over. This will be a risky play to go with either of them because of how they both performed last week. Goodwin ran for over 100 yards and a TD and Peoples ran for 82 yards. Unless you hear news during the week concerning the situation, it’s going to be a guessing game as to who gets more carries. It is safe to say though that Rutgers is avoiding big attempt numbers from Gary Nova. In their last game, Nova threw just 14 times.
Expect big numbers from the big names in the Colorado/Cal game this weekend. Although Sefo Liufau had an average day against Hawaii, there’s no reason to think he won’t rebound. He has been great this season and has Nelson Spruce catching tens of passes for him. On the other side of things, Jared Goff has improved mightily so far for the Bears. He has ten TDs to two INTs and has yet to be under 60% passing in a game in 2014. The Buffs are averaging just under two TDs allowed through the air per game.
Boise State is rolling right now. Ever since that big loss to Ole Miss they have outscored their opponents 109-54. They have scored 34 or more in each of their last three games. Not coincidently, they’ve done this against teams that they are supposed to beat. Well, they get another against Air Force Saturday night. Jay Ajayi is obviously the guy to target, but Grant Hedrick and Matt Miller could be worthy of looks as well.
Notre Dame and Syracuse face off Saturday and not surprisingly I’m looking right at Everett Golson. If CJ Brown can play well against them on the road then so can Golson. He has yet to eclipse 300 passing yards in a game, but he doesn’t have any INTs and has 11 total TDs. The over/under is sitting around 48, but Notre Dame is expected to score 30 or so points. Golson has been a part of 11 of the 13 TDs so far for Notre Dame in 2014.
Will Stanford ever find a RB to replace Tyler Gaffney? It doesn’t seem like it with no running back having more than 21 carries through three games. Kevin Hogan has taken advantage of this situation though passing for 71% completion percentage or better in each game he has a 7:1 TD to INT ratio. Washington has been bad against the pass this season allowing seven TDs to Eastern Washington earlier in the month.