2014 CFCFFL Semifinal Previews

Posted: November 15, 2014 in college football

Roger Federer.

New Zealand All Blacks crushed USA Eagle 74-8

Tiger Woods.

Annika Sorenstam.

New Zealand Rugby.

The Exterminators.

Tim Beaman, in all the 20 years competing in the Central Florida College Fantasy football League, has created a dominant squad in 2014 that deserves mention with the dynasties listed above.

Thing is about the 2014 playoffs in the CFCFFL – it only takes one week to make that dominance as relevant as those 18-1 New England Patriots of 2007.

All that being said, let’s dive in to the semifinal previews, also well known throughout history as the Lagos Family Reunion. I raise an early glass of Kilchoman to all the participants!

As of sunrise Saturday Nov 15

Thunder (Mike Lagos) 40, Exterminators (Tim Beaman) 12

Let us take a step back at the season long statistical dominance of The Exterminators – his roster hold three of the top 10 QBs of this season, and 4 of the Top Ten Flex players as well. At WR where finding talent often makes the difference between a good and great team, he has three of the top five in yards receiving.

Unfortunately for this week, his team misses one of the best deep threat college WR of all-time, Rashard Higgins who is idle this week.The bye week has not been kind to Mike’s Thunder lineup either – Baylor idle hurts him with Bryce Petty and KD Cannon out.

Injuries will make or break his best lineup today — does he take a shot with Clemson QB DeShaun Watson as he returns from a hand injury, or does he carry forward with QB22 Fredi Knighten of Arkansas State? Knighten owns a couple of the biggest one-week scores of the year, but has also had some dogs. Down South in the ESPN GameDay special, does Mike sit TJ Yeldon who may not be as explosive as normal, or does go with Gamecock RB Mike Davis versus the suddenly vicious Florida D?

Tim cares not for lineup decisions like this based on his depth – except for Creepy Rob Lowe – RB TSU (probably the one who cant piss in public), every one of his players can be justified in the game.

The stats say that Tim will win 110-101, but Mike already has three players in the clubhouse and each had double digits…great start! But Tim has a TCU stack up against the Kansas Jayhawks, advantage Exterminators.

PREDICTION: Exterminators 113, Thunder 98

Pappy (Jeff Lagos) 12, White Trash (Tony Johnson) 5

Clearly I and other CFCFFL participants have spilled numerous pixels and texts about the glory of the Exterminators lineup – anyone notice that Tony’s White Trash led the league in points scored? Whiskey-Tango dropped 1176 on us in ten games by GRINDING – he has four elite players and otherwise gets it done with great lineup setting.

The other side of that coin is — WTF is Jeff Lagos and Pappy doing in the semis??? Only averaging 90 ppg, he was in the bottom half of the league in that stat – but he performed well enough to take down the Pteradactyls in the quarterfinals and here he is with all his veteran savvy.

Pappy, with the steely gaze of one who had two too many nips of Van Winkle 20,  wavers not his confident gaze aimed at the excellent White Trash squad on the other side of the monitor.

Devon Johnson, former LB, emerged quietly this season for the Marshall Thundering Herd.

It looks like he knows he needs to go big, as he stacks Arizona QB Anu Solomon with WR Austin Hill as they host Washington. Pappy also presents the RB6 Devon Johnson (right) of Marshall, who was on a milk carton missing person alert last week but is expected to play this week.

Finally, Tony Johnson deserves space for the excellent work he puts in year after year, and as your humble author reviews his roster he winces at what might have been if he would only have bid more for WMU RB Jarvion Franklin in Week Two. TJWT grabbed the RB2 off the waiver wire and that sort of GM-ing is why he is a legend in multiple leagues.

Buck Allen put up a dud against Cal on Thursday night, cracking the door ever so slightly for that Wildcat hookup to make a difference in this matchup. Meanwhile, Pappy got 12 from his MAC kicker…so you say there is a chance?

Stats say that WT wins 117-90, and that sounds about right as there is no weakness in this lineup.

PREDICTION: White Trash 126, Pappy 105

This sets up the final we all want to see next week, so stay tuned for more Vincetitutional Analysis for next week.

Part two of my BCS National Championship Game preview gets to the heart of the matter: what are Oregon and Auburn are likely to do to each other in the perfect conditions of Cardinal Stadium in Glendale, AZ?

DuckyLearn to Ducky – wings of steel will be needed in the 2011 BCS National Championship (Bleacher Report)

If I had to rank my “spread offense gurus”, the Top 5 in no particular order would be Mike Leach, Dana Holgerson, Tony Franklin, Chip Kelly and Gus Malzahn. I think that is what makes this game such a treat (and also why the inability of Leach to get another head coaching gig astounds me) – we are truly witnessing the pinnacle of offensive football operations. Should be a great show for college football freaks and casual fans alike.

Matchups, links, deconstruction of Vegas sentiment and my pick for Ducky to get his push-ups on more than Mike the Tiger after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Long time no talk…hope you have stayed in touch with me over at FantasyCollegeBlitz.com.

Let us jump right in to the picks of the week, where Mick the Piker and I bounce ideas around all week, a mixture of quantitative analysis, pure technical trends, and a healthy dose of “contextual knowledge”. Most of our interesting bets exist outside the Top 25 where Mick’s historical context and my nationwide fantasy monitoring.

In order of confidence, our Top 5 selections:

1) UNC -6.5 over Virginia

Mick’s computer loves UNC by 18!.  Mick can’t see any logical reason to disagree.  Sure, there’s the “UNC is distracted” argument but that didn’t work in week one against LSU so I don’t see any reason to put much stake in that now.  UVA has been DREADFUL at times this season, but I think many still hang that Cavalier feathered hat on the close loss to USC – what does that look like now? Read the rest of this entry »

based on the company their quarterbacks keep…

Tim Tebow – Florida

Mark Sanchez – formerly of USC

Colt McCoy with wholesome girlfriend – Texas

Matthew Stafford – formerly of Georgia (excellent fitness level, minimal aftermarket parts)

Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame FAIL

Thanks to Woody and Sean Hill for forwarding, unknown original creator.

How’s a little Heisman intrigue splashed in with the de facto college football National Championship game sound for this Saturday?

Jeff Demps went airborne for a TD in the 2008 matchup won by Florida 31-20. Don't expect that many points again. (Icon SMI)

Florida RB Jeff Demps went airborne for a TD in the 2008 matchup won by Florida 31-20. Don't expect that many points again. (Icon SMI)

For the second year running, #1 plays #2 not in the BCS National Championship Game, but in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. It is must see TV for all college football fans – support your favorite team (or if suffering from Tebow Fatigue like most of the nation root for Alabama) and support your local eatery and get out of the house and enjoy what looks to be a battle of the Irresistible Force (Tim Tebow) against the Immovable Object (Terrance Cody).

I still think Colt McCoy gets the Heisman Trophy, but even I cannot deny that the SEC Bowl presents a great chance for either Mark Ingram (my #2) and Tim Tebow (my #4) to create many Heisman moments.
Quick tidbits of the national ranks

there are many other points where this is a matchup of Number One or Number Two

* Bama Rush D #2 (77ypga) vs. Gator Rush O #6 (236ypg)
* Bama Rush O #13 (213ypg)vs. Gator Rush D #8 (90ypga)
* Bama Scoring D #2 vs. Gator Scoring O #10
* Bama D yds/play #2 (3.87) vs. Gator O yds/play #7 (6.77)

Analysis, matchups and questions to ponder at Fantasy College Blitz.

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The first football triplets I remember earning the moniker played for the 1990’s Dallas Cowboys – the trio of Hall of Famers QB Troy Aikman (Oklahoma-UCLA), RB Emmitt Smith (Florida) and WR Michael Irvin (White House) attacked NFL defenses together for decades on their way to multiple Super Bowl titles.

The dallas Cowboy triplets celebrate another TD (thanks, Dallas Morning News)

The Dallas Cowboy triplets celebrate one of many TDs (thanks, Dallas Morning News)

In the college game, it is worthwhile to find talented triplets since it shows a multi-pronged attack that defenses cannot stop by committing to one player. Hence, a likely more consistent performance by all three in every game.

We begin our countdown of today’s triumvirates at number ten (likely a small school surprise) and the wind will come sweeping down the plain at the top of the list. Some darned fine honorable mentions to follow also as I aim to project this season’s performance, not simply reward last year’s numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

thanks to Sportsbook.com (USC seems like a bargain, no?)

Florida +225

Oklahoma +500

USC +600

Texas +600

Ohio St +1000

Alabama +1500

Virginia Tech +2000
LSU +2000
Mississippi +2000
Notre Dame +2000

Penn St +3000

Georgia Tech +5000
Florida St +5000
Field (Any Other Team) +5000
Oklahoma St +5000
California +5000

Georgia +6000
Oregon +6000
Miami FL +6000

Michigan +7500
UCLA +7500
Utah +7500
Tennessee +7500

Pittsburgh +10000
North Carolina +10000
North Carolina St +10000
Boise St +10000
Iowa +10000
Illinois +10000
West Virginia +10000
Texas Tech +10000
Nebraska +10000
Clemson +10000
Michigan St +10000

South Florida +20000
Maryland +20000
Arkansas +20000
Missouri +20000
Rutgers +20000
Auburn +20000
Arizona St +20000
Oregon St +20000
Kansas +20000
Wisconsin +20000
Boston College +20000
Cincinnati +20000
BYU +20000
Arizona+20000
TCU +20000
South Carolina +20000