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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. (more…)

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

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? (more…)

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.


thanks to (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
TCU +20000
South Carolina +20000

Brian Kelly knows championships

Brian Kelly knows championships (Icon SMI)

Since Brian Kelly took over the reins of the Queen City’s finest football program (at least fewer arrests) the Bearcats have challenged for the Big East title (won in his first season of 2007) and put up some impressive offensive numbers.

The true prognostication for Cincinnati this season remains incomplete as the appeal of former USC WR Vidal Hazelton to play in 2009 has yet to be determined, but his appearance would only add to a pretty loaded offense anyway. Despite playing four quarterbacks in 2008 Tony Pike emerged as the clear leader at the end of the campaign and all the way through spring.

As I mentioned in the CFFI Big East Mock Draft, the amazing amount of turnover of talent in the group clouds up the crystal ball for just about every offense except this one.

Below is my SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and expected depth chart of our 42nd rated offense since 2006.


Head coach Brian Kelly

a former D2 national champion at Grand Valley State who brought his spread offense to prominence at Central Michigan before stopping in Cincy in 2007. His OC Jeff Quinn has partnered with him since 1991 to threaten defenses. Having stability at the top spots helps us feel more confident that there will be at least one fantasy college football stud here in 2009.

WR “potential” depth

I mentioned Hazelton above who could step right into the spot vacated by graduated Dominick Goodman (84-1028-T7), but so could JUCO recruit Jamar Howard – both are 6-2+ and 210 pounds. I say “potential’ since Hazelton wants to play in 2009 after playing a few snaps in 2008 (wanted to be closer to home for sick grandfather) and JUCOs often prove difficult to assimilate into team culture (no shot on Howard, a much more general observation). Senior Mardy Gilyard returns after a huge year (11 TDs) and might be the best pass catcher in the Big East. Marcus Barnett had a big 2007 but practiced at CB since…

WEAKNESSES (Read the rest of this story at Fantasy College Blitz)

GMAC Bowl Preview:

Posted: January 6, 2009 in college football

You want offense with your bowl games? Tired of games in the 20’s? That likely changes tonight in the GMAC Bowl from Mobile, AL as small-school scoring stalwarts Ball State Cardinals take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the appetizer game before the main course of the national championship.

Coaching changes provide a heavy subplot to the offensive numbers – Ball State Head coach Brady Hoke accepted the head gig at San Diego State, an upgrade in weather if not in potential recruiting. Ball State wanted to give offensive coordinator Stan Parrish the head job (formerly head coach of Kansas State before Bill Snyder v1.0) but I wonder how much of that brilliance is due to QB Nate Davis, RB MiQuale Lewis and even the injured Dante Love over the past couple years. Davis believes in Parrish and has said he plans to stay for his senior year.

Tulsa offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn took the same title at Auburn and leaves his no-huddle turbo attack to once co- now solo OC Herb Hand. Head coach Todd Graham just signed a ten-year extension with the university and is committed to the speread offense. [ESPN]

After the jump, more cool facts to impress the ladies at the watch party and a breakdown of two amazing running offenses. (more…)