Archive for the ‘Big 12’ Category

Kenny Britt of RutgersThe Head2Head College Salary Cap Game is nearing its end, and our Forum’s own resident H2H analyst Topher Dean breaks down his Efficiency Rating’s top ten through week 10 of the H2H season:

10) Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers (6.5M, 70.25 efficiency rating)

The Big East’s top receiver finally nudges into the top ten after several weeks of consistent play. Britt (right, Rivals.com) hauled in 9 passes for 107 yards and a score against Syracuse this past Saturday earning him 25 H2H points. The junior is averaging over 20 points per game and has a salary below 7.0M, which should warrant an immediate plug into the lineup. The trouble is he’s the fourth receiver on this list this week so someone has to be the odd man out unless you’re flexing. Britt faces the conference’s top defense in South Florida this week which should test his staying power on this list.

9) Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas (6.9M, 76.36 efficiency rating)

I asked for 30 and he gave me 20. Not bad, but with what appears to be a now healthy Quan Cosby, Shipley’s numbers could take a hit. Don’t get off this wagon yet because he remains Colt McCoy’s most reliable target. This week Kansas and the Big 12’s worst pass defense stroll into Austin and Shipley could still be looking at a career day.

8) Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State (12.9M, 81.35 efficiency rating)

This is quite a fall from grace from what could be the NFL prospect among collegiate quarterbacks. Nobody has been more disappointed in Freeman last two performances than me but it seems his lack of supporting cast at wide receiver (you can only get so much out of water-bug Brandon Banks) is catching up with him. It may be time to jump off the ship but I’m giving him one more week against Nebraska at home to redeem himself. (more…)

Jordan Shipley corralled 11 receptions and 2TD in the 2008 Red River Rivalry.which now seems to be a weekly occurrence…

Number one is not safe. Nor is being ranked third. Nor is rating as the fourth best team in the nation and having the leading Heisman Trophy candidate at QB wearing the jersey of a fallen teammate. The only reprieve in the top four was having the week off to witness the carnage.

#5 Texas took out #1 Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout Rivalry in a game for the ages, 45-35. The quarterbacks proved deserving of all the pregame hype, but the standout to me was the receiving and returning of Texas Jordan Shipley (right, Icon SMI). Shipley has fought back from years of nagging injuries and had his coming out party with numerous big plays, but none bigger than the kickoff return for TD that immediately halted any Sooner momentum.

FCB pollsters thought that OU would benefit more from this game, with Alabama right behind that (which I suppose was a vote for Texas?).

#2 Alabama may be at home wondering aloud if they get the top spot this week in the polls, or do the Longhorns leapfrog past them? Open letter to Alabama faithful – don’t sweat it, check the calendar. Keep up the great work in the SEC, notice Texas’ schedule over the next month and bide your time.

More on the Gators returning to the national title picture, and the Pokes stealing #1 dreams at The Zou after the jump.

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Texas Tech prides itself on teamwork, and Head Coach Mike Leach is fond of military labels for his platoon of players. He also is fond of pirates, but that is a different story.

QB Graham Harrell seized the all-time school career passing record this weekend on a magical day at Kansas State. Harrell shocked and awed the Wildcats for 464 yards, six passing TDs and added in a one-yard plunge himself to account for SEVEN touchdowns on the day.

Graham Harrell, your Army “Find Your Strength” Player of the Week.

Ohio State RB Chris Wells getting vicious pine with toe injuryThree games this week pit Top 25 teams together in non-conference matchups, but the one that will focus the national attention will clearly be on the Rose Bowl where the Ohio State Buckeyes meet the USC Trojans.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago in my Top Games of 2008 that despite ten first-day NFL Draft picks in the Ohio State-USC battle that it will not be a high-scoring affair. The story line of most interest to fantasy players is the health of Buckeye RB Chris “Beanie” Wells (right, Icon SMI) whose absence obviously compromised the offense in an ugly win over the Ohio Bobcats last weekend.

Best part of the schedule is that none of the three games overlap – Kansas visits USF for a Friday night all to itself on the national stage, Buckeyes and Trojans kickoff at 8pm Saturday, and Wisconsin travels to Fresno State and starts at 1030p ET.

You may not even need your DVR…

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Coach Bob Stoops of the Oklahoma Sooners In our first Fantasy College Blitz Coaching Survey , our very own Matt Ryan ( not the Eagle/Falcon QB) pounded message boards and emailed site admins to get to the heart of whom the fans thought was the best college football coach in the SEC.

He also earned a cease and desist letter, but he chooses not to talk about it.

“The whole thing was meant to measure perception vs reality…a ‘reality check’ to the fan perception of the poll,” said Matt Ryan. “I had counted on the rest of the nation being as gung-ho as the SEC was on the first go-around to participate and it was just not the case.”

Todays poll deals with the Big Twelve, the land of quarterbacks in 2008. Poll was structured for users to rank each coach in each conference on four variables:

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Jim TesselWhile Rich Rodriguez may be a great recruiter, Jim Tressel may be a better teacher. Seems most people think Bob Stoops wardens over a bunch of inmates but still gets the job done on game day.

One of our off-season goals (besides the redesigns) was to engage the fan more, and Matt tested out some surveys to get the fan perspective on the college football coaches aptitude across the six major conferences. Testing worked great, now we bring the surveys to you – do not let the sweater vests distract you (Jim Tressel photo courtesy of Icon SMI)…

Take the surveys below, rank the coach in relation to his conference rivals on these skills:

  1. Recruiting
  2. Player Development
  3. Gameday
  4. Program Control

We will share the results as we get closer to the opening of fall practice.

ACC
Big 10
Big 12
Big East
Pac 10
SEC

Any questions? email matt [AT] fantasycollegeblitz [DOT] com

Mike Crabtree, ICON SMII want to believe in a world where the conflict in Darfur wouldn’t exist. I want to believe in a world where partisan politics do not factor in to a discussion about the merits of war against terrorism.

And on a MUCH lighter note, I want to believe in a world where Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree can win the 2007 Heisman Trophy.

Given the weight of the first two examples and the forum of our site, I will obviously focus on the Crabtree argument here. There are so many numbers to support his case, but so few historical precedents to suggest he even has a shot of getting an invite.

In the realm of statistics there is no greater college football player in relation to others at his position… (more…)