It’s time for College Football’s kickoff week and weekend! There’s sure to be some awesome games this weekend as several top teams face each other and other’s face tough tests on the road. We’ll take a look at the top ten matchups of Saturday tomorrow in our Pick’Em Post, but today we’re actually more interested in the lopsided matchups of the coming weekend.
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The first week it’s mainly about picking the players who will rack up the touchdowns against easier opponents. There’s no adjustment for quality of opponent so grab the guys with cupcake matchups. The only tricky part is making sure they don’t spend the game on the bench after their team runs out to a 40 point lead. Let me know what picks your making in the comments section at the bottom of the page or contact me on twitter @FantasyCPR and let me know what players from your college team is going to light it up this week.
Here’s my picks for this weekend:
Matt Barkley-USC: The Trojans get things started against visiting Hawaii. Hawaii gave up 29 points a game last year and USC will look to show why they’re the #1 team by piling on against their Polynesian guests.
Geno Smith-WVU: If you watched the Orange Bowl where the Mountaineers dismantled Clemson, you know Smith has the talent to tear up Big 12 defenses this season. He’ll start with a Conference USA defense as the Thundering Herd rolls into Morgantown to kickoff the season.
Joseph Randle-OSU: Randle is all that’s left of the “big 3″ for the Cowboys after Brandon Wheeden and Justin Blackmon in the NFL Draft. The Cowboys will rely even more on Randle this year after he put up 1,216 yards and 24 TDs last year. Oklahoma State opens by hosting Savannah State who went 1-10 last year in the MEAC. Should be a solid opener…
Stepfan Taylor-Stanford: Taylor will now be the focus of the offense with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. He ran for 1153 yards and eight TDs last year. He and Stanford open at home against San Jose State.
Robert Woods-USC: Woods appears to be fully healthy and showed flashes of brilliance last year. I expect him and Barkley to shred Hawaii in the opener.
Kenny Stills- Oklahoma: Stills and the Sooners open on the road (a rarity for a top team) as they travel to El Paso to face UTEP. Stills will look to become the #1 WR this season with Ryan Broyles playing on Sunday’s. He was second on the team last year with 818 yards and eight TDs. Landry Jones and he should have the chemistry needed to get OU back in the top five in passing offense like they were last season.
Oregon TK: Oregon’s “blur” offense always results in points but they’ll be breaking in new players against Arkansas State. They should still be able to put major points on the board with all the offensive talent the ducks have.
Oklahoma St Team Defense: Savannah State isn’t very good (1-10 in MEAC) and at home the Cowboys defense will try and show the same form that helped them dominate Oklahoma last year in Bedlam and edge out Luck’s Stanford team in OT in the Fiesta Bowl.