Sep 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Stedman Bailey (3) catches a pass for a touchdown as Marshall Thundering Herd defensive back Keith Baxter (8) defends in the first quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

College Football Challenge Week 4-Picks for 9/22

Braxton Miller (5) should find the end zone often this weekend as Ohio State takes on UAB. Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Last week some top teams were upset and some big names struggled. The USC offense struggled to get going hurting Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, and Marqise Lee’s numbers. On average it was the lowest scoring week of the year-to-date, and unfortunately my picks finished two points below average.

The best entry in our FantasyCPR group which now has 20 members was “Russell Branyan Entry 1″  who edged out overall leader “Zach has the best entry” by one point. Branyan had Seth Doege, Aaron Murray, and Stepfan Taylor all go over 30 for him. The Zach in first place, isn’t me unfortunately since my Z-formation dropped to 6th after just 136 points last week. For info on how to join our group, click here.

I’m cleaning house this week. Nobody on last week’s roster is back for this week as I roll out a fresh set of picks. Here’s who I’m picking as I try to bounce back:


Braxton Miller-OSU: Miller is the highest scoring QB so far this season and the Buckeyes face UAB who has given up 39 and 49 points while dropping to 0-2. The Blazers have allowed an average of 220.5 rushing yards per game which ranks them 100th among FBS schools and rank 74th against the pass. Ohio State should be able to pile up the points which is a great thing for Miller owners.

Cody Fajardo-Nevada: Fajardo has six rushing touchdowns and two passing through his first three games. He and the Wolfpack visit Hawaii whose up-tempo style allows for plenty of points. USC hung 49 on them in the opener, and last week the Warriors put 54 of their own on the board against hapless Lamar. Expect plenty of points this weekend in the islands.

Running Backs

September 15, 2012; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs running back Robbie Rouse (8) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter at Bulldog Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Robbie Rouse-Fresno State: Rouse went off last week against Colorado. He only needed nine carries and four catches to hang four scores and 42 challenge points on the Buffs. This week Rouse and the Bulldogs travel to Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane haven’t faced tough competition this year but allowed three rushing touchdowns and 160 rushing yards in their opening loss to Iowa State. Rouse will get plenty of touches and hasn’t been held under 100 yards or kept out of the end zone in any of his first three games. His lowest challenge output was 19 against Oregon. You can play roulette trying to pick the right Ducks running back, or go with the Bulldog who is the focus of the Fresno offense each week. I’ll go Rouse this week.

Ka’Deem Carey-Arizona: Arizona will need to pile up points to run with the Ducks in Oregon in a game that’s expected to have points flying all over the place. Oregon ranks 73rd in the FBS against the rush and Carey had put up 20 and 38 challenge points before resting last week (only 14 on 13 carries). I don’t think the Wildcats have much of a chance in this one, but they’ll need a big game from Carey to keep it close.

Wide Receivers

Stedman Bailey-West Virginia: In two games Bailey has racked up 22 catches, five touchdowns, and 57 challenge points. This week, he and the Mountaineers host Maryland this weekend.

Cordarrelle Patterson-Tennessee: Patterson and the Vols host Akron who gave up 97 points to UCF and FIU to open the season before beating up on Morgan State last week. Patterson should be in for a big week as the Vols look to bounce back from a tough loss to Florida.

Team Defense/Kickers

Northwestern Kickers: How about the undefeated Wildcats? Their kickers have put up the fourth most fantasy points for any team kicking game and this week they host South Dakota. It should mean more points for the kicking game.

Alabama Team Defense: ‘Bama has scored 26 and 29 challenge points the last two weeks to take over the top spot in the team defense category. The Tide host Florida Atlantic who did manage to score 20 against Georgia in their last game, but won’t have any answers for Alabama’s D. The only downside to having Alabama is that 40% of all entries have them so you won’t make up ground, but not having them could cost you dearly.

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