October 4, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) cannot bring in the pass while defended by Utah Utes defensive back Reggie Topps (28) during the first half at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

College Football Challenge-Week 7 Picks

The West Virginia Mountaineers offense looks unstoppable behind Geno Smith (12) and Tavon Austin (1). They make great College Football Challenge picks as they continue their Texas tour at Texas Tech on Saturday.Photo by Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

After another week of offensive explosions across the country, hopefully your challenge team was able to capitalize on the points flowing freely last week in order to boost your entry up to the top. This week there’s another solid slate of games but fewer obvious shoot-outs. Check out who I’m picking below and a quick analysis of why I like their matchups.

Last week, my entry only finished with 112 as all my players were in double-figures but none exploded. My TCU defense also didn’t help and actually ended up below 0 at -4 and hurt my score. That wasn’t a problem for the entry called “Centurions”  who hada great week finishing with 162 which was the best week in our 21-person Fantasy CPR group. (click here for info to join). Our overall leader is still “Zach has the best entry” which he proved again with 144 behind a big day from Jordan Lynch of NIU. Hopefully this week, I can find some of Zach’s magic for my entry… Here’s who I’m rolling with:


Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) Photo by Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Jordan Lynch-Northern Illinois: Lynch is definitely not Chandler Harnish who led the Huskies offers and was Mr. Irrelevant in the 2012 NFL draft after setting records at NIU. Lynch is the leading scoring QB in College Football Challenge though mainly due to his ability to rush the ball effectively and for touchdowns as well as throwing for scores each week. This week NIU hosts Buffalo whose only win was against Morgan state and who is 98th in average points allowed after giving up 38 to Ohio last week. Look for Lynch to continue his great start to the year with another nice overall performance.

Geno Smith-West Virginia: Before last week, going into Lubbock to face Texas Tech’s defense looked like it might pose a problem for the high-powere WVU offense. Last week, though, Oklahoma dropped 41 on the Red Raiders while Landry Jones threw for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Mountaineer passing attack is historically red-hot right now and Smith is putting up too many points to risk not owning until he slows down.

Running Backs

Stefphon Jefferson-Nevada: There’s plenty of room on the Jefferson bandwagon after two weeks without a touchdown as many owners jump ship on Jefferson as an elite own for College Challenge. I’m staying on board though since QB Cody Fajardo is dealing with a back injury and the UNLV defense ranks 104th in points allowed and gve up 58 to Louisiana Tech last week. He may not have a game like he did against Hawaii, but I expect big things from Jefferson this weekend

Chris Thompson-Florida State: Thompson ran for 141 yards on 24 carries in the ‘Noles loss to NC State last week. He’s returned to form as he’s returned to health and he’ll face one of the worst rushing defenses in the country at home this week as BC comes to Tallahassee and the Florida State rides their rushing attack and their defense back into the win column.

Wide Receiver

Tavon Austin-West Virginia: I’m sick of having the wrong Mountaineers receiver. Stedman Bailey seems to be the one finding the endzone more often, but since Austin gets more targets and catches I’m going to bank on things evening out a bit this week instead of chasing Geno Smith’s preference back-and-forth each week. Both he and Bailey are elite options and great picks. In fact, I almost just went with both of them and called it good until I decided to make my second choice…

Marqise Lee-USC: Lee has caught 10 passes or more in all but one game and has been in the end zone in all but that one game as well. He and the Trojans are in for a tough road test against Washington but the Oregon offense lit the Huskies up last week so Matt Barkley and Lee should be able to pull in some points.

Team Kicker and Defense

Ohio Kickers: Ohio faces Akron who gives up 38.3 points per game which ranks them 116th in the country. Ohio has the top scoring kicking program in Challenge and should be in for another good week.

Florida State Defense: Florida State’s hosting BC this week as they look to bounce back from a tough road loss at NC State. They’ll be fired up and ready to defend their home turf where they’ve been excellent defensively this year. The Eagles have struggled to a 1-3 start with their only win coming against Maine. They lost last week to Army on the road after losing to Clemson and Northwestern the two weeks before.

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