October 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) runs for a touch down in the first quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

College Football Challenge-Players to Pick Week 9

North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) makes a nice play against in-state rivals NC State. Photo by Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

It’s another College Football Friday on Fantasy CPR which means time to pick some winners (in the picks column coming later today) and fill out our College Challenge roster for the ESPN mini-game where college players get an early chance to earn fantasy football points before heading to the NFL.

Last week, my entry had a solid 169 behind big games from Jordan Lynch and Collin Klein. My only letodwn was the 80 points from Eddie Lacy since Alabama once again put the game away early and relied on T. J. Yeldon for the majority of their running work. In our 21-entry Fantasy CPR group, my entry was good enough for third behind Stormin in Norman and our leader “Zach has the Best entry” After getting an early start this week, Zach’s up to 54th overall and continues to put up huge weeks consistently. Maybe he should tell us who he’s taking this week…

Here’s who I’m rolling with as I try to get my Z-Formation back into the top 20% with a solid week this week


Sep 22, 2012; DeKalb, IL, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) drops back to pass against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second quarter at Huskie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Jordan Lynch-NIU: Lynch is the top QB in Challenge points ans has put up 40+ in three in a row. This week he leads the NIU Huskies into Western Michigan to face the Broncos who have given up 30 points or more in three of their last four games including 41 in a loss to Kent State last week. Lynch should be set up nicely for another dual-threat point-scoring extravaganza.

Johnny Manziel-Texas A&M: Speaking of dual threats, Manziel had only 13 challenge points last week as the Aggies hosted LSU. He should find things easier this week against Auburn who allowed Ole Miss’s QB Bo Wallace to score four times just two weeks ago. Expect Johnny to be back to his big-point production after a one-week lull due to the Tigers tough and fast defense.

Running Back

Stefphon Jefferson-Nevada: Jefferson and the Wolf Pack will take on Air Force at Falcon Stadium in a matchup of two teams that are 3-1 in the Mountain West. Air Force leads the nation in rushing but can’t stop the run. Last week they allowed New Mexico’s Kasey Carrier to score three times while rushing for 338 yards. The only question in this game is whether Jefferson will get to score the rushing TDs or whether it’ll be QB Cody Fajardo who punches it into the end zone. I think it’ll end up Jefferson with the big day. He’s rushed for over 100 yards in seven of eight games this year and has over 25 carries in each of those games. On the year, he’s been in the endzone 16 times.

Giovani Bernard-North Carolina: Bernard has been breaking out the last few weeks and NC State has allowed some big rushing games. Bernard has found the endzone in each of his last five games and been over 140 yards the last three weeks. He’s been over 30 challenge points the last three weeks and should be in store for another solid game Saturday.

Wide Receiver

Marqise Lee- USC: I think the Trojans will take to the air often as they duel with Arizona and my guess is that it’s Lee’s turn to shine once again. He’s been over 100 yards in four of seven games and found the endzone in five of those seven. The only game where he didn’t get to double-digit challenge points was at Washington where the whole Trojan offense struggled.

Quinton Patton-Louisiana Tech: Patton came back to earth after his explosion against A&M but still found the endzone and put up 10 challenge points last week in the Bulldogs rout of Idaho. This week LT takes on New Mexico State who allows 34.3 points per game and hasn’t won since week one against Sacramento State. The only fear here is that once again the Bulldogs run away early, but I think Patton will have solid numbers.

Team Kicker and Defense

Kansas State Wildcats Kickers: Wilcats kickers scored 13 last week and Texas Tech (who they play)allowed 23. K-State should be able to put some points on the board at home as they look to stay in the National Championship hunt.

Boise State Broncos Defense: The Broncos will leave the blue turf and head to Wyoming. They’ve put up 15 challenge points or more in four of five games and Wyoming who have lost six of their seven games this season with their only win coming in OT against Idaho.

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