Oct. 27, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) runs up field en route to a 44 yard touchdown as Arizona Wildcats cornerback Shaquille Richardson (5) pursues during the second half at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

College Football Challenge-Player Picks for NCAA Week 10


Will Geno Smith bounce back as West Virginia hosts fellow Big-12 newcomers Texas Christian? He’s one of the picks I’m making this week for my College Football Challenge team. Photo by Michael C. Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Week 10 is a tricky one on College football challenge with many of the popular options in tough matchups or on an open week. It’s weeks like this that separate the wanna-be’s from the real players though as we dig a big deeper into the depth of each position. There’s still some great options out there this week, and I highlighted the starters I’ll be rolling with below.

Week 9 was finally my week in College Football Challenge, as I  put up 233 to lead our 21-entry group thanks to big weeks from Jordan Lynch, Givani Bernard, and Marqise Lee. Only thezuke28′s week five was higher scoring when he hung 236 on the board. With just four weeks left it’s still “Zach has the best entry” in the lead overall in our group by over 100 points. He’s ranked 153 overall and in the top 0.2% of all entries in the game. My entry is just outside the top 10 percent, and that’s my goal for the next four weeks.

Here’s who I’m putting in the Z Formation this week:

Quarterbacks

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-Northern Illinois: NIU hosts UMass this week who has allowed 41.8 points per game this season. In the past weeks they’ve allowed 45 to Indiana, 63 to Michigan, 52 to Western Michigan, and 49 last week to Vanderbilt. They’ve received a rude welcome to FBS and that will continue this week as Jordan Lynch puts on a show against them. Lynch put 51 challenge points on the board last week and has been over 40 for the last four weeks. It’s a perfect storm which should lead to a huge week for Lynch as long as NIU doesn’t take their foot off the gas against the Minutemen.

Geno Smith-West Virginia: I’m back on the Smith bandwagon for this week as he and the Mountaineers return from an open week to host the TCU Horned Frongs. TCU has allowed 36 points to Oklahoma State and 56 points to Texas Tech the last two weeks. Smith will look to show he and the WVU offense are back after back-to-back losses to Texas Tech and Kansas State. Johnny Manziel is a good option at this spot as well, but Mississippi State’s defense should at least be able to slow him down. Smith is my second pick for this week although there are a number of good options.

Running Backs

Robbie Rouse-Fresno State: Running back is a tough spot to fill this week with Marcus Lattimore, Giovani Bernard, Montee Ball, Stefphon Jefferson and Cody Getz all out for the week either injured or on a bye. Rouse makes a nice play though as he and the Bulldogs host Hawaii and their horrible rush defense. Rouse has been solid (double-digits every week) but not spectacular this year. He did have a 42 point performance against Colorado at home and I think he could have another big week like that against Hawaii who has struggled to stop the run all year.

Turner Petersen-Rice: Petersen is a deep sleeper, but I think he’ll have a good week this week as Rice visits Tulane. Petersen has his first 100-yard game of the year last week against USM when he ran for 136 yards and had a pair of all-purpose touchdowns. Tulane is ranked 112th in the nation in total defense and allowed 39 challenge points to Darrin Reaves of UAB last week. Petersen is playing a poor rush defense just as he’s peaking so expect a good game.

Wide Receivers

Marqise Lee-USC: If USC hopes to keep up with Oregon, they’ll need to score points in bunches which means plenty of looks for Lee. Last week he was amazing with 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 catches. He finished with 48 challenge points and has been a consistent contributor all season.

Eric Ward-Texas Tech: Ward and the Red Raiders host Texas Saturday which has proven vulnerable to big plays in the passing game this season. Ward has five touchdowns, 222 yards, and 17 catches the last two games and has become the favorite target of Seth Doege. This should be a high-scoring game and Ward should be able to put up another solid number.

Team Kickers and Defense

Kansas State Kickers: K-State Kickers have put up 13 in each of the last two weeks and Oklahoma State’s defense should allow another good week this week.

Florida Defense: The Gators will be back in the swamp looking to make a statement after last week’s loss to Georgia. They host the Missouri Tigers who have scored under 20 in three of their last four and only managed 10 against similar tough defenses Alabama and South Carolina. Before last week, the Gators had scored double-digits in every game but one and had 20+ in three of it’s last four.

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