November 17, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats running back Ka

College Football Challenge Picks-NCAA Week 13

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (12) is still eligible as a Wide Receiver in College Challenge giving you the ability to go three-across at the QB position which typically is the highest in the game.  Photo by Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

It’s the last week of college football challenge and with a great schedule of college football games there’s lots of good options in competitive games to pick from. There’s going to be serious points put up in many of the rivalry games this weekend so make sure to get your roster all set.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the 21 entries in our Fantasy CPR group for playing along this season. Last week tru2psu led the group with 204 points but “Zach has the best entry” still has the overall lead as his play this year has gotten him into the top 0.3% of all entries across the country. My entry is in the top 9% now after a nice 196 last week thanks to Johnny Manziel, Stedman Bailey, and solid contributions from the rest of my picks.

Here’s how I’m planning on closing out the season strong this Thanksgiving weekend.

Nov 17, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A


Johnny Manziel-Texas A&M: Manziel has been on my team most of the year and continues to put up crazy points. He’s been over 25 challenge points in all but one game this year (against LSU) and has been over 40 five different times. This week he and the Aggies host Mizzou who allowed 48 to Tennessee and 31 to Syracuse in the last two weeks. Expect Manziel to continue his Heisman campaign with a solid finish to his regular season.

Jordan Lynch-NIU: As great as he’s been, Manziel is the number two QB in challenge points just behind this guy-Jordan Lynch. Lynch and the Huskies look to finish 11-1 on the season as they take on Eastern Michigan who is 2-9 on the year 1-6 in the MAC and ranks 111th in the country in points allowed averaging 36.5 points allowed per game.  EMU has held only two opponents under 30 all season. He plays Friday so get him in your lineup today.

Running Backs


Ka’deem Carey-Arizona: Arizona takes on Arizona State in what should be a high-scoring game in this year’s version of the Territorial Cup. Carey is the leading rusher in the country and has scored 25 challenge points or more in each of the last two weeks including a 69 point outburst against Colorado. Carey should get plenty of work this Friday in what shapes up to be a competitive offensive showcase on this Friday night special.


Giovani Bernard: Bernard didn’t go off last week against Virginia but he did have a touchdown and over 100 all-purpose yards. He and the Heels will be home to take on Maryland to close out the season. It could be his last game in a UNC uniform as he decides whether to hit the draft or come back for his Senior season after this one wraps up.

Wide Recievers

Devin Gardner-Michigan: Is he a wide receiver? Not really, but he’s eligible for this position as he plays quarterback against the Buckeyes this weekend. Sneaking a third QB in is a great option since Gardner has scored 25, 35, and 45 points the last three weeks. Ohio State is a tough defense, but I think this is another high-scoring game.

Kenny Stills-Oklahoma: Stills and the Sooners take on Oklahama State in a game that has shootout written all over it. Stills has caught at least six passes in all but two games this season and went for four touchdowns and 33 challenge points last weekend against West Virginia. He’s a good option in a high-scoring game in Norman.

Team Kickers and Defense

Florida State Kickers: FSU has the top-ranked kicking game in College Challenge and plays in what should be a great game against Florida on Saturday.

Utah State Aggies Defense: The Aggies had put up double-digit points in every game all year until last week against Louisiana Tech. This week they’ll face a 1-10 Idaho team that is ranked 122nd in the nation in scoring averaging just 16.5 points per game.

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