CFB King of the Campus: Sleepers, Injuries, Fades/Targets
In this article I will cover a variety of topics. Everyone knows the stud players in college football, so I will also give you some value plays for the upcoming bowl games. I also give you the players with plus and minus matchups for the week.
Since there is a lot that can happen before the bowl games, I’ll give you all the latest major injury/suspension/depth chart news. If there is something I missed, feel free to add it to the comments section. Really, there isn’t a whole lot of big news – sadly a lot of times coaches won’t announce if they are suspending a player for a half or quarter. Good luck to everyone in the King of the Campus!
QB Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State): Rudolph is really the only low-priced QB I would risk taking. The freshman has been the starter for the last two games and he showed he should have been getting more playing time all season. He threw for two TD passes and over 250 yards in each of his first two starts. I like his matchup against a Washington pass defense that ranks 120th in the nation. Also this is the last game of the slate, and would therefore give you a good sweat.
RB Rushel Shell (West Virginia): Shell battled injures towards the last part of the season, but did return for the last game against Iowa State. In that game he ran for 146 yards and a TD on 22 carries. With the news that Clint Trickett won’t play, I would assume the Mountaineers would try and run the ball even more. They should run the ball a ton, considering Texas A&M ranks 112th in the country against the run.
RB Dwyane Washington (Washington): During the final three games of the season, Washington ran for over 100 yards in each game and accounted for five TDs. I think this Washington/Oklahoma State game could be a sneaky high scoring game. The Oklahoma State defense has really struggled at times.
RB Remound Wright (Stanford): Finally, Stanford has settled on a starting RB in Wright. We all know Stanford loves to run the ball. During the last two games of the regular season, Wright accounted for six TDs. He has a really nice matchup in the bowl game against Maryland. The Terps have struggled to defend the run all season, ranking 98th in the country.
WR Michael Bennett (Georgia): There really isn’t a lot of value at WR in this slate, at least compared to RB. Mitchell never got into the right form this season because of injuries. Saying that, he played well down the stretch, catching a TD pass in each of his last three games.
WR DeAndrew White (Alabama): I don’t know why teams don’t double team Amari Cooper, but if Ohio State decides to, White could be in for a big game. In the SEC Championship game, he had four catches for 101 yards and a TD, and he has a TD in three out of his four last games. I think OSU will focus on Cooper, leaving White wide open.
- Auburn WR D’haquille Williams is questionable.
- It is uncertain who will start at QB for Louisville between Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin. RB Michael Dyer will not play due to academics. Brandon Radcliff should see the majority of carries in his place.
- Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly hasn’t announced a starter yet for the bowl game. Due to Everett Golson’s struggles, Malik Zaire may get some playing time.
- Oregon star CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will miss the bowl game, so bump up Florida State WR Rashaad Greene.
- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight, RB Samaje Perine, and WR Sterling Shepard all seem good to go for the bowl game, but they are all risks.
- Oklahoma State WR Tyreek Hill was kicked off the team after an arrest.
- Stanford WR Ty Montgomery is questionable for the bowl game, but it is looking like more and more that he won’t play.
- TCU RB BJ Catalon will not play in the bowl game; Aaron Green remains a great play.
- Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd got in trouble, yet no punishment was announced. You never know with college coaches.
- West Virginia QB Clint Trickett has retired from football due to multiple concussions. Skyler Howard will start in his place.
1. Rushel Shell (West Virginia) vs. Texas A&M (#112 Rush Defense)
2. Remound Wright (Stanford) vs. Maryland (#98)
3. Jay Ajayi (Boise State) vs. Arizona (#72)
4. Josh Robinson (Mississippi State) vs. Cincinnati (#69)
5. Dwayne Washington (Washington) vs. Oklahoma State (#67)
1. Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) vs. Alabama (#2 Rush Defense)
2. Nick Chubb (Georgia) vs. Louisville (#3)
3. Samaje Perine (Oklahoma) vs. Clemson (#6)
4. Jeremy Langford (Michigan State) vs. Baylor (#9)
5. Cameron Artis-Payne (Auburn) vs. Wisconsin (#16)
1. Oklahoma State vs. Washington (#120 Pass Defense)
2. Boise State vs. Arizona (#117)
3. Clemson vs. Oklahoma (#115)
4. Michigan State vs. Baylor (#102)
5. Florida State vs. Oregon (#101)
1. Louisville vs. Georgia (#2 Pass Defense)
2. Oklahoma vs. Clemson (#3)
3. Notre Dame vs. LSU (#4)
4. Tennessee vs. Iowa (#8)
5. TCU vs. Ole Miss (#16)