Yesterday, I released Part I of my two part Week 13 preview. You can check that out here. The remaining games are presented below:

Weekend

  • Unranked BYU (7-3) travels to South Bend to take on unranked Notre Dame (7-3). As a team, BYU has the 12th best rushing attack in the FBS, averaging 265.4 yards per game. BYU has one of the lesser known dual threat quarterbacks in college football in Taysom Hill.  Hill has 956 rushing yards and 8 rushing TDs this season. Hill didn’t have to do much last week in a blowout win against Idaho State, but Hill put up 417 passing yards, 128 rushing yards, and 4 total TDs against Houston earlier this season. Outside of Hill, RB Jamaal Williams dropped 131 yards and 3 TDs last week on Idaho State. On the season, Williams has 940 rushing yards and 6 TDs. Norte Dame is middle of the pack in terms of rushing defense, giving up 162 yards per game. On the ND side, WR TJ Jones has scored a touchdown in seven straight games. He’s the only player worth a look. BYU opened as a small 1-point favorite…
  • Unranked Nebraska (7-3) heads to Happy Valley to take on the unranked Penn State Nittany Lions (6-4). Nebraska dropped a 41-28 home decision to #16 Michigan State. Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah turned in a workman like performance of 22 carries for 123 yards against Michigan State’s stout defense. Abdullah has posted at least 110 total yards in every game this season. Penn State is very good against the run, yielding just 144 rushing yards on average. Penn State is riding high after a dominant 45-21 home victory over hapless Purdue. RB Zach Zwinak posted his second straight big game, rushing 149 yards for 3 TDs. A few weeks ago, there were some questions regarding usage between Zwinak and Bill Benton, but Benton fumbled early against Minnesota and Zwinak took over and hasn’t looked back. Nebraska is giving up 161 rushing yards per game and gave up 150 yards and 3 rushing TDs to Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford last weekend. Fire up Zach Zwinak and hope he hangs onto the ball. WR Allen Robinson is a stud and gets his numbers every week. Robinson has 81/1204/6 this season. He had 8/98 last weekend, so don’t expect a discount on his steep sticker price. Penn State opened as a small 2-point favorite..
  • Unranked Boston College (6-4) heads to Maryland to take on the Terps (6-4). For Boston College, there’s only one name you need to know. RB Andre Williams ran for 339 yards on 42 carries including 2 TDs against NC State last week. This week, Williams will take a shot against Maryland’s tough run defense. Maryland is only yielding 140 rushing yards per game, but have not faced a talent as dynamic as Williams. His price is very steep and I won’t roster him in this tough match-up. Maryland’s only fantasy relevant player is QB CJ Brown. Brown has been so inconsistent this season, but rolled up 123 rushing yards and 2 TDs last week against Virginia Tech. Before this game, Brown netted out 0 rushing yards over his last four games. This game looks like a solid fade.
  • Unraked Washington State (5-5) hosts the Utah Utes (4-6). Washington State is coached by Mike Leach, who is known for his uptempo, ‘Air raid’ offense. Washington State ranks dead last in rushing yards per game, but ranks 7th with 360 passing yards per game. Washington State won a tight 24-17 game at Arizona last week. QB Connor Halliday threw for 319 yards and 2 TDs. Halliday has thrown for at least 300 yards and 2 TDs over his last three game. Halliday spreads the ball around, so there isn’t one receiver to key in on. Utah ranks towards the bottom of pass defenses, yielding 245 yards per game. Halliday looks like a safe play that should be moderately priced…Utah took a beating from #6 Oregon last weekend and I’m not seeing many worth fantasy options. WR Dres Anderson started strong with either 100 yards or 1 TD in his first six games. Over his last four games, Anderson has just 179 yards and 1 TD. Sophomore QB Adam Schultz is making just his second career start, so even with a plus match-up against Washington State, I can’t recommend him. This game opened as a Pick’Em.
  • Unranked Colorado State heads on the road to take on Utah State. I doubt this game will be available, but Colorado State RB Kapri Bibbs is the only name you need to know. Bibbs has rushed 1,439 yards and 25 TDs this season. If he’s available, find a way to get him in your lineup. 
  • #9 Stanford (8-2) will look to take out its frustration out on the lowly California Bears (1-10). California lacks solid options on offense, so I’m not going to touch on anyone. Stanford boasts one of the FBS’ top defenses, so sit all of your Bears. California is giving up 189 rushing yards per game, so this is a good week to deploy Stanford RB, Tyler Gaffney. Gaffney has topped 100 rushing yards and scored at least 1 rushing TD over his last five games. Gaffney gashed USC for 158 yards and 2 TDs last week. Gaffney is the definition of a workhorse running back, taking 235 carries this season. Fire him up in this match-up. California ranks dead last in passing yards allowed, but I expected Stanford to control the game with Gaffney. Stanford opened as a 31.5 point favorite…
  • Fresh off its bye week, #15 Fresno State (9-0) hosts unranked New Mexico (3-7). Fresno State has the 4th best passing attack, averaging 384 yards per game. QB Derek Carr, who is the younger brother of #1 pick David Carr, has been absolute stud. Carr has tossed 32 TDs to 4 INTs. New Mexico’s pass defense is average at best, but it doesn’t matter. Carr is match-up proof. The receiving core boasts a trio of impressive WRs. Davante Adams leads the trio with 91/967/15 TDs. Adams is flanked by WRs Josh Harper 68/823/9 TDs and Isiah Burse 61/623/3 TDs. TE Marcel Jensen 21/303/2 TDs scored twice in his team’s last game against Wyoming. If you need a cheap TE option, he may be your guy…New Mexico cannot pass the ball, but boast the 2nd best rushing attack in the FBS. RB Kasey Carrier left last week’s game with an injury and was replaced by Crusoe Gongbay. I wouldn’t touch New Mexico’s players. No line has been posted yet..
  • #18 Arizona State (8-2) heads to Los Angeles to take on #14 UCLA (8-2). Last year, UCLA defeated Arizona State, 45-34. Expect a lot of points in this one! Last weekend, Arizona State defeated Oregon State, 30-18 in a surprisingly low scoring game. Arizona State is averaging 42.3 points per game. RB Marion Grice is one of the best runners in college football. Grice hung 130 total yards and 2 TDs on Oregon State last week. Last year, Grice totaled 130 yards and 3 TDs. Grice did most of his damage through the air, catching six passes for 69 yards and 2 TDs. QB Taylor Kelly put up a stinker against Oregon State (183 yards, o TDs, 2 INTs), but should rebound against a very beatable UCLA secondary. Last year, Kelly hung 315 yards and 4 TDs on UCLA. He also chipped in 55 yards on the ground. I like the match-up and will probably roll Kelly out if the price is right. Kelly’s top WR, Jaelen Strong, returned from a mirror ankle sprain and went 7/106 against Oregon State. I like him in this shootout. On the UCLA side, the Bruins took care of Washington, 41-31 last week. UCLA’s offense is centered around dual threat QB Brett Hundley. Hundley was workman-like against Washington, completing 13-22 passes for 159 yards and 2 TDs. Hundley hasn’t put up a big stat line in about three game and is due for a big performance. Last year against Arizona State, Hundley threw for 274 yards and 4 TDs. Freshman RB Myles Jack surprised everyone last week, scoring four rushing touchdowns. RB Paul Perkins had 21 carries for 86 yards, so this backfield is crowded. It may be best to ride the QBs, Grice, and Strong in this one…Arizona State opened as a 2.5 point favorite.
  • Unranked Georgia (6-4) must bounce back after a devastating loss to #6 Auburn. Unranked Kentucky (2-8) may be the cure to Georgia’s ills. Kentucky’s run defense is easily the worst in the SEC, allowing 192 yards per game. That’s music to the ears of Georgia’s star RB, Todd Gurley II. Gurley rushed for 79 yards on 15 carries against Auburn’s top ranked run defense. Gurley also chipped in 10 receptions for 77 yards. Gurley suffered a high ankle earlier this season and hasn’t had a signature performance. This game is ripe for a signature performance. Aaron Murray threw for 400 yards and 4 TDs last year against Kentucky, but I’m expecting a big game Gurley. Georgia should be able to dominate the ground game. I can’t recommend anyone from Kentucky. Georgia opened as a 23.5 point favorite…
  • Unranked Temple Owls (1-9) had #17 UCF beat last week, but a last second touchdown propelled UCF to a thrilling win. The Owls will try to bounce back against the Uconn Huskies (0-9). Temple QB PJ Walker had a field day against UCF, throwing for 382 yards and 4 TDs. Walker chipped in with 41 rushing yards and 1 TD. UCONN is decent against the run, allowing 159 yards per game. Temple’s #1 WR, Robbie Anderson, has been on an absolute tear over the last 3 weeks. Anderson has caught 21 passes for 480 yards and 4 TDs. He should be able to light up UCONN’s terrible defense. On the flip side, Temple is the second worst defense in the FBS. Temple is allowing 320 passing yards per game, so UCONN QB Casey Cochran is definitely in play. Cochran made his first start last week and threw for 227 yards and 2 TDs. Temple opened as a 8.5 point home favorite…
  • Unranked Vanderbilt (6-4) will tangle with Tennessee (4-6). There are only two noteworthy players in this game. Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews caught 12 passes for 141 yards last week against Kentucky. Matthews has 83/1,075/5 TDs on the season. For Tennessee, RB Rajon Neal is the only bright spot in this offense. Two weeks ago, Neal ran for 124 yards on 20 carries against Auburn’s tough defense. Neal is Tennessee’s workhorse back, taking 173 carries for 893 yards and 10 TDs. Vanderbilt is one of the worst run defenses in college football, yielding 192 rushing yards per game. Tennessee opened as a small 3-point home favorite.
  • #8 Missouri (9-1) will head to Mississippi to take on #24 Ole Miss (7-3). Two weeks ago, Missouri embarrassed Kentucky, 49-13. Freshman QB Maty Mauk threw for 203 yards and 5 TDs to lead the blowout win. However, QB James Franklin is healthy after suffering a separated shoulder earlier this season and is sitting atop the depth chart.  Franklin has missed the last four games, so it makes him a tough start on the road. WR Dorial Green-Beckham caught 4 TD passes from Mauk against Kentucky, so expect him to demand the ball early and often. RB Henry Josey is very quietly having a good season. Josey is the lead back in a Top 20 rushing offense. Josey ran for 113 yards and 2 TDs. Ole Miss has only allowed 100 yard rusher at home (Johnny Manziel). On the flip side, Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace has played very well recently. Over his last three games, Wallace has totaled 9 touchdowns. Ole Miss’ last three games (Idaho, Arkansas, Troy) haven’t been against world beaters. Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell has scored 3 TDs over his last two games and makes for an interesting flier play. Missouri opened as 3-point road favorites..
  • #4 Baylor (9-0) will head into Stillwater to take on #10 Oklahoma State (9-1). Baylor is riding high after beating down Texas Tech, 63-34. Heisman trophy candidate, QB Bryce Petty, keeps getting better week after week. Petty threw for 335 yards and 3 TDs and chipped in with 2 extra rushing TDs. Petty did not have his top two RBs, Lache Seastrunk or Glasco Martin, so Shock Linwood stepped up and ran for 187 yards and 1 TD. Petty was also missing one of his top receivers. WR Tevin Reese will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury. Levi Norwood stepped up in Reese’s place and caught seven passes for 156 yards and 2 TDs. Petty still has his top target, WR Antwan Goodley, who caught 4 passes for 101 yards and 1 TD. Goodley is one of the best big play WRs in college football. Goodley has 1,078 receiving yards and 11 TDs. Oklahoma State has one of the worst pass defenses in college football, so expect Baylor to light up the score board once again. On the flip side, Oklahoma State is coming off an emotion 38-13 road win against Texas. QB Clint Chelf ran for 95 yards and 2 TDs and chipped in another 2 passing TDs. Chelf presents the biggest QB challenge to date for Baylor. RB Desmond Roland had a quiet game against Texas (19/59), but has 10 TDs and 565 rushing yards on the season. Keep an eye on WR Charlie Moore, who post a 6/83/1 TD line against Texas after starting the year very quietly. Baylor opened as 10-point road favorites…
  • Unraked Kansas (3-7) finally snapped its six-game losing streak with a 31-19 win over West Virginia. Kansas will look to build on that win as they travel to face Iowa State (1-9). Both Kansas and Iowa State are allowing over 200 rushing yards per game, so the backfields are in place. In particular, Kansas RB James Sims ran for 211 yards and 3 TDs last week. Sims took down Big 12 player of the week honors with the big performance. He’ll look to build on that performance and is definitely in play against the lowly Iowa State defense…Iowa State does not have any fantasy relevant players..Iowa State opened a 6-point home favorite..
  • #23 USC (8-3) is coming off an upset win against #9 Stanford. USC travels east to face the lowly Colorado Buffaloes (4-6). Colorado’s defense is giving up 202 rushing yards per game and 268 passing yards per play, so all of USC’s skill position players are in play. USC’s top RB, Silas Redd has been sidelined with a knee injury, so RB Javoris Allen has stepped in his place. Last week against Stanford, Allen rushed for just 26 yards on 16 carries, but scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the game. Allen has dual-threat ability as he hauled in four passes for 58 yards. If Redd is out again, Allen is definitely in play. Allen ran for 135 yards and 2 TDs on just six carries against California two weeks ago. USC’s top two WRs, Nelson Agholor and Marqis Lee, combined for 14 catches and 187 yards. Lee is regarded as one of the best WR prospects, so I’m rolling with him this week against Colorado’s defense. QB Cody Kessler was solid against Stanford (288 yards, 1 TD) and should light up Colorado’s defense…Look to him as a cheap option. On the flip side, Colorado just isn’t a good team. They have one bright spot in WR Paul Richardson. Richardson had 11 catches for 140 yards last week against California. On the season, Richardson has 71/1,209/9 TDs. The Richardson vs. Lee match-up should be fun. USC opened as 22.5-point road favorites…
  • Unranked Boise State (7-3) heads south to take on San Diego State (6-4). Boise State is coming off a 48-7 thrashing of Wyoming. Boise State QB Grant Hedrik is a talented dual-threat QB that threw for 267 yards and 3 TDs against Wyoming. He chipped in another 17 yards on the ground. Boise State RB Jay Ajayi gashed Wyoming’s defense for 3 TDs. Boise State features two WRs, Matt Miller and Shane Williams-Rhodes that take turn abusing opposing secondaries. Miller gashed Wyoming for 167 yards and 3 TDs. San Diego State has one of the worst pass defenses in college football (allowing 265 yards per game), so expect Millre and Williams-Rhodes to get theirs. On the flipside, San Diego State is an inconsistent team that needed overtime to knockoff winless Hawaii last week. San Diego State has a special RB in Adam Muema. Muema ran for 163 yards and 1 TD against Hawaii. Muema has topped 110 rushing yards over his last four games.  Boise State boasts an average run defense, so this should be an interesting match-up. San Diego State WRs, Colin Lockett and Ezell Ruffin are inconsistent producers. Boise State opened as 7-point road favorites…
  • The last game of the day pits Oregon State (6-4) against Washington (6-4). Washington dropped a tough 41-31 decision at UCLA last weekend. Starting QB Keith Price left the game with a shoulder injury and was relieved by Cyler Miles. Miles wasn’t great in relief, throwing 149 yards and 2 TDs/2 INTs. Washington RB Bishop Sankey, who is one of college football’s top backs, turned in a workman-like 91-yard, 1 TD performance. Oregon State is allowing 150 rushing yards per game. Last season, Sankey ran for 92 yards and 2 TDs against Oregon State. On the flipside, Oregon State QB Sean Mannion did not take advantage of a plus match-up against Arizona State. Oregon State boasts the 2nd best passing attack (396.2 yards per game), but Mannion threw 4 INTs to go along with 320 passing yards. Washington has a Top 20 pass defense and Mannion struggled last season, throwing for just 221 yards with 1 TD and 4 INTs. Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks leads the FBS in receiving yards and is just an absolute beast. He’s a nearly lock for at least 100 yards per week. Keep an eye on TE Connor Hamlett. Hamlett recently returned from injury and went for 9/119/1 TD last week against Arizona State. Lock him in if the price is right.