Week 11 of college football season is over, and it was an exciting Saturday of games. For those of you that play daily fantasy college football, hopefully you had picked up some of the standouts from the weekend. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the bigger games and see which players were the biggest standouts.
Utah at Arizona
This was probably the biggest upset of the weekend. The Utah Utes were the #10 ranked team in the country, and they ended up losing, 30-37, to the Arizona Wildcats, an unranked team. The game went into double overtime, and the tiebreaker was a touchdown thrown by Arizona’s backup quarterback, Jerrard Randall. It was his only pass of the night. Regular QB, Anu Solomon, had three touchdowns on the night. Two were passing, one was rushing. It gave him a QB Rating of 166.2 for the game, and brought his season number up to 143.7. However, the extent of his injury hasn’t yet been made clear. There’s only one game left in Arizona’s season, though, as the PAC 12 will not have any postseason slots. If Solomon is playing next week, he’s a top fantasy pick. Otherwise, look to kicker Casey Skowron from Arizona for some points. He made 3 field goals, and 4 extra points on the night, giving himself a solid performance.
Clemson at Syracuse
The Clemson Tigers were the #1 ranked team going into the weekend, and they were expected to crush the Syracuse Orangemen. They won, 37-27, but the game was closer than some analysts thought it would be. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson had another big night, scoring three touchdowns. One was rushing, the others were passing. All of them were scored in the first half, though, which does show just how good Clemson can be when pressuring at full steam. Syracuse did surprisingly well, and this could illustrate some holes in the Clemson defense. Syracuse couldn’t pull of a single passing touchdown, though. Their kicker, Cole Murphy, had a decent night. He completed two of three field goal attempts and made all three of his extra point attempts. Clemson might drop down in their rankings after this week, but should easily stay in the top three.
Alabama at Mississippi State
This was one of the most widely anticipate games on Saturday, and the Alabama Crimson Tide showed why they are the #3 team in the country. They routed the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 31-6. While the score was pretty impressive, the highlight of this game was really the Alabama defense. They had a season high 9 sacks against Mississippi State, and the Bulldogs really struggled to move the ball down the field. On the other hand, Alabama running back Derrick Henry had 22 rushing attempts for a total of 204 yards, including 2 touchdowns. He seemed almost unstoppable. And Alabama QB, Jake Coker, despite a slow start, ended up having a good night, too. However, Mississippi State’s QB, Dak Prescott, had a more impressive night when it came to yards. Coker only had 144 yards, but Prescott threw for 300. Both had one interception, and Coker had a touchdown while Prescott had none. Prescott had more completions, though, and had a higher yards per completion rate, too. He just couldn’t get his team into the end zone. Still, this does spell promise for him and his daily fantasy usage next weekend when the Bulldogs take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.
There’s a strong chance that Alabama will go up to #2 over the next week if they continue on this pace. Just keep an eye on Clemson and #2 Ohio State, who are also playing great football right now, too.