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Start/Bench—Week 3  

Start
Riley Ferguson, QB-Memphis vs Kansas
Ferguson threw three touchdowns in the season opener and the Tigers host Kansas on Saturday, one week after the Jayhawks gave up 37 points to Ohio.

 

Dane Evans, QB-Tulsa vs North Carolina A&T
Week 3 could be a make-or-break week for Evans in 2016, as the senior quarterback has gotten off to a real shaky start by throwing four interceptions and only one touchdown.  If there was ever a cure for a bad start, a matchup against North Carolina A&T would be it.

 

Ryan Higgins, QB-Louisiana Tech at Texas Tech
After serving a one-game suspension, Ryan Higgins threw four touchdown passes against South Carolina State last Saturday.  The Bulldogs have enough talent to keep up with Texas Tech on the scoreboard and Higgins could be in line for another big week.

 

Ryan Nall, RB-Oregon State vs Idaho State
Nall was effective as a runner and receiver in the Beavers’ opener at Minnesota and should find yardage much easier to come by this Saturday in a matchup at home against Idaho State.

 

Boom Williams, RB-Kentucky vs New Mexico State
Williams has gotten at least twelve carries in both games this season, and if he gets 12-plus carries against the Aggies on Saturday, he’ll likely top the 100-yard mark and find the end zone.
 
LJ Scott, RB-Michigan State at Notre Dame
The Spartans like to spread the ball around, but in a big game they usually like to ride their horse, and that horse is L.J. Scott.  Don’t be surprised if Scott carries the ball 20-plus times in Saturday’s matchup at Notre Dame.

 

Marcus Cox, RB-Appalachian State vs Miami
Cox ran for over 100 yards on the road at Tennessee in the season opener and we believe Mr. Reliable can do it again at home against the Hurricanes.

 

Byron Pringle, WR-Kansas State v Florida Atlantic
Pringle was held to one reception in the Cats’ season opener at Stanford, but he led the team in targets, and after a week off he should be much more productive against Florida Atlantic.

 

Mack Hollins, WR-North Carolina vs James Madison
We have received a lot of questions about Hollins throughout the week and are not wavering on our preseason projection.  He only played one half against Georgia and did catch a TD pass last week at Illinois.  We feel one of Hollins’ long TD receptions will come this week and help set the table for the remainder of 2016.

 

Bench
Kenny Potter, QB-San Jose State vs Utah        
Potter had a great Week 2 against Portland State, but he struggled in the opener at Tulsa and now faces a defense in Week 3 that has only given up one touchdown so far in 2016.
 
Chad Kelly, QB-Ole Miss vs Alabama
Kelly has thrown seven touchdown passes in Ole Miss’ first two games, but he will have a more difficult time against the Alabama defense even though the game is in Oxford.
 
Sefo Liufau, QB-Colorado at Michigan
The Buffaloes have combined to score 100 points in their first two games of 2016, but now they must face a Top 10 defense on the road this week.

 

Akeem Judd, RB-Ole Miss vs Alabama
We’re thinking of embedding a permanent banner at the top of this page stating , “We never recommend starting a running back against the Alabama defense.”

 

Dontrell Hilliard, RB-Tulane vs Navy
Hilliard ran for three touchdowns in a Week 2 win against Southern, but Navy will present a much stiffer challenge and it seems as if carries in the Green Wave backfield are too divided.

 

Jeffrey Wilson, RB-North Texas at Florida
The Gators have the look of a team that could be a darkhorse contender for a spot in the CFP and the Mean Green are completely overmatched in this one.

 

Brandon Holloway, RB-Mississippi State at LSU
We’re not willing to put stock in a running back that has yet to top the 50-yard mark, especially given the fact that the Bulldogs have opened the 2016 season with South Alabama and South Carolina.

 

River Cracraft, WR-Washington State vs Idaho
Since October 25, 2014, Cracraft has only topped the 80-yard mark four times.  We thought things would be different in 2016, but the senior receiver is becoming a roster liability.

 

Steve Ishmael, WR-Syracuse vs South Florida
Well, we knew someone would rack up the receptions and yardage in Dino Babers’ offense and that someone does not seem to be Ishmael.  Through two games, Ishmael has ten receptions for 101 yards and now we must sit on him for one more week before possibly severing ties.  If you read Joe’s email this week, you want quarterback Eric Dungey to start looking to his right because Ishmael is a talented receiver.  Look right, Eric!
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