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College Fantasy Football: Week 3 in review

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It was another interesting weekend of college football with a lot of storylines playing out and others emerging. Here are some thoughts from a college fantasy football perspective:

TIME TO LOOK AT TEXAS TECH?

Texas Tech scored 63 points in a win over Houston this past weekend, quarterback Alan Bowman threw for 605 yards and five touchdowns, running back Ta’Zhawn Henry had 111 rushing yards and four scores and receiver Antoine Wesley led the way with 13 catches for 261 yards and three scores.

The Red Raiders put up those numbers not against some FCS cupcake but in a win over Houston, which basically shut down Arizona QB Khalil Tate the week before. Maybe use some caution on Texas Tech players this weekend against a quality Oklahoma State defense but there are going to be opportunities to maximize fantasy points from players in that offense.

FLORIDA STATE LOOKS MISERABLE

I watched almost all of the Florida State-Syracuse game on Saturday and really couldn’t believe my eyes - the Seminoles’ offense was slow and deliberate, the offensive line was getting beaten left and right, quarterback Deondre Francois was average and the five-star running back duo of Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick did nothing again.

In three games - losses to Virginia Tech and Syracuse and a come-from-behind win over Samford - neither Akers nor Patrick have scored yet. That’s a fantasy nightmare and my only recommendation is to ditch all Florida State players until they show some sort of competitive spirit.

CORNELIUS WORTH A LOOK

Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius does not always make it look easy - or maybe I’m just used to watching Mason Rudolph in Stillwater - but he’s putting up nice points and could be worth a look in your fantasy leagues. Especially if you’re playing a quarterback who’s not delivering week-in and week-out.

Against a talented Boise State defense, Cornelius threw for 243 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two others as Oklahoma State likes to use the big-bodied quarterback to run near the goal line. There is a possibility of a shootout between the Cowboys and Texas Tech this weekend which could only mean good things for fantasy owners of Cornelius and that Oklahoma State offense.

PEOPLES-JONES BECOMING A FAVORITE

Are Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson and former five-star receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones starting to build some chemistry in an offense that has come alive against weaklings Western Michigan and SMU?

Peoples-Jones, who was not much of a focus in Michigan’s passing game for far too long, had a touchdown catch against Western Michigan and then had four catches for 90 yards and three scores in Michigan’s win over SMU on Saturday. With Karan Higdon and Chris Evans dealing with injuries, Patterson and Peoples-Jones could keep working well together.

STAY AWAY FROM USC

The Trojans have tons of talented players on offense but they’re just not producing at this point in the season. Three points against Stanford and then 14 Saturday night in a loss to Texas just won’t cut it.

Quarterback J.T. Daniels is supposed to be a senior in high school, the Trojans are using a running back by committee approach and freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown has the team’s lone receiving touchdown, which he grabbed in the season opener against UNLV. The offense looks clunky and unsure of itself. There are plenty of other places to score your fantasy points.

BOSTON COLLEGE POINT MACHINE

This is not a joke. Boston College is an offensive juggernaut. The Eagles are averaging more than 52 points per game led by running back A.J. Dillon, who has 432 rushing yards and four touchdowns in three games. He’s averaging 7.3 yards per carry.

But Dillon is not the only option in Boston College’s attack. Quarterback Anthony Brown has already thrown nine touchdowns (no interceptions) and receivers Jeff Smith and Kobay White have been reliable go-to players. For the next few weeks, at least, playing Boston College’s top players in fantasy leagues seems like a strong idea.