D1FFL.com had 5 players break the 100-point barrier last weekend, with Gators (Public League 9) taking top honors with 111 points (68 O, 24 D and 19 ST). Midget Pimp (OCCU 2nd-Year League), who led all scorers last week, “only” settled for 2nd-place this week with 109 points. Lets Go ‘Neers (PL 13) had 107 points, KokosSooners (PL 12) got 103 and Panthers (PL 14) had 102 to round out the Top-5. Our Top-8 were each from different leagues, which points out the diversity of drafting and add/drops as the season progresses.
Southern Eagles continues to lead overall scoring with 877 points through 10 weeks. Eagles has 530 O points to go along with 213 D and 134 ST to claim that top spot. Take yo lunch is right behind with 875 points and Panthers has moved up to third at 864. Gators (589 points) is the only other player higher than my 836 points for Commish’s Team. I might add that I have 4 teams in various leagues, and my overall H2H record is 31-1, with my lone defeat coming this past weekend in PL 7 at the hands of Southern Eagles. It wasn’t even close. I made bad choices, left a lot of points on the bench, and just wasn’t very competitive, losing 67-37. Perhaps we’ll meet again in the championship game.
Looking at team units, Oklahoma led the O units with 72 points. Being the only team with 8 TDs and over 700 yards offset 3 interceptions to gain the top spot. Baylor’s prolific O was second with 68 points (10 above their season-high average), and was the highest-scoring O that had no turnovers and allowed no sacks. Notre Dame’s O tied with Ohio State for 3rd, each scoring 60 fantasy points. Only Georgia State’s O was in the negative, with -8 points on a mere 62 total yards, 3 turnovers and 4 sacks allowed. OUCH!
UTEP’s D had another great week, scoring 36 points. They allowed 14 points, but scored 2 TDs themselves as well as snagging 5 turnovers, sacking the opposing QB twice and forcing 7 punts. NC State (now there’s a team I never thought I’d mention as a D leader this year) scored 33 defensive fantasy points and Iowa and Temple tied with 30. Temple’s D scored again last weekend. That’s 50 points they’ve scored this year. The Owls also forced East Carolina into coughing up 5 fumbles. The Washington Husky D has scored 42 points and no one else is over 30. Wisconsin (28 D points) and Appalachian State (27) scored the only shutouts last weekend. Kansas surrendered 60 points to Baylor and was dead last with -9 points. Others on the minus side of zero were Illinois (-5) Georgia State (-4), Pittsburgh (-4), Duke (-3), Iowa State (-2), and Miami (O), Navy and Western Kentucky each with -1. Temple’s D continues to lead the ppg average with 24. Utah St, Mississippi and Clemson are all tied at 22 ppg, ad Ohio State, TCU and Louisville are tied with 21 ppg.
The Memphis Tigers Special Teams unit was rather special last week, scoring 22 points to lead the schools in that category. 4 PATs and 4 FGs (3 of them over 45 yards) actually created 23 ST points, but they missed one kick to drop a point off the final tally. Kansas State’s ST unit scored 21 fantasy points and Baylor was tied with Louisiana Tech and Penn State for third at 19. Utah’s ST unit dropped off slightly with 13 points last week, but still leads FBS with an average of 15 ppg.
There were 23 FGs made that were over 45 yards in length, and Memphis and Penn State’s kickers made 3 apiece. 5 kicks were returned for TDs, 56 FGs or PATs were missed and 8 fumbles were lost while returning kicks.
Duke, Georgia, Northern Illinois and Rice have all turned over the ball just 5 times offensively, while New Mexico State gives the ball away like Halloween candy, a prodigious 26 times so far. That’s essentially 3 times per game.
Maryland and Duke both have kickers who have not missed yet this season. 46 PATs and FGs without a whiff. Iowa State (34 kicks) and Wake Forest (22) are the only other teams with perfect kickers. SMU is the only team with a kicker making under 70% of his attempts, being 9 of 13 for 69.2%.
Mississippi and Louisville lead the nation with 18 interceptions each. 6 teams have only 2 INTs thus far. Temple leads the country in fumble recoveries with 16, while Oklahoma State is the lone team without any.
47 teams have already likely punched their ticket to one of the plethora of bowl games as they have won 6 or more games (NCAA requires a .500 record to be bowl eligible) (well, NCAA recommends, as they have granted waivers for a sub-.500 team from time-to-time). That list will grow as 22 more teams have 5 wins and need a victory this week to get their “golden ticket”. With 38 bowl games (including the 2 playoff semi-finals), that allows for 76 teams. On the other side of the ledger, there are 14 teams that know their last game of the regular season will be their last game this year. Washington St, Colorado, UNLV, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Eastern Michigan, New Mexico St, Miami (O), Tulsa, Kent St, Idaho, Troy, Georgia St and SMU are all on that unfortunate list. 18 more teams are a loss away from joining the group. Likely to lose this week (and their opponent) are: Vanderbilt (Florida), Purdue (Wisconsin), Southern Mississippi (Marshall), Wake Forest (Clemson) and Tulane (Houston). Either Old Dominion or Florida International will get a 7th loss, as they play each other. Same with Iowa State and Kansas. Ditto North Texas and Florida Atlantic as well as Army and UConn. We look at the teams vying for a College Football Playoff berth and refer to their upcoming games against each other as “elimination games”. Meanwhile, on the underside of the FBS, real elimination games are going on as well.
Over the next 4 weeks, we will learn the names of 4 teams who will make up the first FBS Championship Playoff. We’ll see a lot of great football, some wild finishes and some heartbreaking turns of events. Enjoy the ride, and I’ll be writing about it again next week!