Points, points and more points! Offenses went on the offensive last week and D1FFL players benefitted from the point explosion. Midget Pimps from OCCU’s 2nd-Year League led fantasy scorers with a whopping 115 points. MP rode TCU’s 89 O points as far as they could go, then added 20 D points and 6 ST points for the week’s win. Panthers (PL 14) was the only other player above 100 points with 111. Gators came close, claiming the third spot with 99 points.
The Top-3 overall scorers didn’t change last week, as Southern Eagles (810 points), take yo lunch (781) and Commish’s Team (773) continue to lead the way. We’re starting to see some Second-Chance League people climb into the Top-50, as Reverse Mortgage Guy (37th) and Midget Pimps (42nd), both of the OCCU 2nd-Year League, get some points moving to overtake some who have had 4 more weeks to amass points. Han Soloists continues to lead in the O scoring category with 506 points scored by his O unit. That’s almost 73% of his total point output coming from the O unit. Take yo lunch has the most points from a D unit with 221. 28.2% of this total points, for those keeping track. Southern Eagles is flying high due in no small part to his ST play. With 121 ST points, it’s “only” 14.9% of his total points, but that’s what’s keeping him in the #1 spot.
The aforementioned TCU Offense unit scored those 89 fantasy points, just barely edging out Georgia Southern’s 86. Both units scored 10 TDs. TCU gained a slight edge by outgaining GaSou 785-660 in total yards but gave some back with 2 sacks to none by the Eagles. Auburn, finishing the week in 10th place with 58 O points, was the only other team joining Georgia Southern with no turnovers or sacks. Syracuse’s O managed to lose their owners 4 points on a fairly bad day, but UTSA eclipsed that with a whopping -5 points on no TDs and only 70 yards total offense! Toss in 2 turnovers and 3 sacks, and that’ll get you less-than-nowhere.
Baylor, who was idle last week, stays atop the season-long O list, averaging 57 fantasy points per game. A log jam stands in second place, as TCU, Georgia Southern, Oregon and Marshall are each averaging 53 points per game. Michigan State (52) is the only other unit above 50 ppg. The might Mustangs of SMU are finally getting on a roll. While still a far cry from the Pony Express days, they are at least averaging on the positive side at 3 ppg.
UTEP (the team responsible for UTSA’s misery last week) led the FBS with 34 D points last week. They allowed no points, returned a turnover for a TD and was the sole unit forcing double-digit punts (11) in addition to all the bad things I already mentioned that befell UTSA. Arizona State was second on the D unit tally with 33 points and Western Michigan was third with 29. Texas Tech, who gave up that barrage of points to TCU, was stone cold last in the D standings with -14 points. Georgia State had a D that scored -12 points for that not-so-coveted next-to-last spot. 7 other teams also scored in the minus on D. Of the 9 teams on the negative side of 0, only 3 forced their opponents to punt more than twice.
Mississippi continues to lead the list of average D points per game, with 24. Just a smidge ahead of Temple’s 23 ppg, and that’s with Temple scoring another D TD (the Owls now have scored 44 points by their D unit. SMU’s offense has only scored 49 points!). SMU’s D is still just averaging zero points per game.
TCU’s Special Teams unit scored 26 points to lead the pack last week. You might expect it with 10 PATs to account for, but then add in 4 FGs (without a miss): 1 form inside the 30, 3 from 30-45 yards and one from 46+. Arizona’s ST unit snagged honorable mention with 22 points, thanks mostly to 2 kicks returned for TDs. Ohio’s ST unit was the lone group below zero with -1. 3 PTAs to the good, but 2 missed kicks and a fumble lost on a return consigns the unit to the briny deep.
Utah’s ST unit continues to lead the FBS for the season, averaging 15 points per game. That average has dropped lately from over 18, but that only shows how good these guys are! TCU and West Virginia tie for second overall, averaging 13 ppg. SMU and Eastern Michigan are tied at the bottom as co-cellar dwellers, averaging a mere 2 points per game.
Let’s look at Pittsburgh for a moment. The Pitt Panthers lost 6 fumbles last weekend. 5 in 5 possessions IN THE FIRST QUARTER! That tied an obscure NCAA record held by East Carolina (vs Louisiana-Lafayette in 1980) and San Diego State (vs California in 1982). At least Pitt can say they hold the record this century. Prior to last weekend’s disaster, Pitt had only lost 3 fumbles on offense (plus 2 on ST) for the season. After this weekend, a full 76 teams had offenses that had not yet lost 6 fumbles for the entire year. If you were to even toss in fumbles lost by Special Teams, 70 teams still have lost fewer than 6 in 2014. Pitt’s first 4 fumbles led directly to Georgia Tech TDs. Pitt’s fumbles came at the end of: a 9-yard run to the Pitt 38, a 74-yard scamper to the Ga Tech 1, a 7-yard loss to the Pitt 14, an 11-yard pass completion to the Pitt 36 and a rush for no gain at the Pitt 30. Fumble 5 times in a row, and fall behind 28-0 right off the pat. That’s the Pitts.
Other notables after 10 weeks: Oregon leads all O units with 48 TDs (and their D unit has yet to score a point). Marshall has amassed 4570 total yards, while Wake Forest has only 1708. Oregon has thrown just 1 interception…New Mexico State is handing them out like candy with 16 thus far. Louisville’s O has lost 12 fumbles (and Eastern Michigan has lot 14 between O and ST units), while Northwestern has lost no fumbles. None. SMU has allowed 36 sacks so far. Duke (who attempts 37 passes per game) and Georgia Southern (12.6 passes per game) each have allowed 3.
Defensively, Mississippi’s D unit has surrendered just 76 points thus far this season. Texas Tech’s D gave up 82 last week. The Rebels have recovered 17 fumbles this year, while Wyoming’s D has yet to find the handle on one. Michigan State’s D has picked off 13 passes. Oklahoma State and West Virginia have none each. Eastern Michigan leads the country with 5 blocked kicks. Their D has given up 299 points, so a lot of practice against PATs is what I’m guessing. Utah’s D has recorded 37 sacks. New Mexico State has just 2 sacks. SMU’s Defense has forced just 18 punts (3 per game) while Clemson’s D has forced opponents to punt 74 times (more than 9 times per game).
The Utah ST unit has returned 4 kicks for TDs. Oregon’s ST unit has scored 3 2-points conversions. Ball State leads the country with 21 FGs made – Illinois, just 2. Kickers are making an average of 89.2% of their kicks. On the high end are 5 schools at 100%; Florida State (off 45 attempts), Maryland (42), Duke (39), Iowa State (32) and Wake Forest (22). On the low end are UNLV (making 75.8% of 33 tries), Boston College (75% of 40 tries), Tulane and Kent State (73.1% of 26 attempts) and SMU (69.2% of 13 attempts).
That’s a look at the Week 9 numbers. No one will be paying any attention after about 7 PM Tuesday when the Selection Committee releases its first rankings, but I appreciate anyone who’s been reading!