CSTV Fantasy College Football
Bowl Season: The Fantasy Bowl Predictions
Follow the expert picks.
By John Evans
Special to CSTV.com from Leaderboard Sports
Budgeting Your Picks
The Fantasy Bowl contest gives you a total budget of 120 credits to pick a team consisting of two passing offenses, two rushing offenses, one defense and one coaching team. That works out to 20 credits per team on average. There are six expensive squads teams priced at more than 25 credits and six bargain teams priced at less than 15 credits. With anything, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to perform well in this contest, you must find the teams that offer value at their relative price.
As I began putting a squad together for this game, I started with coaching. The scoring system provides for 25 points if a selected team wins, 40 points if it beats a ranked opponent, and zero points if it loses. I looked for the least expensive team that I thought could win, and then I looked for the least expensive team that I thought could beat a ranked team. Alabama and Nebraska are the cheapest choices to pick up the bonus points, but both represent big risks. I chose to skip both options and take Oklahoma. The Sooners lost to four teams that finished in the top 16 in the BCS rankings. Oregon is currently ranked fifth, but there is no love here for the Pac-10 team worrying too much about not being invited to the BCS and not nearly enough about a hungry Big 12 team. OU -- the Sooners that is -- will prevail in a tight battle.
Next, I went for defense. Defense wins championships. Defense score points for sacks, fumbles recovered, interceptions and defensive touchdowns scored. Alabama is a strong cheap option, but Texas Tech will test them. Colorado posted surprisingly good numbers, but having to even show up will test them. I chose South Florida. This pick concerns me a little, as South Florida lost its last two when BCS aspirations overcame them. They are also facing an N.C. State team that is practically playing a home game in Charlotte. However, the lure of big points from this cheap of a source was too hard to pass up.
The air attack filled in our next two slots. Good choices for passing litter the list of potential choices. My first passing choice is UTEP. UTEP is led by Jordan Palmer (you may have heard of his brother Carson) and his 28 touchdown strikes. Neither team should play much defense in this game, so look for big scoring from the Miners. The second passing choice is Arizona State. Rudy Carpenter has posted sensational numbers since taking over for injured Sam Keller, who posted strong numbers himself. The Sun Devils also gets the benefit of at home in Tempe.
Filled out my squad with two rushing attacks. It is impossible to look past the three-headed monster rushing game of Minnesota. The Gophers weren't quite themselves at the end of the year, but with a month to get healthy, they will run over the Cavaliers. The next choice was the Memphis Tigers. A good, inexpensive pick, the Tigers have one of the best backs in the country that few people have heard about. The game should be fast-paced and high scoring against the Zips, so the Tiger ground game will have to be at its best to win this game.
Passing #1 - UTEP
Passing #2 - Arizona State
Rushing #1 - Minnesota
Rushing #2 - Memphis
Defense - South Florida
Coaching - Oklahoma
Total Cost - 118.60
Good luck with your bowl picks this season!!