July 20, 2024

Devy Digest: Week 6 Preview

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Devy Digest: Week 6 Preview

Devy Games to Watch

(12)Oklahoma at (3)Texas
This game should be a fun one to watch and should be the game of the week with all of the devy assets in this game. For Texas, will QB- Quinn Ewers step up in another big game? He’s looked decisive in his decision making and is now starting to make plays with his feet. RB- Jonathan Brooks comes in on fire with huge games after huge games on the ground which is helping to keep defenses honest and also taking pressure off of RB- CJ Baxter. We’re starting to see WR- Johntay Cook II being used in packages now and it is exciting to watch them implementing him, he is an electric player and a Devy Digest favorite, depending on the severity of the JT Sanders injury, they might lean on Cook a little more in a must win game. WR- Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell have looked great as well. For Oklahoma, QB- Dillon Gabriel must be efficient as he has been for the better part of his career, he doesn’t really have a running back to lean on like Texas does, so the interesting part to watch is if WR- Andrel Anthony steps up as the deep threat target to force Texas to play a lighter box, therefore freeing the Oklahoma running backs and Dillon Gabriel more running lanes to operate with. (23)LSU at (21)Missouri
This should be another fun one to watch with two solid Quarterbacks who have standout receiver to help elevate them. For Missouri, QB- Brady Cook has been looking at WR- Luther Burden and the devy sensation has rewarded his backers tremendously as he has been playing lights out. For LSU the duo of WR- Malik Nabors and Brian Thomas Jr have sparked the passing game, the defense has let LSU down, specifically the secondary, we’ll have to see how Missouri tries to exploit that to free up Burden. LSU would be wise to try and slow it down, and feed RB- Logan Diggs to give that defense some rest and eat up clock. With 2 loses, it only becomes a matter of time for when Malik Nabors and possibly Brian Thomas Jr electing to opt out to prepare for the NFL draft, and when that happens, we will get to see more of WR- Aaron Anderson and the true Freshman trio of Shelton Sampson, Jalen Brown and Kyle Parker. (13)Washington State at UCLA
Another interesting matchup with two good offenses. For UCLA, they come off a bye and a full two weeks to find better ways to put true Freshman QB- Dante Moore in better situations, the game plan against Utah was not effective and they didn’t allow Moore to get in rhythm and find WR- J. Michael Sturdivant. The run game also needs to better support Dante Moore as RB- Carson Steele and TJ Harden were non factors against Utah. For Washington State, QB- Cam Ward looks to continue to play effective football at the position, as he has not thrown an interception all season long. (20)Kentucky at (1)Georgia
This game looks a lot more interesting after Kentucky was able to manhandle Florida. For Georgia, the run game has been in flux due to injuries but the one constant has been TE- Brock Bowers. QB- Carson Beck has looked fine and has made plays when needed. This game might be a little closer than most would expect. For Kentucky, they are coming off a RB- Ray Davis explosion game and that will help as Georgia can’t play a light box all game. WR- Barrion Brown will need to come through, his usage in this new offense has been different and is not being used as the short to intermediate route runner and gadget play guy(that role has gone to WR- Tayvion Robinson, who leads the team in receiving yards and tied for most receptions and touchdown receptions), he is now being asked to run a more diverse route tree, which for now, has hurt his production but in the long run should help his devy stock if he can develop into a deep threat. Brown has speed in spades and QB- Devin Leary will just need to pull the trigger and trust his receiver. Fellow WR- Dane Key has looked good in the new offense and if Georgia shades coverage to Brown, Dane Key might have a big game. Arkansas at (16)Ole Miss
For Ole Miss, QB- Jaxson Dart is coming off a signature win over LSU and was complemented by a full arsenal of weapons for the first time all season and Ole Miss put together a great offensive game plan against LSU. RB- Quinshon Judkins also looked good for the first time all season, they will need to bring that again as Arkansas is coming in off some bad loses, but RB- Rocket Sanders might just have been rusty and will now look to play spoiler. QB- KJ Jefferson must find a new weapon in the passing game as TE- Luke Hasz is out for awhile with a broken Clavicle. Arizona at (9)USC
USC should win, and win pretty easy. That’s not the question, the question is which receivers will standout in this game. For USC they have a bevy of receivers and for any given game can be the spotlight receiver. USC is rich with talent. WR- Tajh Washington, Brenden Rice, Dorian Singer, Zachariah Branch, Duce Robinson all have shined and have had their moments. That is due to QB- Caleb Williams, not forcing anything and just making plays and finding guys and throwing them open. For the run game, RB- MarShawn Lloyd has looked very effective this season and is another year removed from his ACL injury, depending on how his Medicals go, he could be climbing up draft boards, For Arizona, they will lean on WR- Tet McMillan and Jacob Cowing. Arizona’s quarterback situation is a little murky, QB- Jayden de Laura’s injury was described as a “significant lower body injury” it has not been disclosed as to what it is, but if he can’t go, they have been going with QB- Noah Fifita, who hasn’t looked terrible so far.

C2C Games to Watch

Marshall at NC State
For Marshall, RB- Rasheen Ali has been a CFF stud since the first snap of his college career, and with this sustained performance and the size of an NFL back, one has to wonder if he is turning into a devy asset, he keeps putting up numbers and his tape is good, great vision, solid speed and nice hands for the next level. NC State has true Freshman WR- Kevin Concepcion, a Devy Digest favorite. These are the two guys to watch for in this game. UTSA at Temple
UTSA has struggled this year. QB- Frank Harris has not looked comfortable, nor has he looked confident when he is reading the defenses and struggling to pull the trigger, when looking at the film tape, this is due to defenses shading coverage to try and take WR- Joshua Cephus out of the game and the other receivers have not stepped up. WR- DeClorian Clark is scheduled to return this week, that should help the entire offense, including the run game which is led by RB- Kevorian Barnes. For Temple, they go as far as QB- E.J Warner goes, a lot is put on his shoulders and he is producing for them, on paper, this should be a good fantasy producing game. Arkansas State at Troy
Two players are CFF standouts in this game and for Arkansas State, that is Freshman QB- Jaylen Raynor. He is a true dual threat specialist, in his first extended action game, he made plays left and right with his feet, and extended plays in the passing game, last week, people were concerned with his run ability so they tried to stop that, Raynor ended up completing 80% of his passes and threw for 6 touchdowns, we mentioned him in our Monday Musings article to go get him in your C2C leagues off of waivers and this is a game to watch a Freshman continue to develop. For Troy, RB- Kimani Vidal is the CFF asset, as Troy really prefers to run the football, to set up the pass. They are currently 50/50 as far as run to pass ratio. It would be more run heavy if it wasn’t due to the James Madison game where they trailed and tried to play catchup and their close matchup versus Western Kentucky, make no mistake; Troy wants to establish Kimani Vidal. Colorado State at Utah State
This game features two young exciting CFF quarterbacks. Colorado State’s Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi and Utah State’s McCae Hillstead. For Colorado State, the receiving options to know are WR- Tory Horton, who has legit devy potential, TE- Dallin Holker, and WR- Justus Ross-Simmons. Utah State features a duo of WR- Terrell Vaughn and Jalen Royals. Utah State has a trip of running backs that produce when called upon, RB- Davon Booth leads the way with 48 carries, but RB- Rahsul Faison and RB- Robery Briggs are the more dynamic runners with Faison averaging over 8 yards per carry. San Jose State at Boise State
For Boise State, QB- Taylen Green has struggled as a passer and has not been as dynamic on the ground. They have leaned on RB- Ashton Jeanty and he has delivered through the ground and as a receiver. For San Jose State, QB- Chevan Cordeiro has been playing without his wide receiver one all year, and he’s made due. WR- Nick Nash has answered the call and has played well as the de facto WR1 for the team. San Jose State is boosted by the running duo of RB- Kairee Robinson and RB- Quali Conley who have been averaging over 6 yards per carry each. (15)Oregon State at Cal
This game features two running backs that have produced on the CFF side and there’s a more devy lean on Oregon State’s RB- Damien Martinez over Cal’s RB- Jayden Ott. The receiving game bolsters two pretty good wide receivers with Oregon State having WR- Silas Bolden, who is a dynamic jitterbug with the ball and Cal has WR- Jeremiah Hunter, who has a touchdown the past 3 games. He’s one that could be a day 3 guy in the NFL draft.