Jordan White—Western Michigan vs. Akron. White has been a pass-catching machine this season, leading the nation with 108 receptions. He even missed the first game of the season, meaning he has averaged an unreal 10.8 receptions per game. His 1,389 receiving yards are good for second in the country and his 14 touchdowns are tied for second as well. Last week, the senior had nine catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, his sixth multiple-touchdown game of the year. This week, the Broncos take on lowly Akron, which should mean Whites’ usual double-digit catches and multiple scores are likely to follow.
Kendall Wright—Baylor vs. Texas Tech. Wright had a great game in the upset of Oklahoma last week, catching 8 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown. The senior’s 89 catches are easily the most on the team, so he should continue to be the go-to option for the Bears. This week, the team takes on offensive-minded Texas Tech, whose 473.6 yards allowed per game ranks 115th in the nation. Wright has caught 89 passes for 1,281 yards and ten touchdowns this season for Baylor. Look for Wright to be able to break free a few more times this game at home.
Eric Page—Toledo at Ball State. If there’s any passes being called for Toledo, there is a very good chance it is going to end up in Page’s hands. His 96 catches are nearly triple the next-highest on the team of 34. Toledo always puts up a lot of points, averaging over 57 points per game during their last three contests. The matchup does not bode well for their opponent this week, Ball State. The Cardinals are ranked second-to-last in total defense, giving up an average of 510.6 yards per game. Page and Toledo’s 42 points per game should mean plenty of opportunities to score for the receiver this week.
Patrick Edwards—Houston at Tulsa. Edwards is the product of Case Keenum’s record-setting passing season. Though he had an off game last week against SMU, Edwards should resume catching everything Keenum throws his way. Tulsa has a poor defense that should pose no problem to the nation’s number one offense in the land, meaning that the senior should be in for a big day. The reception numbers are not off the charts for Edwards, but it’s usually a big play when the two hook up. He only has 66 receptions this year, but they have gone for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. Look for Edwards to get back on track this week.
Marquess Wilson—Washington State at Washington. Wilson has been a very solid receiver for the Cougars this season, catching 75 balls for 1,280 yards and ten touchdowns. Only a sophomore, Wilson gets a favorable matchup against Washington who gives 430 yards of offense per game. The Huskies gave up 339 yards and two touchdowns through the air last week against Oregon State, so there should be opportunities to exploit their defense once again. Wilson caught eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown last game, one week after having an eight-catch, 223-yard, three-touchdown game against Arizona State. The ability of Wilson to have big games plus the favorable matchup gives him very good upside.
Mid-to-Low End Options
Juron Criner—Arizona vs. Lousiana-Lafayette
Marvin McNutt—Iowa at Nebraska
Gerell Robinson—Arizona State vs. Cal
Marqise Lee—USC vs. UCLA
Alec Lemon—Syracuse vs. Cincinnati
Ryan Swope—Texas A&M vs. Texas
Rishard Matthews—Nevada at Utah State
Karmar Jorden—Bowling Green at Buffalo
Stedman Bailey—West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh
Mohamed Sanu—Rutgers at UConn
Keenan Allen—Cal at Arizona State
Da’Rick Rogers—Tennessee at Kentucky
Chris Givens—Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt
Tavon Austin—West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh
Robert Woods—USC vs. UCLA