Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 9
Start vs. Sit: Who to Play, Who to Bench Week 9

This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.

Week 9 is upon us and this is usually the time of year I gear up to watch my Georgia Bulldogs in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, but a trip down to Jacksonville wasn't in the cards this time around so I'll settle for watching it from our Madison office. It might not be such a bad thing anyway since I don't give the Dawgs much of a chance Saturday. Fortunately, this weekend is loaded with interesting matchups that'll have major implications for several Power 5 Conferences, such as Wisconsin vs. Nebraska, Utah vs. Washington and the much-anticipated Florida State vs. Clemson showdown. And there's plenty to like beyond those marquee matchups, so let's dive into a conference-by-conference look at who you should start and who you should sit this weekend.

PLAYERS TO START

American Athletic

Gunner Kiel, QB, Cincinnati (at Temple): Kiel's roller-coaster career at Cincinnati appears to be on an upswing thanks to his thrashing of East Carolina's defense on Saturday (348 yards, four touchdowns, 8.7 YPA). Coach Tommy Tuberville has already given Kiel the nod for this weekend's game against Temple, and though it's a tough matchup, Kiel has shown he's capable of posting serious numbers against quality defenses. Yes, Temple ranks in the top 30 in passer rating allowed and 10th in passing yards allowed per game, but the Owls haven't necessarily faced a cavalcade of great quarterbacks, either. This will still be a tough matchup for Kiel, but the veteran quarterback is still

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John McKechnie
John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since early 2014.
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