This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
Welcome into our Week 9 installment Start vs. Sit and things are starting to take shape across the college football landscape. The PAC-12 has effectively cannibalized itself out of the Playoff picture while Michigan has inserted itself into the conversation with a big road win in the same week that Ohio State took a tumble on the national stage.
We have a number of quality matchups to get excited about this week, including Iowa at Penn State, South Florida at Houston (major AAC implications there), and Washington State at Stanford. Then of course is the matchup nearest and dearest to my heart with the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party taking place in Jacksonville between Georgia and Florida. Between these matchups and several others across the landscape, we have a great slate of games this weekend. Let's dive in and see who the best start and sit candidates.
PLAYERS TO START
David Pindell, QB, Connecticut (vs. Massachusetts)
Well would you look at that: Connecticut is less than a touchdown underdog this week. I like to call that progress. But seriously, looking at Pindell and this matchup and there's a chance the signal-caller puts up top-5 quarterback production this week. Pindell is a dynamic playmaker that's decent as a passer and also leads the Huskies in rushing. Meanwhile, the Minutemen rank 123rd overall in S&P+, 124th against the run, and 121st against the pass. This sets up as a banner week for Pindell. SMU's James Proche has a tall task