This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
We're in the thick of the conference football season as we enter Week 6. Conference play is in full swing. That's unfortunate for some teams that get stuck facing a juggernaut like Georgia in a given week, but in other ways it can offer opportunity. For example, two small-school players, Sincere McCormick of UTSA and Jalen Tolbert of South Alabama, are at the top of our rankings. There are opportunities everywhere. Here are some recommendations on players to target and players to bench.
Keylon Stokes, WR, Tulsa vs. Memphis
Stokes' season has been hampered by injury, but last week he returned and caught five passes on 10 targets. In his last full campaign he had 62 catches for 1,040 yards and six touchdowns. Memphis' passing defense has been a total sieve. The Tigers rank last in passing yards allowed per game with a whopping 379.2.
D'Wan Mathis, QB, Temple at Cincinnati
Last week, Mathis threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns. That's great! He also did it against the aforementioned Memphis Tigers. It was about as easy a matchup as he could step into. Cincinnati is a different story. The Bearcats rank 33rd in passing yards allowed and 12th in points allowed per game.
Jalen Mitchell, RB, Louisville vs. Virginia
Mitchell has been more steady than remarkable, rushing for 331 yards on 77 carries and adding eight catches for 80 yards. It hasn't been great, but the upside is here in this