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Start vs. Sit: Who to Start, Sit Week 7

Chris Morgan

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Keith Price, QB, Washington:
Stepping into Jake Locker's shoes for the Huskies was a big task for Price, but he's been more than up for it thus far. He's completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 1,209 yards, 17 touchdowns and only four interceptions. This week, Washington plays host to a 1-5 Colorado team that has been stagnant for years. Price looks legit at this point, and he could be in for a huge week against the Buffaloes.

Alfred Morris, RB, Florida Atlantic:
Morris started slowly, but opening with road games against Florida, Michigan State and Auburn can do that to you. Since beginning Sun Belt play, Morris has really picked up his play, including 213 total yards and a touchdown last week. This week, the Owls play host to Western Kentucky. Expect the trend to continue.

Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina:
The Pirates have struggled to a 1-5 record, but they haven't had any problems throwing the ball. And this week they play Memphis, which might be the worst team in college football. Lance Lewis is East Carolina's top wide receiver, but Hardy has been quite good himself, catching 36 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns. Expect the Pirates to pick up the win this week, with the passing game having a big day.

Bryan Burnham, WR, Tulsa:
Take away a rough game against Boise State, which is the stiffest competition Tulsa will play this season, and Burnham has had four really good games. He's caught 21 passes for 342 yards and a whopping six touchdowns. This week, the Golden Hurricane face UAB, a team that remains winless.

Cody Fajardo, QB, Nevada:
Fajardo and Tyler Lantrip have both gotten a lot of time under center as the Wolf Pack look for a replacement for Colin Kaepernick. While Lantrip is coming off a good week, coach Chris Ault said that Fajardo will start this week. He gets the chance to go up against the lowly New Mexico Lobos. Maybe Lantrip steals some playing time from him, but Fajardo should still do plenty to merit being used this week.

Orwin Smith, RB, Georgia Tech:
There is nothing particularly special about Smith's matchups this week. The Yellow Jackets visit Virginia, a solid but unspectacular team. However, Smith is the leading rusher for the nation's best rushing offense, and he's scored nine total touchdowns this season. Don't expect the Cavaliers to slow Smith and company.


Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee:
Rogers has had a nice season, but a couple of significant things are against him this week. First, Tyler Bray is out with an injury. Second, the Volunteers face LSU, which boasts perhaps the best defense in the nation. Either of these things would be a good reason to sit Rogers. The combination of the two makes it far and away the best move.

Damarlo Belcher, WR, Indiana:
Belcher has been one of the few bright spots on a poor Hoosiers team. However, this week he and the rest of his teammates visit Madison to take on Wisconsin. The Badgers are one of the nation's best and have performed well both on offense and defense. It has the making of a long day for Belcher.

Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois:
Scheelhaase has really impressed this season as he has helped lead the Fighting Illini to an undefeated record. However, this week he has a tough matchup against Ohio State. While the Buckeyes have struggled on offense, their defense remains formidable. Scheelhaase is good enough to still put up decent numbers, but you'll probably have better options this week.

John White IV, RB, Utah:
White has been a workhorse for the Utes this season, and he's contributed seven touchdowns, as well. However, this week Utah visits Pittsburgh. The Panthers have been an up-and-down team this season, but since they are at home, and since the game is a noon start, things look to be in Pittsburgh's favor, which hurts White's projections.

Jeff Scott, RB, Ole Miss:
Scott has been pretty much the only source of offense for Houston Nutt's team this season, but even he isn't likely to do all that well this week. Ole Miss plays host to Alabama, and the Crimson Tide defense is likely to shut down Scott.

Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina:
Starting in place of Stephen Garcia, Shaw was quite impressive last week. However, the Gamecocks were at home against Kentucky. This week, they have to visit Mississippi State. Maybe last week was legitimate, but right now the sample size is too small to bet on. Wait and see for at least one more week on Shaw.