This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
Last week, the Big Ten began its season. We saw things expected (Ohio State dominating), intriguing (Michigan's run game), and alarming (seven turnovers from Michigan State). What can we expect from Week 9, not just for the Big Ten but all the conferences in action this week? Here are some guys to start, some guys to sit, and a look at the fun to be had in Week 9.
Gerrid Doaks, RB, Cincinnati vs. Memphis
I don't know if I've ever referred to a defense as eye-wateringly bad, but Memphis has put up defensive numbers that at least give me a little sting from the ocular region. The Tigers have allowed 567.8 yards per game, most in the FBS, to go along with 33.0 points. Doaks has been excellent in the run game for the Bearcats, primarily in terms of his six rushing touchdowns. Memphis has allowed 440.3 yards per contest through the air, so you like think Doaks won't be as involves. Ah, but though he's a running back, the senior has 135 yards and two touchdowns in the passing game.
Brady White, QB, Memphis at Cincinnati
I'm flipping this matchup around because Cincy's defense under Luke Fickell is dominant. The Bearcats have allowed a mere 12.5 points and 302.5 yards per game. That includes only giving up 182.5 passing yards per contest. Granted, that includes a game against Army, but Cincinnati held SMU to a mere 13 points last week, and that offense