This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
We're a little short on ranked matchups in Week 7 with [looks at schedule] oh wow ... zero games featuring two ranked squads. Sheesh. Still, we have some pivotal matchups like a potential Mountain West championship preview between San Diego State and Boise State, along with a Texas Tech-West Virginia showdown that is peak Big 12. We also get to see what the heck Iowa State actually is after the Cyclones pulled off one of the more stunning upsets in recent memory.
PLAYERS TO START
Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tulane (at Florida International): Hilliard is the workhorse in one of the most run-heavy offenses in the nation. The Green Wave keeps it on the ground 75.9 percent of the time, fifth highest in FBS and more than noted option team New Mexico. Hilliard's coming off an almost unrepeatable performance Saturday when he thrashed Tulsa for 175 yards and four touchdowns. While the touchdown production is tough to replicate, Hilliard's outing Saturday wasn't a fluke as it was his third consecutive 100-yard game – one of which came against Oklahoma. Hilliard should at least be able to keep his 100-yard streak alive against an FIU defense that ranks 111th in defense per S&P+ and 80th in rushing yards allowed per game. (Also, Zach Abey is a top-three quarterback for me this week. Automatic start.)
Cam Akers, RB, Florida State (at Duke): Yeah, yeah, yeah, Duke lets up just 88.0 rushing yards per game. The Blue Devils held Miami