This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
Welcome back for another installment of Start/Sit heading into Week 4. There are only two ranked matchups on the docket this week, but if Week 3 taught us anything, it's that we don't need ranked matchups to have amazing games and landscape-changing results (Big Ten, what was that?). There are some under-the-radar games, like FAU-UCF, UNLV-Arkansas State and UConn-Syracuse that figure to be fun and high-scoring in addition to games like Texas Tech-Oklahoma State. Let's dive into this week's start and sit candidates, and, as always, feel free to ask any specific questions in the comments.
PLAYERS TO START
Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
Ridder has been a revelation for the Bearcats since taking over for an ineffective Hayden Moore. Through three games (well, more like two and a half), Ridder is completing over 62 percent of his passes to go with five total touchdowns and no picks or lost fumbles. This week he draws a matchup against Ohio, which ranks 128th in defensive S&P+. Even if Ridder has a slight regression as a passer this week, his rushing floor is strong enough to where he won't give a dud performance. Ridder owns a 22 percent share of Cincinnati's rushes and will be accounting for plenty of offense against the Bobcats in Week 4. Also, the UConn-Syracuse game ought to offer a ton of tempo with little defense, making it an appealing matchup to stream a Huskie or two.
Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia (vs. Louisville)