This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
Welcome to the Week 12 installment of Start vs. Sit where we have a loaded slate with plenty of intriguing matchups across the landscape. Georgia will look to validate its new ranking when it heads to The Plains to face a tough Auburn squad. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Baylor will battle for the playoff committee's respect in a top-15 showdown in Waco. There are plenty of other matchups to keep up entertained through the weekend as we begin the stretch run of the regular season, so let's dive into this week's toughest lineup decisions.
Jamale Carothers, RB/FB, Navy at Notre Dame
This will test the legitimacy of Carothers' recent run of success in which he's racked up 355 yards and eight rushing touchdowns in his last four games. Navy has taken on Tulsa, South Florida, Tulane and Connecticut in that stretch, which certainly helped Carothers' effectiveness. Still, ripping off nearly 10.0 yards per carry over a full month is impressive regardless of having some shaky competition along the way. Notre Dame will present a tough test as it ranks 23rd in S&P+ and gives up just 155.56 rushing yards per game. But with Carothers' role as the primary ball carrier behind Nelson Smith of late (19 percent rushing share), there's reason to trust in using Carothers against the Irish.
Anthony Russo, QB, Temple at Tulane
Russo has hit a skid of late, and a matchup against Tulane's respectable secondary is unlikely to be the turnaround spot.