Here's a brief look at the results of the Top 25 from this past weekend. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS standings entering the games.
#3 Florida State 41, #7 Miami 14: After a tightly contested first half, the heavily-favored Seminoles outscore the Hurricanes 20-0 in the second half – Florida State has now outscored two top-10 teams by 64 points.
#18 Oklahoma State 52, #15 Texas Tech 34: The Cowboys pile up 281 rushing yards, including 96 yards and three touchdowns from Desmond Roland, who has seven touchdowns in his last two games, to send the Red Raiders to their second straight loss.
#22 Michigan State 29, #21 Michigan 6: The Spartan defense continues to impress, holding Michigan to just 168 total yards, including minus-48 rushing yards, as Michigan State posts its largest margin of victory in the rivalry since 1967.
#4 Ohio State 56, Purdue 0: The Buckeyes hold the struggling Boilermakers to just 116 total yards while Braxton Miller passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns.
#9 Missouri 31, Tennessee 3: For the first time since 2010, the Tigers hold an opponent below five points, forcing three turnovers while freshman quarterback Maty Mauk accounts for 277 yards and three touchdowns.
#12 Texas A&M 57, UTEP 7: The Aggies take advantage of four turnovers and Johnny Manziel passes for four touchdowns and runs for two more in a blowout of the 1-7 Miners.
#14 South Carolina 34, Mississippi State 16: Despite tallying more yards (385-307) and controlling time of possession (33:46-26:14), five turnovers cripple the Bulldogs and Connor Shaw throws four touchdown passes for the Gamecocks.
#8 Clemson 59, Virginia 10: The Tigers pile up 610 yards of offense as Tajh Boyd throws for 377 yards and three touchdowns, including a back-breaking 96-yard connection with Sammy Watkins to open the second half.
#17 Northern Illinois 63, Massachusetts 19: Jordan Lynch continues to dominate for the Huskies, passing for 160 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 119 yards and four more scores in a blowout of the 1-8 Minutemen.
GHOULS ON THE GROUND
#11 Auburn 35, Arkansas 17: Tre Mason rushes 32 times for 168 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers send the Razorbacks to their sixth straight loss as they are 0-5 in the SEC for just the second time since joining the league in 1992.
#24 Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9: James White rushes for 132 yards and two touchdowns while the Badger defense picks up a pair of key second-half interceptions.
#25 Notre Dame 38, Navy 34: Freshman running back Tarean Folston averages nearly eight yards per carry, finishing with a career-best 140 yards, while scoring with 3:47 remaining to lift the Fighting Irish to a hard-fought victory.
#16 Fresno State 41, Nevada 23: Derek Carr continues his assault on the record books by throwing for 487 yards and three touchdowns to break Fresno State's career yardage record, while receiver Josh Harper catches 17 passes for 253 of those yards in the Bulldogs' eighth straight win.
#20 UCLA 45, Colorado 23: After suffering two straight losses to highly-ranked teams (Stanford and Oregon), the Bruins get back on track as Brett Hundley throws for 273 yards and two scores while running for 72 yards and two more TDs.
UPDATED BOWL PREDICTIONS
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): South Carolina vs. Wisconsin (no change)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): South Carolina vs. Wisconsin (replaces Auburn vs. UCF)
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): Auburn vs. Clemson (no change)
College Football News: Missouri vs. Clemson (no change)
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): Auburn vs. Clemson (replaces Missouri vs. Northern Illinois)
Bleacher Report: Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Texas A&M vs. UCF (no change)
Phil Steele: Auburn vs. Wisconsin (no change)
USA Today (Erick Smith): South Carolina vs. UCF (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Auburn vs. Stanford (Auburn replaces South Carolina)
NFL.com (Mike Huguenin): Auburn vs. UCF (no change)
Athlon Sports (Steven Lassan): Texas A&M vs. UCF (no change)
Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Picks of the Week, including impressive off-field performances, great games, illuminating features and top highlights such as this bizarre double fumble in a Sacred Heart-Monmouth game in which the initial man who fumbled initially, recovered the second fumble and "returned" it for a touchdown, as well as this double-lateral pass by Fresno State.
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Manning Award Stars of the Week
While 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, additional players may be added later in the season and every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here's a look at some of this week's top quarterback performances:
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
(24-of-29, 377 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 83.6)
Boyd also rushes for a touchdown as he becomes the ACC's all-time leader in total touchdowns responsible for while playing just over one half in a 59-10 blowout of Virginia.
Kolton Browning, UL-Monroe
(21-of-31, 354 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.1)
Browning continues to recover impressively from a serious leg injury, throwing for season-bests in yards and touchdowns as he leads the Warhawks to a critical Sun Belt road win over Troy, 49-37.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
(39-of-55, 487 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 80.3)
Carr, who also rushes for a touchdown, becomes Fresno State's all-time leader with 10,821 passing yards in a 41-23 victory over Nevada.
Grant Hedrick, Boise State
(19-of-27, 305 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.8)
Hedrick has the biggest game of his career, tallying six touchdowns (one rushing) in a 42-30 Mountain West road victory over Colorado State.
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
(22-of-31, 275 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 95.4)
Kelly registers a career high with seven touchdowns (he also rushes for 66 yards and two scores) as the Sun Devils cruise to a 55-21 Pac-12 road win over Washington State.
Philip Nelson, Minnesota
(16-of-23, 298 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.6)
Nelson, who records career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns, caps his day by connecting on a 50-yard touchdown pass with 3:06 to go to lift the surging Gophers to a 42-39 Big Ten road victory over Indiana.
Gary Nova, Rutgers
(27-of-38, 371 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 82.6)
Nova tallies a career-high in passing yards and caps his day by connecting on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds to go to lift the Scarlet Knights to a 23-20 comeback victory over Temple.
Terrance Owens, Toledo
(18-of-24, 375 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.2)
Owens registers a season-high in passing yards as he leads the Rockets to a 55-16 MAC victory over Eastern Michigan.
Top Upcoming Games
(current BCS rankings, all times Central)
#10 Oklahoma at #6 Baylor (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1): One of the biggest games of the year in the Big 12, the Sooners will look to slow the high-octane Bear defense (tops in the nation in scoring at 63.9 points per game).
#2 Oregon at #5 Stanford (Thursday, 8 p.m., ESPN): This Pac-12 North showdown will feature the potent Duck offense (55.6 points per game) against the stout Cardinal defense (19.4 points per game) in a game which could leave the loser on the outside looking in at the BCS picture.
#9 Auburn at Tennessee (11 a.m., ESPN): The Tigers have positioned themselves in the SEC West title picture; and with wins over Tennessee and Georgia, will set up a mammoth showdown with Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Virginia Tech at #7 Miami (6 p.m., ESPN): Both teams look to recover from losses and remain in the hunt for the ACC Coastal Division title and a probable showdown with Florida State in the league championship game.
Houston at #21 UCF (6 p.m., ESPN2): While Louisville remains the top-ranked team in the American Athletic Conference, UCF holds the edge in the league standings, but will need to get by a strong Houston team which is also perfect in league play and 7-1 overall.
#13 LSU at #1 Alabama (7 p.m., CBS): Alabama has continued to dominate foes while the rest of the SEC beats each other up week-to-week; the two-loss Tigers could jump firmly back in the BCS picture with an upset victory.
#16 Fresno State at Wyoming (9:15 p.m., ESPN2): The Bulldogs get a break as the weather forecast for Laramie doesn't include snow on Saturday, but they still have the challenge of the Cowboys' dual-threat quarterback Brett Smith.