College Football Recap, November 13
Here’s a brief look at the latest rankings, recaps and previews of top games and bowl projections, as well as the eight Manning Award Stars of the Week. This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal and will be played on January 1, 2018.
Top 25 Recaps
(CFP Rankings entering the week)
SHAKING IT UP
No. 10 Auburn 40, No. 1 Georgia 17: The Tiger defense turned in a sensational performance, holding the Bulldogs to just 230 total yards and 46 rushing yards (233 below their season average) while Kerryon Johnson ground out the clock with 32 carries for 167 yards as well as a 55-yard touchdown reception.
No. 7 Miami 41, No. 3 Notre Dame 3: The Hurricanes forced four turnovers for the fourth straight week, Malik Rosier ran and threw for touchdowns, Travis Homer ran for 146 yards and Deejay Dallas scored twice on rushes as the Hurricanes extended their win streak to 14 games, the longest in the country.
No. 2 Alabama 31, No. 16 Mississippi State 24: Jalen Hurts found DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard touchdown with 25 seconds to go as the Crimson Tide overcame a valiant effort by the Bulldogs. On the previous play, Hurts had converted a 3rd-and-15 with a 31-yard hook-up with Calvin Ridley. Mississippi State had run for 172 yards in the game, but it was held to a three-and-out on their final drive to set up Hurts’ game-winning drive.
No. 4 Clemson 31, Florida State 14: After building a 17-0 advantage, the Tigers found themselves in quite a battle with the struggling Seminoles after FSU scored back-to-back touchdowns to make it 17-14. Travis Etienne’s second rushing score of the day came with 3:05 to go to ice the victory.
No. 5 Oklahoma 38, No. 6 TCU 20: The Sooners shocked the Horned Frogs and their sixth-in-the-nation defense by piling up 533 yards of offense behind sterling performances from Baker Mayfield (18-of-27, 333 yards, 3 TDs) and Rodney Anderson (151 rushing yards, 139 receiving yards, 4 total TDs).
No. 8 Wisconsin 38, No. 20 Iowa 14: The Badger defense thoroughly shut down the Hawkeyes, allowing just 66 total yards (both Iowa touchdowns came on pick-sixes by star defensive back Josh Jackson), while freshman Jonathan Taylor registered his seventh 100-yard game of the year with 157 yards on 29 carries.
No. 13 Ohio State 48, No. 12 Michigan State 3: The Buckeyes rebounded from last week’s loss in a big way as J.T. Barrett accounted for four touchdowns, Mike Weber ran for 162 yards and two scores and the defense allowed just 195 total yards while forcing three turnovers.
No. 14 Penn State 35, Rutgers 6: Trace McSorley passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to become Penn State’s all-time leader in touchdowns (68) and Saquon Barkley ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Nittany Lions recovered from last week’s loss to Michigan State.
No. 15 Oklahoma State 49, No. 21 Iowa State 42: The Cowboys found themselves in another shootout, but this week, they came out on top as Justice Hill ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns and Mason Rudolph (376 yards, 3 TDs) connected on a pair of touchdowns in the final 5:55.
No. 23 N.C. State 17, Boston College 14: After falling to Notre Dame and Clemson in the last two weeks, the Wolfpack had a challenging road game against the improved Eagles and needed a 50-yard scoring burst from Nyheim Hines (110 rushing yards) midway through the fourth quarter to snap its losing streak.
No. 24 LSU 33, Arkansas 10: Derrius Guice ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns and Danny Etling threw for 217 yards and two long touchdowns (45 yards and 68 yards) to D.J. Chark (4 catches for 130 yards) as the Tigers break open a game that was tied at the half as they defeat the Razorbacks for the second year in a row in the game after losing to Alabama.
No. 11 USC 38, Colorado 24: Sam Darnold tallied three touchdowns (two passing), Ronald Jones II ran for 142 yards and Ajene Harris had a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six as the Trojans wrapped up the Pac-12 South title.
No. 18 UCF 49, Connecticut 24: The Knights remain undefeated as McKenzie Milton passed for 311 yards and two scores while running for another and Otis Anderson ran for two touchdowns, including a 65-yard run.
No. 19 Washington State 33, Utah 25: Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns and the Cougar defense forced seven turnovers, including Chima Onyeukwu’s last-minute interception to seal the win and keep WSU in the mix for the Pac-12 title game – they need to defeat archrival Washington in the Apple Cup on Nov. 25 to clinch their first league title game.
No. 25 Northwestern 23, Purdue 13: Clayton Thorson threw for a touchdown and ran for another and Charlie Kuhbander knocked home three second-half field goals as the Wildcats won their fifth straight game.
OUT OF THE PICTURE
Stanford 30, No. 9 Washington 22: Bryce Love ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns against a defense which came in allowing just 91.1 rushing yards per game as the Cardinal dealt the Huskies a major blow to their playoff hopes – the win also keeps Stanford in the mix for the Pac-12 title (a three-way battle between the Cardinal, Washington and Washington State).
Georgia Tech 28, No. 17 Virginia Tech 22: Taquon Marshall only completed two passes, but they went for touchdowns of 80 yards and 60 yards, and Ajani Kerr knocked away a fourth-down pass in the end zone as the Yellow Jackets won a close game after losing their first three one-possession games this year.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Projections:
ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (Wisconsin replaces Oklahoma)
ESPN (David Hale): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (replaces Georgia vs. Clemson)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Miami vs. Ohio State (replaces Georgia vs. Wisconsin)
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (Wisconsin replaces Miami)
The All-American (Stewart Mandel): Alabama vs. Ohio State (Ohio State replaces Notre Dame)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (Wisconsin replaces Clemson)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Washington)
The Score (Brett McMurphy): Oklahoma vs. Ohio State (Ohio State replaces Alabama)
Yahoo Sports (Nick Bromberg): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (Wisconsin replaces Clemson)
Random Stats of the Week
4 – Number of turnovers forced by Miami in each of its three games leading into Saturday’s game – the Hurricanes forced four more in the blowout of Notre Dame.
5 – Interceptions by Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson in his last two games. He had three picks in the Hawkeyes’ upset of Ohio State two weeks ago and followed that up with two more – both returned for touchdowns – in Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin. The junior leads the nation with 23 passes defended (interceptions and pass break-ups) this season.
12.8 – Points per game this season for Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson, the best total among the Power-Five conferences. The overall leader is Devin Singletary, who has 13.8 points per game. Johnson has scored 17 touchdowns in eight games, while Singletary has tallied 23 scores in 10 games.
14 – Largest margin of defeat for any of the 12 teams that made the College Football Playoff in its first three seasons. This year, TCU has an 18-point loss, Georgia has a 23-point loss, Ohio State has a 31-point loss, USC has a 35-point loss and Notre Dame has a 38-point loss. Auburn’s two losses are by a total of 11 points.
10-0 – Wisconsin’s record for the first time in program history. The Badgers, who are ranked No. 3 in the nation in scoring defense (their third straight year in the top five), have a huge game against 8-2 Michigan on Saturday.
7 – Losing SEC seasons in the past 10 years for Tennessee, which fired head coach Butch Jones on Saturday. The Volunteers are 0-6 in SEC play this year.
Manning Award Stars of the Week
While 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Below are our selections for the top eight quarterback performances of the past week. Click here to be redirected to Facebook for voting.
Demry Croft, Minnesota (9-of-15, 105 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.8)
Croft sets the Minnesota record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 183 (on 10 carries), including three touchdowns, as he leads the Gophers to their most points in a Big Ten game since 2006 in a 54-21 win over Nebraska.
Kwadra Griggs, Southern Miss (22-of-31, 331 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.7)
Griggs registers a career-high in passing yards as he leads the Golden Eagles to bowl eligibility with a 43-34 C-USA road victory over Rice.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville (15-of-26, 195 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.4)
Jackson also rushes for 147 yards, his seventh time this year tallying 100 yards rushing and passing, as the Cardinals roll to a 38-21 ACC win over Virginia.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (18-of-27, 333 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.7)
Mayfield, who also rushes for 50 yards, leads his team to 533 total yards against the nation’s sixth-ranked defense as the Sooners cruise to a 38-20 Big 12 victory over No. 6 TCU.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (25-of-31, 376 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.9)
Rudolph has his eighth 300-yard game of the year and connects on two touchdowns in the final 5:55 as the Cowboys win a shootout over Iowa State, 49-42.
Nick Starkel, Texas A&M (21-of-30, 416 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.8)
Starkel, making his first start since being injured in the season-opener, records his career-high in passing yards and touchdowns while playing only one half of a 55-14 blowout of non-conference foe New Mexico.
Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss (28-of-36, 418 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT QBR: 96.0)
Ta’amu, making his third career start, also rushes for two touchdowns as he leads the Rebels to a 50-22 non-conference win over Louisiana.
John Wolford, Wake Forest (25-of-38, 363 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.1)
Wolford also rushes for 136 yards and three more touchdowns as the Demon Deacons close the game with a 37-2 run to come from behind in a 64-43 ACC road win over Syracuse.
Top Upcoming Games
(Rankings are this week’s AP Rankings; All Times Central, please check local listings)
No. 19 Michigan at No. 5 Wisconsin (11 a.m., FOX): This will be a critical game for the Big Ten as the Badgers hope to earn another win over a ranked team (Northwestern was unranked when Wisconsin beat them, but they are now ranked, while Iowa was ranked until the Badgers knocked them out this past weekend). The Wolverines will use a grinding ground game (207.8 yards per game) while the Badger rush defense leads the nation, allowing just 81.5 rushing yards per game.
Virginia at No. 2 Miami (11 a.m., ABC): The undefeated Hurricanes have clinched a slot in the ACC Championship game against defending champ Clemson, but the Cavaliers are much improved (6-4 overall, 3-3 in ACC play) and could be a classic letdown game after the huge win over Notre Dame.
Kentucky at No. 7 Georgia (2:30 p.m., CBS): Despite their tough loss at Auburn, the Bulldogs remain in the mix for the playoff as they have locked down a spot in the SEC Championship game where they will face either No. 1 Alabama or a rematch against fast-rising Auburn; the Wildcats have had a solid season with a 7-3 record and a rushing attack which piled up 232 yards against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
No. 11 TCU at Texas Tech: The Horned Frogs will lock down a position in the Big 12 title game if they can defeat 2-5 Texas Tech and 1-6 Baylor, but the Red Raider offense could be a challenge if TCU is reeling from giving up 38 points and 533 yards to Oklahoma on Saturday.
UCLA at No. 11 USC (7 p.m., ABC): The Trojans have already clinched the Pac-12 South Division, but need to win out to hold onto any hope of making the College Football Playoff field; meanwhile the Bruins are hoping to clinch bowl eligibility with a win in this long-time rivalry game.