College Football Recap, November 4 park
Here's a brief look at the results of the Top 25 from this past weekend. The rankings used in this recap are the College Football Playoff (CFP) Rankings entering the games. The CFP announces its new rankings on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. (Central) on ESPN.
#1 Mississippi State 17, Arkansas 10: Trailing 10-0 early in the second quarter, the top-ranked Bulldogs look to be in serious trouble, but the combination of Dak Prescott (career-high 331 passing yards) and Josh Robinson (64 rushing yards and a TD, 110 receiving yards) is too much for the Razorbacks.
#2 Florida State 42, #25 Louisville 31: The undefeated Seminoles find themselves in a battle, down 21-0 late in the first half after multiple turnovers, but Jameis Winston settles down and connects on long TDs of 68, 47 and 35 yards in the second half to lead Florida State to its 24th straight victory.
#7 TCU 31, #20 West Virginia 30: The Horned Frogs, playing their first game outside the state of Texas, find themselves down 27-14 late in the third quarter, but they recover as B.J. Catalon runs for a pair of touchdowns and Jaden Oberkrom boots a game-winning field goal as time expired.
TURNOVERS ARE KEY
#3 Auburn 35, #4 Ole Miss 31: In a figurative heavyweight bout, the Tigers get a championship performance from Nick Marshall (254 passing yards, three total touchdowns) and take advantage of two critical Rebel turnovers – a fumble at the Auburn 6 with 6:31 to go and then a crippling fumble on the 1 with 1:30 left.
#9 Kansas State 48, Oklahoma State 14: The Wildcats get two passing touchdowns from Jake Waters, two rushing scores from Charles Jones and 159 receiving yards from Curry Sexton while the defense forces three turnovers and holds the Cowboys to just 48 yards of offense in the second half.
Temple 20, #23 East Carolina 10: The Pirates enter the game in prime position to earn an automatic bid to a New Year's Six bowl due to being the top-ranked team from the Group of Five conferences and pile up 428 yards to Temple's 135; unfortunately, five East Carolina turnovers doom the Pirates as the Owls pick up their first win over a ranked team since 1998.
DUAL THREAT QBS
#5 Oregon 45, Stanford 16: Marcus Mariota continues his impressive Heisman campaign by completing 19 of 30 passes for 258 and two touchdowns while also running for 85 yards and two more scores as the Ducks manhandle a Stanford team that had beaten them the last two years.
#10 Notre Dame 49, Navy 39: Everett Golson becomes the first Irish quarterback in history with three passing and three rushing touchdowns in the same game but the win isn't easy for Notre Dame as the Midshipmen tally 24 unanswered points to take a 31-28 lead into the fourth quarter before faltering.
#18 Oklahoma 59, Iowa State 14: The Sooners pile up 751 total yards, the fourth-most in school history, as Trevor Knight passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns and rushes for 146 yards and three more touchdowns – the first player to throw and pass for three TDs this season (joined by Notre Dame's Everett Golson later in the day).
Florida 38, #11 Georgia 20: Things appear to be going to plan for the Bulldogs as Nick Chubb opened the scoring with a 39-yard TD run, but then the Gators come to life, scoring five straight touchdowns, all on running plays as they only attempted six passes all day in a shocking upset in SEC East action.
#22 UCLA 17, #12 Arizona 7: The Wildcats, with an average of well over 500 yards per game entering the game, open the scoring with a short touchdown pass, then find themselves thoroughly stymied, finishing with just 255 yards while the Bruins pile up 460 yards and pull away for a key victory in the Pac-12 South race.
#14 Arizona State 19, #17 Utah 16: The Utes had captured three straight Pac-12 victories by a combined 11 points, but they push their luck too far against the Sun Devils, who get a 30-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez to tie the game in the fourth quarter, then a 36-yarder to win it in the second overtime – after Utah's kicker missed on his own attempt at a game-winner in the first overtime period.
#24 Duke 51, Pittsburgh 48: After two close victories in a row, the Blue Devils find themselves in a battle with Pittsburgh, which gets a career-high 263 rushing yards from James Conner, but manage to hold on when backup quarterback Thomas Sirk scores his second TD of the game on a five-yard burst in the second overtime.
14 NOT ENOUGH
#13 Baylor 60, Kansas 14: Fourteen points isn't going to be enough against the potent offense of Baylor as the Bears score eight times in the first half alone behind another strong effort from Bryce Petty (277 yards and three touchdowns), who finds Corey Coleman for 167 yards, including touchdown catches of 72 and 49 yards.
#15 Nebraska 35, Purdue 14: The Cornhuskers lose star running back Ameer Abdullah to a knee injury (a mild sprain which could allow him to return for their next game after a bye week) in the first quarter and turn the ball over three times, but they still only allow 14 points while backup running back Amani Cross runs for a pair of touchdowns.
#16 Ohio State 55, Illinois 14: The Buckeyes score 48 points before the Illini even crack the scoreboard; two Ohio State quarterbacks combine to complete 20 passes to nine different receivers in their 20th straight Big Ten regular season victory.
SUGAR BOWL SPOTLIGHT EVENT
In addition to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, the bowl is involved with nearly 50 other events throughout the year. Each week, we will spotlight one event in the weekly recap. This week's spotlight event is the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Cross Country Championships, which will be held this Saturday at City Park in New Orleans. All high school varsity boys and girls cross country teams from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemine Parishes have been invited to participate. The meet is not divided by class or school size. The meet is expected to include many of the top teams in the state, including four defending state champions: St. Paul's (Class 5A Boys), John Curtis (Class 3A Boys), Sacred Heart (Class 3A Girls) and Patrick Taylor (Class B Girls), as well as three state runners-up: Dominican (Class 5A Girls), Country Day (Class 1A Girls) and St. Martin's (Class 1A Boys).
YOUTUBE CLIPS OF THE WEEK
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. This week's clips include the fake-kick touchdown by Florida holder Michael McNeely as well as a very creative parody of a Heisman campaign by Arkansas for offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2015
FoxSports.com (Stewart Mandel): Florida State vs. TCU (replaces Auburn vs. Oregon)
ESPN.com (Brett McMurphy): Mississippi State vs. Notre Dame (no change)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Florida State vs. Alabama (Alabama replaces Ole Miss)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Florida State vs. TCU (TCU replaces Oregon)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Florida State vs. Michigan State (no change)
Phil Steele: Florida State vs. Michigan State (no change)
Yahoo! Sports (Pat Forde): Mississippi State vs. Auburn (no change)
Bleacher Report: Florida State vs. Mississippi State
WIN TWO TICKETS!
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will be giving away two free tickets to the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl, which will also serve as one of the first College Football Playoff Semifinals in history, in early December. Fans can sign up at the official website of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. One lucky winner will be chosen to receive two free tickets to the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl to be played on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Prize includes two tickets to the game only. Parking, accommodations and any other expenses related to the game are the responsibility of the winner. Contest will continue until Thursday, Dec. 11 when a winner will be selected and contacted by an Allstate Sugar Bowl representative.
VOTE FOR MANNING STARS
College football fans, be sure to "like" the official Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page (linked above) and vote each week for the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. The top quarterback performances from each week will be posted giving you the chance to vote for what you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
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. Here's a look at some of this week's top quarterback performances (follow the Facebook link above to vote):
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
Everett Golson, Notre Dame
Cody Kessler, USC
Trevor Knight, Oklahoma
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Nick Marshall, Auburn
Johnny McCrary, Vanderbilt
Tyler Murphy, Boston College
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
(Rankings are from this week's AP Poll, all times Central)
#10 Baylor at #16 Oklahoma (11 a.m., Fox Sports 1): This game may serve as a CFP elimination game as the Bears will be hard-pressed to make up ground in the Big 12 race with a loss, while a loss for Oklahoma would be its third. The winner will still have a solid shot at winning the Big 12, which may carry serious weight with the Selection Committee.
Texas A&M at #3 Auburn (2:30 p.m., CBS): What appeared to be a marquee matchup early in the season has turned into what most would expect to be a routine win for the Tigers, who are rolling, while the Aggies changed quarterbacks last week after losing three straight games.
#8 Notre Dame at #11 Arizona State (2:30 p.m., ABC): The Sun Devils, with just one loss, are alone atop the Pac-12 South and hoping a win over a highly-ranked Notre Dame will give them a jump in the CFP rankings, while the Irish need a big win to boost their own one-loss résumé.
Virginia at #2 Florida State (5:30 p.m., ESPN): Despite losing three straight, the Cavaliers are much improved this year, boasting a victory over Louisville, which gave the Seminoles a run for their money; Florida State has already been in two big holes this year and will look to turn in a complete game at home.
#9 Kansas State at #6 TCU (6:30 p.m., Fox): After eight games, the Wildcats and Horned Frogs have both made excellent cases to be in the College Football Playoff, but the winner of this battle in Fort Worth is sure to get a big boost.
#4 Alabama at #14 LSU (7 p.m., CBS): The Crimson Tide may have the best chance of any one-loss team to solidify a spot in the top four as they still have games remaining against No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Auburn. However, they still have to go on the road to take on a young LSU team that has been growing up fast.
#13 Ohio State at #7 Michigan State (7 p.m., ABC): This rematch of last year's Big Ten Championship game, won by the Spartans, could also be an elimination game in the new College Football Playoff format as the loser has little chance of making a move into the top four. Even with a win, Ohio State will be hard-pressed to offset its loss to 4-5 Virginia Tech, but a win for Michigan State would be a big boost.
#5 Oregon at #20 Utah (9 p.m., ESPN): The Ducks have recovered from some key injuries and their lone loss to register four straight impressive victories; this road game in Salt Lake City will be their biggest challenge off the regular season and could all but lock up the Pac-12 North title.