College Football Recap, November 6
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
STILL THE FOUR?
No. 1 Georgia 24, South Carolina 10: Jake Fromm tossed a pair of touchdown passes and Nick Chubb tallied another 100-yard rushing game as the Bulldogs open the season 9-0 for the first time since 1982’s Sugar Bowl team – they also clinched the SEC East with their win coupled with Kentucky’s loss.
No. 2 Alabama 24, LSU 10: Jalen Hurts passed for one touchdown and ran for another as he was the difference in a hard-fought struggle that featured just 605 total yards, 15 punts and 10 sacks. It was the seventh-straight win for the Crimson Tide over their SEC West rival.
No. 3 Notre Dame 48, Wake Forest 37: Brandon Wimbush recorded a career-high 280 passing yards and 110 rushing yards to go with three touchdowns (two rushing) as the Fighting Irish won their seventh straight game despite their star running back Josh Adams sitting out the second half.
No. 4 Clemson 38, No. 20 N.C. State 31: A key 89-yard touchdown run from Tavien Foster gave the Tigers a 10-point cushion entering the fourth quarter and K’Von Wallace intercepted the final pass of the day to ice a hard-fought victory, Clemson’s 13th in their last 14 tries against the Wolfpack.
ON THE CUSP?
No. 5 Oklahoma 62, No. 11 Oklahoma State 52: Bedlam certainly lived up to its name as the teams combined for 114 points and more than 1,400 yards, including a record-setting 598-yard passing performance (and six touchdowns) from Baker Mayfield which offset a 448-yard, five-TD game from Mason Rudolph. The largest margin in the game was an 11-point advantage for the Sooners twice in the second quarter as the rivals went toe-to-toe all game. Marquise Brown added nine receptions for a school-record 265 yards, including TDs of 84 and 77 yards, for the Sooners.
No. 8 TCU 24, Texas 7: Darius Anderson ran for 99 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Hicks rushed for a pair of scores and the Horned Frog defense allowed just 264 yards as TCU recovered from its first loss of the season.
No. 9 Wisconsin 45, Indiana 17: Jonathan Taylor ran for 183 yards and a touchdown after missing last week’s game with an injury and Alec Ingold scored three times (two rushing and one receiving) as the Badgers extended their winning streak to 10 games.
No. 10 Miami 28, No. 13 Virginia Tech 10: After a string of close games against un-ranked opponents, the Hurricanes came together to roll over their first ranked foe of the year – Malik Rosier passed for two scores and ran for another while the defense held the Hokies to 299 yards while forcing four turnovers.
Iowa 55, No. 6 Ohio State 24: Nate Stanley threw for 226 yards and five touchdowns (Ohio State had allowed just 10 passing TDs all year), Josh Jackson snagged three interceptions and Akrum Wadley ran for 118 yards as the Hawkeyes shocked the Buckeyes, scoring the most points ever against an Urban Meyer-coached team.
No. 24 Michigan State 27, No. 7 Penn State 24: Brian Lewerke had his second straight 400-yard game and Felton Davis III had 12 receptions for 181 yards as the Spartans’ defense held Saquon Barkley (14 carries for 63 yards) in check while forcing three turnovers.
West Virginia 20, No. 15 Iowa State 16: Will Grier connected on a pair of touchdown passes and Justin Crawford ran for 102 yards as the Mountaineers jumped to a 20-0 first-half advantage before holding on for the upset victory.
No. 25 Washington State 24, No. 21 Stanford 21: While the Cardinal are sliding down, the Cougars will be rising thanks to another outstanding defensive effort and Luke Falk throwing for 337 yards and three touchdowns – he became the Pac-12’s all-time leader in passing yardage with nearly 14,000 career yards – he was already the league leader in completions, attempts and total offense.
INTO THE TOP 10?
No. 12 Washington 38, Oregon 3: Dante Pettis became the NCAA’s all-time leader with his ninth career punt return touchdown and also added a 47-yard touchdown reception as the Huskies held the Ducks to their last points since they were shut out by UCLA in 2007 – the Ducks’ 31 passing yards were their fewest since 2004.
No. 14 Auburn 42, Texas A&M 27: Jarrett Stidham passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, Kerryon Johnson scored twice on rushes and Malik Miller scored on a blocked punt as the Tigers had their sixth straight SEC game scoring 40 or more points.
No. 16 Mississippi State 34, Massachusetts 23: Nick Fitzgerald (139 passing yards) rushed for 135 yards, including a pair of third quarter scores which helped the Bulldogs erase a third-quarter deficit, and Deddrick Thomas scored on an 83-yard punt return to ice the win in the fourth quarter.
No. 17 USC 49, No. 22 Arizona 35: Ronald Jones III ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns and Sam Darnold passed for 311 yards and two scores as the Trojans built a 28-6 lead early in the second half before holding off a late rally by Khalil Tate (146 passing yards, 161 rushing yards) and the Wildcats.
No 18 UCF 31, SMU 21: McKenzie Milton rushed and passed for scores and Adrian Killins, Jr., ran for two more scores as the Knights remained undefeated despite being held below their 51-points per game average.
No. 23 Memphis 41, Tulsa 14: The Tigers strengthened their hold on the top position in the AAC West as Riley Ferguson passed for 298 yards and four touchdowns and their defense allowed just 302 yards and a season-low for points.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Projections:
ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (no change)
ESPN (David Hale): Georgia vs. Clemson (replaces Alabama vs. Notre Dame)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (Wisconsin replaces Penn State)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Georgia vs. Wisconsin (replaces Alabama vs. Clemson)
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Alabama vs. Miami (Miami replaces Georgia)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Alabama vs. Clemson (Clemson replaces Notre Dame)
The All-American (Stewart Mandel): Alabama vs. Notre Dame (Notre Dame replaces Clemson)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Alabama vs. Washington (Washington replaces Clemson)
USA Today (Erick Smith): Alabama vs. Notre Dame (Notre Dame replaces Clemson)
The Score (Brett McMurphy): Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Georgia)
Yahoo Sports (Nick Bromberg): Alabama vs. Clemson
Random Stats of the Week
7 – Games between ranked teams during week 10 – that number is tied for the most in a single week.
55 – Points allowed by Ohio State in its loss to Iowa on Saturday. It is the first time an Urban Meyer-coached team has given up more than 50 points.
15 – Consecutive wins for Wisconsin with Alex Hornibrook at quarterback – the longest streak in the FBS.
5 – SEC games with 40 or more points this year for Auburn – the Tigers’ previous best total of 40-point games in SEC play was four in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Auburn is averaging 43.5 points in league games this season.
3 – Consecutive overtime wins for Northwestern, the first time an FBS team has accomplished that feat, The Wildcats started the run with a 17-10 win over Iowa, then upset Michigan State, 39-31, in triple overtime. On Saturday, they upended Nebraska, 31-24.
0 – Pass attempts for Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw on Saturday. Bradshaw ran for 265 yards (11.5 yards per carry), the most-ever for an Army player in a road game, as the Black Nights defeated Air Force, 21-0. Bradshaw is the first player to be selected as a Manning Award Star of the Week without throwing a pass.
15 – Consecutive games with a touchdown for Penn State’s Saquon Barkley entering Saturday. It was the longest streak in the FBS, but it was snapped when Michigan State shut him out in a 27-24 victory.
6 – Wins for UAB which becomes bowl eligible in its first-season after a two-year hiatus for the program. It is only the fifth time in the Blazers’ 20 years as an FBS program that they have reached bowl eligibility.
10 – Consecutive games that Stanford’s Bryce Love has recorded a run of 50 yards or more. In the past 20 years, no FBS player has turned that trick in more than five games.
82 – Years since Stanford played a game in the snow. In the Cardinal’s loss to Washington State, the snow came down at the end of the first quarter – the last time they had a snow game was in 1936 when they played Columbia in New York.
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.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Army (0-of-0, 0 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.5)
Bradshaw, running Army’s vaunted option offense, doesn’t throw a pass, but runs for a career-high 265 yards (on 23 carries) and scores one touchdown as the Black Knights shut down Air Force, 21-0.
A.J. Erdely, UAB (20-of-21, 197 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.0)
Erdely is near-perfect as he leads the Blazers to a 52-21 victory over C-USA rival Rice as they become bowl eligible in their first year of action after a two-year hiatus.
Caleb Evans, UL Monroe (24-of-32, 356 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 94.6)
Evans, who also rushes for 47 yards and two touchdowns, completes a 50-yard TD connection with 23 seconds to go as the Warhawks win 52-45 over Appalachian State, who had been perfect in Sun Belt action.
Will Grier, West Virginia (20-of-25, 316 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 90.7)
Grier records his eighth 300-yard game of the season while also connecting on multiple TD passes for the ninth straight game (every game this year) as the Mountaineers hold on to defeat No. 15 Iowa State, 20-16, in Big 12 play.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (24-of-36, 598 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 98.1)
Mayfield, who also rushes for a touchdown, registers a school-record in passing yards as he leads the Sooners to a huge 62-52 victory in a wild Bedlam showdown with Oklahoma State.
Nathan Rourke, Ohio (21-of-33, 294 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.2)
Rourke, who also rushes for 54 yards and three touchdowns to break the school-record for rushing TDs in a season, breaks open a 28-28 game late in the third quarter as the Bobcats upend MAC rival Miami, 45-28.
Nate Stanley, Iowa (20-of-31, 226 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.8)
Stanley matches his career-high in touchdown passes as he leads the Hawkeyes to a shocking 55-24 blowout of No. 6 Ohio State – a team that had allowed just 10 TD passes all season.
Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss (31-of-40, 382 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 82.9)
Ta’amu, making his first career start, helps the Rebels erase a 10-point second-half deficit, connecting on a seven-yard touchdown with five seconds to go to lift Ole Miss to a 37-34 SEC road victory over 6-2 Kentucky.
Top Upcoming Games
(Rankings are this week’s AP Rankings; All Times Central, please check local listings)
No. 9 Washington at Stanford (Friday, 9:30 p.m., FS1): The Huskies remain in the playoff picture as they look for a critical Pac-12 North win that will keep them in the mix for the league title game. Stanford dropped its third game last weekend as star running back Bryce Love continued to be hampered by an injured ankle.
No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 7 Miami (7 p.m., ABC): An intense rivalry was ignited in the 1980s between these two teams and now they are both back in the top-10 and building strong cases to be playoff participants – though this game may serve as a playoff eliminator as the loser will need help to get back into the CFP picture.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 18 Mississippi State (6 p.m., ESPN): The Crimson Tide continues to roll, but the Bulldog offense is led Nick Fitzgerald, the type of dual threat quarterback that could potentially give Alabama trouble. ’Bama has given up more than 10 points just twice this season and continues to lead the nation allowing just 9.8 points per game.
No. 2 Georgia at No. 10 Auburn (2:30 p.m., CBS): While many wait anxiously for a projected SEC Championship showdown between a pair of undefeateds in Georgia and Alabama, Auburn would like to remind the country that it’s no cakewalk with a high-scoring offense (36.9 ppg, 20th in the FBS) and a stingy defense (16.9 ppg, ninth in the country) – the Tigers follow this game with an Nov. 25 Iron Bowl match-up with the Tide.
No. 8 TCU at No. 5 Oklahoma (7 p.m., FOX): A critical game in the Big 12 race, as well as in the CFP picture. The winner moves into prime position to reach the league title game while the loser could be knocked out of playoff consideration. Oklahoma and its high-octane offense (45.0 ppg, third in the country) should expect the Horned Frogs (13.9 ppg, sixth in the country) to offer more resistance than Oklahoma State provided.
No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 Wisconsin (2:30 p.m., ABC): The Hawkeyes threw a major wrench into the Big Ten’s playoff hopes by blowing out Ohio State on Saturday; if they hand the undefeated Badgers their first loss, they could very well end the conference’s hopes for a playoff bid.
Florida State at No. 4 Clemson (2:30 p.m., ESPN): Clemson hopes to make its third straight trip to the playoffs, while the Seminoles have had a difficult season due to injuries – having said that, this ACC rivalry has been hard-fought in recent years (last three games decided by 19 points) and Florida State is coming off a win over Syracuse, the team that defeated the Tigers earlier this season.
No. 13 Michigan State at No. 11 Ohio State (11 a.m., FOX): A critical Big Ten East match-up as the two teams are currently tied atop the standings with 5-1 marks. Ohio State needs to recover from the surprising drubbing that it took on Saturday at Iowa, while Michigan State is coming off a 27-24 upset of Penn State (though the Spartans lost to Northwestern in overtime the week before).
No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 24 Iowa State (11 a.m., ABC/ESPN2): It’s unlikely that the Cowboys can get back in the playoff picture after their loss to Oklahoma, but this will be a key game in regards to the Big 12 Championship picture – the top two teams in the regular-season standings will meet in that game. Oklahoma and TCU both have just one league loss, but they play this weekend, meaning one will take control of the league, while three others could be tied for second with two losses (Oklahoma-TCU winner, Oklahoma State-Iowa State winner and West Virginia if it wins at K-State).