Here's a brief look at the results of the Top 25 from this past weekend. The rankings used in this recap are the AP rankings entering the games. (Doors songs not included).
BREAK ON THROUGH (AGAINST THE RANKINGS)
#25 Missouri 41, #7 Georgia 26: The Tigers announce their arrival on the SEC scene by remaining undefeated with an impressive performance against an injury-riddled Bulldog squad which commits four turnovers, but the biggest story of the game is likely that Tiger quarterback James Franklin injured his shoulder and is likely down for the year.
Texas 36, #12 Oklahoma 20: With the Longhorns and coach Mack Brown in desperate need of a win, they rise to the occasion, shocking the Sooners with a defense which allows only 263 yards, to avoid a fourth straight loss in the Red River Rivalry – and to improve to 3-0 in Big 12 play.
Penn State 43, #18 Michigan 40: True freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has a breakout game for the Nittany Lions, throwing for 305 yards and three touchdowns in a four-overtime thriller in Happy Valley which resulted in Penn State's fourth straight win over the previously undefeated Wolverines.
ROADHOUSE BLUES (BLUES ON THE ROAD)
Wisconsin 35, #19 Northwestern 6: After the emotional loss to Ohio state last weekend, Northwestern goes on the road and can't slow down the tough Badger running attack (Melvin Gordon and James White both surpassed 100 rushing yards) while struggling to get moving itself on offense (241 total yards).
Utah 27, #5 Stanford 21: The Cardinal's national-title hopes took a big hit in the mountains of Utah as the Utes earn their first-ever victory over a top-five opponent behind a pair of Travis Wilson touchdown passes and a game-saving goal-line stand in the final minute.
LIGHT MY FIRE (RED-HOT OFFENSE)
#2 Oregon 45, #16 Washington 24: For the first time this year, Oregon didn't wrap up a victory by halftime, but it outscored the Huskies, 14-0 in the fourth quarter, as Marcus Mariota turned in another virtuoso performance (454 yards of offense, 4 TDs).
#9 Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 38: With both teams combining for 41 points in the fourth quarter, it's Johnny Manziel and the Aggies who emerge on top as last year's Manning Award winner is exceptional down the stretch despite dinging a knee early in the game.
HELLO, I LOVE YOU (DEFENSE)
#8 Louisville 24, Rutgers 10: With star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater being held in check by the Rutgers defense, the Cardinals turn to defense and use interceptions on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.
#10 LSU 17, #17 Florida 6: The Tiger defense continues to mature, shutting down the Florida offense (just 240 yards) while the offense does just enough against the vaunted Gator defense.
#14 South Carolina 52, Arkansas 7: After Arkansas opens the scoring, Connor Shaw (three passing, one rushing TD) and the Gamecocks take over on the road with the defense holding the Razorbacks to just 248 yards and forcing three turnovers.
#24 Virginia Tech 19, Pittsburgh 9: The Hokie defense sacks Tom Savage eight times while Logan Thomas throws for 239 yards and kicker Cody Journell booted four field goals.
NOT TO TOUCH THE EARTH (KEEPING IT IN THE AIR)
#3 Clemson 24, Boston College 14: The Tigers find themselves in a tight battle with unheralded Boston College, but quarterback Tajh Boyd registers his 14th 300-yard passing game and Clemson scores two fourth-quarter TDs to set up a major showdown with Florida State next weekend.
#11 UCLA 37, California 10: Brett Hundley registers a career-high 410 passing yards as the Bruins rely on their sophomore star to help them offset nine penalties and the lack of injured running back Jordan James.
#15 Baylor 35, Kansas State 25: The high-octane Baylor offense is slowed down for the first time this year as the Bears scored less than half of their season-average, but while their ground game gets stifled, Bryce Petty throws for 342 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.
LOVE ME TWO TIMES (DOUBLING UP)
#1 Alabama 48, Kentucky 7: The Crimson Tide does far more than double-up on the Wildcats as T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake both rush for over 100 yards and the Tide registers 668 yards to Kentucky's 170.
#20 Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35: The Red Raiders remain undefeated as backup quarterback Davis Webb throws for 415 yards and three touchdowns and Texas Tech more than doubles the yardage of the Cyclones (666-311).
TELL ALL THE PEOPLE (BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT KNOW)
#23 Northern Illinois 27, Akron 20: The Huskies win their 23rd straight home game while sending Akron to its 30th straight road loss, but it was closer than expected as NIU went just 1-for-15 on third-down conversions and needed some key defensive stops down the stretch.
Tulane 36, East Carolina 33: The Green Wave improves to 5-2 with a thrilling win in the longest game in school history as Cairo Santos boots his fifth field goal of the game to win it in triple overtime – coach Curtis Johnson shows ultimate confidence in his star kicker by going for the game-winning 42-yarder on first down.
Houston 25, Memphis 15: Memphis outgains the Cougars, holds them to 38 rushing yards and controls the ball for 35:56, but the Tigers lose as Houston forces four turnovers to remain undefeated at 5-0 and 2-0 in the American Athletic Conference.
Ball State 27, Kent State 24: The Cardinals establish themselves as the top competition for Northern Illinois in the MAC as Keith Wenning connects with Willie Sneed on a game-winning touchdown pass with 1:29 to go to improve to 6-1.
UPDATED BOWL PREDICTIONS
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): South Carolina vs. Louisville (no change)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): LSU vs. Clemson (replaces Texas A&M vs. Louisville)
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): LSU vs. Wisconsin (no change)
College Football News: LSU vs. Clemson (no change)
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Texas A&M vs. Clemson (Clemson replaces Louisville)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): LSU vs. Clemson (replaces Georgia vs. Florida State)
Bleacher Report: LSU vs. Clemson (replaces Georgia vs. Florida)
WDSU-TV (Fletcher Mackel): Alabama vs. Oregon (midseason update)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): LSU vs. Clemson
USA Today (Erick Smith): LSU vs. Clemson (LSU replaces Florida)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): LSU vs. Clemson (replaces Georgia vs. Michigan)
NFL.com: Texas A&M vs. Florida State (no change)
Athlon Sports: South Carolina vs. Florida State (replaces Georgia vs. Florida State)
Phil Steele: Georgia vs. Stanford (last updated, 10/8)
San Antonio Express-News (Tim Griffin): LSU vs. Clemson (updated, 10/17)
Football Nation: Florida vs. Clemson (last updated, 10/9)
Vote for Manning Stars
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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:
David Fales, San Jose State
(28-of-35, 431 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.1)
Fales, who tallies his third career 400-yard game, connects on TD passes of 83 and 77 yards before hooking up for a 62-yard connection with 5:36 to play to lift the Spartans to a 34-27 Mountain West road win over Colorado State.
Cody Green, Tulsa
(14-of-17, 226 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.2)
Green also rushes for a critical fourth-quarter touchdown as he turns in an efficient performance in a 34-20 C-USA road win over UTEP.
Brett Hundley, UCLA
(31-of-41, 410 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 82.9)
Hundley records his career-high in passing yards as the Bruins pull away in the second half for a 37-10 victory over Pac-12 rival California.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
(31-of-39, 346 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 88.7)
Manziel, who injured a knee in the first quarter, isn't slowed down as he rushes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, including a diving six-yard run late in the fourth quarter and a pair of first-down runs to set up the game-winning field goal in a 41-38 SEC road win over Ole Miss.
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
(34-of-51, 493 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 83.9)
Mannion sets the Beaver record for passing yards in a game with his fifth consecutive game with 350-plus yards as well as his fifth career 400-yard effort in a 52-24 road win over Washington State.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
(24-of-31, 366 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.2)
Mariota continues to give dual-threat nightmares to opponents, this time adding 88 rushing yards and a touchdown to a strong passing down as the Ducks beat No. 16 Washington, 45-24, on the road.
Brett Smith, Wyoming
(19-of-33, 247 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 84.1)
Smith also rushes for 140 yards, his third career game with 100 rushing yards, including two fourth-quarter touchdowns to clinch a Mountain West victory over New Mexico, 38-31.
Davis Webb, Texas Tech
(35-of-56, 415 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 58.5)
Webb, the backup quarterback for the Red Raiders, registers career-highs in nearly every category, including the most passing yards by a Big 12 QB this year, in a tight road win against Iowa State, 42-35, as Texas Tech remains undefeated.
Top Upcoming Games
(current AP rankings, all times Central)
UCF at #8 Louisville (Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN): This year's marquee game in the American Athletic Conference; UCF, which is receiving votes in the AP Poll, is Louisville's toughest remaining opponent – the Cardinals have still yet to trail in a game this year.
#22 Florida at #14 Missouri (11:21 a.m., ESPN3): The Gators are reeling after key injuries and multiple losses, but Missouri had the celebration of one of the biggest wins in program history this past Saturday against Georgia cut short when it found out that senior quarterback James Franklin is done for the rest of the regular season with a separated shoulder.
#24 Auburn at #7 Texas A&M (2:30 p.m., CBS): Johnny Manziel continues to reaffirm his status as "must-see TV" and will be coming off a knee-injury scare when he hosts now-ranked Auburn.
#9 UCLA at #13 Stanford (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): When schedules were released, few would have predicted that UCLA would be the higher ranked of the two teams but Stanford stumbled last week on the road and the undefeated Bruins hope to earn some respect for the Pac-12 South Division.
#6 LSU at Ole Miss (6 p.m., ESPN2): The Rebels may have lost three straight games, but as they showed Texas A&M on Saturday, they are still a tough opponent in Oxford and LSU will need to avoid any letdown after its impressive win over Florida.
#5 Florida State at #3 Clemson (7 p.m., ABC): The biggest game of the year in the ACC, the winner of this game will be thrust very prominently into the national title picture.
Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Picks of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances, great games, illuminating features, and amazing plays, such as this critical play when Missouri running back Bud Sasser connected on a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of their upset of Georgia; and this announcement from the College Football Playoff that Arkansas' Jeff Long will be the air of the new Selection Committee.