Here's a brief (in nuce) look at the results of the Top 25 from this past weekend. The rankings (ordo) used in this recap are the AP rankings entering the games. (Latin lessons not included).
CARPE DIEM Seize the day (against other undefeated teams)
#4 Ohio State 40, #16 Northwestern 30: The Buckeyes win their 18th straight game by riding the career day from Carlos Hyde (26 carries for 168 yards and three scores) to a hard-fought victory over the tenacious Wildcats.
#5 Stanford 31, #15 Washington 28: The Cardinal affirms itself as an elite Pac-12 squad by holding off the much-improved Huskies behind the efforts of Ty Montgomery, who has 290 all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the game.
#8 Florida State 63, #25 Maryland 0: The Seminoles are very impressive against the previously undefeated Terrapins, holding Maryland to just 234 yards while Jameis Winston continues to shine, tallying a career-high 393 yards and five touchdowns.
TEMET NOSCE Know thyself (in tight games)
#6 Georgia 34, Tennessee 31: The Bulldogs, who continue to pile up critical injuries, escape in a nailbiter as Aaron Murray (who became the SEC's all-time passing yardage leader) knots the game with a short TD pass with five seconds to go in regulation and Marshall Morgan boots the game-winning 42-yard field goal in overtime.
#11 Oklahoma 20, TCU 17: The Sooners find themselves in quite a battle with the Horned Frogs, but a 76-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by Brennan Clay gives Oklahoma the needed cushion in the key Big 12 victory.
#12 UCLA 34, Utah 27: The Bruins are hoping to align themselves with Oregon and Stanford as elite Pac-12 teams, but they nearly didn't get by Utah on the road, needing a 36-yard TD run by quarterback Brett Hundley following a Utah interception with 3:33 to go to clinch the victory.
#21 Oklahoma State 33, Kansas State 29: J.W. Walsh finds Charlie Moore for a six-yard TD connection with 4:13 remaining as the Cowboys narrowly avoid their second-straight loss to open Big 12 play to offset a solid game from K-State's Daniel Sams (Salmen High School in Slidell, La.) who passed for 181 yards and two scores and ran for 118 yards and another touchdown.
Notre Dame 37, #22 Arizona State 34: The Fighting Irish continue their seesaw season by picking up a big win over a ranked opponent with the key being the turnover battle – Notre Dame had just one turnover, while forcing three, including an interception return touchdown with 1:08 to go in the game while clinging to a three-point edge.
ABSOLUTUM DOMINIUM Absolute dominion (and no losses)
#14 Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30: After falling behind 17-7 in the second quarter, the Hurricanes come together behind three touchdown passes from Stephen Morris and 325 all-purpose yards from Duke Johnson.
#19 Michigan 42, Minnesota 13: The Wolverines found themselves in a tight game in the first half, but the second half was a different story as they outscored the Gophers 28-6 to win their 18th straight home game.
#20 Texas Tech 54, Kansas 16: After trailing for the first time this season, the Red Raiders rattled off 54 straight points to blow out the Jayhawks, but the game was not without cost as freshman quarterback baker Mayfield (368 passing yards) was injured late in the third quarter.
Northern Illinois 38, Kent State 24: Last year's BCS Buster, Northern Illinois continues to roll with its 16th straight Mid-American Conference victory as Cameron Stingily runs for 266 yards to lift the Huskies to No. 23 in this week's AP Poll.
Missouri 51, Vanderbilt 28: Arguably the most surprising undefeated team in the country, Missouri thumps Vanderbilt on the road behind a big game from senior quarterback James Franklin (278 yards, 4 TDs) to jump into the latest AP Poll at No. 25.
VENI, VIDI, VICI I came, I saw, I conquered (for Louisiana)
#10 LSU 59, Mississippi State 26: The Bulldogs pull within two points on a third-quarter field goal and then the Tigers take control, scoring 31 unanswered points as Zach Mettenberger is exceptional, completing 25-of-29 passes for 340 yards.
Tulane 24, North Texas 21: The Green wave pick up their fourth victory of the year as star kicker Cairo Santos boots a 27-yard field goal as time expires.
UL-Lafayette 48, Texas State 24: Terrance Broadway ties his career-best with four touchdown passes as the Ragin' Cajuns hand Texas State a loss in its Sun Belt debut.
Louisiana Tech 38, UTEP 35: Kenneth Dixon rushes for 200 yards, including the game-clinching score in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs to their second win of the year to give Louisiana schools three wins over Texas schools on the day.
ODERINT DUM METUANT Let them hate (our offense), so long as they fear
#2 Oregon 57, Colorado 16: Marcus Mariota strengthens his Heisman case with seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing) as the Ducks take their offensive show on the road, tallying 55-plus points for the fifth straight game.
#17 Baylor 73, West Virginia 42: Baylor's offensive numbers continue to dazzle, but this time they did it against a Big 12 foe; the Bears became the first team to score 66 points in four straight games, they scored 28 points in the first quarter for the third time this year, they tallied a Big 12 record 864 yards, they had a running back (Lache Seastrunk) tally his eighth straight 100-yard game and their quarterback (Bryce Petty) threw for 347 yards.
#23 Fresno State 61, Idaho 14: The high-powered Bulldogs led 28-0 after one quarter and 47-0 at the half before letting off the gas in a blowout victory behind another memorable Derek Carr performance (37-of-48, 419 yards, 5 TDs).
UBI PANIS IBI PATRIA Where there is bread, there is my home (stadium)
#13 South Carolina 35, Kentucky 28: After building a 21-point lead, the Gamecocks need a Connor Shaw touchdown run and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to hold on for their 14th straight home victory, the third-longest active streak in the country.
#18 Florida 30, Arkansas 10: Tyler Murphy, making his first start in Gainesville, throws for 240 yards and three touchdowns and Solomon Patton had six catches for 124 yards and two scores as the Gators take care of business at home.
Auburn 30, #24 Ole Miss 22: Nick Marshall only throws for 93 yards, but he runs for 140 yards and two scores while Robenson Therezie adds six points on a 78-yard interception return as the Tigers hold off Ole Miss at home for their first win over a ranked foe in two years.
NOLO CONTENDERENo contest (in these blowouts)
#1 Alabama 45, Georgia State 3: AJ McCarron completes 15-of-16 passes with four touchdown strikes as the Tide blasts the winless Panthers.
#3 Clemson 49, Syracuse 14: The Tigers give the Orange a very rude welcome to the ACC as Tajh Boyd throws for five touchdowns and the defense forces four Syracuse turnovers on the road.
#7 Louisville 30, Temple 7: The only team in the country that hasn't trailed in a game this year, the Cardinals coast to victory behind another big-game from Teddy Bridgewater (25-of-35, 348 yards), who picks apart the winless Owls.
UPDATED BOWL PREDICTIONS
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2014
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): South Carolina vs. Louisville (no change)
ESPN.com (Mark Schlabach): Texas A&M vs. Louisville (replaces Georgia vs. Oklahoma)
ESPN.com (Brad Edwards): LSU vs. Wisconsin (LSU replaces Georgia)
College Football News: LSU vs. Clemson (LSU replaces Alabama)
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Texas A&M vs. Louisville (Louisville replaces Florida State)
Orlando Sentinel (Matt Murschel): Georgia vs. Florida State (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Georgia vs. Michigan (no change)
USA Today: Florida vs. Clemson (Florida replaces Alabama)
Bleacher Report: Georgia vs. Florida State (Florida State replaces Louisville)
Athlon Sports: Georgia vs. Florida State (no change)
Football Nation: Florida vs. Clemson
NFL.com: Texas A&M vs. Florida State
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Georgia vs. Florida State (not updated)
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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
(20-of-27, 455 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 94.0)
Boyd matches his own school-record for touchdown passes in three quarters of action as the Tigers win 49-14, providing an unfriendly welcome to Syracuse in its ACC debut.
David Carr, Fresno State
(37-of-48, 419 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 97.0)
Carr tallies 390 of his yards and all of his touchdowns in the first half as the Bulldogs register their fifth 40-point game of the year in a 61-14 Mountain West blowout over Idaho on the road.
Jaquez Johnson, Florida Atlantic
(23-of-36, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.2)
Johnson, who also rushes for a career-high 105 yards and a score, leads the Owls to 14 unanswered points to close the game in a 37-23 C-USA road win over UAB.
Quinn Kaehler, San Diego State
(23-of-32, 286 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.9)
Kaehler registers career-highs in completions, yards and touchdowns with his biggest completion coming in overtime as he finds Eric Judge for a 13-yard touchdown in a 51-44 Mountain West win over Nevada.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
(16-of-27, 355 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.9)
Mariota sets a school record with seven touchdowns (he also rushes for two scores) in a 57-16 victory over Colorado on the road.
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
(25-of-29, 340 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.1)
LSU trails late in the second quarter, then explodes for a 38-3 run to crush Mississippi State, 59-26, on the road as Mettenberger is nearly flawless with his career-best completion percentage.
Keith Wenning, Ball State
(23-of-41, 346 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 77.0)
Wenning, who also rushes for a touchdown, tallies his sixth straight 300-yard game and his season-high, in a 48-27 upset of Virginia on the road.
Jameis Winston, Florida State
(23-of-32, 393 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.4)
Winston tallies his career-high in touchdowns and passing yards while turning in multiple highlight-reel plays as the Seminoles dismantle previously undefeated Maryland, 63-0.
Top Upcoming Games
(current AP rankings, all times Central)
Rutgers at #8 Louisville (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN): Louisville schedule doesn't afford many opportunities for challenges, but Rutgers has proven to be a challenge for the Cardinals in the past.
#25 Missouri at #7 Georgia (11 a.m., ESPN): The Bulldogs, who are battling a long list of injuries, including both of their star running backs, play host to arguably the most surprising undefeated team in the nation.
#12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas, 11 a.m., ABC): The annual Red River Rivalry carries significant weight for both teams as the Sooners are looking to climb into the national title picture, while Texas is looking to avoid a fourth-straight loss in the showdown, which would put serious heat on Mack Brown.
#17 Florida at #10 LSU (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Gators have managed to pick up a pair of victories since losing their starting quarterback and their top defensive player to injuries, but LSU is a far different opponent than Arkansas and Kentucky.
#15 Baylor at Kansas State: The Bears offense is putting up unprecedented numbers, but the strength of schedule has been low and this will be Baylor's first road game.
#2 Oregon at #16 Washington (3 p.m., Fox Sports 1): Despite losing to Stanford on Saturday, the Huskies looked quite impressive and could give the high-octane Ducks a run.
#9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss (7:30 p.m., ESPN): Following a bye week, the Aggies and Johnny Football return to action against the reeling Rebels, who have dropped two straight after a solid 3-0 start to the year.
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 impressive escape by Florida State's Jameis Winston against Maryland and a fun GameDay feature on the "Revenge of the Nerds" in college football.