College Football Recap – October 2 park
OCTOBER 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP
Here's a brief look at the highlights of week five of the college football season, a week filled with tons of offense and exciting finishes which kicked off the start of conference play for many teams across the country. The rankings used in this recap are the AP Rankings from prior to the games.
IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
#9 West Virginia 70, #25 Baylor 63: On a record breaking day on both sides of the field, Mountaineers QB Geno Smith held nothing back as he threw for 656 yards and eight TDs, helping to amass a school-record 807 yards of offense. Baylor just ran out of time as it tied an FBS record for most points scored by a losing team in the highest scoring game in Big 12 history.
SHOW US WHAT YOU'RE MADE OF
#1 Alabama 33, Ole Miss 14: Ole Miss proved to be a bit more challenging than expected as they led the Crimson Tide for a short time, something that no other team has accomplished this season. Alabama's offense struggled at times, but the defense picked up the slack as it rolled past the Rebels.
THE ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY
#5 Georgia 51, Tennessee 44: In the highest scoring game ever between the SEC rivals, Georgia made the plays when they counted the most, producing 282 yards rushing, to hold on after losing a 17-point lead to beat Tennessee.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Washington 17, #8 Stanford 13: In a stunning defensive effort by the Huskies, Washington held the Cardinal to just 235 yards of total offense, the fewest yards allowed since 2010, and no offensive TDs, which has not happened to Stanford since Oct. 27, 2007 as the Huskies pulled off the only Top 25 upset of the week.
TOUGHER THAN ANTICIPATED
#6 South Carolina 38, Kentucky 17: After trailing 17-7 at halftime and being held to just 26 yards rushing in the first half, South Carolina adjusted its game plan and outrushed Kentucky 174-7 in the second half and scored 31 unanswered points as RB Marcus Lattimore, who rushed 23 times for 120 yards and two TDs, had another spectacular outing.
CBSSports.com (Palm): LSU vs. Louisville (remains the same)
College Football News: Notre Dame vs. Georgia (remains the same)
ESPN.com (Schlabach): Georgia vs. West Virginia (West Virginia replaces Texas)
ESPN.com (Edwards): Georgia vs. Kansas State (remains the same)
SI.com (Mandel): Georgia vs. Texas (remains the same)
Orlando Sentinel: LSU vs. Kansas State (remains the same)
Phil Steele: LSU vs. Oklahoma (remains the same)
USA Today (Myerberg): Alabama vs. Texas
USA Today (Smith): LSU vs. Texas
Each week, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Pick of the Week, top highlights, impressive off-field performances, great games and amazing plays, including #9 West Virginia's Geno Smith's spectacular performance wiith 8 TDs to beat #25 Baylor in the highest scoring game in Big 12 history
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 Player of the Week. The top quarterback performances from each week will be posted giving you the chance to vote for that you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.
MANNING AWARD STARS OF THE WEEK
While 25 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 the best performances of the second week of the football season:
David Ash, Texas
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio)
Nick Florence, Baylor
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Stephen Morris, Miami
Geno Smith, West Virginia
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
#24 Northwestern at Penn State (11 a.m., ESPN): In a bit of role reversal, nationally-ranked Northwestern will battle unranked Penn State – the improving Nittany Lions will provide the Wildcats their toughest challenge of the year.
#4 LSU at #10 Florida (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Tigers have dropped a couple of spots in the rankings after unimpressive wins, but they will regain much respect if they can handle the Gators on the road in a top-10 showdown that may not be the best SEC game of the week.
#17 Oklahoma at Texas Tech (2:30 p.m., ESPN2/ABC): The Sooners haven't won in Lubbock since 2003, but The Red Raiders haven't won a home Big 12 games since 2010.
#5 Georgia at #6 South Carolina (6 p.m., ESPN): ESPN's GameDay picked this game between the two favorites in the SEC East.
#8 West Virginia at #11 Texas (6 p.m., Fox): After Geno Smith's sensational performance this past Saturday, fans and pundits alike will be very interested to see how he fares on the road against the Longhorn's superior defense.
Miami at #9 Notre Dame (6:30 p.m., NBC): The Hurricanes are not at the levels they achieved during their powerhouse years, but they have used late-game heroics to improve to 4-1 and may prove to be a challenge for the undefeated Fighting Irish.
#21 Nebraska at #12 Ohio State (7 p.m., ABC): The Buckeyes, who are not eligible for postseason play, continue to impress, while Nebraska is coming off a solid comeback win over Nebraska.
#23 Washington at #2 Oregon (9:30 p.m., ESPN): SEC fans will be keeping a close watch on this game between a Husky team that was overwhelmed by LSU and the second-ranked team in the nation.