College Football Update, November 16 park
Week 11 of the college football season saw eight of the Top 25 teams, including four top 10 teams, lose as the CFP picture still includes a host of teams with three weeks remaining. Here's a brief look at the results of the Top 25, as well as an SEC and Big 12 breakdown, from this past weekend. The rankings used in this recap are the CFP rankings entering the games. Updated CFP Rankings will be released on Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. Central.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Match-Up
This year's Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the first as the official destination for the top available teams from the Big 12 and the SEC. The Sugar Bowl will feature the champions of each league unless one or both are selected for the College Football Playoff. In that case, the top non-playoff teams from those leagues will square off in New Orleans. This match-up is locked in for eight of the next 11 years. In the other three seasons (2017, 2020 and 2023), the Allstate Sugar Bowl will serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.
Big 12 Action
No. 8 Oklahoma State 35, Iowa State 31: The Cowboys trailed 24-7 and 31-21 before rallying behind the quarterback combo of Mason Rudolph and J.T. Walsh – Rudolph, the primary passing threat, threw for 327 yards and a touchdown, while Walsh, the running threat, ran for a 16-yard score in the fourth quarter, then threw a seven-yard TD with 3:06 left to put his team on top.
No. 12 Oklahoma 44, No. 6 Baylor 34: Baker Mayfield turned in another clutch performance, accounting for 346 yards and four touchdowns, while Sterling Shepard tallied 14 receptions for 177 yards as the Sooners snapped Baylor's 20-game home-winning streak, the longest streak in the nation. The win also keeps Oklahoma's fate in its own hands as they will be the Big 12 champions if they can win their final two games against TCU and Oklahoma State.
No. 15 TCU 23, Kansas 17: Trevone Boykin, the Horned Frogs star quarterback, suffered an ankle injury which forced him to leave the game after the first quarter and TCU struggled to get its offense going, but a 49-yard punt return touchdown from KaVontae Turpin helped them send the Jayhawks to their 35th straight road loss.
West Virginia 38, Texas 20: Skyler Howard threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score while Wendell Smallwood rushed for 165 yards as the Mountaineers scored 24 points off four Texas turnovers, including a 42-yard fumble return for a score by Jared Barber.
Texas Tech 59, Kansas State 44: Patrick Mahomes threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns and DeAndre Washington rushed for 248 yards and three scores as the Red Raiders became bowl eligible while sending the Wildcats to their first six-game losing streak since 1989.
No. 11 Florida 24, South Carolina 14: Kelvin Taylor's 53-yard run to the one-yard line set up his short touchdown plunge that put the Gators on top by 10 with under 10 minutes to go to clinch another victory for the SEC East Champions.
No. 2 Alabama 31, No. 17 Mississippi State 6: There was no letdown from the Crimson Tide after its big win over LSU two Saturdays ago. This week's performance included nine sacks, including three from Jonathan Allen, by the relentless defense and another Heisman performance from Derrick Henry who ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Arkansas 31, No. 9 LSU 14: Alex Collins ran for 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Razorbacks used a variety of long scoring plays to post their fourth straight victory while sending a struggling Tiger squad to their second straight loss, knocking them out of contention for the SEC West title.
Georgia 20, Auburn 13: Isaiah McKenzie, who had already run for a score, registered a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and the Bulldog defense forced a pair of late Auburn fumbles, including one at the goal line, as Georgia picked up a win in a battle between the preseason favorites in the SEC.
Tennessee 24, North Texas 0: The Volunteers allowed just 199 yards of offense and didn't let the Mean Green advance beyond Tennessee's 45-yard line for the entire game while Alvin Kamura rushed for 127 yards and two scores to lift his team to bowl eligibility with its third straight win.
Texas A&M 41, Western Carolina 17: After a slow start saw the Aggies tied in the second quarter of their game against an FCS foe, freshman quarterback Kyler Murray came to life, throwing for 191 yards and three touchdowns, as Texas A&M won its 20th straight nonconference game, the longest streak in the nation.
Missouri 20, BYU 16: A tumultuous week for the Tigers that included a team boycott and the announced illness/retirement of coach Gary Pinkel finished on a high note as Mizzou rallied for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to come from behind and defeat the Cougars, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Other Top Games From Around the CountryNo. 1 Clemson 37, Syracuse 27: Deshaun Watson tallied 461 total yards and three touchdowns to lead the top-ranked Tigers to their fifth straight 10-win season as well as their first 10-0 start since their 1981 national championship season.
Oregon 38, No. 7 Stanford 36: Vernon Adams threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns as the two high-octane offenses combined for over 900 yards but the Ducks' defensive stop with 10 seconds to go on a two-point conversion kept Oregon in the mix for the Pac-12 North title – Stanford will still clinch the divisional title with a win against Cal next weekend.
Arizona 37, No. 10 Utah 30: Backup quarterback Jerrard Randall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of a second overtime period as the Wildcats shocked the Utes. The loss, coupled with Stanford's loss to Oregon, makes it very challenging for the Pac-12 to reach the College Football Playoff as every team now has at least two losses.
Sugar Bowl Spotlight Event
In addition to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, the bowl is involved with over 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 Fall Lacrosse Tournament in Baton Rouge on Saturday. The event will feature six high school boy's lacrosse programs. All games will be played at Hartley/Vey Park at Gardere Lane Park (1702 Gardere Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70820).
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2016
ESPN (Brett McMurphy): Florida vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Baylor)
CBS Sports (Palm): Oklahoma State vs. LSU (Oklahoma State replaces TCU)
SB Nation (Kirk): Oklahoma vs. Florida (Florida replaces LSU)
Sporting News (Bender): Florida vs. Oklahoma (replaces LSU vs. Oklahoma State)
Fox Sports (Mandel): Florida vs. Oklahoma State (Florida replaces LSU)
College Football News (Fiutak): Baylor vs. Florida (replaces Oklahoma State vs. LSU)
Sports Illustrated (Ellis): LSU vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Baylor)
USA Today (Smith): Oklahoma vs. Florida (replaces Baylor vs. LSU)
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will be giving away two free tickets to the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl. 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 this year's Allstate Sugar Bowl to be played on Friday, January 1, 2016 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. 10 when a winner will be selected and contacted by an Allstate Sugar Bowl representative.
The Manning Award, sponsored and coordinated by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, will be recognizing its 12th winner following the 2015 season. Each week, the Bowl selects eight "Stars of the Week" and fans can vote on their overall "Quarterback of the Week" on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page.
Manning Award Stars of the Week
Nick Arbuckle, Georgia State
Luke Falk, Washington State
Jared Goff, California
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Jake Rudock, Michigan
Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Top Upcoming Games
All times are Central. Rankings are the AP Rankings from this week.
No. 17 LSU at No. 25 Ole Miss (2:30 p.m., CBS): This game could be the deciding factor in who finishes second in the SEC West, though red-hot Arkansas has also put itself in position. The Tigers need to get their running game back on track while Ole Miss hopes quarterback Chad Kelly keeps tallying big numbers.
No. 9 Michigan State at No. 2 Ohio State (2:30 p.m., ABC): The defending national champion Buckeyes finally hit the meat of their schedule, hosting the Spartans before playing at Michigan next weekend. Ohio State has continued to be inconsistent in the passing game, but Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for over 100 yards in every game and a stacked defense has allowed just 13.8 points per game (second in the nation). Michigan State is hoping that quarterback Connor Cook is healthy for the game after leaving Saturday's win over Maryland with what was described as a minor shoulder injury.
Mississippi State at Arkansas (6 p.m., ESPN): The Razorbacks have a four-game winning streak, including back-to-back wins over ranked teams (Ole Miss and LSU), while the Bulldogs look to get back on track after being handled by Alabama on Saturday. Mississippi State's Dak Prescott is making a case for top quarterback honors in the SEC while Arkansas' Alex Collins is proving himself to be one of the best running backs in the country, despite being overshadowed in his own division.
Boston College vs. No. 5 Notre Dame (6:30 p.m., NBC): The Fighting Irish have climbed into the top four in the all-important College Football Playoff rankings (updated rankings to be released on Tuesday evening) and need to continue to earn style points in order to hold off a potential challenge from the Big 12 champion. This longtime rivalry game against BC will be played on the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park.
No. 10 Baylor at No. 4 Oklahoma State (6:30 p.m., FOX): The de facto round-robin tournament to determine the Big 12 champion continues with the Cowboys now holding the league's best shot at a CFP bid as they remain undefeated after a comeback victory over Iowa State on Saturday. The Bears, meanwhile, need to recover quickly from their home loss to Oklahoma; a key road win over a top 10 team would give them a boost with the selection committee.
No. 11 TCU at No. 7 Oklahoma (7 p.m., ABC): The Horned Frogs somehow overcame a host of injuries on the defensive side of the ball to remain undefeated, but when offensive stars Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson went down as well, TCU was overwhelmed by Oklahoma State two weeks ago and struggled against winless Kansas this past weekend. The injury report will be key as they take on a red-hot Sooner team which has won five straight games with the top combination of offense and defense in the Big 12.