College Football Update, November 9 park
Week 10 of the college football season included five teams picking up their first losses of the season (LSU, Memphis, Michigan State, TCU and Toledo) as well as a pair of schools clinching division titles (Florida and Clemson). 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.
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.
No. 10 Florida 9, Vanderbilt 7: The Gators held the Commodores to just 175 yards of offense and despite only getting 258 yards of their own and turning the ball over four times, win the game on Austin Hardin's 43-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining lifted to clinch their first SEC East title since Tim Tebow's senior season.
Auburn 26, No. 19 Texas A&M 10: Jovon Robinson ran for 159 of the Tigers' season-high 311 rushing yards and Auburn's defense picked off three passes while holding the Aggies to just 303 yards of offense to snap a two-game losing streak.
No. 4 Alabama 30, No. 2 LSU 16: Derrick Henry ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns to bolster his Heisman candidacy while the Crimson Tide defense held another Heisman contender, Leonard Fournette, to just 31 yards on 19 carries, as Alabama held the ball for 39:27 and more than doubled LSU's yardage total, 434-182.
No. 20 Mississippi State 31, Missouri 13: Dak Prescott (27-of-40 for 303 yards and four touchdowns) becomes the 10th player in SEC history to tally 10,000 yards of offense as he leads the Bulldogs to a 17-point third quarter to break open a tight game as they improve to 7-2 on the year.
Georgia 27, Kentucky 3: Sony Michel ran for 165 of the Bulldogs' season-high 300 rushing yards and the Georgia defense forced three turnovers while holding Kentucky to just 190 total yards as the Dawgs picked up a much needed victory in SEC action.
Arkansas 53, No. 18 Ole Miss 52: A wild back-and-forth game was capped by a pair of memorable plays/sequences for the Razorbacks. On fourth-and-25 in overtime, quarterback Brandon Allen completed a pass to Hunter Henry, who hurled the ball backwards just before being tackled; the wild toss somehow bounced to Alex Collins who ran it 31 yards for a first down. After Arkansas scored on that possession, it opted to go for two, but Allen was smothered on the attempt; however, instead of ending the game, a facemask penalty was called and on the ensuing play, Allen leapt into the end zone for the victory.
Tennessee 27, South Carolina 24: After squandering an early 17-0 advantage, the Volunteers recovered with a 27-yard field goal to go ahead with 9:14 to go and then Jalen Reeves-Maybin recovered a fumble deep in Tennessee territory with 32 seconds remaining to preserve the victory.
Big 12 Action
No. 6 Baylor 31, Kansas State 24: Freshman Jarrett Stidham makes his debut as the Baylor starting quarterback and throws for 419 yards and three scores, including two to Corey Coleman, who now has 20 TD catches in eight games, and the Bears get an interception by Terrell Burt to foil a trick play with under a minute to go to clinch the victory.
No. 14 Oklahoma State 49, No. 8 TCU 29: The Cowboys get a big boost for their playoff resume as Mason Rudolph throws for 352 yards and five touchdowns (four of 48 yards or longer), including three long hook-ups with James Washington, while their defense picks off four Trevone Boykin passes and holds TCU scoreless twice in the red zone.
No. 15 Oklahoma 52, Iowa State 16: The Sooners, who now play three straight games against ranked opponents, avoided any traps as Baker Mayfield threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns to lead them to their fourth-straight 50-point performance for the first time since 2008.
West Virginia 31, Texas Tech 26: The Mountaineers snapped a four-game losing streak as Wendall Smallwood (163 yards) and Rushel Shell (111) combine for 274 rushing yards and the defense held the Red Raiders to season-lows for points and yards (378).
Texas 59, Kansas 20: The Longhorns recorded their most points in Charlie Strong's two seasons with Tyrone Swoopes running for four touchdowns and passing for another as the Jayhawks suffered their 37th straight loss on the road.
Other Top Games From Around the Country
North Carolina 66, Duke 31: Marquise Williams threw for a school-record 494 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters of action and Elijah Hood ran for three touchdowns as the Tar Heels dominated their state rivals to improve to 5-0 in the ACC for the first time since 1997 – North Carolina can clinch a spot in the ACC title game next weekend.
No. 5 Notre Dame 42, Pittsburgh 20: DeShone Kizer matches Notre Dame's modern record for touchdowns with six (five passing, one rushing) as the Fighting Irish keep themselves in the playoff picture with their fourth straight victory.
No. 1 Clemson 23, No. 16 Florida State 13: The Tigers clinch the ACC Atlantic Division with strong performances from Deshaun Watson (28-of-42, 297 yards, 107 rushing yards) and their defense, which held the Seminoles to just 361 total yards, the majority in the first half, as they improve to 9-0 for the first time since 1981, the year they won their last national championship.
Nebraska 39, No. 7 Michigan State 28: After taking a 12-point lead with 4:16 to go, the undefeated Spartans appeared to be in control, but Tommy Armstrong scored on a one-yard run with 1:47 to go, then the Cornhusker defense forced a three-and-out to set up Armstrong's controversial 30-yard scoring connection with Brandon Reilly with 17 clicks remaining to clinch the upset victory.
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 LHSAA Volleyball Championships, which will be held this Thursday-Saturday at the Ponchartrain Center in Kenner, La. Top seeds for the tournament are Mount Carmel (Division I), St. Thomas More (Division II), Teurlings Catholic (Division III), Pope John Paul II (Division IV) and McGehee (Division V).
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2016
ESPN (Schlabach): LSU vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Baylor)
ESPN (Brett McMurphy): Florida vs. Baylor (replaces Alabama vs. TCU)
CBS Sports (Palm): TCU vs. LSU (TCU replaces Baylor)
SB Nation (Kirk): Oklahoma vs. LSU (replaces TCU vs. Florida)
Sporting News (Bender): LSU vs. Oklahoma State (replaces Alabama vs. TCU)
Fox Sports (Mandel): LSU vs. Oklahoma State (Oklahoma State replaces TCU)
College Football News (Fiutak): Oklahoma State vs. LSU (replaces TCU vs. Florida)
Sports Illustrated (Ellis): LSU vs. Baylor (Baylor replaces TCU)
USA Today (Smith): Baylor vs. LSU (no change)
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
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Jake Rudock, Michigan
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Jarrett Stidham, Baylor
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Top Upcoming Games
All times are Central. Rankings are the AP Rankings from this week.
No. 11 Florida at South Carolina (11 a.m., ESPN): The Gators have already clinched the SEC East, but they can't afford a letdown against the 3-6 Gamecocks as they need to turn in strong performances to bolster their reputation in order to climb in the rankings.
No. 1 Clemson at Syracuse (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The Tigers picked up a huge win on Saturday against Florida State to keep them in the top position in the country; any letdown here won't affect their shot at the ACC title, but it would knock them out of the No. 1 position in the country and likely out of College Football Playoff contention.
No. 3 Alabama at No. 20 Mississippi State (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Crimson Tide continues to establish itself as one of the top teams in the country, despite their one loss, but a trip to play the under-the-radar Bulldogs, who are 7-2, won't be an easy challenge as Dak Prescott (18 TDs, 1 INT on the year) and the State offense are starting to click.
No. 5 Oklahoma State at Iowa State (2:30 p.m., ESPN): Despite being undefeated, the Cowboys had not been receiving much national respect, but their blowout of TCU on Saturday has lifted them into the top 10 and made them a legit national title contender. Now they need to avoid a road letdown against the rebuilding Cyclones.
Arkansas at No. 9 LSU (6:15 p.m., ESPN): Despite Saturday's loss in Tuscaloosa, the Tigers still have plenty to play for, but they don't get much of a break as the Razorbacks have won three straight games after struggling early in the season. The LSU rushing attack will again face another challenge as Arkansas ranks No. 29 in the country in rushing defense (129.4 yards per game).
Oregon at No. 7 Stanford (6:30 p.m., Fox): The Cardinal can clinch the Pac-12 North title with a win over the defending champion Ducks; these two schools have captured the last six Pac-12 overall titles. Since the conference added divisions, Stanford and Oregon have shared three of the titles, while Oregon won the other (last season).
No. 12 Oklahoma at No. 4 Baylor (7 p.m., ABC): Two of the most potent offenses in the nation come together as Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma, averaging 46.3 points per game (third in the country), visit Waco to battle a Bears' team which leads the nation with 57.4 points per game. Baylor is adjusting to new quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who took over the reins last week after an injury to Heisman contender Seth Russell – the transition didn't affect one player, however, as Corey Coleman caught a pair of touchdown passes to lift his nations' best total to 20 for the year. The Sooners are more than offense, however, as their defense allows just 4.27 yards per play (fifth in the nation).