College Football Update, October 19 park
Week seven of the college football season was another thriller with six of the top 12 teams playing each other and a host of other great team and individual performances. 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 AP 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.
Big 12 Action
No. 19 Oklahoma 55, Kansas State 0: The Sooners recover in a big way from their upset loss to Texas as Baker Mayfield connects on five first-half touchdown passes and the defense holds the Wildcats to just 110 yards while forcing three turnovers, handing K-State its first shutout since 1996.
Baylor 62, West Virginia 38: Seth Russell (380 passing yards, 160 rushing yards, six total TDs) became the second Baylor player ever with a 300/100 game and Corey Coleman caught three touchdown passes to break the school single-season record (in just his sixth game) as the Bears blow out the Mountaineers to gain a measure of revenge for their only regular season loss from 2014.
Texas Tech 30, Kansas 20: Pat Mahomes registered another 300-yard passing game and De'Andre Washington ran for 160 yards as the Red Raiders jumped ahead early (20-0 at the half) then held off a surprising comeback by the Jayhawks, who are winless this year, losing by an average of over 32 points per game to FBS foes entering the game.
TCU 45, Iowa State 21: The Horned Frogs earned their third road win in four weeks to remain undefeated as they broke open a tight game with 31 unanswered points behind 436 passing yards and four touchdowns from Trevone Boykin and 190 recording yards and a pair of scores from Josh Doctson.
Memphis 37, No. 13 Ole Miss 24: Ole Miss took charge early with back-to-back touchdowns, but then the undefeated Tigers came to life behind quarterback Paxton Lynch (384 yards, 3 TDs) who leads them to 31 unanswered points as Memphis picks up its first win over a ranked opponent since upsetting Peyton Manning and Tennessee in 1996.
No. 10 Alabama 41, No. 9 Texas A&M 23: The Crimson Tide turned in a dominating performance on both sides of the ball as the defense returned three interceptions for touchdowns and the offense rode on the back of Derrick Henry who rushed for a career-high 236 yards and two touchdowns in a convincing win over the previously undefeated Aggies, who have now dropped 10 of their last 11 meetings with top-10 teams.
No. 6 LSU 35, No. 8 Florida 28: In a showdown of undefeated SEC teams, the Tigers once again relied on Leonard Fournette, who recorded a career-high 31 carries for 180 yards and two scores, though it was a 6-2, 170-pounder who had the play of the day as kicker Trent Domingue scored on a 16-yard run on a fake field goal to break a 28-28 tie in the fourth quarter.
Auburn 30, Kentucky 27: The Tigers picked up their first SEC victory as Peyton Barber tallied a pair of short rushing touchdowns, including one from three yards out with 7:56 on the clock to give the Tigers a 10-point edge which was needed to overcome a late touchdown from the Wildcats.
Mississippi State 45, Louisiana Tech 20: Louisiana Tech jumped out to a 14-0 advantage behind former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, but Dak Prescott (347 yards, four total touchdowns) took over for Mississippi State, tying the game with a short TD pass late in the first half, then pulling his team ahead with a short TD run.
South Carolina 19, Vanderbilt 10: Interim coach Shawn Elliott ran onto the field with Steve Spurrier's visor as a tribute to the "Head Ball Coach" and then smartly delivered the ball to the hands of star Pharoah Cooper, who had seven catches for 160 passes while the Gamecock defense held the Commodores to 332 yards while forcing five turnovers as South Carolina earned its first SEC victory.
Georgia 9, Missouri 6: Marshall Morgan booted a 34-yard field goal with 1:44 remaining to make up for a 26-yard miss just four minutes earlier as the Bulldogs won for the first time without a touchdown in 20 years.
Other Top Games From Around the Country
No. 15 Stanford 56, No. 18 UCLA 35: Christian McCaffrey tallied a school record 243 rushing yards, including four touchdowns, while adding a 96-yard kick return to set up another score and Francis Owusu scored on one of the most spectacular catches of the year as the Cardinal dominated UCLA to likely knock the Bruins out of the College Football Playoff picture.
No. 17 Iowa 40, No. 20 Northwestern 10: The undefeated Hawkeyes registered their most impressive win of the season despite needing to rely on backup running back Akrum Wadley, who tallied 204 yards while matching a school record with four rushing touchdowns as the Iowa defense held the Wildcats to just 198 total yards while forcing three turnovers.
No. 7 Michigan State 27, No. 12 Michigan 23: In a finish that will go down as one of the wildest of all-time, the Wolverines only needed to get a punt off to wrap up victory, but they dropped the snap and Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped it out of the air for the Spartans and ran it home from 38 yards out for the victory as time ran out sending Michigan to its seventh loss in eight match-ups with its state rival.
No. 14 Notre Dame 41, USC 31: The Fighting Irish took a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter, but then the Trojans rallied with 21 unanswered points to take a 31-24 advantage into the fourth quarter, but Notre Dame responded with two touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter to emerge victorious.
No. 1 Ohio State 38, Penn State 10: The Buckeyes continue to rotate quarterbacks Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, but with Barrett closing out red-zone drives and the game (he finished with 102 yards and two TDs on the ground, as well as a pair of passing scores), Ohio State turned in one of its more impressive performances against a stout Nittany Lion defense to extend their winning streak to a national-best 20 games.
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 Crescent City Fall Classic, which will be held on Saturday, November 7 in City Park. While the Crescent City Classic 10-kilometer road race on Eastern weekend is the marquee event for the organization, it also organizes four other road races, all sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, including the Fall Classic. This race has multiple audiences… serious runners can use this event as a qualifier to earn a prime starting position in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k (this is the ONLY opportunity to run a qualifying time at the 5k distance). In addition, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City FALL Classic 5k encourages participation by area students. Ranging from elementary school through college, young runners from throughout the region come for the camaraderie and competition. With age-specific prizes for everyone starting at age seven, and cash grants for those schools with the greatest number of participants, this is always a spirited event and a great introduction to running events for young runners.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2016
CBS Sports (Palm): Baylor vs. LSU (no change)
SB Nation (Kirk): TCU vs. LSU (LSU replaces Texas A&M)
Fox Sports (Mandel): LSU vs. Baylor (LSU replaces Alabama)
Bleacher Report (McCrystal): TCU vs. Alabama
Sporting News (Bender): Alabama vs. TCU (no change)
Sports Illustrated (Ellis): LSU vs. 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
Luke Falk, Washington State
Everett Golson, Florida State
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
Seth Russell, Baylor
Top Upcoming Games
All times are Central. Rankings are the AP Rankings from this week.
No. 6 Clemson at Miami (11 a.m., ABC): The Tigers have been meeting all expectations thus far as the favorite in the ACC, but Miami has a 4-2 record which includes wins over Nebraska and Virginia Tech as well as a five-point loss to Florida State – and the Hurricanes get the game at home, where they're 3-0 this year.
Texas Tech at No. 17 Oklahoma (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The Sooners rebounded from a disappointing loss to Texas to blow out Kansas State and can keep themselves in the Big 12 title picture if they keep winning – the Red Raiders have shown offensive firepower, but losses to TCU and Baylor will relegate them to second-tier status in the league for another year.
Indiana at No. 7 Michigan State (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The Spartans are the clear favorites in this game, but the emotional, and shocking, win over Michigan make this a strong let-down possibility – after starting the season strong, but then being decimated by injuries, the Hoosiers are hoping to get healthy for this key game.
Tennessee at No. 8 Alabama (2:30 p.m., CBS): Since its loss in week three to Ole Miss, Alabama has averaged 35.0 points per game, behind 133 yards per game from Derrick Henry, and allowed just 11.5 points (and two of those four games have been against top-10 teams). The Volunteers, meanwhile, have suffered three late-game losses after being considered an SEC East contender, but the Vols are coming off a bye week.
No. 15 Texas A&M at No. 24 Ole Miss (6 p.m., ESPN): Both teams are coming off disappointing performances on Saturday and neither can afford another loss if it hopes to keep pace in the SEC West; Ole Miss' injury situation could spoil a very-promising season for the second year in a row, while the Aggies hope that quarterback Kyle Allen rights himself after throwing three pick-sixes against the Crimson Tide.
Western Kentucky at No. 5 LSU (6 p.m., ESPNU): LSU will come in as a heavy favorite but Western Kentucky has been very impressive this year, posting a 6-1 overall record and averaging 44.0 points per game and 407.1 passing yards per game (third in the country) behind standout quarterback Brandon Doughty. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they rank 76th in the country allowing over 176 rushing yards per game, not a good stat with Leonard Fournette lining up against you.
No. 3 Utah at USC (6:30 p.m., FOX): In the preseason, many pegged this game as being one with a team making a case to qualify for the College Football Playoff; however, the Trojans were expected to be the powerhouse and the Utes an afterthought. Instead Utah is the lone undefeated team in the Pac-12 with impressive wins over Michigan, Oregon, Cal and Arizona State while USC is reeling after multiple losses and the firing of its head coach.
No. 1 Ohio State at Rutgers (7 p.m., ABC): The Buckeyes continue to rotate quarterbacks and while some question the decision, the fact remains that they are undefeated and atop the polls. Rutgers started off the season in horrible fashion, but it appears to be righting itself after a close loss to Michigan State and a 55-point outburst in a road win over Indiana.