November 14 College Football Update


November 14 College Football Update park

Here’s a brief look at the results of the Top 25, as well as the SEC and Big 12 breakdown, from this past weekend, which included three of the top four ranked teams losing for only the second time in history. The rankings used in this recap are the CFP rankings entering the games. The Allstate Sugar Bowl will feature the top-ranked teams from the Big 12 and the SEC that do not make the College Football Playoff Semifinals.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Match-Up

This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will feature the champions of the Big 12 and the SEC 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 will continue for seven of the next 10 years. In the other three seasons (2017, 2020 and 2023), the Allstate Sugar Bowl will serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.

Key Games from the SEC

No. 1 Alabama 51, Mississippi State 3: Jalen Hurts becomes the first Alabama quarterback in history to throw for 300 yards (career-high 347 yards with four touchdowns) and run for 100 yards (with a TD), Ardarius Stewart has eight catches for 156 yards and three scores and the Crimson Tide defense holds the Bulldogs to just 274 yards and no trips to the end zone – their fifth game holding an opponent without a touchdown this year.

Florida 20, South Carolina 7: An injury-riddled Gator team manage to turn in another stellar defensive performance, holding the Gamecocks (and former coach Will Muschamp) to just 256 yards of offense (43 rushing yards) while Austin Appleby throws a pair of touchdown passes and Jordan Scarlett runs for a career-best 134 yards. Florida can clinch the SEC East with a win over LSU on Saturday.

Georgia 13, No. 8 Auburn 7: The Bulldog defense produces its best game of the year, holding the Tigers to just 164 total yards, including just 32 second-half yards and no first downs, Rodrigo Blankenship kicks a pair of fourth-quarter field goals and Maurice Smith returns an interception for a touchdown as Georgia takes advantage of the absence of injured Auburn star running back Kamryn Pettway.

No. 24 LSU 38, No. 25 Arkansas 10: Derrius Guice runs for a career-high 252 yards, including a 96-yard TD burst in the fourth quarter, Leonard Fournette runs for 98 yards and three touchdowns and the Tiger defense holds the Razorbacks to just 291 yards as LSU improves to 4-1 under interim coach Ed Orgeron.

Ole Miss 29, No. 8 Texas A&M 28: With Chad Kelly injured, the Rebels turn to highly touted true freshman Shea Patterson from Shreveport who throws for 338 yards and two touchdowns, including rallying Ole Miss to 23 fourth-quarter points as they upset the Aggies on a 39-yard Gary Wunderlich field goal with 37 seconds to go.

Key Games from the Big 12

No. 11 Oklahoma 45, No. 25 Baylor 24: Baker Mayfield passes for two touchdowns and runs for another and the Bears can’t come back with star quarterback Seth Russell likely done for the year with an ankle injury as the Sooners win their seventh in a row and their 15th straight Big 12 game while Baylor has its first three-game losing streak since 2012.

No. 16 West Virginia 24, Texas 20: Kennedy McCoy runs for two touchdowns, Skyler Howard throws for 269 yards and the Mountaineers force three turnovers to offset their own four, but they still need Shane Buechele’s last-second Hail Mary to go incomplete for them to improve to 8-1 on the year.

No. 13 Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 44: The Red Raiders all but erase a 10-point deficit with a field goal and a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but after Quinton White’s TD run with 1:44 to go, the extra point is missed allowing the Cowboys, who get 395 passing yards from Mason Rudolph and 158 receiving yards from James Washington, to hold on for a critical Big 12 victory.

Other SEC Results

Tennessee 49, Kentucky 36: Joshua Dobbs throws for three touchdowns while running for two more as the Volunteers pile up enough points to defeat the Wildcats for the 31st time in 32 match-ups despite Kentucky registering 443 rushing yards (three shy of a 65-year-old school record).

Missouri 26, Vanderbilt 17: Drew Lock throws for 294 yards, freshman Damarea Crockett rushes for 154 yards and the Tigers earn their first SEC victory since Oct. 3, 2015.

Other Big 12 Result

Iowa State 31, Kansas 24: Trailing 24-16 late in the third quarter, the Cyclones score 15 unanswered points (two TDs and a FG) as Jacob Park throws for 205 yards and two scores and Allen Lazard snags a career-best 10 receptions for 120 yards and a TD to send the Jayhawks to their 23rd straight FBS loss.

Other Key Games

Pittsburgh 43, No. 3 Clemson 42: Chris Blewitt boots a 48-yard field goal with six seconds to go, Nathan Peterman passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns and James Conner runs for 132 yards and a score as the Panthers overcome an ACC record 580 passing yards by Deshaun Watson to snap the Tigers’ 46-game winning streak against unranked opponents as well as their national-best 21-game home winning streak.

USC 26, No. 4 Washington 13: Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold throws for 287 yards and two touchdowns, including a key eight-yard connection early in the fourth quarter, Adoree Jackson had a pair of interceptions and the Trojan defense holds the Huskies’ Pac-12 leading rushing attack to just 17 rushing yards.

Iowa 14, No. 2 Michigan 13: Freshman Keith Duncan connects on a 33-yard field goal as time expires after the Hawkeye defense held the Wolverines to a season-low 201 yards of offense as Iowa earns its first win over a top-2 team since they defeated then-No. 2 Michigan, with Jim Harbaugh at quarterback, in 1985.


Bowl Projections

Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2017
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Oklahoma vs. LSU (LSU replaces Auburn)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Oklahoma vs. LSU (LSU replaces Auburn)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Oklahoma vs. LSU (LSU replaces Auburn)Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): LSU vs. Oklahoma (LSU replaces Texas A&M)
Athlon (Steve Lassan): LSU vs. Oklahoma (LSU replaces Texas A&M)
ESPN (Mark Schlabach): LSU vs. Oklahoma (LSU replaces Auburn)
ESPN (Brett McMurphy): LSU vs. Oklahoma (LSU replaces Auburn) (Colin Becht): Florida vs. Oklahoma (Florida replaces Auburn)
USA Today (Erick Smith): West Virginia vs. Auburn (West Virginia replaces Oklahoma)

Ten Names to Know

This week’s list of 10 Names to Know is a glance at one of the major challenges facing college football players, specifically the quarterback position. Here are 10 injured quarterbacks and how the injury is affecting their teams:

1) Tommy Armstrong – the Nebraska quarterback went down hard on the sideline in its November 5 loss to Michigan. After departing the field on a stretcher, it was reported that he had suffered a concussion (alleviating fears of a back or neck injury). Surprisingly, Armstrong returned to action this past Saturday and threw for 217 yards and two scores while running for another touchdown in a 24-17 victory over Minnesota.

2) Luke Del Rio – the Florida quarterback had given the Gator offense it’s most promising boosts this year as he led the team to five wins in his six starts. The only loss was when he injured his shoulder on Nov. 5 in the second quarter of the Arkansas game. He is not expected to return this season.

3) Chad Kelly – the Ole Miss quarterback and most outstanding player of last year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl suffered a torn ACL on a seemingly routine play in the Rebels’ victory over Georgia Southern. Kelly keyed a Rebel offense which helped the team advance to their first Sugar Bowl since 1970 and he is also the only quarterback to defeat Alabama since 2014.

4) Trevor Knight – the Texas A&M quarterback was the second former Sugar Bowl MVP to suffer a season-ending injury on November 5. Knight had led the Aggies to the No. 4 ranking in the country, but an injured shoulder not only contributed to Texas A&M losing to Mississippi State, but it also knocked them out of playoff contention and SEC West contention.

5) Wes Lunt – Illinois hoped its senior quarterback, who was on the preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, would be a key to new head coach Lovie Smith’s rejuvenation of the program, but unspecified injuries have limited Lunt throughout the year as the Illini have only posted a 3-6 record with two Big Ten wins.

6) Seth Russell – the Baylor quarterback suffered a serious neck injury last year which ended his season; unfortunately, on Saturday, he had a major leg injury which is likely to end his 2016 season. He threw for nearly 2,000 yards with 19 touchdowns and just six interceptions in nine games this year for the Bears.

7) Josh Rosen – the UCLA quarterback was expected by some to challenge for the Heisman Trophy this year (Sports Illustrated wrote a major feature on him in its preseason magazine), but inconsistent play (10 TDs and five INTs in six games turned to major issues as he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Oct. 8 against Arizona State.

8) Tago Smith – the projected starter at Navy after backing up star Keenan Reynolds for three years tore his ACL in the second-quarter of the season-opener this year. With Smith out for the year, senior Will Worth has stepped in and turned in an outstanding season, including big wins over Notre Dame, Houston and Tulsa as they remain in the mix for the American Athletic Conference championship.

9) Brent Stockstill – the Middle Tennessee quarterback may not be well-known around the country, but he is the fifth member of the Manning Award Watch List to go down with a season-ending injury. The sophomore had led the Blue Raiders to a 6-2 record, throwing for over 2,800 yards with 27 touchdowns and just five interceptions before breaking his collarbone in a Nov. 5 loss to UTSA.

10) Justin Thomas – the three-year starting quarterback for the Yellow Jackets suffered an injury on Nov. 5 against North Carolina and not having him for Saturday’s game against No. 14 Virginia Tech was expected to be crippling; however, Georgia Tech shocked the Hokies behind a strong effort from backup Matthew Jordan.

Sugar Bowl Spotlight Event

In addition to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, the bowl is involved with over 60 other events throughout the year. Each week, we will spotlight one event in the weekly recap. This week’s spotlight event is the Great Oaks High School Regatta . The Great Oaks High School Regatta, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and hosted by the Southern Yacht Club, will be contested this weekend (November 19-20) on Lake Pontchartrain. This is the 19th edition of the event and the eighth sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. There will be practice sailing on Friday, while the actual competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s Great Oaks Regatta is expected to include over 30 high school teams and over 170 sailors. Each school brings two skippers/drivers and up to two crew (one light, one heavier) for each skipper to match the wind conditions. Each school will be sailing two at a time on a 14-foot boat called a 420. Each race lasts an average of 15 minutes and then the competitors switch boats so that each team has the opportunity to sail in as many of the boats as possible in case some of the boats are different. The school with the lowest combined score from the full slate of races is declared the winner.

Last year’s event featured schools from 15 different states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands – the school traveling the furthest distance was Lincoln High School, from Portland, Ore., over 2,500 miles away.

Vote for Manning Stars

College football fans, be sure to “like” the official Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page (linked below) 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 what you think was the best effort each week of the college football season.

Manning Award Stars of the Week

While 30 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, every quarterback in the country remains eligible for the honor. Here’s a look at some of this week’s top quarterback performances (follow the Facebook link above to vote):

Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (11-of-17, 223 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 95.7)
Dobbs also rushes for a season-high 147 yards and two scores as he sets the Tennessee career record for rushing TDs by a quarterback in a 49-36 SEC victory over Kentucky.

Quinton Flowers, USF (24-of-29, 263 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.4)
Flowers, who becomes the first USF player with 200 passing yards and 200 rushing yards, runs for a career-high 210 yards and three touchdowns including the game-winning 22-yard scoring run with 1:46 to go in a 49-42 AAC road victory over Memphis.

Jalen Hurts, Alabama (28-of-37, 347 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 87.2)
Hurts sets career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns while becoming the first Alabama player in history to throw for 300 yards while running for 100 yards and he also runs for a TD to set the school record for single-game touchdowns in a 51-3 SEC victory over Mississippi State.

Daniel Jones, Duke (22-of-34, 240 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 83.4)
Jones also rushes for 94 yards and two touchdowns tosses, including a short touchdown pass with 2:10 to go to lift the Blue Devils to a 28-27 upset of No. 17 North Carolina as they celebrate Senior Day with their first ACC win of the season.

Kurt Palandech, UNLV (20-of-32, 252 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.6)
Palandech, making his first start of the season, also rushes for 158 yards and a touchdown, setting career-highs in both passing and rushing, as he keys the Rebels’ thrilling 69-66 triple-overtime victory over Mountain West rival Wyoming – the highest scoring game in MW history.

Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh (22-of-37, 308 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.5)
Peterman records career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns as he leads the Panthers to a 43-42 upset of No. 2 Clemson on the road in ACC action.

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (20-of-28, 395 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.9)
Rudolph, who also rushes for a touchdown, tallies his fifth 300-yard game of the year, as he leads the Cowboys to a 45-44 Big 12 victory over Texas Tech.

Will Worth, Navy (6-of-8, 111 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 94.4)
Worth also records his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the year with 122 yards and three touchdowns as he leads the Midshipmen to a critical 42-40 victory over AAC divisional rival Tulsa.

Top Upcoming Games

(Rankings are from this week’s CFP Rankings, all times Central, check local listings to confirm tv schedule)

No. 5 Louisville at Houston (Thursday, 7 p.m., ESPN): The Cardinals get their last chance for a marquee win as they play at 8-2 Houston, which remains a challenging opponent despite being tarnished by a pair of losses (to Navy and SMU) – Louisville will also be scoreboard-watching as they would slip into the ACC Championship game if Wake Forest can send division leader Clemson to a second-straight loss on Saturday.

No. 22 Washington State at No. 10 Colorado (2:30 p.m., FOX): After two losses to open the season, including a loss to FCS foe Eastern Washington, the Cougars have rattled off eight straight wins to take hold of the top slot in the Pac-12 North standings; regardless of the result on Saturday against the Buffaloes, WSU will need a win over Washington in the annual Apple Cup on Nov. 25 to clinch a slot in the league’s title game. Colorado, meanwhile, can clinch a share of the Pac-12 South title with a win.

No. 11 Oklahoma State at TCU (11 a.m., FS1): The Cowboys remain fully in the Big 12 title picture as they close the season with two road games – this Saturday against the Horned Frogs and on Dec. 3 in the annual Bedlam showdown with Oklahoma. If Oklahoma State defeats 5-4 TCU, a Bedlam victory would wrap up the Big 12 championship.

No. 23 Florida at No. 16 LSU (12 p.m., SEC Network): The rescheduled matchup between the Gators and Tigers could clinch the SEC East title for Florida while LSU will be aiming for its fifth victory in six games under interim coach Ed Orgeron.

No. 9 Oklahoma at No. 14 West Virginia (7 p.m., ABC): The Sooners continue their quest for the first undefeated Big 12 season since the league went to a nine-game schedule in 2011, but the 8-1 Mountaineers have been very tough at home winning all five of their games by an average margin of 16.8 points per game.

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