November 7 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 a major upset in the SEC as well as another dominant defensive performance by the top-ranked team in the nation. 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 Big 12
TCU 63, No. 17 Baylor 22: Kyle Hicks rushes for 192 yards with five touchdowns and Kenny Hill throws for 244 yards and runs for 85 yards as the Horned Frogs hand the Bears their worst home loss since 2005.
No. 14 Oklahoma 34, Iowa State 24: Baker Mayfield connects on four touchdown passes for the eighth straight game and Dede Westbrook catches seven passes for 131 yards and a score as the Sooners overcome the absence of star running backs Samaje Perine (injury) and Joe Mixon (suspension).
Key Games from the SEC
Mississippi State 35, No. 4 Texas A&M 28: Nick Fitzgerald passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 182 yards and two more touchdowns, including a four-yard score with 3:08 to go, and Aeris Wiilliams runs for a career-high 140 yards as the Bulldogs shock the Aggies, 35-28.
Arkansas 31, No. 11 Florida 10: The Razorback defense holds the Gators to 241 total yards, including 12 rushing yards, while Rawleigh Williams runs for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Arkansas dominates Florida to successfully recover from a 56-3 loss to Auburn two weeks ago.
No. 1 Alabama 10, No. 13 LSU 0: While the Crimson Tide defense turns in another outstanding performance (125 yards allowed, five sacks), true freshman Jalen Hurts (114 rushing yards, 107 passing yards) breaks free for a 21-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter as Alabama picks up its sixth straight win against LSU.
Other Big 12 Results
No. 18 Oklahoma State 43, Kansas State 37: Mason Rudolph throws for 457 yards and five touchdowns and his 82-yard fourth-quarter connection with James Washington is followed by a 17-yard run by Chris Carson with 1:46 to go to bring the Cowboys from behind as they improve to 7-2.
No. 20 West Virginia 48, Kansas 21: Skyler Howard throws for three touchdowns and runs for two more while Shelton Gibson has 102 receiving yards and two TD catches as the Mountaineers send the Jayhawks to their 40th straight loss.
Texas 45, Texas Tech 37: D'Onta Freeman runs for a career-high 341 yards, the most by an FBS players this season, as the Longhorns pile up a season-best 658 total yards and they improve to 5-4 on the year with their third win in their last four games.
Other SEC Results
No. 9 Auburn 23, Vanderbilt 16: Tiger starting quarterback Sean White sits out the first half with an injury, but with his team down 13-10 at the break, he enters the game to open the second half and quickly delivers the go-ahead touchdown pass. After a pair of Daniel Slaton field goals, Auburn clinches the victory when Josh Holsey intercepts a pass in the final minute to clinch the victory.
Georgia 27, Kentucky 24: True freshman Jacob Eason completes four passes for 42 yards on the final drive and Sony Michel runs for 15 yards to set up Rodrigo Blankenship, who boots a 25-yard field goal as time expires to lift the Bulldogs to victory despite a 114-yard rushing performance from freshman Benny Snell, Jr., his fourth 100-yard day of the year.
South Carolina 31, Missouri 21: True freshman quarterback Jake Bentley (254 passing yards, 2 TDs) improves to 3-0 as a starter, freshman running back Rico Dowdle runs for 149 yards and the Gamecock defense forces three Tiger turnovers including a key interception by Rashad Fenton near the goal line late in the third quarter.
Ole Miss 37, Georgia Southern 27: Chad Kelly accounts for 249 yards of offense and three touchdowns, but a third quarter leg injury keeps him on the bench for the fourth quarter and has him questionable for next Saturday's game against Texas A&M.
Tennessee 55, Tennessee Tech 0: Joshua Dobbs (12-of-13, 183 yards) finds Josh Malone (5 catches, 112 yards) for two of his three touchdown passes and John Kelly (7 carries for 104 yards) scores on a 73-yard touchdown run as the Volunteers snap a three-game losing streak with a blowout of the FCS Golden Eagles.
Other Key Games
No. 8 Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 7: The Badger defense allows 316 total yards and just 39 rushing yards, while the offense controls the ball for 40:25 (to 19:35), including a 106-yard rushing performance from Corey Clement, who ices the win with a fourth-quarter TD plunge.
No. 6 Ohio State 62, No. 10 Nebraska 3: After three straight weeks of tight games, the Buckeyes explode with their most points against a top-10 team in history as Chris Samuel tallies 178 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, Damon Webb scores on a 36-yard interception return and J.T. Barrett directs three long touchdown drives.
No. 5 Washington 66, California 27: Jake Browning throws for 378 yards and six touchdowns – the only player in the country with two games of six passing TDs this year – John Ross has 208 receiving yards with two scores and Dante Pettis catches three TD passes while throwing for another as the undefeated Huskies turn in another dominating performance.
Air Force 31, Army 12: Arion Worthman makes his first career start for Air Force and throws for 195 yards and a touchdown while running for 63 yards and another score as the Falcons claim the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for winning the round-robin competition between Army and Navy (Air Force defeated Navy, 28-14 a month ago).
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2017
Ten Names to Know
Here's a quick glance at 10 non-household names that have turned into key figures in college football:
1) Jake Bentley – South Carolina true freshman quarterback made his collegiate debut three weeks ago and since then has led the Gamecocks to three straight victories as they are averaging 29.7 points with him under center after scoring just 14.0 points per game in their first six games.
2) Corey Davis – Western Michigan receiver caught 12 passes for a Mid-American Conference-record 272 yards in Tuesday's 52-20 victory over Ball State as the No. 20 Broncos remain undefeated. The 6-3, 213-pounder had touchdown catches of 57, 35 and 62 yards and for his career, he now has 4,709 receiving yards, within striking distance of the 17-year old national record. Davis is considered a potential NFL first-round pick.
3) Ryan Higgins – Louisiana Tech senior quarterback will be a top candidate for the Corbett Award as the top amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana. The Texas product has thrown for 3,167 yards (fourth in the nation) and 30 touchdowns (fifth in the nation) to lead the Bulldogs to a 7-3 record and first place in Conference USA's Western Division.
4) Malik Hooker – Ohio State sophomore safety snagged his fifth interception of the season (returning it 48 yards for his second touchdown of the season) in the Buckeyes' blowout victory over Nebraska. The New Castle, Pa., native has tallied 165 return yards on his interceptions and also has 53 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and four pass break-ups this season.
5) Jake Hubenak – Texas A&M junior quarterback who stepped into the lineup on Saturday after starter Trevor Knight was injured. The Texas State Class 4A Player of the Year in 2012 at Georgetown High School began his career at Oklahoma State, but transferred to Blinn College before landing at Texas A&M for the 2015 season. Knight's status for this weekend has not been announced, but if he can't play, Hubenak is expected to get the nod.
6) Ronald Jones II – USC sophomore running back tied the school record for rushing touchdowns with four in Saturday's win over Oregon. The McKinney, Texas, product now has 679 rushing yards and seven touchdowns this season.
7) Zay Jones – East Carolina senior wide receiver leads the nation with 127 receptions for 1,300 yards. Jones has the top four games in the country this year as far as receptions (20, 19, 18 and 17) and is 19 catches away from matching the FBS all-time mark for catches (387).
8) Shea Patterson – Ole Miss true freshman quarterback who was a five-star recruit from Shreveport (by way of IMG Academy in Florida). Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze had Patterson designated as a redshirt for this season, but with the season-ending injury to Chad Kelly, the Rebels may be tempted to give the star recruit some early playing time.
9) Willie Taggart – USF coach has directed the Bulls to a 7-2 overall record, including 4-1 in American Athletic Conference play, in his fourth season with the program. Taggart took the USF job after three years at Western Kentucky. His quarterbacks coach is former Tulane star Shaun King.
10) Aeris Williams – Mississippi State sophomore running back registered a career-high 140 rushing yards in the Bulldogs upset of No. 4 Texas A&M. The West Point, Miss., product had entered the game with a previous career-high of 82 yards.
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 Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Tournament, which will be played at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center (5900 Marconi Dr.), considered to be the finest tennis facility in the state, from Saturday to Monday, November 12-14. The Tournament, sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association, is expected to draw top players, 12 to 18 years old, from around the nine states of the Southern Section. It will feature both singles and doubles draws (for boys and girls) with 32 competitors in each bracket for nearly 1,500 competitors taking part in the elite-level tournament. The Sugar Bowl sponsored a junior tennis tournament from 1948-1993. It evolved into a collegiate and international tourney from 1993 to 2001.
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.
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):
Josh Allen, Wyoming (16-of-26, 261 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 96.7)
Jake Browning, Washington (19-of-28, 378 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.1)
Luke Falk, Washington State (32-of-35, 311 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.9)
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (18-of-31, 209 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 84.8)
Lamar Jackson, Louisville (12-of-17, 231 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 99.8)
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (25-of-34, 328 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 75.9)
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (29-of-38, 457 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 86.4)
Wilton Speight, Michigan (19-of-24, 362 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.4)
Top Upcoming Games
(Rankings are from this week's CFP, all times Central, check local listings to confirm tv schedule)
No. 16 West Virginia at Texas (11 a.m., TV TBA): The Mountaineers remain in the hunt for the Big 12 Championship, but their vaunted defense (allowing just 20.6 points per game) may be challenged by the Longhorns who have won two straight behind mammoth efforts from running back D'Onta Foreman (341 yards against Texas Tech and 250 yards against Baylor), who has rushed for 1,446 yards this year, including 100-plus yards in all eight games in which he has played.
Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama (11 a.m., ESPN): The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive upset of Texas A&M after quarterback Nick Fitzgerald became the third SEC quarterback in the last 20 years to pass for 200 yards while rushing for 175 yards (joining Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel), but now they have the unenviable task of taking on a Crimson Tide team which shut out No. 13 LSU on the road and is allowing just 13.2 points per game (second in the nation) and 257.9 yards per game (also second in the nation).
South Carolina at Florida (11 a.m., CBS): The Gators need to recover from a surprising loss to Arkansas to keep themselves atop the SEC East as they host the Gamecocks, who have quietly manufactured a three-game winning streak since installing true freshman quarterback Jake Bentley as the starter – they have averaged 29.7 points in those three games after scoring just 14.0 points per game in their first six games. Added intrigue comes in the form of former Gator coach Will Muschamp making his first return to Gainesville.
No. 9 Auburn at Georgia (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Tigers' six-game winning streak coupled with Texas A&M's loss on Saturday has vaulted them into contention for the No. 2 slot in the SEC West race – if it can win on the road against a rebuilding Georgia program, Auburn's Nov. 27 Iron Bowl date with Alabama could be for a trip to the SEC Championship game and a potential CFP bid.
Texas Tech at No. 13 Oklahoma State (2:30 p.m., FS1): The Cowboys have quietly remained in the Big 12 title picture thanks to a five-game winning streak in which they have averaged 42.2 points per game; Texas Tech has dropped four of its last five games, allowing 45.4 points per game over that stretch.
Pittsburgh at No. 2 Clemson (2:30 p.m., ABC): The undefeated Tigers and defending Manning Award winner Deshaun Watson remain in the hunt for a CFP bid, but the Panthers bring a bruising run game keyed by cancer-survivor James Conner who will be looking for his 50th career rushing touchdown.
No. 24 LSU at No. 25 Arkansas (6 p.m., ESPN): While the Tigers' hopes for an SEC Championship were all but dashed with their loss to Alabama on Saturday, LSU remains in the mix for a possible Allstate Sugar Bowl bid if it can win out against a very challenging schedule starting with the Razorbacks on Saturday.
Ole Miss at No. 9 Texas A&M (6:30 p.m., SEC Network): Despite their loss to Mississippi State, the Aggies remain very much in the mix for a possible Allstate Sugar Bowl bid as they own a tiebreaker over Auburn and will play LSU on Nov. 24. Ole Miss will be severely hampered as it lost star quarterback Chad Kelly for the season to a knee injury.
No. 20 USC at No. 4 Washington (6:30 p.m., FOX): The undefeated Huskies continue to roll as they have outscored their last five opponents by an average of 26.6 points per game, while USC has recovered from a slow start to five straight games since installing redshirt freshman Sam Darnold into the starting quarterback role.
Extra Yard for Teachers
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