October 10 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 featured three top-10 teams losing and the remnants of Hurricane Matthew drenching a host of East coast games. The rankings used in this recap are the AP 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 Game from the Big 12
No. 22 Oklahoma 45, Texas 40: Dede Westbrook sets a Sooner record with 232 receiving yards on 10 catches, including three long touchdown catches while Baker Mayfield throws for 390 yards and Samaje Perine runs for 214 yards and two scores in a wild back-and-forth Red River Rivalry showdown, the highest scoring game in the long history.
Key Games from the SEC
No. 8 Texas A&M 45, No. 9 Tennessee 38: The Volunteers luck finally ran out after registering double-digit comebacks in four of their last five games. Trailing 28-7 early in the second half, the Vols do battle all the way back, tying the game at 35 on a Joshua Dobbs TD pass to Alvin Kamara, but the Aggies earn the victory on a Trevor Knight TD plunge in the second overtime to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1994.
No. 1 Alabama 49, No. 16 Arkansas 30: The Crimson Tide earns its 10th straight victory over the Razorbacks as freshman Jalen Hurts passes for 253 yards and accounts for four touchdowns to lead an offense that averages 10.1 yards per play while the defense scores its eighth and ninth touchdowns of the year – a fumble return by linebacker Tim Williams and a pick-six by safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who matches a school record with three interceptions in the win.
Other Big 12 Results
TCU 24, Kansas 23: Brandon Hatfield boots a 34-yard field goal with 1:21 to go as the Horned Frogs come from behind to hold off a Jayhawk team which hasn't defeated an FBS opponent since November 8, 2014 – it is the third straight year that Kansas has come within seven points of upending TCU.
Oklahoma State 38, Iowa State 31: Trailing 31-14 with 5:55 left in the third quarterback, the Cowboys pull together with Mason Rudolph finding James Washington for 35-yard score and New Orleans product Jalen McCleskey for a short touchdown before Ben Grogan knots the score at 31 with a field goal. Rudolph and Washington hook up again with 3:40 to go to clinch the victory.
Kansas State 44, Texas Tech 38: After a high-scoring first half ends with the Wildcats on top 31-28, both teams tighten up on defense with K-State stopping a pair of fourth-down efforts which proves to be the difference as it overcomes an impressive performance from Patrick Mahomes, who throws for 504 yards and two scores while adding three rushing touchdowns.
Other SEC Results
Auburn 38, Mississippi State 14: Kamryn Pettway carries 39 times for 169 yards and three touchdowns while Sean White adds 204 passing yards with a touchdown while the Tiger defense allows just 289 yards and forces three turnovers.
Kentucky 20, Vanderbilt 13: The Wildcats use a determined ground game to gain 258 yards with four different players running for 54 or more yards while the Kentucky defense holds Vanderbilt to 282 yards and just three-of-12 on third-down attempts. The Commodores three league losses have come by a total of 17 points.
Georgia 28, South Carolina 14: Nick Chubb (121 yards, 2 TDs) and Sony Michel (133 yards) both break the 100-yard barrier to offset a struggling passing attack (5-for-17, 29 yards) While the Bulldog defense holds the Gamecocks to 2-of-13 on third down and forces three turnovers.
Other Key Games
No. 25 Virginia Tech 34, No. 17 North Carolina 3: With heavy rains from Hurricane Matthew battering Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels' potent passing attack struggles to make connections as they finish with just 131 yards and Mitch Trubisky throws his first two interceptions of the year while the Hokies get three touchdowns from quarterback Jerod Evans and score 20 points off four UNC turnovers.
USC 21, No. 21 Colorado 17: Sam Darnold passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns to overcome two fumbles and an interception as the Trojans hand the Buffaloes their first Pac-12 loss of the season.
No. 5 Washington 70, Oregon 21: The Huskies continue to establish themselves as the favorite in the Pac-12, as well as a contender on the national scene, as Jake Browning completes 22-of-28 passes for 304 yards and six touchdowns while also running for two more scores and Myles Gaskin runs for 197 yards and a score to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks.
No. 23 Florida State 20, No. 10 Miami 19: After Brad Kaaya delivers a perfect touchdown pass, FSU's DeMarcus Walker spoils the Hurricane celebration by blocking the game-tying extra-point attempt with 1:38 remaining to lift the Seminoles to a hard-fought victory. FSU freshman quarterback Deondre Francois was outstanding in the second half, completing 11-of-13 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns – he went 6-for-6 for 119 yards and both touchdowns against the blitz.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2017
Ten Names to Know
Here's a quick glance at 10 non-household names in the world of college football following week six of the season:
1. Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama safety had three interceptions and returned one 100 yards for a touchdown in the victory over No. 16 Arkansas. A product of Old Bridge, N.J., Fitzpatrick has 27 tackles this year but those were his first INTs of the season, but he did have a two-pick game against Texas A&M last season.
2. P.J. Fleck – Western Michigan head coach has guided the Broncos to a 6-0 record and their first-ever national ranking (AP No. 24, No. 23 in coaches poll). The second-youngest FBS head coach at 35 years old, Fleck took over at WMU three years ago and the team went 1-11 before turning in an 8-5 mark last season.
3. Myles Gaskin – Washington sophomore running back who has been a key part of the Huskies climbing to No. 5 in the country. Gaskin, who in 2015 became the first true freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yards in program history, has collected 599 yards in six games this year, including 197 (on just 16 carries) in the surprising blowout of Oregon on Saturday.
4. Zane Gonzalez – Arizona State kicker booted a 46-yard field goal against UCLA. The kick was his third of the game and the 89th of his career, setting a new FBS record for career field goals.
5. Colton Jumper – Tennessee junior linebacker and a former walk-on, followed up an 11-tackle performance against Georgia by leading his team with 10 takedowns in the Texas A&M game.
6. Carl Lawson – Auburn junior defensive lineman has been a key part of the Tigers' current three-game winning streak, recording 10 tackles and five sacks. In Saturday's win over Mississippi State, he had two sacks and a forced fumble.
7. Elijah McGuire – UL Lafayette running back who is expected to be a top candidate for the Corbett Award as the top amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana has tallied 517 rushing yards and 88 receiving yards with four touchdowns for the Ragin' Cajuns this season.
8. Kamryn Pettway – Auburn sophomore running back had a huge game with 39 carries for 169 yards in the key SEC victory over Mississippi State. As a freshman, the 6-0, 240-pounder saw limited action at fullback without carrying the ball.
9. Dede Westbrook – Oklahoma senior wide receiver has turned into a big-time deep threat for the Sooners. He recorded 17 catches for 154 yards in his first three games this season, but in the last two (TCU and Texas), has 17 for 390 yards, including TD catches of 71, 67, 47, 42 and 40 yards.
10. Will Worth – Navy senior quarterback who orchestrated a Midshipmen offense which piled up 306 rushing yards in a shocking 46-40 upset of No. 6 Houston. After serving primarily as the holder last year, Worth has stepped into a starting role with the challenging Navy triple-option offense and helped the team to a 4-1 start to the season and first place in the American Athletic Conference.
YouTube Clips of the Week
Each week the Allstate Sugar Bowl will make its YouTube Picks of the Week, including impressive off-field performances, great games, illuminating features and top highlights. This week's highlights include:
Highlights of N.C. State's win over Notre Dame showing the brutal weather conditions:
Southeastern Louisiana shocks McNeese State with an 82-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds to go:
DeMarcus Walker blocks the extra-point attempt to preserve Florida State win over Miami:
EXTRA YARD FOR TEACHERS
The official philanthropic initiative of the College Football Playoff is Extra Yard for Teachers. The program, supported through the College Football Playoff Foundation, honors and supports teachers nationally and in the communities that host the College Football Playoff National Championship and Playoff Semifinals. Click the below graphic to find out more or to make a contribution.
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):
Jake Browning, Washington
Luke Falk, Washington State
Ryan Higgins, Louisiana Tech
Nick Holley, Kent State
Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Brett Rypien, Boise State
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan
TOP UPCOMING GAMES
(Rankings are from this week's AP Poll, all times Central, check local listings to confirm tv schedule)
North Carolina State at No. 3 Clemson (11 a.m., ABC): While the Tigers and 2015 Manning Award winner Deshaun Watson are touted as a favorite in the ACC and a contender for the College Football Playoff, the Wolfpack has quietly produced a 4-1 record including wins over Notre Dame and Wake Forest (also a surprising 4-1) behind quarterback Ryan Finley (1,041 yards, nine TDs, 0 INTs).
Kansas State at No. 19 Oklahoma (11 a.m., ESPN): The Sooners and a high-scoring offense (48.5 ppg in league games) have won back-to-back games by a touchdown or less in Big 12 action (45-40 over Texas and 52-46 over TCU) while the Wildcats have split two games two close league games (44-38 win over Texas Tech and a 17-16 loss to West Virginia following a late missed field goal).
No. 20 West Virginia at Texas Tech (11 a.m., FS1): The Mountaineers are one of nine undefeated Power-Five conference teams remaining in the country behind a defense which has held foes to just 20.0 points per game; the 3-2 Red Raiders are averaging 61.0 points per game at home this season.
Kansas at No. 11 Baylor (2:30 p.m., FS1): Despite major off-field controversy, the Bears have managed to stay the course on the field with five wins to open the season. While the Jayhawks, with an 18-game losing streak against FBS opponents, may not seem likely to be a threat, they turned in their best game of the year on Saturday, leading over TCU for much of the game until a heart-breaking Horned Frog field goal with 1:21 to go.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Crimson Tide has solidified itself as the No. 1 team in the nation with solid wins over three ranked teams this year, but the Volunteers have been comeback specialists, erasing double-digit deficits in five of their six games. The Vols ran out of luck on Saturday against Texas A&M however, as they fell in overtime.
North Carolina at No. 16 Miami (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): Both ACC Coastal contenders are coming off tough losses – Miami lost after a PAT was blocked with 1:38 to go in a 20-19 decision against Florida State while the Tar Heels were defeated handily by Virginia Tech, 34-3, as their high-octane passing attacked was grounded (58 passing yards and two interceptions after entering the game averaging 360 passing yards and having thrown zero INTs) by the winds and rains of Hurricane Matthew.
No. 10 Nebraska at Indiana (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The Cornhuskers come off their bye-week with a sneaky-challenging game in Bloomington as the 3-2 Hoosiers picked up a 24-21 win over then-No. 21 Michigan State and then were within a touchdown of Ohio State in the third quarter on the road on Saturday.
No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 22 Arkansas (6 p.m., ESPN): The Rebels are the highest-ranked two-loss team in the country as their defeats have come at the hands of No. 1 Alabama and No. 14 Florida State, but the Razorbacks also only have two losses – with Alabama and No. 10 Texas A&M upending them. Ole Miss' offense has better stats with 41.6 points per game and 490.4 yards per game (Arkansas has 35.0 and 448.3) while Arkansas has allowed 35.0 points and 448.3 yards per game (Ole Miss is at 41.6 and 490.4).
Stanford at Notre Dame (6:30 p.m., NBC): In a very unexpected development, this game, which was expected to be a battle between CFP contenders is instead a showdown between a 3-2 Cardinal team which has dropped its last two games by an average of 32 points and a 2-3 Fighting Irish squad with surprising losses to Duke and N.C. State. The home team has won the past four games in this rivalry, all by seven points or fewer (credit ESPN's Ivan Maisel on that stat).
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin (7 p.m., ABC): The Badgers have climbed into the Top-10 on the basis of an impressive defense (12.2 points per game is fourth in the country), but look at the stats for the Buckeyes: No. 2 nationally in total defense (3.7 yards per play) and scoring defense (10.3 points per game), No. 3 in scoring offense (53.2 points per game), No. 4 in turnover margin (?1.6 per game) and No. 5 in offensive yards per game (537.6). Wisconsin does have arguably the most impressive defensive performance however, as it held Michigan to just 14 points – the Wolverines have 57.2 points per game in their other five contests.
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 Metro Cross Country Championships, featuring the boys' and girls' high school cross country teams from the metro-New Orleans area. The event will be held Saturday (October 15) in New Orleans City Park. The girls' race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the boys at 11 a.m. The starting line for the City Park Cross Country Course is at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Diagonal Drive in the heart of City Park. Admission is free. All high school varsity boys and girls cross country teams from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemine Parishes have been invited to participate. The meet is not divided by class or school size. Defending champions Dominican (girls) and Brother Martin (boys) both return for 2016.