October 17 College Football Update


October 17 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 eight of the 11 remaining undefeated teams in action and despite a handful of close calls, all eight were victorious. 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 Games from the SEC

No. 1 Alabama 49, No. 9 Tennessee 10: The Crimson Tide records its most lopsided decision in the series since 1906 as Jalen Hurts (132 yards, 3 TDs) and Bo Scarborough (109 yards, including an 85-yard TD) both rush for 100 yards while Ronnie Harrison adds a 58-yard interception return touchdown and Eddie Jackson scores on a 79-yard punt return giving the Tide 11 non-offensive touchdowns on the year. Tennessee has now lost 13 straight games to SEC West foes.

No. 22 Arkansas 34, No. 12 Ole Miss 30: Rawleigh Williams registers 180 rushing yards, Austin Allen tosses two touchdown passes as he ups his SEC-leading total to 18 and Jared Cornelius runs for a six-yard score with 2:21 to go to lift the Razorbacks to victory in the first meeting between the two as ranked teams since the 1970 Sugar Bowl.

Key Games from the Big 12

No. 19 Oklahoma 38, Kansas State 17: Baker Mayfield (25-of-31, 346 yards, 4 TDs) and Dede Westbrook (9 catches for 184 yards and three TDs) team up once again (Westbrook has caught eight TD passes in the last three games) as the Sooners record 510 yards against the Big 12's top-rated defense which entered the game allowing 17.6 points and 310.2 yards per game.

No. 20 West Virginia 48, Texas Tech 17: Skyler Howard completes 21-of-31 passes for 318 yards, Rushel Shell scores a pair of fourth-quarter rushing TDs and the defense (which entered the game allowing 20.0 points per game) holds the high-scoring Red Raiders (who were averaging 61.0 points at home) to just 379 yards as the Mountaineers remain undefeated and jump eight spots in the AP poll.

No. 11 Baylor 49, Kansas 7: The Bears remain undefeated as Ryan Reid collects a pair of interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, Seth Russell accounts for four touchdowns (two passing, two running) in one half of action and Shock Linwood sets Baylor's career record for touchdown runs with his 36th score.

Other SEC Results

No. 18 Florida 40, Missouri 14: Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson both return interceptions for touchdowns and the offense records its second 500-yard game of the season to overcome four turnovers.

Vanderbilt 17, Georgia 16: The Commodores pick up their first SEC road victory in Derek Mason's three-year tenure as head coach as Khari Blasingame runs for a two-yard score with 9:43 to go and Zach Cunningham (19 tackles) stops the Bulldogs on a fourth-and-one play on their final drive.

LSU 45, Southern Miss 10: Derrius Guice (162 yards) ran for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, D.J. Clark scored on a 63-yard catch-and-run and Danny Etling (11-of-18, 276 yards, 3 TDs) and Malachi Dupree (2 TDs) hooked up for a 63-yard touchdown as the Tigers break open a game that was tied at 10 at the half.

BYU 28, Mississippi State 21: Taysom Hill passes for 165 yards, rushes for 53 yards and records four touchdowns, including a short running score in the first overtime and a game-winning 15-yard pass in the second overtime for the Cougars first-ever win over an SEC team at home.

Other Big 12 Results

Texas 27, Iowa State 6: Trailing 6-3 at the half, the Longhorns get a pair of touchdown passes from Shane Buechele, including a 75-yard hook-up with Jerrod Heard, while the defense tallies eight sacks and holds the Cyclones to just 280 yards.

Other Key Games

No. 2 Ohio State 30, No. 8 Wisconsin 23: J.T. Barrett, who also rushes for two touchdowns in regulation, tosses a seven-yard touchdown pass to Noah Brown in overtime and Tyquan Lewis clinches the victory with a fourth-down sack at the four-yard line to cap a comeback from a 16-6 halftime deficit. Barrett also sets the school record for touchdowns with 89.

No. 3 Clemson 24, North Carolina State 17: A missed 33-yard field goal with no time on the clock gave the Tigers new life and they took advantage in overtime as Deshaun Watson finds Artavius Scott for a 10-yard score and Marcus Edmond intercepts a pass in the end zone to secure the victory for his undefeated team.

North Carolina 20, No. 16 Miami 13: Mitch Trubisky throws for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Ryan Switzer sets the school record for career receptions (206) and Malik Carney forces a critical fumble with under two minutes to go as the Tar Heels take over the top position in the ACC Coastal division.

No. 10 Nebraska 27, Indiana 22: After jumping to a 17-0 lead, the Cornhuskers give up 15 straight points before Tommy Armstrong finds Stanley Morgan Jr. for a 72-yard fourth-quarter score (after two defenders collide) to improve to 6-0 for the first time in 15 years.

Stanford 17, Notre Dame 10: The Cardinal, missing star back Christian McCaffrey due to injury, overcomes an anemic offense (296 total yards) and a 10-0 halftime deficit as Quenton Meeks scores on a 50-yard interception return, the defense forces a safety and JJ Arcega-Whiteside pounces on a fumble in the end zone for a fourth-quarter touchdown to give Stanford its first lead of the day.



Bowl Projections

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

Ten Names to Know

Here's a quick glance at 10 non-household names in the world of college football following week seven of the season:

1. Tommy Armstrong – Nebraska senior quarterback has been the Cornhuskers' starter for three years, but he is establishing himself as a critical player in the Big Ten race as he leads the Big Ten in QBR and has the Huskers at a perfect 6-0 and No. 8 in the AP Poll.

2. Zach Cunningham – Vanderbilt junior linebacker who piled up 19 tackles in the Commodores upset of Georgia; his biggest tackle was his final one as he made the game-clinching stop on a fourth-and-one play in the final minutes. His 19 tackles were the most by a Vandy player since 1999.

3. Jarvion Franklin – Western Michigan senior running back has been a key to the Broncos perfect start and their No. 20 national ranking (the first in school history). On Saturday, in a 41-0 victory over Akron, he ran for a school record 281 yards on 33 carries, breaking a record that had stood since 1958.

4. Tony Gibson – West Virginia defensive coordinator who returned to Morgantown in 2014 (he also coached at WVU from 2001-07 under Rich Rodriguez) and has developed a defense which ranks second in the Big 12 (19.4 points per game) and has been critical to the Mountaineers' perfect record this year. The defense held high-scoring Texas Tech to just 17 points on Saturday – the Red Raiders had entered the game with an NCAA record streak of nine straight home games scoring at least 50 points.

5. Carlos Henderson – Louisiana Tech junior receiver recorded 12 receptions for 326 yards and five touchdowns (83 yards, 50 yards, 42 yards, six and five yards) to lead the Bulldogs to a 56-28 win over Massachusetts. Henderson, who now has 558 receiving yards in his last two games, is a New Orleans product who was an all-state selection at McDonogh 35.

6. Rhett Lashlee – Auburn offensive coordinator who took over play-calling duties for the Tigers after they had a 1-2 start to the season. Head coach Gus Malzahn thought it could help the team overall and since the decision, Auburn has won three straight games while averaging 38.0 points per game.

7. Phillip Lindsay – Colorado running back ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns as the Buffaloes rolled to a 40-16 victory over Arizona State – their first win over the Sun Devils in eight games.

8. Tyquan Lewis – Ohio State defensive lineman records arguably the top play of his career as he sacks Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook on fourth down in overtime to preserve the Buckeyes' 30-23 victory over the eighth-ranked Badgers.

9. Ryan Reid – Baylor senior cornerback was a defensive key in the Baylor's win over Kansas as he recorded a pair of interceptions – he returned one 64 yards for a touchdown and the other 52 yards.

10. Solomon Thomas – Stanford sophomore defensive lineman who was born in Australia was key to the Cardinal's win over Notre Dame as he recorded a career-high 12 tackles – his previous best was just five takedowns. He added 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in the victory.

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:

Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham stops Georgia on fourth-and-one to preserve the upset victory:

South Dakota State's Taryn Christian delivers the game-winning touchdown pass to Jake Wieneke with one second to go to snap five-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State's 15-game winning streak:

Eddie Jackson breaks free for a 79-yard punt return touchdown, Alabama's 11th non-offensive touchdown of the year:



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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):

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
(17-of-29, 226 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 69.3)
Barrett, who also rushes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, is sensational in helping the Buckeyes come from behind to defeat No. 8 Wisconsin, as he completes 11-of-15 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the second half and overtime of the critical Big Ten victory on the road.

Eric Dungey, Syracuse
(28-of-53, 311 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 60.1)
Dungey, who also rushes for 106 yards and a touchdown, leads the Orange to 561 yards against the nation's third-ranked defense, as they upset No. 17 Virginia Tech, 31-17, in ACC action for their first win over a ranked team since 2012.

Quinton Flowers, USF
(23-of-37, 213 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 90.5)
Flowers, who also rushes for 157 yards and three touchdowns, directs the Bulls to their 11th straight game with 35 or more points as they defeat Connecticut, 42-27, in AAC action.

Ryan Higgins, Louisiana Tech
(26-of-33, 484 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.4)
Higgins registers his fourth 400-yard game of the season to lead the Bulldogs to a 56-28 victory over Massachusetts.

Skyler Howard, West Virginia
(21-of-31, 318 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 92.6)
Howard also rushes for 89 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers remain undefeated with a 48-17 Big 12 road victory over Texas Tech.

Matt Linehan, Idaho
(29-of-36, 476 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 97.4)
Linehan, who also rushes for a score, records career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns (doubling his season total) as he leads the Vandals to a 55-23 victory over New Mexico State.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
(25-of-31, 346 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 93.2)
Mayfield records his third 300-yard game of the year and sets a season-high for passing touchdowns, including an 88-yard connection with Dede Westbrook as the Sooners cruise to a 38-17 Big 12 win over Kansas State.

Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan
(29-of-39, 347 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.2)
Roback registers a career-high for passing yards and connects on a pair of key fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 27-20 road victory over Ohio in MAC action as they improve to 5-2 for the first time since 1995.

Top Upcoming Games

(Rankings are from this week's AP Poll, all times Central, check local listings to confirm tv schedule)

BYU at No. 14 Boise State (Thursday, 9:15 p.m., ESPN): This is a critical game for undefeated Boise State, who are currently in position for the Group of Five slot in the New Year's Six bowl games. The Broncos are led by one of the top running backs in the country in Jeremy McNichols; and, despite only being 4-3, BYU's losses have come by a total of seven points – all to Power Five conference foes.

North Carolina State at No. 7 Louisville (11 a.m., ABC): A missed 33-yard field goal is all that separated the Wolfpack from victory against ACC frontrunner Clemson and now they have another shot at a league powerhouse as they travel to face the Cardinals, who struggled in a 24-14 victory over Duke on Saturday.

No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama (2:30 p.m., CBS): Arguably the most important game of the season in the SEC, the undefeated leaders of the SEC West face-off with the Aggies hoping that quarterback Trevor Knight can recreate his magic from the 2014 Sugar Bowl when he led Oklahoma (he transferred to Texas A&M for this season) to a win over the Crimson Tide. Alabama, meanwhile, has been dominant this season, averaging 45.4 points per game while holding opponents to just 15.0 points per game.

TCU at No. 12 West Virginia (2:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2): The undefeated Mountaineers made an eight-spot jump in the AP poll after an impressive road victory against Texas Tech in which they held the Red Raiders to just 17 points, but the Horned Frogs are expected to provide the biggest test of the year thus far for West Virginia.

No. 17 Arkansas at No. 21 Auburn (5 p.m., ESPN): After a slow start, Auburn has used a potent rushing attack (263 yards per game) to win three straight games while Arkansas has two losses in its last four games – but those losses came at the hands of No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M – and Austin Allen (SEC-best 18 TD passes) is establishing himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the league.

No. 2 Ohio State at Penn State (7 p.m., ABC): The Buckeyes are coming off a huge comeback win over No. 10 Wisconsin and need to avoid any letdown on the road against the Nittany Lions who have won two straight games (Maryland and Minnesota).

No. 16 Oklahoma at Texas Tech (7 p.m., FOX): The Sooners have become the popular pick to play in the Sugar Bowl this year, but they need to keep winning and the Red Raiders offense, despite being held to 17 points by West Virginia on Saturday, could pose problems for an Oklahoma defense which is allowing 33.0 points per game.

No. 23 Ole Miss at No. 25 LSU (8 p.m., ESPN): The third game of the weekend featuring ranked SEC West foes as LSU hopes to continue its success under interim coach Ed Orgeron and Ole Miss, which is the first three-loss team ranked this early in the season since 2009, continues its brutal schedule (this will be its fifth game against a ranked team).

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 Lacrosse Classic. The ninth Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic is scheduled for January 28-29, 2017 at the Chappapeela Sports Plex in Hammond, La. (19325 Hipark Blvd). This will be the second year of the event being held in Hammond. Brother Martin High School posted a 7-2 victory over North Shore Lacrosse, made up of student-athletes from Mandeville and Covington, to capture the varsity championship at the 2016 event. St. Paul's School won the title in the junior varsity division while North Shore captured championships in the U-15 and U-13 divisions while the Carrollton Boosters were victorious in the U-11 division. A total of 44 teams participated in the event.