October 3 College Football Update


October 3 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 games between top 10 teams and saw 10 ranked teams lose for the first time since Oct. 4, 2014. 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. 11 Tennessee 34, No. 25 Georgia 31: The Volunteers, who entered the game with doubled-digit comebacks in three of their last four games, did it again, but in far more dramatic fashion. After trailing by 17 in the first half, the Vols take their first lead with a fumble recovery in the end zone by Corey Vereen with 2:56 to go, but the 'Dawgs retake the lead as Jacob Eason connects with Riley Ridley for a 47-yard score with 10 seconds remaining. A celebration penalty and a 20-yard return give the Vols solid field position allowing Joshua Dobbs to loft a 43-yard Hail Mary which is caught by Jauan Jennings for the victory.

No. 9 Texas A&M 24, South Carolina 13: Despite having four injured starters and giving up a 75-yard touchdown run (by A.J. Turner) on the first play from scrimmage, the Aggies get another strong performance from Trevor Knight (206 passing yards, 84 rushing yards) and the defense allows just 142 yards over the final three quarters as they improve to 5-0 for the third season in a row.

No. 16 Ole Miss 48, Memphis 28: Chad Kelly throws for 361 yards and a touchdown while Eugene Brazley runs for a career-high 124 yards and two scores as the Rebels hand Memphis their first loss of the year and avenge last year's loss to the Tigers.

LSU 42, Missouri 7: In the debut for Ed Orgeron as LSU's interim coach, Derrick Guice ably subs for an injured Leonard Fournette, running for 163 yards and three touchdowns, while Darrel Williams adds 130 yards and three touchdowns of his own as the Tigers' 634 yards is their most-ever against an SEC opponent.

Key Games from the Big 12

Oklahoma State 49, No. 22 Texas 31: Mason Rudolph throws for 392 yards and three touchdowns and Justice Hill runs for 135 yards and a score as the Cowboys take advantage of a Longhorn defense which entered the game allowing 48.5 points per game to power-five opponents.

West Virginia 17, Kansas State 16: Skyler Howard follows up a Justin Crawford rushing touchdown with a seven-yard TD delivery as the Mountaineers erase a 16-3 fourth-quarter deficit to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2012.

Oklahoma 52, No. 21 TCU 46: The Sooners open Big 12 play with a critical victory as Baker Mayfield accounts for four touchdowns and Samaje Perine runs for a pair of scores and the Sooners hold off an impressive fourth-quarter rally by the Horned Frogs, who tally 22 fourth-quarter points behind the effort of Kenny Hill (449 passing yards, 5 TDs) but still come up short.

Other SEC Results

No. 20 Arkansas 52, Alcorn State 10: Austin Allen completes 13-of-18 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns while Devwah Whaley (career-high 135 yards) and Rawleigh Williams (126 yards) both go over 100 yards against their FCS foe.

No. 23 Florida 13, Vanderbilt 6: Jordan Scarlett scores on a short TD run and Eddy Pineiro boots two field goals and the Gator defense has two interceptions and a pair of sacks while holding the Commodores out of the end zone.

Auburn 58, UL Monroe 7: Sean White has just three incompletions as he throws for 239 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Kerryon Johnson runs for 146 yards and two scores of his own while the Tiger defense allows just 251 total yards of offense.

No. 1 Alabama 34, Kentucky 6: The Crimson Tide offense takes some time to heat up, but it breaks open a 3-3 second-quarter tie by scoring 31 unanswered points including two Calvin Ridley touchdown receptions and a 55-yard fumble return by Ronnie Harrison – Alabama's seventh non-offensive touchdown of the year, the best total in the nation.

Other Big 12 Results

Texas Tech 55, Kansas 19: After losing star quarterback Patrick Mahomes (27-of-34, 277 yards, 4 TDs) to a third-quarter injury, the Red Raiders turn to backup Nic Shimonek (15-of-21, 271 yards, 4 TDs) who continues the air assault in a Big 12 blowout.

No. 13 Baylor 45, Iowa State 42: The Cyclones build a 35-21 advantage midway through the third quarter, but the Bear offense turns to Shock Linwood (237 rushing yards) and Seth Russell (178 passing yards, rushing TD) to close the game with a 24-7 run, including a 19-yard game-winning field goal by Chris Callahan with no time left on the clock.

Other Key Games

No. 5 Clemson 42, No. 3 Louisville 36: After building a 28-10 halftime advantage, the Tigers see Lamar Jackson (27-of-44, 295 yards, 162 rushing yards, 3 TDs) and the Cardinals storm back with 26 unanswered points. However, Clemson recovers as 2015 Manning Award winner Deshaun Watson (20-of-31, 306 yards, 91 rushing yards, 5 TDs) connects on a 20-yard touchdown to Mike Williams with 7:05 to go and a 31-yard score to Jordan Leggett with 3:14 remaining before the defense stops Louisville on a final fourth down play.

No. 4 Michigan 14, No. 8 Wisconsin 7: Despite having their streak of four straight 45-point games snapped, the Wolverines stout defense (No. 1 in the Big Ten) allows just 159 total yards and snags three interceptions as they earn their first victory over a top-10 opponent since 2008.

No. 10 Washington 44, No. 7 Stanford 6: The Huskies, who hadn't faced an opponent over .500, step up in a big way as Jake Browning throws for 210 yards and three touchdowns as he leads Washington to its eighth straight 35-point game to shock a Cardinal defense which came in allowing a Pac-12 best 12.0 points per game.

North Carolina 37, No. 12 Florida State 35: Mitch Trubisky (31-of-38, 405 yards, 3 TDs) logged his third straight 400-yard game, Ryan Switzer had 14 catches for 158 yards and Nick Weiler booted a career-long 54-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tar Heels over the Seminoles, who had taken the lead on an eight-yard run by freshman quarterback Deondre Francois (20-of-32, 372 yards) in the final minute. The Seminoles are the highest-ranked team that UNC has defeated on the road since they topped No. 9 Syracuse in 1996.

No. 14 Miami 35, Georgia Tech 21: Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson both score touchdowns on second-quarter fumble recoveries to take a 28-7 lead in the ACC debut of head coach Mark Richt, who is now 9-0 all-time against the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.


Bowl Projections

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

Ten Names to Know

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

1. Derek Barnett – Tennessee junior defensive end was dominant in the second half of the Florida comeback win, registering a pair of sacks. He followed that up with two more sacks in Saturday's win over Georgia and now leads the Volunteers with 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.

2. Travon Blanchard – Baylor junior nickel back missed the first two games of the season with a meniscus injury but since his return, he has tallied 28 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and two pass break-ups. In the Bears' Sept. 24 win over Oklahoma State, he recorded 11 tackles (eight unassisted), including a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss, along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The forced fumble and recovery came on the Baylor one-yard line to preserve a 28-24 lead. He was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

3. Eugene Brazley – Ole Miss junior running back and Carver High grad gets his first opportunity for extended playing time due to injuries and a suspension and tallies 124 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries in the Rebels' win over Memphis.

4. Jordan Leggert – Clemson senior tight end who had three catches for 70 yards in the big win over No. 3 Louisville. His 31-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown gave the Tigers a 40-36 advantage with 3:14 to go; he followed that play by catching Deshaun Watson's two-point conversion pass to account for the game's final margin.

5. Justin Crawford – West Virginia running back, who worked at Taco Bell this past summer, ran for a career-high 104 yards in a win over Kansas State – the unheralded juco transfer from Northwest Mississippi Community College leads the undefeated Mountaineers in rushing yardage.

6. Amba Etta-Tawo – Syracuse senior receiver collected seven passes for 134 yards in the Orange's loss to Notre Dame to lift his nation-leading yardage total to 840 yards on 47 catches in just five games.

7. Daeshon Hall – Texas A&M senior defensive lineman has played in the shadow of projected top-three NFL Draft pick Myles Garrett, but with Garrett out with an injury against South Carolina, Hall records six tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

8. Joey Julius – Penn State kicker who gained much attention after leveling a Michigan return man last week. Julius is 5-10 and 258-pounds and has a string of big hits and has averaged 62 yards on 24 kickoffs this year for the Nittany Lions.

9. Nic Shimonek – Texas Tech quarterback who threw for 271 yards and four touchdowns in less than one-half of action after coming on in relief of star Patrick Mahomes, who suffered a third-quarter injury, in Saturday's Big 12 win over Kansas.

10. Justin Wilcox – Wisconsin defensive coordinator has built a dominant defense in his first year with the Badgers (replacing Dave Aranda who took the same position at LSU). Despite losing to Michigan on Saturday, the Badgers have allowed a total of 34 points in three games against top-10 teams.

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:

Josh Dobbs connects on a 43-yard Hail Mary to defeat Georgia:

North Carolina kicker Nick Weiler boots a 54-yard field goal to upset Florida State:

UNLV quarterback Dalton Sneed narrowly avoids a safety and runs for a touchdown instead:

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):

Jake Browning, Washington
(15-of-21, 210 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.2)
Browning leads the Huskies to scores on seven of their nine possessions as they score the most points against Stanford since the 2012 season in a 44-6 win over the No. 7 Cardinal.

Sam Darnold, USC
(23-of-33, 352 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.3)
Darnold, in his second career start, registers his first 300-yard game while also rushing for a touchdown as he directs the Trojans to 34 consecutive points as they roll over previously undefeated Arizona State, 41-20, in Pac-12 action.

Anthony Maddie, Northern Illinois
(26-of-41, 298 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 80.0)
Maddie, a senior making his first career start, adds 160 rushing yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run, and leads the Huskies to their first win of the season, a 31-24 road win in MAC action.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
(23-of-30, 274 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.8)
Mayfield also adds a pair of rushing touchdowns as the Sooners hold off a late TCU rally in a key 52-46 Big 12 road victory over the No. 21 Horned Frogs.

Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
(25-of-36, 591 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 81.6)
Mullens sets a school-record for passing yardage, connecting on touchdowns of 75, 81 and 93 yards, while leading the Golden Eagles to a record 702 yards of total offense in a 44-28 C-USA victory over Rice.

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
(19-of-28, 392 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.0)
Rudolph registers his eighth career 300-yard game as he leads the Cowboys to a 49-31 win over No. 22 Texas, snapping an eight-game home losing streak to the Longhorns.

Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
(31-of-38, 405 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.3)
Trubisky, who adds a rushing touchdown, tallies his third straight 400-yard game and connects for a 34-yard touchdown strike with 2:31 to go to put the Tar Heels on top before keying a final drive which sets up a game-winning field goal in a 37-35 ACC road victory over No. 12 Florida State.

Greg Ward Jr., Houston
(32-of-38, 389 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.6)
Ward, who registers his third 300-yard game of the year, also rushes for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he directs the Cougars to a 42-14 victory over Connecticut in AAC action.


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

LSU at No. 18 Florida (11 a.m., ESPN): A possible match-up between former Purdue quarterbacks as the Gators could start Austin Appleby (starter Luke Del Rio may be able to return from a knee injury) and LSU is expected to start Danny Etling after he directed the Tigers to over 600 yards of offense on Saturday. Injured Tiger star Leonard Fournette is also expected to return to the lineup.

Texas at No. 20 Oklahoma (11 a.m., FS1): The Red River Rivalry features a Sooner squad that is looking to continue its resuscitation from two early-season losses, while the Longhorns are hoping to get their defense in order as they have allowed nearly 50 points per game against power-five opponents.

No. 9 Tennessee at No. 8 Texas A&M (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Volunteers will look to start faster after posting four double-digit comebacks in their last five games while the Aggies look to make it to 6-0 – this is the third straight year they have been 5-0, but they lost their sixth game in each of the last two years.

No. 25 Virginia Tech at No. 17 North Carolina (2:30 p.m., TV TBA): Since a season-opening loss to Georgia, the Tar Heels have won four straight to climb into the national rankings while Virginia Tech, under first-year head coach Justin Fuente, cracked the rankings for the first time since Sept. 7, 2014 following their bye week.

No. 21 Colorado at USC (3 p.m., Pac-12 Network): A surprising change-of-fortune game as the Buffaloes are ranked for the first time since 2005 while the Trojans are limping along at 2-3 – though they did pick up an impressive road win on Saturday against previously undefeated Arizona State.

No. 1 Alabama at No. 16 Arkansas (6 p.m., ESPN): Other than its thrilling 48-43 victory over Ole Miss, the Crimson Tide hasn't been tested, winning its other four games by 37.5 points per game; the Razorbacks and fast-developing quarterback Austin Allen should be a much-tougher challenge.

No. 5 Washington at Oregon (6:30 p.m., FOX): After cruising to an impressive victory over then-No. 7 Stanford, the Huskies jumped five spots in the rankings; now they take on Oregon, which has won or shared four of the last five Pac-12 North titles, but is struggling this year with a 2-3 record.

No. 23 Florida State at No. 10 Miami (7 p.m., ABC): The Hurricanes, 4-0 for the first time since 2000, have outscored their opponents 188-44 this year and are ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 2013. Their cross-state rival Seminoles began the season as a top CFP contender but have dropped two of three games in ACC play.

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 actually a monthly award – the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month. The Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsors the Sports Awards Committee, made up of current and former local media members, which recognizes the top amateur athlete from the Greater New Orleans area each month. The group has been recognizing outstanding athletes since 1957 making this year the 60th year the honors have been presented. Each of the monthly honorees is formally honored in the summer at a banquet which also recognizes the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, the Corbett Awards (top amateur athletes in the state for the year) and many other annual honors.


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