October 31 College Football Update


October 31 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 saw seven top-20 teams lose, including the last two undefeated teams in the Big 12. 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. 15 Auburn 40, Ole Miss 29: Kamryn Pettway registers a career-high 236 rushing yards to offset Chad Kelly's school-record 465 passing yards (breaking Archie Manning's mark of 436 from 1969) to lead the Tigers to their fifth straight victory.

No. 14 Florida 24, Georgia 10: The Gators solidify their hold on the top slot in the SEC East standings as their defense holds the Bulldogs to a season-low 164 yards (239 below their average), including seven three-and-outs and two fourth-down stops on Georgia's final two drives.

South Carolina 24, No. 18 Tennessee 21: Jake Bentley throws for two touchdowns, Rico Dowdle runs for 127 yards, the Gamecocks allow just 297 yards of offense while forcing three turnovers and the Volunteers miss a desperation 58-yard field goal attempt as Tennessee drops its third straight game.

Key Games from the Big 12

Oklahoma State 37, No. 10 West Virginia 20: Mason Rudolph throws for three touchdowns and the Cowboys take advantage of three Mountaineer turnovers inside their own 15-yard line to send West Virginia to its first loss of the season as Mike Gundy earns his 100th career victory and his sixth win over a top-10 team since 2008.

Texas 35, No. 8 Baylor 34: D'Onta Foreman rushes for a career-high 250 yards and LSU transfer Trent Domingue boots a 39-yard field goal with 46 seconds to go as the Longhorns send the Bears to the first loss of the season despite Baylor piling up 624 yards of offense.

Other SEC Results

Kentucky 35, Missouri 21: Benny Snell rushes 38 times for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Stanley Williams runs for 182 yards as the Wildcats win their third straight SEC game for the first time since 1999.

No. 9 Texas A&M 52, New Mexico State 10: Christian Kirk returns two punts for touchdowns and adds a TD catch as the Aggies recover from the Alabama loss with a rout of a Sun Belt foe.

Mississippi State 56, Samford 41: Nick Fitzgerald ties a school record by tallying seven touchdowns (five passing and two rushing) as the Bulldogs snap a three-game losing streak.

Other Big 12 Results

No. 16 Oklahoma 56, Kansas 3: Baker Mayfield throws for 236 yards and four touchdowns, Dede Westbrook scores on a punt return and a reception and the Sooner defense allows a season-low 170 yards – one week after giving up 854 yards in a shootout victory against Texas Tech.

Texas Tech 27, TCU 24: Despite being held to a season-low 345 yards, the Red Raiders snap a three-game losing streak when Clayton Hatfield connects on a 37-yard field goal in the second overtime – Patrick Mahomes throws for 206 yards one week after he matched the FBS record with 734 passing yards in a loss to Oklahoma.

Kansas State 31, Iowa State 26: Iowa product Jesse Ertz returns to his home state and throws for 151 yards and a TD while running for a career-best 106 yards on just nine carries as the Wildcats pick up their third win in the last four games.

Other Key Games

USF 52, No. 22 Navy 45: Quinton Flowers (219 passing yards, 176 rushing yards, 4 total TDs) directs the Bulls to scores on their first six possessions and another strong effort from Navy quarterback Will Worth (299 passing yards, 129 rushing yards, 5 total TDs) isn't enough to overcome the early deficit.

No. 2 Michigan 32, Michigan State 23: The Wolverines score on each of their first-half possessions and then hold off a late Spartan rally to remain undefeated while sending their rival to its sixth straight loss.

No. 4 Washington 31, No. 17 Utah 24: Myles Gaskin runs for 151 yards and a touchdown and Dante Pettis returns a punt 58 yards for a touchdown with 3:25 remaining to break open a tie game as the Huskies remain undefeated.

No. 11 Wisconsin 23, No. 7 Nebraska 17: Dare Ogunbowale scores on an 11-yard run in overtime and safety D'Cota Dixon breaks up a fourth-down pass attempt in the end zone to preserve the victory and knock the Cornhuskers from the ranks of the undefeateds.

No. 3 Clemson 37 No. 12 Florida State 34: Trailing 28-20 entering the fourth quarter, the Tigers get a Wayne Gallman touchdown run and a Greg Huegel field goal to re-take the lead, but FSU's Dalvin Cook (169 rushing yards) rushes for his fourth touchdown of the game to put his team back on top with 3:23 to go only to see Deshaun Watson connect with Jordan Leggett on a 34-yard score with 2:06 remaining.


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. Texas A&M (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Oklahoma vs. Florida (Florida replaces Texas A&M)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (no change)ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (no change)
ESPN (Brett McMurphy): Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces West Virginia)
Athlon (Steve Lassan): Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (no change)
Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Texas A&M vs. West Virginia (no change)
USA Today (Erick Smith): Oklahoma vs. Florida (replaces West Virginia vs. Tennessee)
SI.com (Colin Becht): Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma replaces Baylor)

Ten Names to Know

Here's a quick glance at 10 college football players with famous fathers:

1. C.J. Beathard – Iowa quarterback's father Casey isn't famous in football, though he is a well-known song writer – he has penned multiple hits for Kenny Chesney, including "Boys of Fall." C.J.'s grandfather Bobby was a long-time NFL general manager with the Chargers and Redskins. In two years as the full-time starter at Iowa, C.J. has led the Hawkeyes to 17 wins. Feature Story

2. Bryan Cox, Jr. – Florida defensive end is the son of 12-year NFL standout Bryan Cox, who was a Hall-of-Famer at Western Illinois. The elder Cox tallied 51.5 career sacks, primarily with the Dolphins, while the son has 93 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his Gator career.

3. Luke Del Rio – Florida quarterback is the son of former USC star and current Oakland Raider head coach Jack Del Rio. Jack was an NFL All-Rookie team selection with the Saints in 1985 while Luke has stepped into the starting QB role with the Gators and led them to the top of the SEC East standings.

4. Trey Griffey – Arizona wide receiver is the son of baseball Hall-of-Famer Ken Griffey. Trey has 19 catches for 360 yards as a senior this season, including a 38-yard touchdown catch yesterday against Stanford.

5. Marlon Humphrey – Alabama cornerback is the son of Bobby Humphrey who rushed for 1,151 yards as a rookie with the Broncos in 1989, helping them to the Super Bowl. Marlon was a Freshman All-American and has recorded 20 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore this far this season.

6. Nico Marley – Tulane linebacker is the son of Rohan Marley, who was a star linebacker at the University of Miami from 1992-94. Nico's grandfather was legendary reggae artist Bob Marley. Nico has 62 tackles and three sacks for the Green Wave this season. Feature Story

7. Christian McCaffrey – Stanford running back is the son of former Broncos star Ed McCaffrey, who posted three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 1998-2000. Christian, despite battling injuries, is considered a contender for the Heisman Trophy after being a finalist for the honor last year – he rushed for 169 yards and two scores while also catching a TD pass in Saturday's win over Arizona.

8. Kahlil McKenzie – Tennessee defensive lineman is the son of former Volunteer star and current Oakland Raider GM Reggie McKenzie. Kahlil made his first career start last weekend against Alabama.

9. Corey Robinson – former Notre Dame receiver is the son of NBA legend David Robinson, who was a 10-time All-Star with the San Antonio Spurs. Corey made news this past offseason when he decided to forego his senior season (after multiple concussions) and instead was elected as the second African-American student-body president in school history. Feature Story

10. Barry Sanders, Jr. – Oklahoma State running back played three years at Stanford before transferring as a graduate to the Cowboy program that his father starred for in the mid-1980s.

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.

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):

Josh Allen, Wyoming (18-of-31, 274 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 83.3)
Allen records a career-high in passing yards and matches his best for TD passes as he leads the Cowboys to a 30-28 upset of No. 13 Boise State, their first win over a Top 25 team since 2002.

Luke Falk, Washington State (33-of-46, 415 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 80.1)
Falk records his sixth 300-yard game of the year as he connects on three third-quarter touchdowns to help the Cougars erase a 24-6 halftime deficit in a 35-31 Pac-12 road victory over Oregon State.

Quinton Flowers, USF (19-of-29, 219 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.6)
Flowers also rushes for 176 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulls to a 52-45 victory over No. 22 Navy in a key American Athletic contest.

Justice Hansen, Arkansas State (21-of-36, 303 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.1)
Hansen, who also runs for a touchdown, sets his career-high for touchdown passes, leading the Red Wolves to an early 28-0 advantage as they pick up their 12th straight Sun Belt victory, 51-10 over UL Monroe.

Justin Herbert, Oregon (31-of-42, 489 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 88.2)
Herbert ties the school single-game record for passing yards and becomes the first Duck ever to exceed 500 yards of total offense (512) as he picks up his first career win, helping Oregon snap a five-game losing streak with a 54-35 Pac-12 victory over Arizona State.

Lamar Jackson, Louisville (24-of-41, 361 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 78.4)
Jackson, who also rushes for 88 yards, connects on a 29-yard touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion, with 13 seconds to go to lift the Cardinals to a 32-25 ACC victory over Virginia on the road.

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (26-of-36, 273 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.4)
Rudolph, who also runs for a touchdown, keys the Cowboys 37-20 upset of No. 10 West Virginia, the team's sixth win over a top-10 team since 2008.

Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech (10-of-14, 264 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.7)
Thomas also rushes for a career-high 195 yards and two touchdowns, including a key 50-yard run with under two minutes to go to clinch a 38-35 ACC victory over Duke.

Top Upcoming Games

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

No. 7 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (11 a.m., SEC Network): The Aggies hope to maintain the second-place slot in the SEC West standings as they return to league action after playing New Mexico State – the Bulldogs look to snap a three-game SEC losing streak.

No. 8 Wisconsin at Northwestern (11 a.m., ABC): The Badgers picked up a huge victory by upending Nebraska on Saturday – their third win over a top-10 team (at the time of the game) this year, but they can't overlook a Northwestern team that gave No. 6 Ohio State a scare (24-20) on Saturday after winning three straight Big Ten contests.

No. 10 Florida at Arkansas (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Gators have taken over the top slot in the SEC East behind a defense which is proving itself to be among the best in the country and is allowing a total of 30 points in its last three SEC games; the Razorback offense, led by talented quarterback Austin Allen, is averaging 30.9 points per game, though they will be looking to recover from a surprising 56-3 loss to Arkansas in their last outing on Oct. 22.

No. 1 Alabama at No. 15 LSU (7 p.m., CBS):
The Tigers have rattled off three straight wins since the firing of head coach Les Miles, though the wins have come against 2-6 Missouri (no wins against Power-Five teams), 5-3 Southern Miss (one Power Five victory) and 3-5 Ole Miss (last in the SEC West). The top-ranked Crimson Tide is playing on a different level than nearly any team in the country; it ranks eighth in the country in scoring offense (43.9 points per game) and fourth in the country in scoring defense (11.7 points per game).

No. 9 Nebraska at No. 6 Ohio State (7 p.m., ABC): The Cornhuskers were knocked from the ranks of the undefeateds on Saturday by Wisconsin, but they remain ahead of the Badgers in the Big Ten West while the Buckeyes suffered their first loss two weeks ago to Penn State and have been in three straight close games – another loss could knock them out of the Big Ten East picture even if they do upset undefeated Michigan on Nov. 26.

No. 4 Washington at California (9:30 p.m., ESPN): The Huskies continued their splendid season with a hard-fought win over Utah on the road on Saturday, but now they face a dangerous Golden Bear team which averages 41.3 points per game and is perfect at home this season with wins over Utah, Oregon and Texas.

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 Crescent City Classic Fall 5K, which will be held this Saturday at City Park. This race has appeal to multiple audiences – serious runners can use this event as a qualifier to earn a prime starting position in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k (this is the ONLY opportunity to run a qualifying time at the 5k distance). In addition, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic Fall 5k encourages participation by area students. Ranging from elementary school through college, young runners from throughout the region come for the camaraderie and competition. With age-specific prizes for everyone starting at age seven, and cash grants for those schools with the greatest number of participants, this is always a spirited event and a great introduction to running events for young runners.