September 12 College Football Update


September 12 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 a string of exciting games and many impressive individual performances. 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.

Big 12 vs. SEC

Arkansas 41, No. 15 TCU 38: The Razorbacks seem in control, holding a 20-7 lead entering the fourth quarter, but quarterback Kenny Hill leads the Horned Frogs to three straight touchdowns for a 28-20 advantage before Austin Allen connects on a TD pass with 1:03 to go, then catches a Keon Hatcher pass for a successful two-point conversion to force overtime. In the first extra session, Allen throws for a 19-yard TD which is matched by Hills' 13-yard scoring throw, but a TCU field goal is topped by Allen, who darts into the end zone from five yards out for the victory in the second OT.

Key Games from the Big 12

Central Michigan 30, No. 22 Oklahoma State 27: The Chippewas shock the Cowboys on a memorable final play – quarterback Cooper Rush launches a Hail Mary which is caught by Jesse Kroll at the 12; as Kroll is wrapped up, he laterals to Corey Willis who dashes into the end zone for the winning score.

Arizona State 68, Texas Tech 55: Red Raider quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 540 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to offset a memorable performance from Sun Devil back Kalen Ballage, who tied an NCAA record by scoring eight touchdowns.

No. 14 Oklahoma 59, UL Monroe 17: Baker Mayfield (14-of-20, 244 yards, 3 TDs) turned in a near-flawless performance in one-half of action and Joe Mixon rushed for 117 yards as the Sooners righted themselves after the season-opening loss to Houston.

No. 23 Baylor 40, SMU 13: After struggling to a 6-6 halftime deadlock, the Bears come to life in the third quarter with Seth Russell throwing for a 31-yard touchdown and running for a 19-yard score and Orion Stewart returning an interception for a touchdown.

No. 16 Iowa 42, Iowa State 3: C.J. Beathard threw for three touchdowns and Matt VandeBerg had 129 receiving yards and a score as the Hawkeyes rolled to the largest margin of victory against their state-rival in 18 seasons under coach Kirk Ferentz.

Key Games from the SEC

Florida 45, Kentucky 7: The Gators score five times in their first seven possessions, including a 78-yard connection between quarterback Luke Del Rio and Antonio Callaway as Florida wins its 30th consecutive game against Kentucky – the loss dropped the Wildcats to 1-22 in road games since 2011.

Mississippi State 27, South Carolina 14: Nick Fitzgerald passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns and sets a school record for quarterback rushing yards with 195 as the Bulldogs jump to 24-0 halftime advantage and coast to victory in their SEC opener.

Tennessee 45, Virginia Tech 24: After falling behind early, 14-0, the Volunteers rally behind Joshua Dobbs, who throws for three touchdowns and runs for two more in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 156,990 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

No. 1 Alabama 38, Western Kentucky 10: Freshman Jalen Hurts becomes the first true freshman to start at Alabama since Vince Sutton in 1984 and throws for 287 yards and a pair of scores while the Crimson Tide defense holds the high-scoring Hilltopper attack to just 23 rushing yards with four sacks.

Other Big 12 Results

West Virginia 38, Youngstown State 21: Skyler Howard matches his career-high with five touchdown passes as the Mountaineers rattle off 24 unanswered points after falling behind 14-7 in the second quarter.

Ohio 37, Kansas 21: The Bobcats dominate the first half, outgaining the Jayhawks 359-21, as they build a 28-7 advantage – a 99-yard kickoff return score by LaQuvionte Gonzales being the only Kansas score, and then hold off a second half comeback effort to earn their first win over a current Big 12 team since 1967.

No. 11 Texas 41, UTEP 7: True freshman quarterback Shane Buechele turned in another strong performance for the Longhorns, throwing for 244 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Jerrod Heard, the starting quarterback for the bulk of the 2015 season.

Other SEC Results

No. 9 Georgia 26, Nicholls State 24: Nicholls State took a 14-13 third quarter lead on a touchdown pass by Chase Fourcade, the nephew of John Fourcade, but the Bulldogs avoid the shocking upset with two quick scores – a 66-yard hook-up between freshman quarterback Jacob Eason and Isaiah McKenzie and a 24-yard fumble return for a score by Lorenzo Carter.

No. 20 Texas A&M 67, Prairie View A&M 0: Trevor Knight throws for 344 yards and three touchdowns while running for another score as the Aggies roll over their FCS competition.

No. 19 Ole Miss 38, Wofford 13: Chad Kelly throws for three first-half touchdowns as Ole Miss jumps to a 24-3 halftime advantage in a win over FCS Wofford before a Vaught-Hemingway record 64,232 fans following an offseason renovation.

Vanderbilt 47, Middle Tennessee 24: Ralph Webb runs for a career-high 211 yards and two touchdowns as Vanderbilt takes charge of the game with a 28-point second quarter explosion.

Auburn 51, Arkansas State 14: Auburn had a solid game from quarterback Sean White, who recorded 244 yards on 17-of-23 passing, but it was the ground game which truly dominated, collecting 462 yards (100 each from Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway) as the Tigers piled up 706 total yards, the second most in school history.

No. 21 LSU 34, Jacksonville State 13: Replacing the injured Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice tallied 155 rushing yards, the most by an LSU player in his first start since 1997 (Cecil Collins ran for 232 against Auburn) to complement quarterback Danny Etling, who replaced Brandon Harris early and threw for 100 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown pass.

Missouri 61, Eastern Michigan 21: Drew Lock completed 24-of-37 passes for 450 yards while matching the school record with five touchdown passes as the new Mizzou head coach Barry Odom becomes just the second coach since 1957 to win his home debut for the Tigers.

Other Key Results

No. 2 Clemson 30, Troy 24: The Tigers were expected to be a top challenger for the national championship this year, but they have struggled in their first two games, this time allowing two late touchdowns to allow Troy back in the game before holding on for the victory.

No. 13 Louisville 62, Syracuse 28: Cardinal quarterback Lamar Jackson launches himself into the Heisman Trophy talk as he follows up last week's eight touchdown performance with 411 passing yards, 199 rushing yards and five more touchdowns (four rushing) as Louisville cruises for the second week in a row leading into a big showdown with Florida State.

Boise State 31, Washington State 28: The Broncos have now won 14 straight home openers and 34 consecutive regular season non-conference home games as they held off a late charge by a solid Washington State team which was picked by many to challenge for the Pac-12 North title.


Bowl Projections

Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 2, 2017
ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Tennessee vs. Oklahoma (Tennessee replaces Georgia)
ESPN (Brett McMurphy): Tennessee vs. Texas (Tennessee replaces Georgia)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Texas vs. Florida (replaces Baylor vs. Ole Miss)
Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Texas A&M replaces Tennessee)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Texas vs. LSU (Texas replaces Oklahoma)
USA Today (Erick Smith): Oklahoma vs. Tennessee (Tennessee replaces Georgia)
Saturday Down South: Florida vs. Texas

Ten Names to KnowHere's a quick glance at 10 non-household names in the world of college football following week two of the season:

1. Austin Allen – Arkansas quarterback who led his team to a thrilling overtime win against TCU. He is the younger brother of Brandon Allen, who started at quarterback for the Razorbacks for the last three years.

2. Kalen Ballage (bah-LAHGE) – Arizona State running back matches NCAA record with eight touchdowns scored.

3. Shane Buechele (boo-SHELL) – The first true freshman quarterback to start at Texas since Bobby Layne in 1944; has completed 71.7% of his passes with six touchdowns in two victories.

4. Danny Etling – LSU backup quarterback who came on in relief and helped the Tigers to victory against Jacksonville State; a junior from Terre Haute, Ind., he threw for 2,490 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons at Purdue before transferring to LSU.

5. Nick Fitzgerald – Sees his first extended action at quarterback for Mississippi State and sets a school record for quarterback rushing yards with 195 in a win over South Carolina.

6. Jalen Hurts – Becomes the first true freshman to start at Alabama since Vince Sutton in 1984 and throws for 287 yards and a pair of scores in a win over Western Kentucky.

7. Lamar Jackson – Louisville quarterback who has tallied 927 passing yards, 544 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in his last three games (including last year's bowl win over Texas A&M).

8. Mike McCray – Michigan linebacker who has returned after missing the entire 2015 season with injuries; has registered 15 tackles, five tackles for loss (including two sacks) and two forced fumbles in two starts for the Wolverines.

9. Anthony Nelson – A freshman defensive lineman for Iowa, Nelson has recorded eight tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in two games for the Hawkeyes.

10. Dakota Prukop – The latest Oregon quarterback who appears ready to tally big numbers in the Pac-12; the freshman from Austin, Texas, has 602 yards and six touchdowns in his first two games running the high-octane Duck attack.

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:

The Central Michigan Hail Mary and lateral against Oklahoma State:

The game-winning score for Austin Allen and Arkansas against TCU:

And all eight touchdowns for Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage.

Sugar Bowl Spotlight Event

In addition to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, the bowl is involved with over 50 other events throughout the year. Each week, we will spotlight one event in the weekly recap. This week's spotlight event is actually a collection of events – the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA State Championships. The Sugar Bowl took on title sponsorship of the championships held by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Since the partnership between two of the oldest and most prominent amateur athletic organizations in the state was established, the Sugar Bowl has had the opportunity to recognize 226 team champions from 104 schools.

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):

Austin Allen, Arkansas
(17-of-29, 223 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.9)
Allen rallied the Razorbacks to a thrilling upset victory of No. 22 TCU, throwing for a touchdown with 1:19 to go and then catching the two-point conversion pass to force overtime, where he threw for one touchdown before running for the game-winning score in the 41-38 victory.

Luke Del Rio, Florida
(19-of-32, 320 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.7)
Del Rio, making his second career start, registers Florida's first 300-yard game since 2013, leading the Gators to scores on five of their first seven possessions in a 45-7 SEC victory over Kentucky.

Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
(10-of-19, 91 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 78.9)
Dobbs also ran for 106 yards, setting Tennessee's career rushing record for quarterbacks, and two touchdowns as he helped the Volunteers overcome a 14-0 deficit in a 45-24 victory over Virginia Tech before a record 156,990 fans at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Quinton Flowers, USF
(21-of-33, 350 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 88.1)
Flowers, who also rushes for 53 yards, accounts for 403 of his team's 658 yards as the Bulls roll to a 48-17 victory over Northern Illinois despite missing their star running back due to injury.

Lamar Jackson, Louisville
(20-of-39, 411 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 94.9)
Jackson, who rushes for 199 yards and four touchdowns, opens the game with a 72-yard passing score, followed soon after with a 72-yard rushing TD, as he leads Louisville to 845 yards of offense in a 62-28 ACC road victory over Syracuse.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
(14-of-20, 244 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.5)
Mayfield is near-perfect in the first quarter, connecting on 10-of-11 passes for 120 yards and two scores, as he goes on to register the top QBR of the week against an FBS opponent, leading the Sooners to a 59-17 victory over UL Monroe.

Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
(30-of-42, 361 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 80.9)
Rush keeps the Chippewas close against No. 22 Oklahoma State, then on the final play of the game, he unleashes a long Hail Mary which is caught and then lateraled to another player who scores the winning touchdown in a 30-27 upset on the road – their first win over a ranked opponent since 1991.

Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
(19-of-24, 265 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Trubisky also runs for 42 yards, scoring two first-quarter touchdowns to put the Tar Heels ahead before throwing for two more scores to wrap up a 48-23 road victory over Illinois.


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

No. 6 Houston at Cincinnati (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN): Houston continues its quest for a College Football Playoff bid after picking up a shutout victory over Lamar despite not having star quarterback Greg Ward, Jr., who was out with a shoulder injury. Ward is expected to be back in action this weekend against a Bearcat squad that is 2-0, including a 38-20 victory over Purdue.

Iowa State at TCU (11 a.m., FS1): After suffering a hard-fought loss to Arkansas, the Horned Frogs open Big 12 play against an Iowa State squad which will be looking for any positive signs after being blown out by rival Iowa and falling to FCS foe Northern Iowa.

No. 2 Florida State at No. 10 Louisville (11 a.m., ABC): The Seminoles were expected to be occupying a lofty perch in the polls at this point, but the Cardinals have risen like a rocket behind the sensational play of quarterback Lamar Jackson.

No. 1 Alabama at No. 19 Ole Miss (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Crimson Tide will look for its offensive line to pull together after not dominating its first two games, while Ole Miss hopes to force critical turnovers in an effort to win its third straight meeting with Alabama – which has not lost to any other SEC schools since the 2013 Kick Six Iron Bowl.

Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State (2:30 p.m., ESPN): The Cowboys need to recover quickly from the controversial decision which resulted in a loss against Central Michigan. A strong Pittsburgh team comes to Stillwater with its feel-good story of running back James Conner, who has made a successful return to the field after battling cancer last year.

Mississippi State at No. 20 LSU (6 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2): Quarterback questions have loomed at both schools this season, but an impressive effort by Nick Fitzgerald (178 passing yards, 195 rushing yards in a win over South Carolina) seems to have locked down the position for the Bulldogs. LSU backup Danny Etling moved the offense in a relief role on Saturday and is expected to be considered for the start this weekend.

No. 12 Michigan State at No. 18 Notre Dame (6:30 p.m., NBC): While the Fighting Irish have played an epic battle against Texas (in a losing effort) and had a dominant performance against Nevada, the Spartans have only played FCS opponent Furman (to go with an early bye) meaning the major question mark of 13 departed starters will need to be answered against a formidable foe.

No. 17 Texas A&M at Auburn (6 p.m., ESPN): The Aggies have jumped into the rankings behind the quick acclimation of transfer quarterback Trevor Knight (the 2014 Sugar Bowl MVP during his Oklahoma tenure), while Auburn has settled on Sean White at quarterback after an impressive performance against Arkansas State.

No. 16 Georgia at Missouri (6:30 p.m., SEC Network): The Bulldogs took a tumble in the polls after struggling against Nicholls State, but they still have star running back Nick Chubb; the Tigers are rebuilding under new head coach Barry Odom, though a 450-yard passing performance from Drew Lock in a blowout of Eastern Michigan provides a glimpse of their offensive potential.

No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma (6:30 p.m., FOX): This inter-conference match-up was seen as one of the marquee games of the year and though it lost some luster with Oklahoma's loss in the season-opener, it is still a critical game for both teams. It will be the first potent opponent for the Buckeyes after two blowout wins of non-Power Five schools, while the Sooners can erase much of the damage done by the Houston loss.

USC at No. 7 Stanford (7 p.m., ABC): USC, which recovered from a season-opening blowout loss to Alabama to crush Utah State, 45-7, heads North to take on the dominant program in the Pac-12. Despite key losses to graduation, the Cardinal are still projected as a top contender for 2016 behind star back Christian McCaffrey.

No. 11 Texas at California (9:30 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2): The Longhorns, who have won against a top-tier opponent in Notre Dame and a lesser opponent in UTEP at home, now go on the road take on potentially dangerous Cal. While the Golden Bears lost to San Diego State this past weekend, they have a talented quarterback in Texas Tech transfer Davis Webb.

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