September 19 College Football Update


September 19 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 the three top-ranked teams all playing road games against ranked opponents for the first time in history. 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 48, No. 19 Ole Miss 43: The Rebels appear in control after taking a 24-3 lead with 2:47 remaining in the first half, but two quick Crimson Tide touchdowns (including an 85-yard punt return by Eddie Jackson) close the gap at the break. In the second half, ‘Bama takes charge with key defensive plays (a sack and fumble recovery TD by Da’Ron Payne and a 75-yard interception return by 291-pound Jonathan Allen) before having to scramble to hold off Ole Miss, which gets consecutive passing TDs from Chad Kelly in a 10-second stretch around a recovered on-sides kick. Freshman Jalen Hurts throws for 158 yards and runs for 146 to become the Nick Saban-coached quarterback to run for more than 100 yards.

No. 20 LSU 23, Mississippi State 20: Leonard Fournette rushes for 147 yards and two touchdowns and Danny Etling passes for 215 yards and a score in his first SEC start, but the Tigers need to hold off a late rally by the Bulldogs, who have now dropped eight straight games to ranked opponents.

No. 17 Texas A&M 29, Auburn 17: The Aggies improved to 3-0 for the third straight year (a run that hadn’t been accomplished since 1939-41) as Trevor Knight threw for 246 yards, Myles Garrett recorded two sacks, freshman Trayveon Williams scored on an 89-yard run and Daniel LaCamera booted five field goals.

No. 16 Georgia 28, Missouri 27: Despite forcing five turnovers, the Bulldogs needed freshman Jacob Eason to deliver a fourth-down pass to Isaiah McKenzie for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:29 to go to wrap up the victory and his first career 300-yard passing game.

Key Games from the Big 12

TCU 41, Iowa State 20: The Horned Frogs rebound from a tough overtime loss to Arkansas as Kyle Hicks rushes for 117 yards and a touchdown while also snagging a touchdown catch in the Big 12 opener for both teams. The Cyclones drop to 0-3 for the first time since 1997.

Oklahoma State 45, Pittsburgh 38: Mason Rudolph sets a school record with 540 passing yards and James Washington registers nine receptions for 296 yards as the Cowboys win a back-and-forth battle that features four ties and three lead changes as well as a two-hour weather delay in the fourth quarter.

No. 3 Ohio State 45, No. 14 Oklahoma 24: Noah Brown matches a school record with four touchdown catches, including a memorable circus-catch touchdown in the final seconds of the first half, and the Buckeyes record their fifth straight 40-point performance sending the Sooners to their first 1-2 start since 2005.

California 50, No. 11 Texas 43: The Longhorns have a pair of 100-yard rushers in D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren, but they can’t get their first 3-0 start since 2012 as Cal’s Davis Webb throws for 396 yards and four touchdowns, including a 12-yard delivery with 4:06 to go to break a 43-43 tie.

Other SEC Results

No. 15 Tennessee 28, Ohio 19: Despite playing without four starters (three injured and one suspended), the Volunteers rally behind quarterback Joshua Dobbs (261 total yards, three touchdowns).

Georgia Tech 38, Vanderbilt 7: Justin Thomas finds Marcus Marshall for an 81-yard touchdown on the first play of the game and the Yellow Jacket defense holds Vanderbilt scoreless in the final three quarters. Georgia Tech at 3-0 has matched its victory total from last year when it finished 3-9.

South Carolina 20, East Carolina 15: The Gamecock defense shines, forcing four turnovers, including a key interception at the one-yard line, and freshman Brandon McIlwain makes his first career start, running for two touchdowns while throwing for 195 yards.

Kentucky 62, New Mexico State 42: Freshman Benjamin Snell runs for 136 yards and four touchdowns, Boom Williams collects 181 rushing yards and the Wildcats break open a game that was tied at 35 at the half, finishing the game with a season-high 692 yards of offense despite losing starting quarterback Drew Barker to injury in the first half.

No. 23 Florida 32, North Texas 0: The Gator defense holds the Mean Green to just 53 yards of offense (a school record) but Florida suffers a key loss as quarterback Luke Del Rio goes down with a knee injury, which will likely keep him out of next week’s Tennessee game.

No. 24 Arkansas 42, Texas State 3: The Razorbacks get another strong performance from Austin Allen (241 yards and two touchdowns) and the defense holds the Bobcats to just 105 yards of total offense as well as tallying an interception return for a touchdown (by Ryan Pulley) for the second week in a row.

Other Big 12 Results

No. 21 Baylor 38, Rice 10: Seth Russell throws for 337 yards and three touchdowns and KD Cannon registers his third career 200-yard receiving game with nine receptions for 213 yards.

Memphis 43, Kansas 7: The Tigers force six turnovers and quarterback Riley Ferguson throws for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Kansas State 63, Florida Atlantic 7: Winston Dimel rushes for four touchdowns, Jesse Ertz tosses a touchdown pass and Dominique Heath returns a punt 75 yards for a score as the Wildcats record their most points since 2009.

Texas Tech 59, Louisiana Tech 45: Patrick Mahomes throws for 470 yards and five touchdowns as the Red Raiders jump out to a 35-10 advantage and hold off multiple comeback attempts by the Bulldogs.

Other Key Results

No. 6 Houston 40, Cincinnati 16: After the Bearcats take a 16-12 lead early in the fourth quarter, Cougar quarterback Greg Ward Jr. rushes for a pair of scores and the Houston defense tallies back-to-back pick-sixes to break open a hard-fought game.

No. 10 Louisville 63, No. 2 Florida State 20: Lamar Jackson had piled up 1,015 yards of offense and 13 touchdowns in games against over-matched Charlotte and Syracuse, but was expected to have a bigger challenge against the second-ranked Seminoles. Instead, he continued his assault on college football, tallying 360 yards of offense and five touchdowns (one passing, four rushing) in a dominant victory. His 18 touchdowns in the first three games of the year are the most by a college player since 1996.

No. 12 Michigan State 36, No. 18 Notre Dame 28: After building a 29-point lead, the Spartans saw the Fighting Irish rattle off three straight late-game touchdowns to make it a one-possession game, but a key sack by Raequan Williams forced an Irish punt with 3:37 to go and Michigan State was able to run out the clock. It is the seventh win in 10 games as an underdog for the underappreciated Spartans.

No. 7 Stanford 27, USC 10: Christian McCaffrey continues to pile up all-purpose yardage as he rushes for 165 yards (and a TD), snags 73 receiving yards (including a 56-yard TD catch) and adds 22 kick returns yards as the Cardinal sends the Trojans to their first 1-2 start since 2001.


Bowl Projections

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

Ten Names to Know

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

1. Austin Appleby – The likely starter for Florida in this week’s critical SEC showdown against Tennessee as Luke Del Rio suffered a knee injury. Appleby will become the second former Purdue quarterback to start an SEC game in two weeks (joining LSU’s Danny Etling); he started 11 games for the Boilermakers in the last two years before joining the Gators as a graduate transfer.

2. Rodney Butler – New Mexico State linebacker who tallied 12 tackles in Saturday’s loss to Kentucky. He now has 5 tackles in three games to lead the nation.

3. Brooks Ellis – Arkansas senior linebacker had 13 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pick-six in the huge win over TCU; he followed that with seven more tackles and a TFL in the Texas State win.

4. Luke Fickell – Ohio State defensive coordinator who has directed a defense which has scored four touchdowns this season while allowing just two scores (both against the potent Oklahoma offense in a 45-24 victory on Saturday. The Buckeyes also lead the nation in points off turnovers.

5. A.J. Jefferson – Senior defensive lineman for Mississippi State; he has recorded 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks this season and has now registered 31 career tackles for loss, including 12.5 sacks.

6. Chris Klieman – North Dakota State head coach who has guided his team to back-to-back FCS Championships. Following their upset of Iowa on Saturday, the Bison have now won six straight games against FBS opposition.

7. Drew Lock – Last year, he became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Missouri since 1995 and this year he has thrown for 1,106 yards to rank fourth in the nation.

8. Malik McDowell – Michigan State junior defensive tackle from Detroit who may not put up huge stats (7 tackles, 1.5 TFL in two games this year), but he is Mel Kiper’s third-rated pro prospect (after Leonard Fournette and Myles Garrett).

9. Ed Oliver – Houston defensive lineman and the first five-star prospect to sign with a school outside the Power Five conferences. Currently making a name for himself as one of the top impact freshmen in the country.

10. Donnel Pumphrey – San Diego State running back who has tallied 599 rushing yards this season (tops in the nation and an average of 8.2 yards per carry), including back-to-back 200-yard games, to become the Aztecs’ all-time rushing leader, passing New Orleans legend Marshall Faulk.

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 game-winning touchdown pass from freshman Jacob Eason in Georgia’s SEC road win over Missouri:

An amazing play from Ohio State’s Noah Brown who went around the back of the defender to make the grab:

Louisville receiver James Quick catching a tipped ball between his legs before dashing for a big gain:


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):

Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska
(17-of-33, 200 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 71.7)
Armstrong also rushes for 95 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown with three minutes remaining to lift the Cornhuskers to a 35-32 upset of No. 22 Oregon.

Lamar Jackson, Louisville
(13-of-20, 216 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 97.6)
Jackson continues his sensational start, adding 146 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground, as the Cardinals shock No. 2 Florida State, 63-20.

Brad Kaaya, Miami
(21-of-27, 368 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 98.2)
Kaaya leads the Hurricanes to points on their first four possessions as they jump out to a 24-0 lead en route to a 45-10 road victory over Appalachian State.

Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
(26-of-36, 470 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.4)
Mahomes tallies his fourth straight game with more than 470 passing yards as he leads the Red Raiders to a 59-45 victory over Louisiana Tech.

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
(26-of-46, 540 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 68.0)
Rudolph, who completes nine passes for 20 yards or more, sets the school record for passing yards as he leads the Cowboys to a 45-38 victory over Pittsburgh.

Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
(20-of-33, 352 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.7)
Rush sets a stadium record for touchdown passes and surpasses the 10,000-yard mark for his career as he leads the Chippewas to a 44-21 win over UNLV.

Davis Webb, California
(27-of-40, 396 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.6)
Webb, who also runs for a fourth-quarter touchdown, breaks a tie game with a 12-yard TD strike with 4:06 to go as the Golden Bears upset No. 11 Texas, 50-43.

Thomas Woodson, Akron
(21-of-32, 379 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.5)
Woodson, who also adds a rushing touchdown, registers his second 300-yard game of the year as he leads the Zips to a 65-38 road victory over Marshall.


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

No. 5 Clemson at Georgia Tech (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN): The Tigers have dropped in the polls after three straight wins – they defeated Auburn in a close road game, struggled with Troy at home, then dominated FCS foe South Carolina State. The open of ACC play against an improved Georgia Tech squad will give them a chance to regain some traction in the national picture.

No. 12 Georgia at No. 23 Ole Miss (11 a.m., ESPN): The 3-0 Bulldogs have been playing with fire, holding on late to defeat FCS Nicholls State and using some late-game heroics to come-from-behind against Missouri, while Ole Miss has been wildly inconsistent – the Rebels built 21-point leads against both Alabama and Florida State, but lost both games.

No. 13 Florida State at USF (11 a.m., ABC): While USF’s Quinton Flowers may not be as dynamic as Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, he is a very talented dual-threat quarterback who threw for nearly 2,300 yards and ran for 991 yards with 34 total touchdowns last season and could give the Seminoles problems in his home stadium.

No. 9 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan State (11 a.m., BTN): Two of the surprise teams of the year thus far (the Badgers upset LSU and the Spartans stopped Notre Dame on the road) will look to pick up another résumé-building victory as they open Big Ten play.

Penn State at No. 4 Michigan (2:30 p.m., ESPN): The Wolverines have been dominant in victories over Hawaii, UCF and Colorado, but Penn State should give them a little more competition as Big Ten play opens for both.

No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee (2:30 p.m., CBS): The Gators will be looking to extend their winning streak to 12 games against the Volunteers, but they are expected to have a major question mark at quarterback as starter Luke Del Rio was injured in Saturday’s win over North Texas – meanwhile, the Vols counter with Joshua Dobbs, arguably the most experienced quarterback in the SEC.

No. 18 LSU at Auburn (5 p.m., ESPN): A critical SEC West showdown between LSU, which appears to be settling down on offense since the quarterback change, and Auburn, which needs to recover from a 29-16 loss to Texas A&M and avoid falling to 1-3. Auburn also hopes to avoid a repeat of last year’s highlight-reel efforts by Leonard Fournette, who appears to be near full strength after an ankle injury.

Oklahoma State at No. 16 Baylor (6:30 p.m., Fox): Surprisingly, Baylor and West Virginia are the only undefeated teams remaining in the Big 12. The Cowboys’ lone loss was the bizarre botched-call decision against Central Michigan and they’re coming off a solid win over Pittsburgh, making this a critical early-season showdown for both.

No. 7 Stanford at UCLA (7 p.m., ABC): The Pac-12 was predicted to be wide-open but so far, Stanford has appeared to be the class of the league once again. UCLA was expected to be a top contender, but a loss to Texas A&M and a tough battle against BYU has raised question marks about the Bruins – both of those games were on the road however, and the Cardinal visit Los Angeles.

No. 17 Arkansas at No. 10 Texas A&M (8 p.m., ESPN): This match-up between undefeated SEC schools features two teams with marquee wins for the conference (the Razorbacks won a thriller over TCU while the Aggies have stopped UCLA). This game, along with the Florida-Tennessee game, assures that the SEC will have no more than four undefeated teams remaining after this weekend.

No. 9 Washington at Arizona (9:30 p.m., TV TBD): Despite climbing into the top 10, the Huskies are a bit under-the-radar, though they have now scored 40 or more points in six straight games, the longest active streak in the country. Arizona has been without standout quarterback Anu Solomon who is battling injuries, but backup Brandon Dawkins threw for 235 yards and ran for another 118 with four total touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Hawaii.

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 the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic basketball tournament. The seventh annual National Prep Basketball Classic will be played January 5-7, 2017 at the at the Alario Center in Westwego, La. Riverside Academy won its third championship in six years at the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s sixth annual National Prep Basketball Classic in 2016. Mount Carmel Academy won the girls’ platinum bracket while Jewell Sumner captured the title in the girls’ gold bracket. Two years ago, the MVP of the National Prep Classic was Ben Simmons, who went on to earn All-America honors this past year at LSU before being selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.


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