September 26 College Football Update


September 26 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 four match-ups of Top-25 teams and 12 ranked teams playing on the road. 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 Big 12

West Virginia 35, BYU 32: Skyler Howard throws for 332 yards and the Mountaineers get a 54-yard interception return touchdown before Maurice Fleming snags an interception near the Mountaineer goal line to stop a late BYU rally.

TCU 33, SMU 3: Kenny Hill tallies 452 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 75-yard hook-up with John Diarse on the first play of the second half, as the Horned Frogs cruise to victory over their local rivals.

No. 16 Baylor 35, Oklahoma State 24:
Despite missing star receiver KD Cannon for much of the game due to an injury, Seth Russell collects 387 passing yards with four touchdowns and Ishmael Zamora records a career-high of 175 receiving yards as the Bears remain undefeated with a key Big 12 victory.

Key Games from the SEC

No. 23 Ole Miss 45, No. 12 Georgia 14: Chad Kelly throws for 282 yards and a pair of touchdowns and runs for a 41-yard score as the Rebels not only pick up a key SEC victory over previously undefeated Georgia, but also snap a 10-game losing streak versus the Bulldogs.

No. 19 Tennessee 38, No. 14 Florida 28: After falling behind 21-0 in the first half, Joshua Dobbs rallies the Volunteers, throwing for four straight touchdowns and adding a rushing score, as Tennessee snaps their 11-game losing streak to the Gators.

Auburn 18, No. 18 LSU 13: Daniel Carlson boots six field goals in a critical SEC showdown which provides the final impetus for LSU to fire head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

No. 10 Texas A&M 45, No. 17 Arkansas 24: Trevor Knight runs for a pair of long touchdowns (48 yards and 42 yards) but his key play is a 92-yard connection with Josh Reynolds to snap a 17-17 tie with 1:33 to go in the third quarter. The long TD comes after a critical goal line stand by the Aggie defense.

Other Big 12 Results

Iowa State 44, San José State 10: Cyclone coach Matt Campbell successfully manages the two-quarterback system with Jacob Park (165 yards, three touchdowns) and Joel Lanning (136 yards, two TDs) leading Iowa State to its first win of the season.

Kansas State 35, Missouri State 0: Jesse Ertz throws a pair of touchdown passes and Winston Dimel runs for two scores in a game that gets cancelled at halftime due to severe weather conditions.

Other SEC Results

No. 1 Alabama 48, Kent State 0: Freshman running back Joshua Jacobs scores his first two career touchdowns and freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts throws for one score and runs for another and the Crimson Tide holds Nick Saban's alma mater to just 166 total yards.

Mississippi State 47, Massachusetts 35: After trailing 14-6 late in the first half, the Bulldogs come to life on the road as quarterback Nick Fitzgerald throws for 299 yards and three touchdowns while running for another 110 yards.

Missouri 79, Delaware State 0:
The Tigers shatter the school scoring record (69 points) despite playing 10-minute quarters in the second half as Drew Lock matched the school record with five TD passes with 402 passing yards.

Vanderbilt 31, Western Kentucky 30: Kyle Shurmur finds Nathan Marcus for a five-yard touchdown and Tommy Openshaw converts the PAT to give the Commodores a 31-24 lead in overtime and despite the Hilltoppers matching the TD, their two-point conversion attempt fails to give Vandy the victory.

Kentucky 17, South Carolina 10:
Benny Snell Jr. scores the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard plunge midway through the fourth quarter to follow up the 123 rushing yards, including a 43-yard score, from Boom Williams as the Wildcats defeat the Gamecocks for the third straight time.

Other Key Games

No. 5 Clemson 26, Georgia Tech 7: The Tigers thoroughly dominate the first half, registering 347 yards while holding the Yellow Jackets to just 22 while also holding a 19-3 edge in first downs, and Deshaun Watson finishes with 304 passing yards and a pair of scores as Clemson goes on the road and snaps a five-game losing streak to Georgia Tech.

No. 13 Florida State 55, USF 35: The Seminoles recover from their blowout loss to Louisville by handing the ball to Heisman candidate Dalvin Cook, who rushes for a career-high 267 yards and two touchdowns, in a road victory over the previously undefeated Bulls.

No. 11 Wisconsin 30, No. 8 Michigan State 6: The Badgers hold an early edge with freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook making his first career start and then they blow the game open by outscoring the Spartans 17-0 in the third quarter.

No. 4 Michigan 49, Penn State 10: The Wolverines use a punishing ground game to tally 326 rushing yards and six of their seven touchdowns (with five different backs scoring rushing TDs) while the defense holds the Nittany Lions scoreless through the first half.

No. 7 Stanford 22, UCLA 13: The Bruin defense holds the Cardinal and star back Christian McCaffrey in check, but Ryan Burns connects with JJ Arcega-Whiteside for an eight-yard score with 24 seconds remaining to put Stanford on top 16-13 – the Cardinal adds another six points on a final play fumble recovery for a touchdown.

No. 9 Washington 35, Arizona 28: Lavon Coleman runs for 181 yards, including a 55-yard score, and Jake Browning finds Dante Pettis for the winning touchdown in overtime to offset Wildcat quarterback Brandon Dawkins, who throws for 167 yards and a score while running for 176 yards and two touchdowns – the first touchdowns allowed by the Husky defense this season.


Bowl Projections

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

Ten Names to Know

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

1. Jake Browning – Washington sophomore quarterback has led the Huskies to a 4-0 start and a top-10 ranking. He has thrown for 904 yards and 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions on the year.

2. P.J. Hall – Sam Houston State defensive end keyed the Bearkat defense with seven tackles, including three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in a 52-16 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday. The 6-1, 290-pounder was the FCS national defensive player of the week the previous week after recording nine tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss in a 44-31 win over Lamar.

3. JaMycal Hasty – Baylor freshman running back ranks seventh in the Big 12 with 266 rushing yards through four games for the undefeated Bears.

4. Alex Hornibrook – Wisconsin freshman quarterback who made his first career start against No. 8 Michigan State and delivered a solid performance (16-of-26, 195 yards, 1 TD) in the impressive victory.

5. Skyler Howard – West Virginia quarterback ranks third in the Big 12 in passing yards (324.7) and total offense (362.0) as the Mountaineers are one of two undefeated teams remaining in the Big 12.

6. Arden Key – LSU defensive end leads the SEC with seven sacks. The 6-6, 238-pound sophomore had five tackles, two sacks and a critical forced fumble to halt Mississippi State's comeback attempt on Sept. 17 then added seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in the Auburn loss on Saturday.

7. D'Eriq King – Houston true freshman wide receiver scored touchdowns via pass, catch and kickoff return in the Cougars blowout win over Texas State. He is the first FBS player since 2010 to accomplish that feat. Also listed as a quarterback, he has completed both of his passes this year, including his 15-yard TD delivery on an end-around trick play.

8. Jeremy McNichols – Boise State junior running back was named the Mountain West Player of the Week after scoring four touchdowns in a victory over Oregon State on Saturday. He has scored nine touchdowns total on the year and has run for scores in 15 straight games, the best streak in the country.

9. Mitch Trubisky –
North Carolina quarterback who has stepped into the starting role and thrown for 1,306 yards and 10 touchdowns. In Saturday's game-winning drive in a win over Pittsburgh, he converted three throws on fourth-and-six or longer – according to David Hale from ESPN, since at least 2004, no other FBS quarterback has converted more such throws in the fourth quarter of a one-possession game in an entire season, let alone a single drive.

10. Rawleigh Williams – Arkansas sophomore running back ranks third in the SEC with 433 rushing yards.

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:

Bryce Bobo makes a spectacular one-handed TD catch for Colorado's go-ahead score in the fourth quarter against Oregon:

North Carolina converting on three fourth-and-long plays to set up game-winning score:

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio "disappears" during Wisconsin game

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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):

Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
(13-of-20, 282 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Evans, who also rushes for 97 yards and a TD, directs the Hokies to scores on their final five possessions of the first half as they roll to a 54-17 win over East Carolina.

Riley Ferguson, Memphis
(20-of-27, 359 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.0)
Ferguson, who adds a rushing touchdown, ties a school-record for touchdowns (all in the first half) as the Tigers cruise to a 77-3 victory over Bowling Green.

Daniel Jones, Duke
(24-of-32, 290 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 86.4)
Jones connects on a 64-yard scoring pass midway through the fourth quarter to tie the score and then gets the Blue Devils in position for the game-winning field goal with 1:24 to go as Duke shocks Notre Dame on the road, 38-35.

Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
(12-of-22, 225 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.5)
Knight, who also rushes for 157 yards and scores of 42 and 48 yards, connects on a 92-yard touchdown pass to snap a 17-17 third-quarter deadlock as the Aggies improve to 4-0 with a critical 45-24 SEC win over Arkansas.

Steven Montez, Colorado
(23-of-32, 333 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 89.8)
Montez, making his first career start, adds 135 rushing yards and a score, as the Buffaloes top Oregon, 41-38, for their first win over the Ducks since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

Seth Russell, Baylor
(18-of-28, 387 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.0)
Russell, who also leads his team with 65 rushing yards, connects on an 89-yard third-quarter scoring pass to break a 21-21 tie as he leads the Bears to a key 35-24 Big 12 win over Oklahoma State.

Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
(35-of-46, 453 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.8)
Trubisky throws for a pair of touchdowns in the final 5:24 as the Tar Heels erase a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Pittsburgh, 37-36.

Troy Williams, Utah
(21-of-34, 270 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 80.4)
Williams, who adds a rushing TD, connects on an 18-yard scoring strike with 16 seconds to go to cap a comeback from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit as the Utes stop USC, 31-27, in Pac-12 action.


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

No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington (Friday, 8 p.m., ESPN): Two of the four undefeateds in the Pac-12 (the others are Arizona State and Utah) meet in Seattle as the high-powered Huskies (45.8 points per game, second in the Pac-12) host the defensive-minded Cardinal (league-leading 12.0 points allowed per game).

No. 14 Miami at Georgia Tech (11 a.m., ESPN2): Mark Richt has the Hurricanes on the rise as the Hurricanes made the biggest jump of the week in the coaches' poll (19 to 14) despite not playing. The ‘Canes, who hadn't been ranked since 2013, open ACC play against the Yellow Jackets who suffered their first loss of the year to Clemson on Saturday.

No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma State (11 a.m., ABC): The Longhorns open Big 12 play coming off their bye week where their focus was likely defense after allowing 47 points in a win over Notre Dame and 50 points in a loss to Cal. The Cowboys look to avoid a second conference loss after getting upended by Baylor last weekend.

No. 11 Tennessee at No. 25 Georgia (2:30 p.m., CBS): A critical SEC East match-up between teams seemingly headed in opposite directions. The Volunteers finally snapped an 11-game losing streak to Florida with a dazzling second-half comeback while the Bulldogs were soundly beaten by Ole Miss after struggling to win against Nicholls State and Missouri. Georgia star running back Nick Chubb is expected to play despite injuring his ankle on Saturday.

Kansas State at West Virginia (2:30 p.m., ESPNU): The undefeated Mountaineers will start to gain attention as a legitimate Big 12 title contender if they can pick up a victory against Bill Snyder's always solid Wildcats.

North Carolina at No. 12 Florida State (2:30 p.m., ESPN): The Seminoles and star running back Dalvin Cook recovered from their blowout loss to Louisville with an impressive performance against previously undefeated USF, but the Tar Heels could be a formidable foe with the development of quarterback Mitch Trubisky, a two-time Manning Award Star of the Week.

No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 4 Michigan (2:30 p.m., ABC): While the Wolverines were expected to be undefeated at this point of the season, the Badgers have been one of the surprise teams of the season with two wins over top-10 teams (at the time of the game) for the first time since 1962.

No. 10 Texas A&M at South Carolina (3 p.m., SEC Network): The Aggies have rolled to 43.0 points per game behind former Sugar Bowl MVP Trevor Knight (who transferred to College Station from Oklahoma) while the Gamecocks have struggled to muster much offense (last in the SEC with 14.25 points per game) for new head coach Will Muschamp.

Oklahoma at No. 21 TCU (4 p.m., FOX):
While much has been made of Oklahoma's two early-season losses, the Sooners still have every opportunity to win the Big 12 as they travel to face the Horned Frogs for their first conference game. TCU, which stopped Iowa State in Big 12 action two weeks ago, also has league title hopes.

Memphis at No. 16 Ole Miss (6 p.m., TV TBA): Ole Miss finally faces an unranked FBS opponent (Oklahoma State, Florida State, Alabama and Georgia were all ranked at the time of their games), but the Tigers are no pushovers, having won all three of their games by an average of 42.7 points per game. If any added motivation is needed for the Rebels, they need only look to last year's 37-24 loss to Memphis.

Missouri at LSU (6:30 p.m., SEC Network):
LSU's first game since 2004 without Les Miles as its head coach will be against a Mizzou offense which has piled up 44.5 points per game (second in the SEC) behind the development of quarterback Drew Lock. However, Missouri's top scoring outbursts have come against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State – Ed Orgeron's Tigers will likely be a less willing foe.

No. 3 Louisville at No. 5 Clemson (7 p.m., ABC): The Clemson-Florida State game has been circled on most fans' calendars since the schedules were released, but the Cardinals have played dominant football, including a shocking blowout of the Seminoles, to make this arguably the biggest game of the year in the ACC.

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 Crescent City Classic, one of the top road races in the country. The Sugar Bowl, which took over title sponsorship of the event in 2012, welcomed nearly 25,000 runners, including some of the elite 10K runners in the world for the 38th running of the race on Saturday, March 26. This Easter weekend tradition has become a New Orleans signature event, both as a competitive road race and for its festive post-race celebration. The Classic has been praised in every major running publication as "one of America's fastest 10K's," and as "the originator of the post-race festival." The Crescent City Classic also has a charitable component, "Run For It," which raised over $500,000 for local charities this past year.