College Football Update, December 2, 2019

The 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl (January 1, 2020) will host the champions of the Big 12 Conference and the SEC unless either or both of those champions are selected for the College Football Playoff. If either of the champions do qualify for the playoff, a highly-ranked replacement team from the conference(s) will play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Teams for the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl will be announced on Sunday, December 8 via an ESPN national telecast (show starts at 2 p.m. Central).

Big 12 Results

  • Brooks leads No. 7 Oklahoma past No. 21 Oklahoma State 34-16 
  • No. 11 Baylor routs Kansas 61-6
  • Kansas State holds off No. 23 Iowa State 27-17 in ‘Farmegeddon’
  • Ehlinger and Texas rally for a 49-24 win over Texas Tech.
  • West Virginia’s 20-17 win prevents TCU from bowl eligibility

Big 12 Players of the Week
Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Oklahoma cornerback Parnell Motley picked up Defensive Player of the Week. Duvernay caught six passes for a career-high 199 yards and a touchdown in the Longhorns’ win over Texas Tech. Five of his six receptions resulted in gains of more than 20 yards and all six covered at least 15 yards. His 199 receiving yards rank third in Texas history and were the most for a Longhorn since 2009. Motley registered six tackles (five solo), two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and a pass breakup, as the Sooners held Oklahoma State to 335 yards (140 below OSU’s season average). The senior cornerback recovered the first fumble he forced, which led to an OU touchdown and a 17-7 lead. His fourth-quarter interception was his first of the season.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Big 12 champ Oklahoma vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces Alabama)
ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Big 12 runner-up Baylor vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces Alabama)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Big 12 runner-up Baylor vs. Georgia (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Big 12 champ Oklahoma vs. Georgia (replaces Alabama vs. Baylor)
247Sports (Brad Crawford): Big 12 champ Oklahoma vs. Georgia (replaces Alabama vs. Baylor)
Saturday Down South (Jim Tomlin): Big 12 runner-up Baylor vs. Georgia (Baylor replaces Oklahoma)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Big 12 champ Oklahoma vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces Alabama)
The Athletic (Stewart Mandel): Big 12 champ Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)

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. Below are our selections for the top eight quarterback performances of the past week. Click below to be directed to Facebook to vote.


Lynn Bowden, Jr., Kentucky (1-of-2, 4 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 99.1)
Bowden runs for career-highs of 284 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 45-13 win over state rival Louisville.

Sam Ehlinger, Texas (19-of-27, 348 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.9)
Ehlinger, who also runs for 83 yards and a touchdown, tallies his fourth 300-yard game of the year as he leads the Longhorns to a 49-24 Big 12 win over Texas Tech.

Justin Fields, Ohio State (14-of-25, 302 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.4)
Fields tallies his second 300-yard/4 TD game as he leads the Buckeyes to a 56-27 blowout of arch rival Michigan on the road.

Bryce Perkins, Virginia (20-of-33, 311 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 86.9)
Perkins also runs for 164 yards and two touchdowns as he leads the Cavaliers to a 39-30 victory over rival Virginia Tech to snap a 15-game losing streak to the 24th-ranked Hokies and to clinch the ACC Coastal Championship.

Peyton Ramsey, Indiana (23-of-39, 337 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.2)
Ramsey adds two rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner in the second overtime as the Hoosiers defeat rival Purdue 44-41 to lift Indiana to its first eight-win season since 1993.

Zach Smith, Tulsa (21-of-30, 331 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 82.2)
Smith records a career-high for touchdown passes, including a 66-yard connection, to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 49-24 AAC road win over East Carolina.

Zac Thomas, Appalachian State (28-of-34, 326 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 96.7)
Thomas, who also rushes for a touchdown, matches his career-high for TDs and sets his career-best for passing yards as the Mountaineers roll to a 48-13 Sun Belt road win over Troy.

Kyle Trask, Florida (30-of-41, 343 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Trask notches his third career 300-yard game as he leads the Gators to a 40-17 win over rival Florida State, snapping a four-game home losing streak to the Seminoles.

SEC Results

  • Burrow, No. 2 LSU roll to 50-7 victory over Texas A&M
  • No. 4 Georgia closes regular season with 52-7 rout of Georgia Tech
  • No. 15 Auburn upends No. 5 Alabama’s playoff hopes 48-45
  • No. 11 Florida ends four-game home losing skid again Florida State 40-17
  • Big running day for Gray leads Tennessee over Vanderbilt 28-10
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct costs Ole Miss in 21-20 loss to Mississippi State 21-20
  • Powell, Missouri snap five-game skid with 24-14 win over Arkansas
  • Lawrence, No. 3 Clemson dominate South Carolina 38-3
  • Bowden’s 4 rushing TDs leads Kentucky over Louisville 45-13

SEC Players of the Week
Lynn Bowden from Kentucky has been selected as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week while Auburn linebacker Zakoby McClain is the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Bowden rushed 22 times for a career-high 284 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 45-13 win over Louisville. His 284 yards set the SEC record for rushing yards by a quarterback and is the third most single-game yards in the nation this season. McClain recorded a career-high 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss, to go with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Tigers’ thrilling 48-45 win over archrival Alabama.

Other Top 25 Results
CFP Rankings, November 26

  • No. 1 Ohio State beats No. 13 Michigan 56-27 for record run
  • Lawrence, No. 3 Clemson dominate South Carolina 38-3
  • Colorado at No. 6 Utah cruises over Colorado 45-15
  • No. 12 Wisconsin takes back axe in snowy 38-17 win over No. 8 Minnesota
  • Brown’s 3 TDs lead No. 10 Penn State over Rutgers 27-6
  • No. 14 Oregon holds off Oregon State 24-10 in 123rd Civil War
  • Ian Book’s 4 TDs lead No. 16 Notre Dame past Stanford 45-24
  • Keith Duncan earns scholarship after booting game-winning FG in 27-24 win for No. 17 Iowa over Nebraska
  • No. 18 Memphis tops No. 19 Cincinnati 34-24 to set up rematch in AAC Championship
  • Henderson, No. 20 Boise State hold on to defeat Colorado State 31–24
  • Perkins, late FG lead Virginia to a 39-30 win over No. 24 Virginia Tech.
  • Thomas, No. 25 Appalachian State rout Troy, 48-13

Conference Championship Schedule
(Dec. 1 AP Rankings)

  • Pac-12 (Friday, 7 p.m., Santa Clara, ABC)
    No. 5 Utah vs. No. 13 Oregon
  • Big 12 (Saturday, 11 a.m., Arlington, ABC)
    No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 6 Oklahoma
  • Sun Belt (Saturday, 11 a.m., Boone, N.C., ESPN)
    Louisiana at No. 20 Appalachian State
  • MAC (Saturday, 11 a.m., Detroit, ESPN2)
    Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan
  • C-USA (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Boca Raton, CBSSN)
    UAB at FAU
  • AAC (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Memphis, ABC)
    No. 21 Cincinnati at No. 16 Memphis
  • SEC (Saturday, 3 p.m., Atlanta, CBS)
    No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 1 LSU
  • MW (Saturday, 3 p.m., Boise, ESPN)
    Hawai’i at No. 19 Boise State
  • ACC (Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Charlotte, ABC)
    No. 22 Virginia vs. No. 3 Clemson
  • Big Ten (Saturday, 7 p.m., Indianapolis, FOX)
    No. 10 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Ohio State

Notable Numbers
8 – Joe Burrow produced his eighth 300-yard passing game of the year in LSU’s win over Texas A&M on Saturday. In the decade before Burrow, the Tigers had three total 300-yard games. Burrow also broke the SEC single-season passing yardage record and tied the league record for single-season passing touchdowns.

15 – With it’s 56-27 win on Saturday, Ohio State has now won 15 of its last 16 games against arch rival Michigan. The Wolverines only win since 2003 was a 40-34 decision in 2010. Jim Harbaugh is the first Michigan coach to start 0-5 against Ohio state.

17 – Utah capped an 11-1 regular season with a 45-15 win over Colorado. The Utes have held 10 of their 12 opponents to 17 points or fewer this year. The Buffaloes were the first team this season to score a second-half touchdown on the Utes’ home field.

19 – Since throwing a pair of first-half interceptions against Louisville on Oct. 19 against Louisville, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has completed 104-of-135 passes for 1,502 yards and 19 touchdowns with zero interceptions. Credit to ESPN’s Chris Low for the stat.

93 – The 93 combined points scored by Auburn and Alabama in Saturday’s Iron Bowl were the second-most combined points in the history of the game Alabama’s 55-44 win in 2014 is the record). Auburn’s 48 points were the most scored against a Nick Saban-coached team since 1999 (Drew Brees and Purdue scored 52 to beat Michigan State). Bryan Fischer from College Football Talk went even deeper: prior to this season, during Saban’s entire coaching career, his teams were 120-1 when scoring 40-plus points (the only loss was a 47-41 overtime loss for the Houston Oilers in 1989). He has two losses this month when scoring 40 or more.
298 – Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson rushed for a school-record 298 yards in the Bulls 49-7 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. The sophomore had 272 yards and five touchdowns in the first-half alone as he also set the school record for single-season rushing yards with 1,626.
300 – Clemson held South Carolina to 174 total yards to become the first team in at least 20 years to keep all 12 of its regular season opponents from eclipsing the 300-yard mark. Credit to David Hale of ESPN. The Tigers have also tied a record in the AP poll era by winning seven straight games by at least 30 points.
2007 – Alabama missed a potential game-tying field goal with two minutes to go in its Iron Bowl loss to Auburn on Saturday. The Crimson Tide have now missed 101 field goals since 2007. The next most misses by a team is 93.