College Football Update, November 18, 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.

Big 12 Results

  • Hurts, No. 10 Oklahoma rally to beat No. 13 Baylor 34-31
  • Assalley’s 36-yard field goal gives Iowa State 23-21 win over No. 19 Texas
  • Doege leads West Virginia to 24-20 upset of No. 24 Kansas State
  • Hubbard, Stoner lead No. 22 Oklahoma State over Kansas 31-6
  • Song’s fourth field goal pushes TCU past Texas Tech 33-31

Big 12 Players of the Week
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts earned his third Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award, while Oklahoma State linebacker Kolby Harvell-Peel collected his third Defensive Player of the Week honor this season. Hurts accounted for 411 yards of offense (305 after halftime) to rally Oklahoma from 25 down in a 34-31 road win over previously undefeated Baylor. The senior quarterback was 30-for-42 through the air (both season highs) for 297 yards and a season-high four touchdowns. He also ran 27 times for a game-high 114 yards in the largest comeback victory in OU history. Harvell-Peel, a sophomore, collected a pair of interceptions and recorded three tackles in the Cowboys’ win over Kansas. The safety was responsible for five turnovers in the last two games and has been credited with seven during the season.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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

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.


Kaleb Barker, Troy (30-of-43, 363 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.4)
Barker, who tallies his fourth straight 300-yard game, sets a program-record with six touchdown passes as the Trojans roll to a 63-27 Sun Belt win over Texas State on the road.

Ian Book, Notre Dame (14-of-20, 284 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.7)
Book tosses five touchdown passes for the third time this season as he leads the Fighting Irish to a 52-20 rout of No. 23 Navy.

Joe Burrow, LSU (32-of-42, 489 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 95.9)
Burrow registers his career-high for passing yards as well as his fourth five-TD game of the season as he leads the Tigers to a 58-37 SEC road win over Ole Miss.

Anthony Gordon, Washington State (44-of-60, 520 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 85.2)
Gordon, who sets the school record with his 39th touchdown pass of the season, leads the Cougars to 24 unanswered points as they pull away for a 49-22 Pac-12 win over Stanford.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (30-of-42, 297 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 81.3)
Hurts also rushes a career-high 27 times for 114 yards as he leads a Sooner comeback which erases a 28-3 deficit en route to a thrilling 34-31 Big 12 road victory over No. 13 Baylor.

Shea Patterson, Michigan (24-of-33, 384 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.4)
Patterson throws for a season-high in passing yards as he leads the Wolverines to a 44-10 Big Ten win over Michigan State, their most lopsided win over their state rival since 2002.

Kedon Slovis, USC (29-of-35, 406 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.2)
Slovis records his third 400-yard game and his third four-TD game of the year as he leads the Trojans to a 41-17 Pac-12 road win over California.

Brady White, Memphis (22-of-33, 341 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 95.2)
White records a career-high six touchdowns (he also rushes for one) as he helps the Tigers erase a 10-point second-quarter deficit in their fourth straight AAC win, 45-27, over Houston.

SEC Results

  • Burrow throws 5 TDs, No. 1 LSU beats Ole Miss 58-37
  • No. 4 Georgia holds off No. 12 Auburn, 21-14, to clinch third straight SEC East title
  • Tagovailoa injured in No. 5 Alabama’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State.
  • Trask, stingy defense, lead No. 11 Florida over Missouri 23-6
  • Kentucky rushes past Vanderbilt, 38-14, keeps bowls hopes alive

SEC Players of the Week
LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase, from Archbishop Rummel High School, is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week while linebacker Monty Rice from Georgia is the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Chase tallied eight receptions for 227 yards and three touchdowns in LSU’s 58-37 win over Ole Miss. In addition to setting the LSU single-season record for receiving TDs (13), he became the first player in Tiger history with two 200-yard receiving games during the regular season. All eight of his receptions resulted in a first down and/or a touchdown on Saturday. Rice, meanwhile, recorded 10 tackles, including eight solos, as the Bulldogs posted a critical 21-14 win over No. 12 Auburn. Rice anchored a defense which held Auburn scoreless for three quarters.

Other Top 25 Results
CFP Rankings, November 12

  • No. 2 Ohio State uses 4 TD passes from Fields to cruise over Rutgers 56-21
  • Lawrence throws 4 TDs as No. 3 Clemson tops Wake Forest 52-3
  • No. 6 Oregon down Arizona 34-6 for ninth straight win
  • No. 7 Utah routs UCLA 49-3 to improve to 9-1
  • No. 20 Iowa hands No. 8 Minnesota its first loss 23-19
  • Clifford sends No. 9 Penn State past Indiana 34-27
  • Taylor over 200 again as No. 14 Wisconsin tops Nebraska 37-21
  • No. 15 Michigan and Patterson rip Michigan State 44-10
  • Claypool catches four TDs as No. 16 Notre Dame routs No. 23 Navy 54-20
  • No. 17 Cincinnati rallies to beat USF 20-17
  • White throws 5 TDs, No. 18 Memphis beats Houston 45-27
  • Henderson’s 3 TD passes lead No. 21 Boise State over New Mexico 42-9
  • Thomas leads No. 25 Appalachian State over Georgia State 56-27

Top 25 Schedule
(Nov. 17 AP Rankings)

  • No. 9 Penn State at No. 2 Ohio State (11 a.m., FOX)
  • Western Carolina at No. 5 Alabama (11 a.m., ESPN)
  • No. 11 Minnesota at Northwestern (11 a.m., ABC)
  • Samford at No. 16 Auburn (11 a.m., SECN)
  • Illinois at No. 19 Iowa (11 a.m., BTN)
  • No. 22 Oklahoma State at West Virginia (11 a.m., ESPN2)
  • Boston College at No. 15 Notre Dame (1:30 p.m., NBC)
  • Texas State at No. 23 Appalachian State (1:30 p.m., ESPN+)
  • No. 24 Texas A&M at No. 4 Georgia (2:30 p.m., CBS)
  • Texas at No. 13 Baylor (2:30 p.m., FS1)
  • No. 12 Michigan at Indiana (2:30 p.m., ESPN)
  • Purdue at No. 14 Wisconsin (3 p.m.)
  • No. 18 Memphis at USF (3 p.m., ESPNU)
  • Arkansas at No. 1 LSU (6 p.m., ESPN)
  • Temple at No. 17 Cincinnati (6 p.m., ESPN2)
  • No. 6 Oregon at Arizona State (6:30 p.m., ABC)
  • TCU at No. 8 Oklahoma (7 p.m.)
  • No. 7 Utah at Arizona (9 p.m., FS1)
  • No. 20 Boise State at Utah State (9:30 p.m., CBSSN)

Notable Numbers
16 – Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt on Saturday lifted the Wildcats’ SEC record over the last four years to 16-16. It’s the first time since 1953-56 that Kentucky has won at least half of their conference games over a four-year stretch. Thanks to Chris Vannini from The Athletic.

25 – Oklahoma trailed Baylor 28-3 midway through the second quarter and 31-10 at halftime, but the Sooners dominated the second half with 24 minutes of possession while shutting out the Bears in a 34-31 win. It was the largest comeback in Oklahoma history.

45 – Clemson’s 52-3 win over Wake Forest marked its fourth straight win by 45 or more points. The Tigers are the first team since 1972 to win four straight games by 45 or more points.

200 – Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Badgers’ win over Nebraska on Saturday. It was his 11th career 200-yard game, matching the FBS record held by Marcus Allen, Ricky Williams and Ron Dayne.

212 – John Rhys Plumlee rushed for 212 yards in Ole Miss’ loss to LSU. That is the first 200-yard rushing performance by a quarterback against the AP No. 1 team since Vince Young achieved the feat in the 2006 Rose Bowl against USC. Thanks again to Chris Vannini from The Athletic.

273 – Notre Dame did not sell out its game against No. 23 Navy on Saturday snapping a 273-game streak of home sellouts for the Fighting Irish. The last game that did not sell out was a Thanksgiving Day game against Air Force in 1973. Saturday’s crowd was 74,080, 3,542 below capacity.

3,687 – Joe Burrow set the LSU single-season record for passing yards (he now has 3,687), breaking the Rohan Davey’s 2001 mark. Burrow’s 489 passing yards against Ole Miss were also the second-most in school history behind a 528-yard performance by Davey against Alabama in 2001. Burrow also holds the school record for passing TDs in a season with 38 which is six away from tying the SEC record.