College Football Update, November 25, 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.

SEC Results

  • No. 1 LSU books SEC Championship trip with 56-20 thumping of Arkansas
  • Defense shines, No. 4 Georgia tops Texas A&M 19-13
  • Jones, No. 5 Alabama rout Western Carolina 66-3
  • No. 15 Auburn cruises by Samford 52-0
  • Tennessee beats Missouri, 24-20, clinches bowl berth
  • Stevens leads Mississippi State over Abilene Christian 45-7
  • Bowden, Kentucky race past UT Martin 50-7
  • Vanderbilt beats East Tennessee State 38-0

SEC Players of the Week
Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week while LSU linebacker Jacoby Stevens is the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Guarantano tallied a career-high 415 passing yards to go along with two touchdowns against the SEC’s No. 1 pass defense in a 24-20 win at Missouri. His passing yardage was the fourth-most in Tennessee history. The win was the fourth straight for the Volunteers who clinched bowl eligibility with the victory. Stevens registered a career-high three sacks along with another tackle for loss in the Tigers’ 56-20 win over Arkansas. He also had eight tackles as LSU held the Razorbacks to just 304 total yards.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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


Dustin Crum, Kent State (18-of-26, 369 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.9)
Crum, who also rushes for a career-best 101 yards and a touchdown, has the most total yards for Kent State since 1997 as the Golden Flashes top Ball State, 41-38, in MAC action.

Micale Cunningham, Louisville (11-of-20, 238 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 95.3)
Cunningham, who runs for 60 yards and a touchdown, sets his career-record for passing TDs as he lifts the Cardinals to a 56-34 ACC win over Syracuse.

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State (22-of-32, 408 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.4)
Daniels records a career-high in passing yards and matches his best for TDs as he leads the Sun Devils to a 31-28 upset of No. 6 Oregon in Pac-12 play.

Anthony Gordon, Washington State (50-of-70, 606 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INT, QBR: 76.3)
Gordon, who registers a career-high in passing yards and sets the Pac-12 record for single-season TD passes (45), leads the Cougars on a game-winning drive in the final minute as they top Oregon State 54-54 in a PAC-12 showdown.

Donald Hammond, Air Force (9-of-10, 327 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.5)
Hammond, who also runs for a touchdown, throws for the most yards by an Air Force quarterback since 1976 as the Falcons roll to a 44-22 MW road victory over New Mexico.

Shea Patterson, Michigan (20-of-32, 366 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 93.4)
Patterson notches his second straight 300-yard game and matches his career-high for TD passes as he leads the Wolverines to a 39-14 Big Ten road win over Indiana.

Malcolm Perry, Navy (9-of-15, 162 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 72.6)
Perry also rushes for 195 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard dash win six minutes to go, as he leads the Midshipmen to a 35-28 upset of No. 25 SMU in AAC action.

Kedon Slovis, USC (37-of-47, 515 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 83.0)
Slovis, who has his fourth 400-yard game, breaks the USC record for single-game passing yards as he directs the Trojans to a 52-35 Pac-12 win over arch rival UCLA.

Big 12 Results

  • No. 9 Oklahoma hold on, beats TCU 28-24
  • No. 14 Baylor in Big 12 title game with 24-10 win over Texas
  • Brown, Hubbard lead No. 21 Oklahoma State over West Virginia 20-13
  • No. 22 Iowa State rallies to beat Kansas 41-31
  • 100-yard kickoff return sparks Kansas State past Texas Tech 30-27

Big 12 Players of the Week
Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy was tabbed Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Baylor defensive tackle James Lynch earned Defensive Player of the Week. Purdy was responsible for five TDs, four through the air and one by rush, in the victory over Kansas. The sophomore threw for 372 yards on 29-of-42 passing. With Iowa State trailing by three in the fourth quarter, Purdy completed a perfect 10-for-10 on passes for 135 yards, connecting on a pair of TD passes and rushing for another to give the Cyclones a 41-31 win. Lynch registered 2.0 sacks, 2.0 tackles-for-loss, a pass breakup and a QB hurry in the Bears’ win over Texas. The junior’s two sacks marked his fourth multi-sack performance of the season. Additionally, Lynch established a Baylor career record with 19.0 sacks, surpassing the previous benchmark of 17.5.

Other Top 25 Results
CFP Rankings, November 19

  • No. 2 Ohio State tested but tops No. 8 Penn State 28-17
  • Arizona State holds on to stun No. 6 Oregon 31-28
  • Moss leads No. 7 Utah over Arizona 35-7
  • Morgan’s 4 TDs lead No. 10 Minnesota over Northwestern 38-22
  • Taylor runs for 222 in No. 12 Wisconsin‘s 45-24 win over Purdue
  • Patterson leads No. 13 Michigan past Indiana 39-14
  • Book’s 3 TD passes lead No. 16 Notre Dame past Boston College 40-7
  • No. 17 Iowa shuts down Illinois 19-10
  • White throws 2 TDs as No. 18 Memphis blasts USF 49-10
  • No. 19 Cincinnati beats Temple 15-13 to earn AAC title game berth
  • No. 20 Boise State runs over Utah State for 56-21 win
  • Slovis throws for record 515 yards as No. 23 USC holds off UCLA 52-35
  • Evans scores 3 TDs as No. 24 Appalachian State tops Texas State 35-13
  • Perry leads Navy past No. 25 SMU 35-28

Top 25 Schedule
(Nov. 24 AP Rankings)

  • No. 19 Iowa at Nebraska (Friday, 1:30 p.m., BTN)
  • No. 18 Cincinnati at No. 17 Memphis (Friday, 2:30 p.m., ABC)
  • No. 20 Boise State at Colorado State (Friday, 2:30 p.m., CBSSN)
  • No. 22 Appalachian State at Troy (5 p.m., ESPN+)
  • No. 2 Ohio State at No. 10 Michigan (11 a.m., FOX)
  • No. 3 Clemson at South Carolina (11 a.m., ESPN)
  • No. 4 Georgia at Georgia Tech (11 a.m., ABC)
  • No. 5 Alabama at No. 16 Auburn (2:30 p.m., CBS)
  • Rutgers at No. 12 Penn State (2:30 p.m., BTN)
  • No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 9 Minnesota (2:30 p.m., ABC)
  • No. 11 Baylor at Kansas (2:30 p.m., ESPN)
  • Oregon State at No. 14 Oregon (3 p.m., PAC12)
  • No. 15 Notre Dame at Stanford (3 p.m., FOX)
  • Texas A&M at No. 1 LSU (6 p.m., ESPN)
  • Colorado at No. 6 Utah (6:30 p.m., ABC)
  • Florida State at No. 8 Florida (6:30 p.m., SECN)
  • No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 21 Oklahoma State (7 p.m., FOX)

Notable Numbers
1 – When Texas A&M plays LSU on Saturday, it will become the first team in the history of the AP poll (1936) to play the No. 1 team three times in one season. The Aggies have four losses this year – No. 1 Clemson, No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Georgia and No. 8 Auburn.

6 – Alabama is 0-6 in Jordan-Hare Stadium in Iron Bowls when both teams are ranked. The Tide enters this weekend’s showdown at No. 5 in the Ap poll while Auburn is No. 16. Credit to Stewart Mandel for the note.

7 – In the last six years, six different teams have won the ACC Coastal Division. On Friday, Virginia will try to become the seventh different team to win the division in seven years. The Cavaliers (8-3, 5-2 ACC) host rival Virginia Tech (also 8-3, 5-2) with the winner earning the right to face No. 3 Clemson in the ACC Championship game. Virginia has not beat the Hokies since 2003.

16.5 – Chase Young had three sacks in Ohio State’s win over Penn State on Saturday to set the Buckeye school record with 16.5 sacks this season. Since 2009, only four FBS players have finished with more sacks in a season – and Young has only played nine games due to a two-game suspension.

43 – Kansas did not win a Big 12 road game in this decade. The Jayhawks posted a 0-43 record in conference road games in the 2010s. Courtesy of Chris Vannini from The Athletic.

142-145 – Maryland scored 142 points in its first two games this season. It has scored 145 in the nine games since. Also courtesy of Chris Vannini from The Athletic.

1,000 x2 – Minnesota receivers Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman both went over 1,000 receiving yards in Saturday’s win over Northwestern. According to ESPN Stats & Info, it’s the first time Big Ten teammates have reached that milestone.

3000-1000 – Jalen Hurts has 3,184 passing yards and 1,156 rushing yards this season. Only two other quarterbacks in history reached the 3,000/1,000 marks – Johnny Manziel and Lamar Jackson. Both won the Heisman Trophy.