College Football Update, November 26, 2018

The 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl (January 1, 2019) 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 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl will be announced on Sunday, December 2 via an ESPN national telecast.

Big 12 Results

  • Slugfest: No. 6 Oklahoma outlasts No. 12 West Virginia, 59-56.
  • No. 11 Texas beats Kansas, 24-17, heads to Big 12 title game.
  • No. 25 Iowa State rallies to stun K-State, 42-38.
  • Baylor gets bowl eligible with 35-24 win over Texas Tech.
  • TCU gets bowl eligible with 31-24 win over Oklahoma State.

Big 12 Players of the Week
Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for a record-tying fifth time, while TCU’s Jawuan Johnson garnered his first Defensive Player of the Week accolade.

Murray connected on 20 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 114 yards and a score to propel the Sooners to a 59-56 win over No. 12 West Virginia. The junior became the first OU player to register 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in two games this season. The weekly award was the fifth for Murray this season, tying him with Texas’ Ricky Williams who collected five honors in 1998.

Johnson was instrumental in TCU’s win over Oklahoma State, totaling a career-high 12 tackles while adding a tackle-for-loss. He also recorded a 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown on the first play of the second half.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2019

ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Texas vs. Georgia (Texas replaces Oklahoma)
ESPN (Mitch Sherman): Texas vs. Georgia (Texas replaces Oklahoma)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces LSU)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Texas vs. Georgia (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Texas vs. Georgia (Texas replaces Oklahoma)
The Athletic (Stewart Mandel): Texas vs. Georgia (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (Oklahoma replaces West Virginia)
Athlon Sports (Steven Lassan): Oklahoma vs. Georgia
247Sports (Brad Crawford): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)
Bleacher Report (Joe Tansey): Texas vs. Georgia

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 the social media network of your choice (you can vote on all three!).




Eric Dungey, Syracuse (21-of-34, 362 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.9)
Dungey, who adds three rushing touchdowns to finish with a career-best six total scores, as he leads the Orange to a 42-21 ACC road victory over Boston College.

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (19-of-30, 318 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.7)
Haskins, who breaks the Big Ten records for single-season passing TDs and passing yards, leads the Buckeyes to an impressive 62-39 Big Ten victory over archrival and fourth-ranked Michigan.

Cole McDonald, Hawai’i (29-of-46, 452 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.9)
McDonald, who also rushes for a touchdown, throws for a career-high in passing yards, including a 10-yard overtime delivery which keyed the Rainbow Warriors 31-30 MW road victory over San Diego State.

Justin McMillan, Tulane (18-of-29, 291 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 65.0)
McMillan connects on a 26-yard touchdown pass and then follows with a passing two-point conversion with 1:27 left as the Green Wave defeats Navy, 29-28, to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (23-of-49, 287 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 82.1)
Mond, who rushes for 42 yards and a touchdown, also connects on three two-point conversions as he keys the Aggies’ wild 74-72 seven-overtime SEC victory over No. 7 LSU.

Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (20-of-27, 364 yards 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 99.1)
Murray, who also rushes for 114 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown, leads the Sooners to a wild 59-56 victory over No. 13 West Virginia to clinch the Big-12 regular season championship.

Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (31-of-35, 367 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.1)
Shurmur, who completes his first 15 passes, sets a school-record for completion percentage and tallies season-bests in yards and touchdowns as he directs the Commodores to a 38-13 SEC victory over archrival Tennessee to become bowl eligible.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (25-of-32, 324 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.8)
Tagovailoa, who also rushes for a touchdown, sets the Alabama school-record for touchdowns, while match the record for TD passes, as the Crimson Tide rolls to a 52-21 SEC win over archrival Auburn.

SEC Results

  • Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama race away from Auburn, 52-21.
  • No. 5 Georgia routs Georgia Tech, 45-21, Alabama up next for SEC title.
  • Mond helps No. 22 Texas A&M upend No. 8 LSU 74-72 in 7 OTs.
  • Florida State falls to No. 11 Florida, 41-14, for first losing season since 1976.
  • No. 15 Kentucky blows out archrival Louisville, 56-10.
  • No. 22 Mississippi State beats Ole Miss, 35-3, in Egg Bowl.
  • No. 2 Clemson goes 12-0 with 56-35 win over South Carolina.
  • Vanderbilt beats rival Tennessee, 38-13, for second bowl in three seasons.
  • Lock leads Missouri in 38-0 rout of Arkansas.

SEC Players of the Week
Quarterbacks Kyle Shurmur from Vanderbilt and Tue Tagovailoa from Alabama have been selected as the SEC Co-Offensive Players of the Week while Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott and LSU linebacker Devin White share the league’s Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Shurmur broke his own Vanderbilt completion percentage record by completing 31-of-35 passes (88.6 percent) for a season-high 367 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Commodores to bowl eligibility with an impressive 38-13 victory over cross-state rival Tennessee. Tagovailoa completed 25-of-32 passes (78.1%) for 324 yards and five touchdowns while running for another score against the nation’s No. 10 scoring defense in the Iron Bowl. His six total touchdowns tied the school record.

On the defensive side of the ball, Elliott was a virtual one-man wrecking crew for the Tiger defense as it pitched its first SEC shutout in program history, 38-0 win over Arkansas. He finished the day with five tackles, including career-highs of four tackles for loss and three sacks. White set a career-high with 17 tackles, including four tackles for loss, in LSU’s 7-overtime game against Texas A&M. He added a sack for a 12-yard loss and forced a fumble that resulted in a 58-yard return for a TD by Michael Divinity that tied the game at 24-24 in the fourth quarter.

Other Top 25 Results
CFP Rankings from last week.

  • No. 3 Notre Dame def. USC, 24-17.
  • No. 10 Ohio State def. No. 4 Michigan, 62-39.
  • No. 16 Washington def. No. 8 Washington State, 28-15.
  • No. 9 UCF def. USF, 38-10.
  • No. 12 Penn State def. Maryland, 38-3.
  • No. 17 Utah def. BYU, 35-27.
  • No. 19 Northwestern def. Illinois, 24-16.
  • No. 20 Syracuse def. Boston College, 42-21.
  • No. 23 Boise State def. No. 21 Utah State, 33-24.
  • Miami def. No. 24 Pittsburgh, 24-3.

Conference Championship Games
AP Rankings from 11/25, All Times Central

  • MAC Championship: Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo (Detroit, Friday, Nov. 30, 6 p.m., ESPN)
  • Pac-12 Championship: No. 17 Utah vs. No. 10 Washington (Santa Clara, Friday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m., FOX)
  • Big 12 Championship: No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Texas (Arlington, Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., ABC)
  • SBC Championship: Louisiana at Appalachian State (Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., ESPN)
  • CUSA Championship: UAB at Middle Tennessee (Saturday, Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m., CBSSN)
  • AAC Championship: Memphis at No. 7 UCF (Saturday, Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m., ABC)
  • SEC Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Georgia (Atlanta, Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m., CBS)
  • MW Championship: No. 25 Fresno State at No. 19 Boise State (Saturday, Dec. 1, 6:45 p.m., ESPN)
  • ACC Championship: No. 2 Clemson vs. Pittsburgh (Charlotte, Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., ABC)
  • Big Ten Championship: No. 21 Northwestern vs. No. 6 Ohio State (Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., FOX)

Notable Numbers
4 – No team in the AP Poll era had won three straight games while allowing 40 or more points until Oklahoma did it last week with a 55-40 win over Kansas. The Sooners extended that streak to four games with their 59-56 thriller over West Virginia on Friday. The other two wins in that stretch are 51-46 over Texas Tech and 48-47 over Oklahoma State.

6 – No. 16 Washington defeated its archrival No. 8 Washington State, 28-15, on Friday night to clinch the Pac-12 North title. It was not only the Huskies’ sixth straight win in the Apple Cup rivalry game, but it was also the third straight year that the win denied a Pac-12 North title for the Cougars.

15 – Northwestern defeated Illinois on Saturday to finish 8-1 in Big Ten play this season. Combining this season with the Wildcats’ seven straight league wins to close last season and Northwestern is 15-1 over its last 16 conference games. Ohio State is next best in the league with a 14-2 mark in that span.

41 – Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins connected on five touchdown passes in the Buckeyes’ win over Michigan. That raises his season-total to 41, breaking the Big Ten single-season record of 39 set by Drew Brees in 1998. Haskins also broke the league record for single-season passing yards. He now has 4,003 yards; Purdue’s Curtis Painter tallied 3,985 passing yards in 2006 (Brees had 3,983 in 1998).

146 – LSU and Texas A&M engaged in an epic match-up on Saturday night in College Station. After the game was tied at 20 at the end of regulation (after a 19-yard Aggie TD pass as time ran out), the two teams matched each other for six overtimes before LSU was stopped on a two-point conversion in the seventh overtime and A&M came back and converted to clinch the 74-72 victory. The 146 points were the most ever scored in an FBS game; it was also the longest game involving a ranked team. It was the fifth seven-overtime game in history (no game has gone eight).

260/2 – While Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book has only started the last eight games, but in those eight games, he has been over 260 passing yards and two touchdowns each time. The last Notre Dame to match those numbers was Jimmy Clausen who hit the 260/2 marks nine times in 2009.

605 – UConn lost to Tempe, 57-7, on Saturday to set an FBS record for most points allowed in a season with 605. The previous mark was 572 allowed by East Carolina in 2010. The Huskies also set the record for most yards allowed in a season – UConn allowed 550 yards or more in all but one game this year.