College Football Update, November 4, 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

  • No. 12 Baylor still undefeated after 17-14 win over West Virginia.
  • Thompson runs for 3 TDs as No. 22 Kansas State routs Kansas 38-10
  • Hubbard’s 222 yards, 2 TDs, lead Oklahoma State over TCU 34-27

Big 12 Players of the Week
Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard was tabbed Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Cowboy linebacker Kolby Harvell-Peel earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. Hubbard, who wins the Player of the Week honor for the third time this season, became the first player to surpass 200 rushing yards against a Gary Patterson defense, finishing with 223 yards in the win over TCU. His 92-yard run in the third quarter tied for the fourth longest rushing play in OSU history. The redshirt sophomore is just the eighth Big 12 player to rush for 200 yards with 20 or fewer attempts in a Conference game. Responsible for three turnovers in OSU’s seven-point win over TCU, Harvell-Peel intercepted two passes, registered a pair of pass break ups, recovered a fumble and collected six tackles in the win.


Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)
ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces Florida)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (Georgia replaces Florida)
247Sports (Brad Crawford): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (no change)
Saturday Down South (Jim Tomlin): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (Georgia replaces Florida)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (no change)
All-American (Stewart Mandel): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (Georgia replaces Florida)
The Stadium (Brett McMurphy): Baylor vs. Alabama (no change)
USA Today (Erick Smith): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (Georgia replaces Florida)
Sports Illustrated (Michael Shapiro): Georgia vs. Oklahoma (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.

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Stephen Calvert, Liberty (20-of-27, 474 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.6)
Calvert tallies a career-high in passing yards and leads the Flames to a program record 730 yards of total offense in a 63-21 road win over UMass.

Mason Fine, North Texas (24-of-39, 332 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 77.8)
Fine records his career-high for passing touchdowns (also the most by a C-USA QB since 2014) as he leads the Mean Green to a 52-26 league win over UTEP.

Jake Fromm, Georgia (20-of-30, 279 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.3)
Fromm, who connects on a 52-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter, also converts a critical third down with just over two minutes to go to ice a key 24-17 SEC East win over No. 6 Florida.

Tyler Huntley, Utah (19-of-24, 284 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 96.0)
Huntley also runs for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter as the Utes hold off Washington, 33-28, in a critical Pac-12 road game.

Jamie Newman, Wake Forest (25-of-38, 287 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.2)
Newman returns from injury and also rushes for two touchdowns to lead the Demon Deacons to a 44-10 ACC victory over N.C. State.

Bryce Perkins, Virginia (30-of-39, 378 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.8)
Perkins also rushes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, including a key 65-yard score in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers win a critical ACC Coastal showdown with North Carolina on the road.

Chris Reynolds, Charlotte (14-of-21, 192 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 95.7)
Reynolds, who ranks second all-time in school history for single-season TD passes, also runs for 103 yards and a touchdown as the 49ers defeat Middle Tennessee, 34-20, in C-USA action.

Brady White, Memphis (19-of-33, 350 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 75.5)
White tallied his fourth 300-yard game of the season as he leads the Tigers to one of the biggest wins in program history, 54-48 over No. 15 SMU, to lift Memphis into first place in the AAC’s West Division.

SEC Results

  • Jake Fromm leads No. 8 Georgia past No. 6 Florida for second straight year, 24-17
  • Nix, No. 11 Auburn hold on 20-14 over Ole Miss
  • Mississippi State snaps slide, rolls past Arkansas 54-24
  • South Carolina beats Vandy 24-7 with Edwards’ career game
  • Spiller runs for 217 yards, 3 TDs as Texas A&M defeats UTSA 45-14
  • Tennessee capitalizes on takeaways to trounce UAB 30-7

SEC Players of the Week
Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week while Tennessee defensive back Bryce Thompson collects the league’s Defensive Player of the Week honor. Hill rushed for a career-high 234 yards and three touchdowns as MSU set school records in a conference game for rushing yards (460) and total yards (640) in a 54-24 win at Arkansas. He racked up 110 yards after contact according to Pro Football Focus. Thompson, meanwhile, tied the Volunteer record with three interceptions in a 30-7 win over UAB. He’s the fourth FBS player this year and the first Tennessee player since 1999 with three interceptions in a game.


Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, October 27

  • No. 4 Clemson routs Wofford 59-14 for 24th straight victory
  • Herbert leads No. 7 Oregon past USC for second straight year 56-24
  • No. 9 Utah keeps rolling, rallies past Washington 33-28
  • No. 14 Michigan rolls past Maryland 38-7 in Big Ten
  • Brady White, Antonio Gibson lead No. 24 Memphis past No. 15 SMU 54-48
  • Ian Book’s last-minute TD helps No. 16 Notre Dame rally past Virginia Tech 21-20
  • No. 17 Cincinnati escapes with 46-43 victory over East Carolina
  • Georgia Southern stuns No. 20 Appalachian State again, 22-21
  • Holani’s 4 TDs lead No. 21 Boise State past San Jose State 52-42
  • Newman returns, helps No. 23 Wake Forest top N.C. State 44-10

Top 25 Schedule
(Nov. 3 AP Rankings)

  • Maryland at No. 3 Ohio State (11 a.m.)
  • No. 5 Penn State at No. 13 Minnesota (11 a.m.)
  • Vanderbilt at No. 10 Florida (11 a.m.)
  • No. 11 Baylor at TCU (11 a.m.)
  • East Carolina at No. 23 SMU (11 a.m.)
  • No. 1 LSU at No. 2 Alabama (2:30 p.m.)
  • Connecticut at No. 17 Cincinnati (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 20 Kansas State at Texas (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 22 Wake Forest at Virginia Tech (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 18 Iowa at No. 16 Wisconsin (3 p.m.)
  • Missouri at No. 6 Georgia (6 p.m.)
  • No. 4 Clemson at N.C. State (6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 15 Notre Dame at Duke (6:30 p.m.)
  • Iowa State at No. 9 Oklahoma (7 p.m.)
  • Wyoming at No. 21 Boise State (9:15 p.m.)
  • Nevada at No. 24 San Diego State (9:30 p.m.)

Notable Numbers
8-0 – This Saturday will mark the first time history that college football has featured two games between 8-0 teams as No. 1 LSU plays at No. 2 Alabama and Minnesota takes on Penn State.

8-0 (part two) – With Baylor’s win over West Virginia on Thursday, the Bears improved to 8-0 on the season to become just the second team since 1937 to start 8-0 within two years of an 0-8 start. UCF matched that feat as it went 0-12 in 2015 and then a perfect 13-0 in 2017.

7-0 – There is also a major showdown at the FCS level this weekend as 7-0 Dartmouth faces off against 7-0 Princeton in Yankee Stadium on Saturday. Dartmouth, under the direction of former Tulane coach Buddy Teevans, was nearly knocked from the ranks of the unbeatens on Saturday, however, a miracle finish kept their dream season alive.

0 – Georgia is the only FBS team in the country to have not allowed a rushing touchdown this year (from The Athletic’s Chris Vannini and ESPN Stats). It’s the first time since at least 2000 that a team has not allowed a rushing touchdown in its first eight games. The Bulldogs held Florida to 1.1 yards per rush (including sacks) over 19 carries in Saturday’s 24-17 win.

16 – Purdue’s last 16 touchdowns have been scored by freshman (credit Alan Karpick). With a host of injuries, the Boilermakers have been forced to go the youth-route – and it’s working as they came from behind to top Nebraska 31-27 on Saturday to follow-up a 40-14 win over Maryland. Saturday’s win was also sparked by a slightly older Boilermaker as Drew Brees made a passionate pregame speech.

50 – Memphis receiver Antonio Gibson had an amazing day in the Tigers’ huge win over SMU on Saturday. The senior scored three touchdowns on plays of 50 yards or longer. He had a 50-yard touchdown catch, a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 78-yard touchdown run to become the first FBS player to score touchdowns three different ways in a game this year.