College Football Update, October 14, 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

  • Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama roll past No. 24 Texas A&M 47-28
  • No. 3 Georgia falls to South Carolina 20-17 after missed FG in overtime
  • Burrow’s three TDs lift No. 5 LSU over No. 7 Florida 42-28
  • Defense delivers as Tennessee tops Mississippi State 20-10
  • Bryant bounces back to lead Missouri over Ole Miss 38-27
  • Lynn Bowden’s 3 TDs rally Kentucky past Arkansas 24-20
  • Oblad, Magyar lead UNLV over Vanderbilt 34-10

SEC Players of the Week
Joe Burrow from LSU and Lynn Bowden from Kentucky were selected as the SEC’s Co-Offensive Players of the Week. Burrow completed 21-of-24 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 42-28 win over No. 7 Florida. He managed an offense that racked up 42 points, 511 total yards and averaged 10.6 yards per play against a Gator defense that came into the game allowing only 9.5 points and 276.3 yards per game. Bowden, a converted receiving making his first career start at quarterback, accounted for 274 yards of total offense (196 rushing, 78 passing) to lead the Wildcats to a 24-20 win over Arkansas. Defensively, South Carolina’s Israel Mukaumu was selected as the league’s Player of the Week after recording 11 tackles and intercepting three Georgia passes, returning one 53 yards for a touchdown, to lead the Gamecocks to a 20-17 double-overtime upset of No. 3 Georgia.


Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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

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Jack Abraham, Southern Miss (29-of-36, 421 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.8)
Abraham records his third career 400-yard game to go with a season-high in touchdowns as he leads the Golden Eagles to a 45-27 C-USA win over North Texas.

Lynn Bowden, Jr., Kentucky (7-of-11, 78 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 95.7)
Bowden, who makes his first career start, rushes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 24-yard score with 6:53 remaining as the Wildcats defeat Arkansas, 24-20, in SEC action.

Joe Burrow, LSU (21-of-24, 293 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.1)
After LSU fell behind early in the second half, Burrow led the Tigers to three unanswered touchdowns and a total of 511 yards against one of the top defenses in the country in a 42-28 SEC victory over No. 7 and previously undefeated Florida.

Evan Conley, Louisville (12-of-18, 196 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 99.2)
Conley also rushes for 79 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown run, to lead the Cardinals to a wild 62-59 ACC victory over Wake Forest on the road.

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State (26-of-36, 363 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 75.3)
Daniels connects on 6-of-8 passes on the final drive, capping it with a 17-yard rushing score with 34 seconds left, as the Sun Devils come from behind for a 38-34 win over Washington State.

Patrick O’Brien, Colorado State (25-of-34, 420 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 83.7)
O’Brien tallies a career-high in passing yards and touchdowns as he helps the Rams snap a four-game losing streak with a 35-21 MW road win over New Mexico.

Jack Plummer, Purdue (33-of-41, 420 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.9)
Plummer registers career-bests in yards and touchdowns as he leads the Boilermakers to a 40-14 Big Ten win over Maryland.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (21-of-34, 293 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.8)
Tagovailoa, who tallies his fifth 4-TD game of the season, sets the Alabama record for career touchdown passes (81) as he leads the Crimson Tide to a 47-28 SEC road win over No. 24 Texas A&M.

Big 12 Results

  • Lamb TDs, defense lift No. 6 Oklahoma past 11th-ranked Texas 34-27
  • No. 22 Baylor needs two OTs to beat Texas Tech 33-30
  • Freshman RB Hall leads Iowa State over West Virginia 38-14

Big 12 Players of the Week
Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was named the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week, while teammate Kenneth Murray took home Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Lamb made a career-high 10 catches for 171 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns in Oklahoma’s 34-27 win over No. 11 Texas. His touchdowns covered 1 yard (fourth-down play in first quarter), 51 yards (third quarter; beat five defenders) and 27 yards (fourth quarter; broke two tackles). Murray registered five solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack as OU held the Longhorns to 310 yards and 4.2 yards per play. With the help of Murray, the Sooners tied a school record with nine sacks and their 15 tackles for loss were their second most ever against UT.


Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, October 6

  • No. 2 Clemson pounds Florida State 45-14 for 21st straight win
  • No. 8 Wisconsin posts fourth shutout in 38-0 win over Michigan State
  • No. 9 Notre Dame rides Jones’ 176 yards to 30-27 victory over USC
  • No. 10 Penn State holds off No. 17 Iowa 17-12
  • Herbert has two TDs in No. 13 Oregon’s 45-3 win over Colorado
  • No. 14 Boise State loses Bachmeier, beats Hawaii 59-37
  • No. 15 Utah routs Oregon State 52-7
  • No. 16 Michigan needs late surge to hold off Illinois 42-25
  • No. 18 Arizona State rallies to beat Washington State 38-34
  • Louisville earns wild 62-59 win over No. 19 Wake Forest
  • Miami, new starting QB Perry hold off No. 20 Virginia 17-9
  • Russo, Temple upset turnover-prone No. 23 Memphis 30-28
  • No. 25 Cincinnati holds off Houston late to win 38-23

Top 25 Schedule
(Oct. 13 AP Rankings)

  • No. 4 Ohio State at Northwestern (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)
  • No. 3 Clemson at Louisville (11 a.m.)
  • West Virginia at No. 5 Oklahoma (11 a.m.)
  • No. 6 Wisconsin at Illinois (11 a.m.)
  • No. 9 Florida at South Carolina (11 a.m.)
  • No. 11 Auburn at Arkansas (11 a.m.)
  • Purdue at No. 23 Iowa (11 a.m.)
  • No. 2 LSU at Mississippi State (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 12 Oregon at No. 25 Washington (2:30 p.m.)
  • Temple at No. 19 SMU (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 20 Minnesota at Rutgers (2:30 p.m.)
  • Tulsa at No. 21 Cincinnati (2:30 p.m.)
  • UL Monroe at No. 24 Appalachian State (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 18 Baylor at Oklahoma State (3 p.m.)
  • No. 22 Missouri at Vanderbilt (3 p.m.)
  • Kentucky at No. 10 Georgia (5 p.m.)
  • No. 17 Arizona State at No. 13 Utah (5 p.m.)
  • Kansas at No. 15 Texas (6 p.m.)
  • No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn State (6:30 p.m.)
  • Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama (8 p.m.)
  • No. 14 Boise State at BYU (9:15 p.m.)

Notable Numbers
4 – Wisconsin posted its fourth shutout to the season with a 38-0 win over Michigan State on Saturday. It the first time since 1967 (Oklahoma) that an FBS team posted four shutouts in its first six games. The Badgers held the Spartans to just 149 yards, including 30 rushing yards while dominating time of possession 39:10 to 20:50. The win also made Wisconsin bowl eligible for the 18th consecutive season.

6 – Baylor held on to defeat Texas Tech in overtime on Saturday to improve to 6-0 (becoming bowl eligible) and also to move up to No. 18 in the AP Poll. After the chaotic finish to the high-scoring offensive era of Art Briles, the Bears have been rebuilt by third-year coach Matt Rhule. They went 1-11 in Rhule’s first year, improved to 7-6 last year and now seem poised to exceed that in 2019 with a tremendous defense. Baylor is allowing just 4.8 yards per play, 26th best in the nation.

8 – A season-high eight ranked teams lost this week, including four losing to unranked teams.

9 – Oklahoma’s improved defense registered nine sacks in Saturday’s win over Texas to match a program record. Those nine sacks left Longhorn QB Sam Ehlinger with minus-9 yards on 23 rushing attempts as Texas totaled just 310 yards.

10.6 – LSU averaged 10.6 yards per play I. It’s win over Florida. That is the Tigers’ highest average against a top 10 opponent as well as their highest against an SEC opponent. LSU has recorded more than 475 yards of offense in nine consecutive games after doing so nine times in the previous 40 games, as noted by ESPN’s David Hale.

11 – It’s not surprising that Oklahoma has the longest streak of 30-point scoring games in the nation with 16 in a row. However, the second-longest streak belongs to the team that just moved into first-place in the SEC East – Missouri. The Tigers have broken the 30-point mark in each of their last 11 games and have a 9-2 record over that stretch.

12 – After four undefeated teams suffered their first losses of the year on Saturday, there are now 12 remaining undefeated teams at the FBS level. The four teams that fell Saturday were No. 3 Georgia (a loss to unranked South Carolina), No. 7 Florida (to No. 5 LSU), No. 19 Wake Forest (a wild 62-59 loss to Louisville) and No. 23 Memphis (to Temple).

75 – One conference has held the top two spots in the AP Poll 75 times since it started in 1936 now that LSU jumped to No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama. The SEC has held the top two spots 29 times. The now-defunct Big Eight is next with 23 times.