College Football Update, October 21, 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

  • Jalen Hurts scores five touchdowns as No. 5 Oklahoma cruises over West Virginia 52-14
  • No. 15 Texas beats Kansas 50-48 on last-second field goal
  • Brewer, Hasty help No. 18 Baylor beat Oklahoma State 45-27
  • Late touchdown pushes Kansas State past TCU 24-17
  • Purdy, Iowa State keep rolling in 34-24 win over Texas Tech

Big 12 Players of the Week
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Baylor linebacker Terrel Bernard was named Defensive Player of the Week. Hurts completed 16-of-17 pass attempts for 316 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions) and rushed 10 times for 75 yards and two scores as No. 5 Oklahoma defeated West Virginia, 52-14. The senior became just the third Big 12 quarterback to complete at least 90% of his passes, throw for over 300 yards and throw for at least three TDs in a league game. Bernard tallied a career-high nine tackles and registered a career-best five solo tackles at Oklahoma State in his debut as a starting MLB after moving over from WLB. He returned a fumble for 20 yards for the first TD of his career to put the Bears up 38-27 with eight minutes left in the game.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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


Shane Buechele, SMU (30-of-53, 457 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 83.8)
Buechele registers career-bests in passing yards and touchdowns, including long throws of 75 and 60 yards, to lead the Mustangs to a 45-21 win over Tulsa in AAC action.

Justin Herbert, Oregon (24-of-38, 280 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.8)
Herbert rallies the Ducks from 14-point second-half deficit against their archrivals, connecting on the game-winning score with 5:10 to go in a 35-31 Pac-12 road win over No. 25 Washington.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (16-of-17, 316 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.8)
Hurts also runs for 75 yards and two touchdowns to record his fifth four-TD game of the season as he leads the Sooners to a 52-14 Big 12 win over West Virginia.

Preston Hutchinson, Eastern Michigan (31-of-36, 357 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 78.4)
Hutchinson, who also rushes for a touchdown in his first career start, goes 11-of-12 in the fourth quarter, including a 34-yard TD with 36 seconds to go, to lift the Eagles to a 34-27 MAC win over Western Michigan.

Brock Purdy, Iowa State (23-of-32, 378 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.3)
Purdy registers his sixth career 300-yard game as he leads the Cyclones to a key Big 12 road win, 34-24, over Texas Tech.

Nathan Rourke, Ohio (19-of-28, 342 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.1)
Rourke, who also rushes for 79 yards and two scores, registers season-bests in passing yards, total yards and TDs to lead the Bobcats to a 45-38 MAC win over Kent State.

Mike Schmidt, Air Force (5-of-6, 147 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 98.3)
Schmidt comes off the bench for the first extended action of his career and also runs for 120 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a 56-26 MW road win over Hawaii.

Brady White, Memphis (21-of-29, 358 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.6)
White tallies his fifth career 300-yard game and his third five-TD performance as he leads the Tigers to a key AAC win over Tulane, 47-17.

SEC Results

  • No. 1 Alabama survives Tua injury, beats Tennessee 35-13
  • Joe Burrow throws 3 TD passes, leads No. 2 LSU past Mississippi State 36-13
  • No. 9 Florida bounces back with 38-27 win over South Carolina
  • Swift runs for 2 TDs as No. 10 Georgia tops Kentucky 21-0
  • No. 11 Auburn routs Arkansas 51-10
  • Vaughn scores twice as Vanderbilt upsets No. 22 Missouri 21-14
  • Fumble recovery, late TD help Texas A&M beat Ole Miss 24-17

SEC Players of the Week

Georgia running back D’Andre Swift is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week while the Defensive honor is shared between Texas A&M linebacker Buddy Johnson and LSU safety Jacoby Stevens. Swift had 21 carries for 179 yards (8.5 average), his seventh career 100-yard game. His 39-yard scoring run in the third quarter broke a 0-0 tie and he added a fourth-quarter TD to clinch the 21-0 victory for the Bulldogs. Johnson recorded 10 tackles while scooping up a loose fumble and rumbling 62 yards to key the Aggies’ 24-17 victory over Ole Miss on the road. Stevens, meanwhile, had eight tackles, a sack and a spectacular one-handed interception in leading the Tigers to a 36-13 win over Mississippi State.

Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, October 13

  • Lawrence leads No. 3 Clemson to 45-10 rout of Louisville
  • Fields leads No. 4 Ohio State past Northwestern 52-3
  • Illinois stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on last-second field goal
  • Clifford’s 4 TDs lead No. 7 Penn State over No. 16 Michigan 28-21
  • Herbert rallies No. 12 Oregon past No. 25 Washington 35-31
  • Moss sets record, leads No. 13 Utah past No. 17 Arizona State 21-3
  • BYU upsets No. 14 Boise State 28-25
  • Buechele sets career mark as No. 19 SMU tops Temple, 45-21
  • Smith runs for 2 TDs, No. 20 Minnesota wins 42-7 over Rutgers
  • No. 21 Cincinnati holds on for 24-13 win over Tulsa
  • No. 23 Iowa holds off Purdue 26-20
  • Thomas, No. 24 Appalachian State roll past UL Monroe 52-7

Top 25 Schedule
(Oct. 20 AP Rankings)

  • No. 16 SMU at Houston (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 3 Ohio State (11 a.m.)
  • No. 5 Oklahoma at Kansas State (11 a.m.)
  • No. 20 Iowa at Northwestern (11 a.m.)
  • No. 21 Appalachian State at South Alabama (11 a.m.)
  • No. 9 Auburn at No. 2 LSU (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 6 Penn State at Michigan State (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 15 Texas at TCU (2:30 p.m.)
  • Maryland at No. 17 Minnesota (2:30 p.m.)
  • Oklahoma State at No. 23 Iowa State (2:30 p.m.)
  • Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama (6 p.m.)
  • Boston College at No. 4 Clemson (6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 19 Michigan (6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 24 Arizona State at UCLA (6:30 p.m.)
  • California at No. 12 Utah (9 p.m.)

Notable Numbers
1 – Minnesota’s Casey O’Brien appeared in his first collegiate game for Minnesota on Saturday. He was the holder on an extra point in the Gophers’ 42-7 win over Rutgers as Minnesota improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1960. O’Brien was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer as a freshman in high school and has had multiple relapses, enduring 14 surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy. He was profiled on ESPN last month.

19 – Following his win over Tennessee and Jeremy Pruitt, Alabama head coach Nick Saban now has a perfect 19-0 record in head-to-head match-ups against former assistants. He has three wins each over Jim McElwain (2 at Florida, 1 at Colorado State), Derek Dooley (Tennessee), Will Muschamp (2 at Florida, 1 at South Carolina) and Jimbo Fisher (2 at Texas A&M, 1 at Florida State); two each over Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Kirby Smart (Georgia) and Jeremy Pruitt (Tennessee); and one over Billy Napier (Louisiana).

17 – Wisconsin, Miami and Missouri were all favored by 17 or more points and all three lost (to Illinois, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt, respectively) on Saturday. It’s the first time since 2007 that three favorites that large all lost outright on the same day. Credit to David Hale from ESPN.

29 – Joe Burrow set the LSU singe-season touchdown record as he threw his 29th touchdown in Saturday’s win over Mississippi State to break the previous record of 27 set by Matt Mauk in 2003 and tied by Jamarcus Russell in 2006.

100-200 – Memphis’ star Kenny Gainwell became the first player since 1997 to record 100 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards in a game as he ran 18 times for 104 yards and caught nine passes for 203 yards in a win over Tulane. Louisiana Tech’s Troy Edwards is the last player to achieve the feat.

125 – Arizona State had its modern-era record of 125 straight games scoring 10 points or more snapped on Saturday when Utah shut down the Sun Devil offense in a 21-3 win.

303 – Auburn set an NCAA record by connecting on its 303rd consecutive extra-point attempt on Saturday – and then the Tigers missed their next attempt.

1977 – Clemson slipped another slot in the AP Poll and now sits at No. 4 despite not losing after being the preseason No. 1 team. The last preseason No. 1 to drop that far without a loss was Oklahoma in 1977 – the Sooners slipped from first to fifth after opening the season with a 25-23 victory over Vanderbilt. They reached No. 1 again that season, but dropped after losing to Texas in the fifth game of the year.