College Football Update, October 28, 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

  • Mac Jones, No. 1 Alabama dominate Arkansas without Tua, 48-7
  • Burrow’s 321 yards helps No. 2 LSU down No. 9 Auburn, 23-20
  • Mond accounts for 5 TDs as Texas A&M beats  Mississippi State, 49-30
  • Tennessee beats South Carolina without Maurer, 41-21
  • Bowden, Kentucky have no trouble in the rain, beat Missouri, 29-7

SEC Players of the Week
Tennessee receiver Jauan Jennings and Kentucky quarterback Lynn Bowden, Jr., share this week’s SEC Offensive Player of the Week honor, while LSU safety Jacoby Stevens and Tennessee linebacker Daniel Bituli share Defensive Player of the Week recognition. Jennings led the Volunteers with a career-high 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-21 win over South Carolina and Bowden ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats handled a downpour throughout the night to top Missouri, 29-7. Stevens led LSU with 10 tackles as the Tigers held ninth-ranked Auburn to just 287 total yards in a critical 23-20 SEC triumph. Bituli, meanwhile, piled up 15 tackles and blocked a punt that he returned for a touchdown in the Vols’ win.


Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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


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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Max Duggan, TCU (19-of-27, 273 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 87.5)
Duggan, who also rushes for 72 yards, breaks a 20-20 tie with a 44-yard third-quarter TD pass and clinches the victory with an 11-yard TD run with two minutes to go in a 37-27 upset of No. 15 Texas in Big 12 play.

Johnny Langan, Rutgers (15-of-21, 192 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.6)
Langan, who becomes the first Rutgers QB to rush for 100 yards (118 and a touchdown) since 1961, also throws his first two career TD passes to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 44-34 win over Liberty.

Cole McDonald, Hawaii (17-of-30, 237 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 89.6)
McDonald also runs for a career-high 140 yards (the most by a Hawaii QB since 1995) and two touchdowns to lead the Rainbow Warriors to a 45-31 MW road win over New Mexico.

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (17-of-23, 234 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.7)
Mond, who also runs for 76 yards and two touchdowns, has a season-best five TDs in a 49-30 SEC win over Mississippi State.

Peyton Ramsey, Indiana (27-of-40, 351 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 90.9)
Ramsey tallies a career-high for passing yards to lead the Hoosiers to bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016 with a 38-31 Big Ten road win over Nebraska.

Chris Reynolds, Charlotte (24-of-32, 336 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.8)
Reynolds, who also rushes for a touchdown, throws a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes, including the go-ahead score with 18 seconds to go in a 39-38 C-USA win over North Texas.

Carter Stanley, Kansas (26-of-37, 415 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 88.7)
Stanley, who also runs for a touchdown, sets a career-high for passing yards as he helps the Jayhawks erase a 17-point deficit in a 37-34 Big 12 win over Texas Tech.

Skylar Thompson, Kansas State (18-of-28, 213 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.9)
Thompson rushes for a career-high four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a shocking upset of No. 5 Oklahoma, 48-41, in Big 12 action.

Big 12 Results

  • Skylar Thompson, Kansas State stun No. 5 Oklahoma, 48-41
  • Freshman Duggan shines as TCU knocks off No. 15 Texas 37-27
  • Oklahoma State upsets No. 23 Iowa State, 34-27
  • Late field goal propels Kansas to 37-34 win over Texas Tech

Big 12 Players of the Week
Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley was tabbed as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Oklahoma State linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez garnered Defensive Player of the Week recognition. Stanley led Kansas to its first Big 12 win of the season by throwing for a season-high 415 yards and three touchdowns against Texas Tech. KU was 7-for-10 on third down in the second half, all on Stanley throws, including a 65-yard touchdown to Stephon Robinson and a 70-yard touchdown to Andrew Parchment on third and 21. A pick-six by Rodriguez late in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winning touchdown as Oklahoma State edged Iowa State. The junior finished with 11 tackles to lead all players in the game and added a pass break up on a third-down play to force an Iowa State punt.


Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, October 20

  • Dobbins, Young, No. 3 Ohio State roll No. 13 Wisconsin, 38-7
  • Etienne’s 3 TDs lead No. 5 Clemson to 59-7 win over Boston College
  • No. 6 Penn State handles Michigan State, 28-7
  • No. 19 Michigan‘s 45-14 rout in the rain dashes No. 8 Notre Dame‘s playoff hopes.
  • Field goal gives No. 11 Oregon 37-35 win over Washington.
  • Moss sets more rushing records as No. 12 Utah routs Cal, 35-0
  • Buechele, Jones lead No. 16 SMU over Houston, 34-31
  • No. 17 Minnesota routs Maryland 52-10 to stay unbeaten
  • No. 20 Iowa blanks Northwestern, 20-0
  • No. 21 Appalachian State routs South Alabama, 30-3
  • Kelley has career-high four TDs as UCLA upends No. 24 Arizona State, 42-32.

Top 25 Schedule
(Oct. 27 AP Rankings)

  • West Virginia at No. 12 Baylor (Thursday, 7 p.m.)
  • Georgia Southern at No. 20 Appalachian State (Thursday, 7 p.m.)
  • No. 14 Michigan at Maryland (11 a.m.)
  • N.C. State at No. 23 Wake Forest (11 a.m.)
  • Virginia Tech at No. 16 Notre Dame (1:30 p.m.)
  • No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 6 Florida (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 22 Kansas State at Kansas (2:30 p.m.)
  • Wofford at No. 4 Clemson (3 p.m.)
  • No. 9 Utah at Washington (3 p.m.)
  • Ole Miss at No. 11 Auburn (6 p.m.)
  • No. 17 Cincinnati at East Carolina (6 p.m.)
  • No. 15 SMU at No. 24 Memphis (6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 7 Oregon at USC (7 p.m.)
  • No. 21 Boise State at San Jose State (9:30 p.m.)

Notable Numbers
2 – LSU received 1,476 points to take over the No. 1 slot in the AP Poll with just two more points than Alabama, making it the tightest margin between No. 1 and No. 2 in the poll since Florida State was ahead of Auburn by two points on Oct. 5, 2014.

3 – LSU is the first team to win three games against AP top-10 teams in their first eight games in the AP Poll era. The Tigers have now won at least eight games in a season for 20 consecutive years.

8 – With its win over No. 23 Iowa State on Saturday, Oklahoma State is now 8-3 in its last 11 games against ranked opponents. The Cowboys have posted a 6-3 record against ranked FBS opponents in 2018 and 2019. In that same time span, they are 4-6 against unranked FBS foes. Chris Vannini from The Athletic has this stat and many more fun facts on a weekly basis.

10 – Ohio State has now held seven straight opponents below 10 points following its 38-7 win over No. 13 Wisconsin.

26 – With both No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama having byes this week, it is expected the showdown between the SEC West rivals on Nov. 9 will be the 26th No. 1 vs. No. 2 regular-season game in history. The No. 1 team is 15-8-2, including LSU’s 9-6 win at Alabama in 2011.

48 – Kansas State’s 48 points in its win over No. 5 Oklahoma was its most points scored against an AP Top Five team in the AP Poll era (since 1936).

89 – Alabama has won 89 straight games against unranked teams, a modern-era record (since 1936).