College Football Update, October 7, 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

  • Hurts provides 4 TDs as No. 6 Oklahoma beats Kansas 45-20
  • Ehlinger leads No. 11 Texas over West Virginia 42-31
  • Duffey leads Texas Tech past No. 21 Oklahoma State 45-35
  • Purdy, Iowa State overwhelm TCU 49-24
  • Baylor moves to 5-0 with dominant 31-12 win over Kansas State

Big 12 Players of the Week
Texas Tech quarterback Jett Duffey was tabbed as the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Week while Red Raider linebacker Jordyn Brooks was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Duffey completed 26-of-44 passes for 424 yards and four touchdowns (with no interceptions) while also adding a rushing score in the Red Raiders’ 45-35 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State. Brooks, meanwhile, collected a career-high 19 tackles to go along with three sacks, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the Texas Tech win. His three solo sacks were the most since 2016 and his 19 tackles were the most for a Red Raider since 2002. The win was Texas Tech’s first home win over a ranked opponent since 2013.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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


Jett Duffey, Texas Tech (26-of-44, 424 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 80.3)
Duffey, who makes his first start of the season, also runs for a 16-yard touchdown as he leads the Red Raiders to a 45-35 Big 12 upset of No. 21 Oklahoma State, snapping a 10-game home losing streak to ranked teams.

Dan Ellington, Georgia State (29-of-41, 382 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 84.8)
Ellington, who also runs for 69 yards and a touchdown, records career-highs in passing yards and total offense as he leads the Panthers to a school-record 722 yards of offense in a 52-38 Sun Belt win over Arkansas State.

Jake Fromm, Georgia (24-of-29, 288 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.8)
From threw two touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the first half to turn a 14-13 deficit into a 26-14 halftime lead as the Bulldogs used his spark to run away with a 43-14 decision over Tennessee on the road in SEC action.

Sam Howell, North Carolina (33-of-51, 376 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 80.1)
Howell registers career-highs in yards, touchdowns, completions and attempts as he leads the Tar Heels to a 38-22 ACC road win over Georgia Tech.

Jake Luton, Oregon State (18-of-26, 285 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.6)
Luton, who also rushes for a touchdown, tallies his career-best for touchdowns as he leads the Beavers to scores on their first three drives in a 48-31 Pac-12 road victory over UCLA.

Malcolm Perry, Navy (5-of-7, 144 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 90.2)
Perry, who also runs for 111 yards and two touchdowns, scores on a four-yard run with 23 seconds remaining to put the Midshipmen on top in a stunning 34-25 comeback win over Air Force.

Brock Purdy, Iowa State (19-of-24, 247 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.1)
Purdy, who also rushes for 102 yards and two scores, finishes with 300 total yards for the fourth straight game as he keys the Cyclones first Big 12 victory, 49-24 over TCU.

Khalil Tate, Arizona (31-of-41, 404 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 90.4)
Tate makes a dazzling return from injury by tallying a career-high in passing yards as he leads the Wildcats to a 35-30 Pac-12 road win over Colorado.

SEC Results

  • Fromm helps No. 3 Georgia trounce Tennessee 43-14
  • Joe Burrow makes history as No. 5 LSU routs Utah State 42-6
  • Perine, defense lift No. 10 Florida past No. 7 Auburn 24-13
  • Missouri QB Bryant injured in 42-10 rout of Troy
  • Ole Miss runs away from Vanderbilt, wins 31-6

SEC Players of the Week
Florida wide receiver Freddie Swain is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after turning in a career day in Saturday’s 24-13 win over No. 7 Auburn. Swain snagged six receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown – his yardage was more than Auburn’s entire team and the most by a Gator receiver since 2014. Defensively, the league’s Player of the Week honor was shared by two standouts. Missouri linebacker Cale Garrett led the Tigers with six tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack and added a pair of interceptions in the Tigers’ 42-10 win over Troy. He ran the second pick back 33 yards for a touchdown – his third straight game with a defensive TD. Also recognized was Florida defensive back Shawn Davis, who notched his third interception of the season and returned it 41 yards in the big win over Auburn.

Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, Sept. 29

  • Fields, Dobbins lead No. 4 Ohio State over No. 25 Michigan State 34-10
  • Taylor scores 5 TDs to lead No. 8 Wisconsin past Kent State 48-0
  • Book throws 5 TDs as No. 9 Notre Dame routs Bowling Green 52-0
  • Clifford leads No. 12 Penn State past Purdue 35-7
  • No. 13 Oregon overcomes slow start to beat California 17-7
  • No. 19 Michigan leans on defense to beat No. 14 Iowa 10-3
  • Scarlett’s career day helps Stanford beat No. 15 Washington 23-13
  • Bachmeier leads No. 16 Boise State past UNLV 38-13
  • Ahmad Gardner’s INT return leads Cincinnati to 27-24 upset of No. 18 UCF
  • No. 24 SMU goes to 6-0 for first time since 1982 after 43-37 OT win over Tulsa

Top 25 Schedule
(Oct. 6 AP Rankings)

  • No. 20 Virginia at Miami (Friday, 7 p.m.)
  • Colorado at No. 13 Oregon (Friday, 9 p.m.)
  • South Carolina at No. 3 Georgia (11 a.m.)
  • No. 6 Oklahoma at No. 11 Texas (11 a.m.)
  • No. 16 Michigan at Illinois (11 a.m.)
  • No. 23 Memphis at Temple (11 a.m.)
  • No. 1 Alabama at No. 24 Texas A&M (2:30 p.m.)
  • Florida State at No. 2 Clemson (2:30 p.m.)
  • Michigan State at No. 8 Wisconsin (2:30 p.m.)
  • Washington State at No. 18 Arizona State (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 25 Cincinnati at Houston (2:30 p.m.)
  • USC at No. 9 Notre Dame (6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa (6:30 p.m.)
  • Louisville at No. 19 Wake Forest (6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU (7 p.m.)
  • No. 15 Utah at Oregon State (7 p.m.)
  • Hawaii at No. 14 Boise State (9:15 p.m.)

Notable Numbers
4 – Tulane hasn’t won four of its first five games since the undefeated 1998 season. The Green Wave posted an impressive 42-33 road win over Army on Saturday to snap the Black Knights’ 15-game home winning streak.

11 – Penn State has won 11 straight games against Big Ten West teams. Its last loss was in November of 2015 to Northwestern. The Nittany Lions have outscored opponents by 39.6 points this season, second-best in the FBS behind Ohio State.

16 – Florida has allowed a total of 16 points in four home games this season. The Gators shut out UT Martin and Towson and allowed just three points to Tennessee before holding No. 7 Auburn to just 13 points in a 24-13 win on Saturday. For the season, the Gators have allowed a total of four touchdowns while notching 12 interceptions.

16 – Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor ran for four touchdowns (he also caught a TD) in Saturday’s win over a Kent State to lift his season total to 16. That’s the most rushing TDs by an FBS player in his first five games since Ricky Williams had 20 for Texas in 1998.

22 – Oklahoma has won 22 consecutive road games, the second-longest such streak since World War II. The Sooners also hold the record for the longest streak as they won 25 straight road games from 1953-58 under legendary coach Bud Wilkinson.

31 – UCF had scored 30 or more points in 31 straight games until Saturday’s AAC battle with Cincinnati. The Bearcats converted a critical 3rd-and-inches with just over a minute to go to clinch a 27-24 victory. It was also the Knights’ first conference loss since 2016.

45 – No. 9 Notre Dame was favored by 45 points against Bowling Green, the largest spread for any game in the last 30 years.

48 – Oklahoma punted on 4th and goal against Kansas. The Sooners drove to the Jayhawks’ 7-yard line and then proceeded to get a holding call, a sack, a botched reverse and an unsportsmanlike penalty call to back up to the 50-yard line, forcing them to eventually punt on 4th and goal.