College Football Update, September 10, 2018

The 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl 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 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl will be announced on Sunday, December 2 via an ESPN national telecast.

SEC Results
Tagovailoa, No. 1 Alabama blow out Arkansas State 57-7
No. 2 Clemson outlasts Texas A&M 28-26
No. 3 Georgia turns road test into 41-17 rout against No. 24 South Carolina
No. 7 Auburn routs Alabama State 63-9
No. 11 LSU struggles in stints, defeats Southeastern 31-7
Fitzgerald leads No. 18 Mississippi State to 31-10 rout of K-State
Kentucky stuns No. 25 Florida 27-16, first win over Gators since ’86
Vanderbilt’s offense clicks in 41-10 win over Nevada
Ole Miss beats Southern Illinois 76-41 in wild shootout
Tennessee rolls over East Tennessee State 59-3
Lock is dual-threat as Missouri beats Wyoming 40-13
Colorado State beats Arkansas 34-27

SEC Players of the Week

Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors while Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen was the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Hill led all SEC backs in Week 2 with a career-best 211 rushing yards and he accounted for a career-best three touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving) in a road victory over Kansas State. Allen registered a sack on the final play of Kentucky’s road upset of Florida – the sack also forced a fumble which UK returned for a touchdown as the win snapped a 31-game losing streak to the Gators. Allen finished the game with five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2019

ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Georgia vs. Oklahoma State (no change)
ESPN (Mitch Sherman): West Virginia vs. Georgia (no change)
All-American (Stewart Mandel): TCU vs. Auburn (no change)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Georgia vs. West Virginia (no change)
Sporting News (Bill Bender): Oklahoma vs. Auburn
247Sports (Brad Crawford): Oklahoma vs. Mississippi State (no change)
SB Nation (Jason Kirk): Oklahoma vs. Alabama
Saturday Down South (Jim Tomlin): Auburn vs. Oklahoma (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Auburn vs. West Virginia (no change)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Oklahoma vs. Auburn (replaces West Virginia vs. Georgia)
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Georgia vs. West Virginia (Georgia replaces Auburn)

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 here to be redirected to Facebook for voting.

Eric Dungey, Syracuse (7-of-17, 184 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.1)
Dungey, who rushed for a school-QB-record 200 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries, led the Orange to a 55-42 road victory over Western Michigan.

Will Grier, West Virginia (25-of-34, 429 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.6)
Grier registers a career-high in passing yards while matching his best for TD passes as he leads the Mountaineers to a 40-14 victory over Tennessee.

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (22-of-30, 313 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Haskins, who sets school records for yards and TD passes in a first-time start, leads the Buckeyes to touchdowns on their first seven possessions in a 77-31 season-opening victory over Oregon State.

Cole McDonald, Hawaii (30-of-41, 428 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.9)
McDonald, making his second career start, leads the Rainbow Warrior offense to scores on its first five possessions, as it tallies 522 yards of offense in a 59-41 win over Navy.

McKenzie Milton, UCF (24-of-32, 346 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.2)
Milton, who also adds 50 rushing yards, tied his career-best for TD passes as the Knights extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games with a 56-17 AAC road win over Connecticut.

Steven Montez, Colorado (22-of-25, 338 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 94.3)
Montez tallies his fifth career 300-yard game while matching his career-best for TD passes, including an 89-yard TD hook-up, while connecting on his first 12 passes in a 45-13 road win over Colorado State.

Brett Rypien, Boise State (20-of-28, 305 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.5)
Rypien, who has thrown for more yards than any active FBS quarterback, tallies 276 yards and all four of his TDs in the first half as the Broncos jump to a 35-7 halftime advantage in a 56-20 road win over Troy.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (12-of-16, 227 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.8)
Tagovailoa, who also rushes for one score, makes his first career start and keys the Crimson Tide’s dominating 51-14 victory over Louisville.

Big 12 Results
Turpin ignites No. 16 TCU in rainy 42-12 win over SMU
Murray’s 5 total TDs lead No. 6 Oklahoma past UCLA 49-21
Grier throws 4 TDs, No. 14 West Virginia beats Youngstown State 52-17
Fitzgerald leads No. 18 Mississippi State to 31-10 rout of Kansas State
Kansas routs Central Michigan 31-7, snaps 46-game road skid
Texas Tech scores most points since ’05 in 77-0 shutout of Lamar
Iowa beats Iowa State 13-3 for 4th straight win in series
Brewer throws for 3 TDs, leads Baylor past UTSA 37-20
Cornelius, Oklahoma State roll over South Alabama 55-13
Ehlinger leads Texas to grinding win over Tulsa 28-21

Big 12 Players of the Week
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. have been selected as the Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Murray accounted for five touchdowns in Oklahoma’s 49-21 victory over UCLA. The redshirt junior went 19-of-33 through the air for 306 yards and three TD’s and rushed 10 times for 69 yards and a pair of scores. Dineen led the Kansas defense with 14 total tackles, including eight solo hits. He collected his first-career interception in helping lead the Jayhawks to a road win over Central Michigan.

Other Top 25 Results
#4 Ohio State def. Rutgers, 52-3
#5 Wisconsin def. New Mexico, 45-14
#8 Notre Dame def. Ball State, 24-16
#9 Washington def. North Dakota, 45-3
#10 Stanford def. #17 USC, 17-3
#12 Virginia Tech def. William & Mary, 62-17
#13 Penn State def. Pittsburgh, 51-6
Arizona State def. #15 Michigan State, 16-13
#20 Boise State def. Connecticut, 62-7
#21 Michigan def. Western Michigan, 49-3
#22 Miami def. Savannah State, 77-0
#23 Oregon def. Portland State, 62-14

This Week’s Other Top 25 Games
Kent State at #11 Penn State (11 a.m.)
#18 UCF at North Carolina (11 a.m.)
#21 Miami at Toledo (11 a.m.)
East Carolina at No. 13 Virginia Tech (11:20 a.m.)
UC Davis at #9 Stanford (1 p.m.)
Georgia Southern at #2 Clemson (2:30 p.m.)
BYU at #6 Wisconsin (2:30 p.m.)
SMU at #19 Michigan (2:30 p.m.)
San Jose State at #20 Oregon (4 p.m.)
#10 Washington at Utah (9 p.m.)
#23 Arizona State at San Diego State (9:30 p.m.)

Did You See This?

0 – Florida State, Florida and Miami are a combined 0-3 against FBS opponents this year. In 2000, those three teams lost a combined total of three games all season to opponents outside of one another (from The Athletic).

2 – USF true freshman Terrence Horne returned back-to-back kickoffs for touchdowns (98 yards and 97 yards) to be come the first player since 2015 with two kick return scores in a game. Horne also had a receiving touchdown in the Bulls’ win.

3 – Hawaii has opened its season with three straight victories – the last time the Rainbow Warriors opened a season 3-0 was their 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl season.

10 – Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has passed 10 times on third-down in two games this season. He has completed all 10 of those passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns.

31 – Kentucky snapped a 31-game losing streak to Florida on Saturday. The Wildcats, who had 175 rushing yards from Benny Snell, had not defeated the Gators since 1986 and they hadn’t won in Gainesville since 1979.

125 – The Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Male Amateur Athlete of the Year, Pooka Williams, made his collegiate debut and rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns to help Kansas snap a 46-game road losing streak (31-7 over Central Michigan).

818 – Boise State piled up a school-record 818 yards in its 62-7 victory over Connecticut on Saturday. The Broncos have outscored their first two opponents by a 118-27 margin – they play at No. 24 Oklahoma State this Saturday.