College Football Update, September 10, 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 throws 3 TD passes, No. 4 Oklahoma routs South Dakota 70-14
  • Burrow’s 4 TD passes lead No. 6 LSU over No. 9 Texas 45-38
  • Missouri rolls to 38-7 win over West Virginia in home opener
  • Kansas State blanks Bowling Green 52-0
  • Mims has 3 TD catches for Baylor in 63-14 win over UTSA
  • Coastal Carolina overpowers Kansas 12-7
  • Sanders, Wallace lead Oklahoma State to 56-14 win over McNeese
  • Bowman throws 3 TDs, Texas Tech tops UTEP 38-3 with strong D

Big 12 Players of the Week
Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims and Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay share Offensive Player of the Week honors this week. Mims registered his second-career three-TD performance in the Bears’ 63-14 win over UTSA, finishing the day with seven catches for 101 yards. Duvernay logged a career-high 12 catches and 154 receiving yards, while matching a career-best with two touchdowns against No. 6 LSU. Oklahoma cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles recovered a second quarter fumble deep in OU territory and returned a third quarter interception 30 yards for his first career touchdown in the Sooners’ 70-14 victory over South Dakota to collect the league’s Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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


Joe Burrow, LSU (31-of-39, 471 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 90.1)
Burrow, who completed 15-of-18 second-half passes for 251 yards, finished with the second-most passing yards in LSU history, including a 61-yard touchdown strike with 2:27 to play to clinch a thrilling 45-38 win over No. 9 Texas on the road.

Sam Ehlinger, Texas (31-of-47, 401 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.3)
Ehlinger connects on a career-high in passing yards, the sixth-most in school history, but it wasn’t enough as the Longhorns were topped by No. 6 LSU, 45-38.

Justin Herbert, Oregon (19-of-26, 310 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.1)
Herbert, who played less than three quarters, tallied his sixth 300-yard game and his second five-TD game as the Ducks cruised to a 77-6 win over Nevada.

Sam Howell, North Carolina (16-of-24, 274 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 81.8)
Howell, a true freshman, completed a 20-yard pass on 4th-and-17 and then tossed the game-winning touchdown pass with 1:01 to go as the Tar Heels came from behind to upset Miami, 28-25, in ACC action.

Josh Jackson, Maryland (21-of-38, 296 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 88.0)
Jackson led the Terrapins to 42 first-half points and a total of 650 yards of offense, as they rolled over No. 21 Syracuse, 63-20.

Tyler Johnston III, UAB (15-of-24, 319 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 81.1)
Johnston tallies his third career 300-yard passing game and matches his career best for TD passes as the Blazers top Akron, 31-20.

Elijah Sindelar, Purdue (34-of-52, 509 yards, 5 TDS, 1 INT, QBR: 77.0)
Sindelar, who also rushes for a touchdown, tallies career-highs in passing yards and TDs, as the Boilermakers defeated Vanderbilt, 42-24.

Kedon Slovis, USC (28-of-33, 377 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.4)
Slovis set the USC record for passing yards in a freshman’s first start as he helped the Trojans overcome an early 14-point deficit in a 45-20 Pac-12 upset of No. 23 Stanford.

SEC Results

  • Tagovailoa, No. 2 Alabama romp over New Mexico State 62-10
  • No. 3 Georgia cruised to 63-17 victory over FCS Murray State
  • Burrow’s 4 TD passes lead No. 6 LSU over No. 9 Texas 45-38
  • No. 10 Auburn sluggish offensively but tops Tulane 24-6
  • No. 11 Florida loses Toney, a Henderson in 45-0 win over UT Martin
  • No. 1 Clemson, Lawrence dominate No. 12 Texas A&M 24-10
  • Corral leads Ole Miss past Arkansas 31-17 in an SEC opener
  • Missouri rolls to 38-7 win over West Virginia in home opener
  • Freshman Hilinski’s debut leads South Carolina to 72-10 win
  • Sindelar’s 5 passing TDs help Purdue top Vanderbilt 42-24
  • Hill leads Mississippi State past Southern Miss 38-15
  • BYU rallies to beat Tennessee 29-26 in OT
  • Kentucky rolls past Eastern Michigan 38-17, but loses QB Wilson

SEC Players of the Week
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after setting career-highs for passing yards (471) and completions (31) to go with four touchdowns as the Tigers topped No. 9 Texas 45-38 for their first-ever road win over a Top-10 non-conference opponent. On defense, Missouri linebacker Nick Bolton made a game-high 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss, to go with a pair of interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, to key the Tigers’ dominant 38-7 victory over West Virginia.

Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, Sept. 3

  • Bachmeier helps No. 24 Boise State beats Marshall 14-7
  • Fields, No. 5 Ohio State bury Cincinnati 42-0
  • No. 7 Michigan holds in to beat Army 24-21 in two overtimes
  • Huntley leads No. 13 Utah last Northern Illinois 35-17
  • California pulls off stunner, beats No. 14 Washington 20-19
  • Clifford’s 4 TDs lead No. 15 Penn State over Buffalo 45-13
  • Herbert throws 5 TDs and No. 16 Oregon routs Nevada 77-6
  • Taylor, Cephus lead No. 17 Wisconsin past Central Michigan 61-0
  • Freshman Gabriel leads No. 18 UCF past FAU 48-14
  • Offense responds for No. 19 Michigan State in 51-17 win over WMU
  • Stanley throws 3 TDs, No. 20 Iowa rolls past Rutgers 30-0
  • Jackson sharp as Maryland blows out No. 21 Syracuse 63-20
  • Gordon leads No. 22 Washington State over N. Colorado 59-17
  • Slovis propels USC past No. 23 Stanford 45-20 in debut start
  • Colorado comes back to beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 in overtime

Top 25 Schedule
(Sept. 9 AP Rankings)

No. 20 Washington State at Houston (Friday, 8:15 pm)
Arkansas State at No. 3 Georgia (11 am)
No. 6 Ohio State at Indiana (11 am)
Pittsburgh at No. 13 Penn State (11 am)
No. 21 Maryland at Temple (11 am)
New Mexico at No. 7 Notre Dame (1:30 pm)
No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina (2:30 pm)
Stanford at No. 17 UCF (2:30 pm)
No. 24 USC at BYU (2:30 pm)
Arizona State at No. 18 Michigan State (3 pm)
No. 19 Iowa at Iowa State (3 pm)
Idaho State at No. 11 Utah (3:15 pm)
Kent State at No. 8 Auburn (6 pm)
No. 9 Florida at Kentucky (6 pm)
Lamar at No. 16 Texas A&M (6 pm)
No. 1 Clemson at Syracuse (6:30 pm)
Northwestern State at No. 4 LSU (6:30 pm)
Hawai’i at No. 23 Washington (6:30 pm)
Florida State at No. 25 Virginia (6:30 pm)
No. 5 Oklahoma at UCLA (7 pm)
No. 12 Texas at Rice (7 pm)
Portland State at No. 22 Boise State (9:15 pm)
Montana at No. 15 Oregon (9:45 pm)

Notable Numbers
2 – UCLA is 0-2 for the first times since 1943. ESPN’s Stats & Information research has Chip Kelly’s UCLA offense averaging 23 points per game in his 14 games as head coach (3-11 record). That’s worse than Kansas during the same stretch.

3 – The SEC holds three of the top four slots in the latest AP poll – Alabama at No. 2, Georgia at No. 3 and LSU at No. 4. The last conference to have three teams in the top four was the SEC on Nov. 2, 2014 when Mississippi State was No. 1, Auburn was No. 3 and Alabama was No. 4.

3 – LSU has three 100-yard receivers in the same game for the first time in program history. Justin Jefferson (163), Ja’Marr Chase (147) and Terrace Marshall (123) all broke the century mark in the Tigers’ big win over Texas.

110 – Wisconsin has outscored its first two opponents, USF and Central Michigan, 110-0. Jonathan Taylor has rushed for 237 yards in the two games and now has 24 100-yard rushing performances in 29 career games.

296 – Maryland QB Josh Jackson threw for 296 yards in the Terrapins’ blowout of Syracuse. In another fun stat from ESPN, Maryland hasn’t had a 300-yard passer since Oct. 12, 2013. Georgia Tech, which ran the option until this year, is the only Power 5 team with a longer drought.

400 – Joe Burrow’s 471 passing yards in the win over Texas was the first 400-yard game for LSU against a ranked opponent since Rohan Davey threw for 444 yards in the Tigers’ 47-34 win over Illinois in the 2002 Sugar Bowl.

400 – Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar has back-to-back 400-yard passing games – 509 against Vanderbilt and 423 against Nevada. The last Boilermaker QB with two straight 400-yard games was Drew Brees in 1998.