College Football Update, September 16, 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

  • Tagovailoa’s career day propels No. 2 Alabama over South Carolina, 47-23, in SEC opener
  • No. 3 Georgia romps to another win, 55-0 over Arkansas State
  • Burrow clinical, No. 4 LSU downs Northwestern State 65-14
  • Whitlow, Nix lead No. 8 Auburn past Kent State 55-16
  • No. 9 Florida rallies past Kentucky 29-21 in SEC opener
  • Spiller helps No. 16 Texas A&M to 62-3 rout of Lamar
  • Thompson leads Kansas State past Mississippi State 31-24
  • Tennessee finally gets first win with 45-0 blowout of Chattanooga
  • Ole Miss holds off Southeastern Louisiana 40-29
  • Starkel makes first start, leads Arkansas over Colorado State 55-34
  • Missouri scores in all phases in 50-0 victory over SEMO

SEC Players of the Week
The SEC Offensive Player of the Week is Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who set a career-high with 444 passing yards, the third most in a single-game in school history, in the Crimson Tide’s 47-23 SEC opening win over South Carolina. He led the Tide to points on seven of the nine drives in which he played and became the first Tide quarterback to throw for 400 yards and five TDs in a game. Florida linebacker David Reese II is the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after notching a career-high 16 tackles to key the Gator defense which held Kentucky scoreless in the fourth quarter as the Gators came from behind for the SEC-opening victory.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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


Jack Abraham, Southern Miss (28-of-36, 463 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.4)
Abraham set a career-high in passing yards with his second career 400-yard game and connected on a 64-yard TD in the fourth quarter to key the Golden Eagles’ 47-42 road win over Troy.

Dillon Gabriel, UCF (22-of-30, 347 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.3)
Gabriel, a freshman making his second career start, led the Knights to scores on six of their first seven possessions as they dominated Stanford in a 45-27 victory.

Anthony Gordon, Washington State (36-of-48, 440 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 71.3)
Gordon, who registered his third straight 400-yard game to open the season, tossed a pair of 39-yard TDs, including one for the go-ahead score in the third quarter as the Cougars topped Houston, 31-24, on the road.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (15-of-20, 289 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.8)
Hurts added 150 rushing yards and a touchdown – he had 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in the first half alone – in a 48-14 road win over UCLA.

Malcolm Perry, Navy (5-of-7, 151 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.8)
Perry also runs for 156 yards, his seventh 100-yard rushing effort in his last 10 games, and four touchdowns as the Midshipmen cruise to a 42-10 win over East Carolina.

Chris Robison, FAU (33-of-41, 366 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 75.4)
Robison set a career-best for touchdowns as he led the Owls to their first win of the year, 41-31, over Ball State on the road.

Carter Stanley, Kansas (20-of-27, 238 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.8)
Stanley matched his career-best in touchdowns as he keyed a 48-24 win over Boston College – the Jayhawks’ first road win over a Power 5 team in nearly 11 years.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (28-of-36, 444 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.2)
Tagovailoa recorded a career-high in passing yards with the third-most in school history and matched his best in passing TDs as the Crimson Tide topped South Carolina, 47-23, in an SEC road game.

Big 12 Results

  • Hurts has 439 scrimmage yards, No. 5 Oklahoma routs UCLA 48-14
  • Ehlinger throws 3 TD passes, No. 12 Texas beats Rice 48-13
  • No. 19 Iowa rallies to beat Iowa State 18-17
  • Kansas breaks 48-game road skid vs. Power 5 with 48-24 win over BC
  • Thompson leads Kansas State past Mississippi State 31-24
  • Kendall throws 2 TDs, West Virginia beats NC State 44-27
  • Hubbard’s 256 yards, 3 TDs lead Oklahoma State past Tulsa 40-21
  • Anderson runs for 179 yards, 2 TDs as TCU beats Purdue 34-13
  • Arizona grinds out 28-14 win over Texas Tech

Big 12 Players of the Week
Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher, was selected as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after running for 256 yards in the Cowboys’ win at Tulsa. The redshirt sophomore scored on runs of 75, 30 and 33 yards as he has the highest single-game rushing total in the FBS thus far this season. On the defensive side of the ball, Kansas State’s Denzel Goolsby was selected as the league’s Player of the Week. Goolsby led a K-State defense that held Mississippi State to 4-of-14 on third down, as the Wildcats collected a victory in Starkville. The senior finished with 11 tackles and had an interception that led to first-half points.

Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, Sept. 8

  • Lawrence leads No. 1 Clemson past Syracuse 41-6
  • Dobbins, Fields help No. 6 Ohio State knock out Indiana 51-10
  • Book throws for 5 TDs as No. 7 Notre Dame routs New Mexico 66-14
  • Huntley, Moss lead No. 11 Utah over Idaho State 31-0
  • No. 13 Penn State holds off Pitt 17-10 as long-time rivalry stops
  • No. 15 Oregon wraps up nonconference slate with 35-3 win over Montana
  • Gabriel throws 4 TD passes, No. 17 UCF routs Stanford 45-27
  • No. 18 Michigan State falls to Arizona State 10-7 after penalty negates tying FG
  • No. 19 Iowa rallies to beat Iowa State 18-17
  • Gordon leads No. 20 Washington State over Houston 31-24
  • Temple’s goal-line stands clutch in 20-17 win over No. 21 Maryland
  • Hightower, Bachmeier lead No. 22 Boise State past Portland State 45-10
  • Eason throws 3 TDs, No. 23 Washington beats Hawai’i 52-20
  • No. 24 USC upended by BYU in overtime 30-27
  • No. 25 Virginia barely hangs on, beats Seminoles 31-24

Top 25 Schedule
(Sept. 15 AP Rankings)

  • No. 10 Utah at USC (Friday, 8 p.m.)
  • Air Force at No. 20 Boise State (Friday, 8 p.m.)
  • No. 4 LSU at Vanderbilt (11 a.m.)
  • Tennessee at No. 9 Florida (11 a.m.)
  • No. 11 Michigan at No. 14 Wisconsin (11 a.m.)
  • No. 23 California at Ole Miss (11 a.m.)
  • Miami (Ohio) at No. 6 Ohio State (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 15 UCF at Pittsburgh (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 22 Washington at BYU (2:30 p.m.)
  • SMU at No. 25 TCU (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 16 Oregon at Stanford (6 p.m.)
  • Old Dominion at No. 21 Virginia (6 p.m.)
  • Charlotte at No. 1 Clemson (6:30 p.m.)
  • Oklahoma State at No. 12 Texas (6:30 p.m.)
  • No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia (7 p.m.)
  • Colorado at No. 24 Arizona State (9 p.m.)
  • UCLA at No. 19 Washington State (9:30 p.m.)

Notable Numbers

1 – An under-the-radar team so far this season has been 3-0 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys feature a pair of players ranked No. 1 in the nation in key statistical categories: Tylan Wallace leads the country with 390 receiving yards (his six receiving touchdowns is also tops in the nation) and Chuba Hubbard is No. 1 in the country in rushing yards with 521 (with a nation’s best seven touchdowns as well). Unranked OSU plays at No. 12 Texas on Saturday evening.

3 – It’s been a rough start for quarterbacks in the SEC East as three different starting quarterbacks have suffered what are expected to be season-ending injuries. Florida’s Feleipe Franks dislocated his ankle in Saturday’s loss to Kentucky; Kentucky’s Terry Wilson suffered a knee injury in a September 7 win over Eastern Michigan; and South Carolina’s Jake Bentley had a foot injury in the season-opening loss to North Carolina.

30 – UCF rolled to a 45-27 victory over Stanford on Saturday; that game marked the Knights’ 29th straight game scoring 30 or more points in a game, the longest streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 1936.

44 – Kansas shocked Boston College on the road Friday and then Kansas State won at Mississippi State on Saturday. The last time both of those schools defeated Power 5 opponents in nonconference games on the same weekend was September 27, 1975 – 44 years ago – when the Jayhawks topped Oregon State and the Wildcats beat Wake Forest (another great stat from Chris Vannini with The Athletic).

45 – After a lethargic start, LSU exploded offensively once again, finishing with 65 points in a win over Northwestern State. The Tigers have now scored 45 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 1930.

48 – Another note related to the Kansas win over Boston College. That win snapped the Jayhawks’ 48-game road losing streak to Power 5 opponents. The Jayhawks’ last win on the road over a Power 5 opponent came on October 4, 2008, when they topped Iowa State.

98 – Alabama has missed 98 field goals since 2007, the most of any FBS team (from the CBS Sports announcers). Freshman kicker Will Reichard hit field goals from 23 and 21 yards, but missed a 37-yarder against South Carolina on Saturday.

120 – Notre Dame’s rushing defense ranks No. 120 in the country (230.5 yards allowed per game). Georgia comes into Saturday’s game against the Fighting Irish with the No. 8 rushing offense in the country (286.7 yards per game).