College Football Update, September 23, 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

  • Ehlinger leads No. 12 Texas past Oklahoma State 36-30
  • Pettaway scores twice as a West Virginia beats Kansas 29-24
  • SMU beats No. 25 TCU 41-38 for first 4-0 start since 1984
  • Purdy scores 6 TDs, Iowa State throttles ULM 72-20
  • Brewer throws for 303 yards, TD in Baylor’s 21-13 win over Rice

Big 12 Players of the Week
Iowa State’s Brock Purdy is the Big12 Offensive Player of the Week after breaking the Cyclone record for total offense in a game with 510 yards (435 passing yards, 75 rushing yards) and tallying six total touchdowns (three passing and three rushing) in a 72-20 win over UL Monroe. On the defensive side of the ball, Oklahoma State’s Kolby Harvell-Peel recorded nine tackles to go with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception in the Cowboys’ hard-fought 36-30 loss to nationally-ranked Texas.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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


Joe Burrow, LSU (25-of-34, 398 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.5)
Burrow sets the school-record for touchdown passes and the record for first-half yards (357) as he leads LSU to its most regulation-time points in SEC action with a 66-38 road win over Vanderbilt.

Matt Fink, USC (21-of-30, 351 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.8)
Fink, who has only attempted 18 career passes, comes off the bench after an early injury and leads the Trojans to a 30-23 upset of No. 10 Utah in Pac-12 action.

Chase Garbers, California (23-of-35, 357 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 85.7)
Garbers tallies career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns as the Golden Bears improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2015 with a 28-20 road win over Ole Miss.

Anthony Gordon, Washington State (41-of-61, 570 yards, 9 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 74.8)
Gordon sets a career-best in passing yards and breaks the school-record for touchdown passes but it’s not enough for the Cougars who lose a wild 67-63 decision to UCLA in Pac-12 action.

Josh Love, San Jose State (32-of-49, 402 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 70.1)
Love notches his second career 400-yard game as he leads the Spartans to a 31-24 win over Arkansas –
their first win over a power conference team since 2006.

Adrian Martinez, Nebraska (22-of-34, 327 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 77.5)
Martinez registers his third career 100-yard rushing game with 118 yards as he helps the Cornhuskers’ erase a 14-point second-half deficit in a 42-38 Big Ten road win over Illinois.

Steven Montez, Colorado (22-of-30, 337 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.9)
Montez tallies his school-record 12th career 300-yard game and helps the Buffaloes to a 34-31 Pac-12 road upset of No. 24 Arizona State.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA (25-of-38, 507 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 69.6)
Thompson-Robinson, who also rushes for two touchdowns, has career-highs in yards and TDs and connects on the game-winning TD pass with 1:07 to go to cap a miraculous comeback from a 32-point second-half deficit in a wild 67-63 Pac-12 road win over No. 19 Washington State.

SEC Results

  • Tagovailoa throws 5 TDs, No. 2 Alabama rolls over Southern Miss 49-7
  • No. 3 Georgia tested and perseveres in 23-17 win over No. 7 Notre Dame
  • Burrow slings school-record 6 TDs as No. 4 LSU routs Vanderbilt 66-38
  • Nix helps No. 8 Auburn over No. 17 Texas A&M 28-20
  • No. 9 Florida extends series dominance in 34-3 rout of Tennessee
  • Hills leads Mississippi State to 28-13 win over Kentucky
  • Missouri uses opportunistic defense to beat South Carolina 34-14
  • No. 23 California holds on to defeat Ole Miss 28-20
  • San Jose State uses late score to upset Arkansas 31-24

SEC Players of the Week
The SEC Offensive Player of the Week is LSU’s Joe Burrow, who completed 25-of-34 passes for 398 yards with a school-record six touchdown passes in a 66-38 conference win over Vanderbilt. He is the first LSU player to pass for 350-plus yards in three straight games. The league’s Defensive Player of the Week is Missouri defensive back Cale Garrett who registered nine tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown to key the Tigers’ 34-14 SEC-opening win over South Carolina.

Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, Sept. 15

  • No. 1 Clemson blasts Charlotte 52-10 for 19th straight win
  • Fields shines as No. 6 Ohio State trounces Miami (Ohio) 76-5
  • Backup QB Fink shines as USC stuns No. 10 Utah 30-23
  • Taylor helps No. 13 Wisconsin trounce No. 11 Michigan 35-14
  • ‘Pitt Special’ ends No. 15 UCF’s 27-game regular-season win streak, 35-34
  • Herbert’s 3 TD passes lead No. 16 Oregon past Stanford 21-6
  • Big second half leads No. 20 Boise State past Air Force 30-19
  • No. 21 Virginia rallies past Old Dominion 28-17 to stay undefeated
  • No. 22 Washington dominates BYU for 45-19 victory
  • No. 23 California holds on to defeat Ole Miss 28-20
  • Colorado outlasts No. 24 Arizona State 34-31
  • UCLA, down 32 in third, rallies to stun No. 19 Washington State 67-63

Top 25 Schedule
(Sept. 22 AP Rankings)

  • No. 12 Penn State at Maryland (Friday, 7 p.m.)
  • Arizona State at No. 15 California (Friday, 9:30 p.m.
  • Texas Tech at No. 6 Oklahoma (11 a.m.)
  • Northwestern at No. 8 Wisconsin (11 a.m.)
  • Middle Tennessee at No. 14 Iowa (11 a.m.)
  • Rutgers at No. 20 Michigan (11 a.m.)
  • No. 23 Texas A&M at Arkansas (11 a.m.)
  • No. 1 Clemson at North Carolina (2:30 p.m.)
  • Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 21 USC at No. 17 Washington (2:30 p.m.)
  • Indiana at No. 25 Michigan State (2:30 p.m.)
  • Towson at No. 8 Florida (3 p.m.)
  • Mississippi State at No. 7 Auburn (6 p.m.)
  • Connecticut at No. 22 UCF (6 p.m.)
  • No. 24 Kansas State at Oklahoma State (6 p.m.)
  • No. 5 Ohio State at Nebraska (6:30 p.m.)
  • Washington State at No. 19 Utah (9 p.m.)

Notable Numbers
1 – Michigan has played 10 Top-10 teams in Jim Harbaugh’s tenure as head coach. The Wolverines have a 1-9 record in those games following a 35-14 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

5 – Texas’ win over Oklahoma State on Saturday snapped a five-game losing streak in Austin for the Longhorns against the Cowboys. It also snapped an overall four-game losing streak to OSU.

17 – Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa have both passed for 17 touchdowns in four games this year. Burrow notched a school-record six in LSU’s win over Vanderbilt on Saturday while Tagovailoa had his second 5-TDS game of the year in a blowout of Southern Miss. The pair are tied for second in the nation in TD passes behind only Anthony Gordon from Washington State who threw NINE TDs in a loss to UCLA as he now has 21 on the year.

22 – Cal linebacker Evan Weaver had 23 tackles, including the game-clinch stop on the goal line in the final seconds of the Bears’ win over Ole Miss. The 22 tackles are the most against an SEC opponent in at least 15 years according to ESPN Stats & Information. Weaver leads the nation with 63 tackles – second-place is 47 takedowns.

50 – UCLA scored 42 points in its first three games combined. The Bruins scored 50 second-half points on route to a total of 67 in their miraculous comeback victory over Washington State on Saturday. Note from The Athletic’s Chris Vaninni.

90 – UCLA’s Demetric Felton scored on a 100-yard kick return and on a 94-yard reception in UCLA’s amazing 67-63 win over Washington State. No other player in the past 15 years has had two 90-yard plays in one SEASON.

231 – LSU’s 231 points are the most points by a team through four games in SEC history.

714 – Iowa State set school records for total yards (714), second-half points (45) and total points against an FBS team (72) in its 72-20 win over UL Monroe and quarterback Brock Purdy set a school record with 510 yards while tying the school mark with six total touchdowns. Another credit to Chris Vannini.