College Football Update, September 3, 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 leads No. 2 Alabama to 42-3 rout of Duke
  • No. 3 Georgia routs Vanderbilt 30-6 in rare SEC road opener
  • Burrow throws for 5 TDs, No. 6 LSU beats Georgia Southern 55-3
  • Inconsistent Franks, No. 8 Florida rally to beat Miami 24-20 (8/24)
  • Mond’s 4 TDs lead No. 12 Texas A&M over Texas State 41-7
  • Freshman Nix rallies No. 16 Auburn for 27-21 win over No. 11 Ducks
  • Wilson’s 2 touchdown passes lead Kentucky past Toledo 38-24
  • Taylor’s running, Huff’s safety help Memphis beat Ole Miss 15-10
  • Stevens leads Mississippi State past ULL 38-28
  • North Carolina defeats South Carolina, 24-20, in Mack Brown’s return
  • Tennessee stunned as Georgia State rallies for 38-30 win
  • Arkansas holds off Portland State 20-13
  • Wyoming upsets Missouri 37-31 behind Chambers, Valladay

SEC Players of the Week
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa shared SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors this week. The two QBs were also selected as Manning Award Stars of the Week. Burrow completed 23-of-27 passes and tied a school record with five touchdown passes in a 55-3 win over Georgia Southern. Tagovailoa, meanwhile, was 26-of-31 for 336 yards and four scores in a 42-3 win over Duke. Defensively, Auburn defensive back Jeremiah Dinson earned Player of the Week honors after registering a team-high 13 tackles in the thrilling 27-21 win over No. 11 Oregon.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2020

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

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.


Hank Bachmeier, Boise State (30-of-51, 407 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 74.1)
Bachmeier, a redshirt freshman, completed 8-of-12 passes for 136 yards on third down as he helped the Broncos erase a 31-13 deficit in a 36-31 win over Florida State on the road.

Joe Burrow, LSU (23-of-27, 278 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.6)
Burrow, seeing just over one-half of action, tied the school record with his five touchdown passes (all in the first half) as the Tigers rolled to a 55-3 win over Georgia Southern.

Justin Fields, Ohio State (18-of-25, 234 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.8)
Fields, who also runs for a 51-yard score on the first drive of his Ohio State career, leads the Buckeyes to 28 first-quarter points as they cruise to a 45-21 win over FAU.

Mike Glass III, Eastern Michigan (20-of-22, 188 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.4)
Glass, who also rushed for a touchdown, led the Eagles to scores on their first three second-half possessions as they went on the road to defeat Coastal Carolina, 30-23.

Anthony Gordon, Washington State (29-of-35, 420 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.6)
Gordon, making his first career start, completed his first 15 passes and added three TD strikes of over 40 yards as the Cougars rolled to a 58-7 win over New Mexico State.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (20-of-23, 332 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.7)
Hurts also runs for 176 yards (second-most in school history for a QB) and three touchdowns to finish with 508 yards of offense as the Sooners topped Houston, 49-31.

Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State (19-of-24, 203 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Sanders, the first freshman to start the season-opener for Oklahoma State since 2012, was near flawless as the Cowboys went on the road to beat Oregon State, 52-36.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (26-of-31, 336 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.9)
In less than three quarters of action, Tagovailoa tallied his seventh career 300-yard game as well as his seventh four-TD game in a 42-3 blowout of Duke.

Big 12 Results

  • Hurts has 6 TDs as No. 4 Oklahoma beats Houston 49-31
  • Ehlinger’s 4 TD passes lead No. 10 Texas over Louisiana Tech 45-14
  • No. 21 Iowa State survives Northern Iowa in 3 OTs, 29-26
  • Oklahoma State opens with 52-36 road victory over Oregon State
  • Kansas rallies to beat Indiana State 24-17 in Miles’ debut
  • Kendall tosses 2 TDs, West Virginia tops James Madison 20-13
  • Bowman leas Texas Tech past Montana State 45-10
  • Brewer, Baylor go up big early, beat Stephen F. Austin 56-17
  • Kansas State rolls Nicholls 49-14 in Klieman’s coaching debut
  • Big second half helps TCU beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 39-7

Big 12 Players of the Week
Big 12 newcomer Jalen Hurts is the league’s Offensive Player of the Week for the first week of the season. Hurts made his debut for Oklahoma and accounted for 508 total yards and six touchdowns (three passing and three rushing) in am impressive 49-31 win over Houston. On the defensive side of the ball, the Big 12 recognized TCU linebacker Garret Wallow, who registered a team-best 13 tackles, including 3.5 for loss in a 39-7 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Other Top 25 Results
AP Preseason Rankings

  • Etienne’s 3 TDs lead No. 1 Clemson past Georgia Tech 52-14
  • Justin Fields debuts with big day as No. 5 Ohio State rolls over FAU 45-21
  • Sluggish No. 7 Michigan beats Middle Tennessee 40-21
  • No. 9 Notre Dame pulls away from Louisville 35-17
  • Eason throws for 4 TDs, No. 13 Washington rolls over Eastern Washington 47-14
  • Moss runs for TD, No. 14 Utah beats BYU 30-12 in opener
  • Clifford and defense star as No. 15 Penn State hammers Idaho 79-7
  • Wimbush, Gabriel shine, No. 17 UCF trounces Florida A&M 62-0
  • No. 18 Michigan State shuts down Tulsa in 28-7 win
  • Taylor scores 4 TDs, No. 19 Wisconsin routs USF 49-0
  • Stanley, Sargent lead No. 20 Iowa past Miami (Ohio) 38-14
  • No. 22 Syracuse top Liberty and new head coach Hugh Freeze 24-0
  • Gordon shines as No. 23 Washington State rolls to 58-7 win over New Mexico State
  • No. 24 Nebraska turns to defense to put away South Alabama 35-21
  • No. 25 Stanford tops Northwestern 17-7 but Costello suffers injury

Top 25 Schedule
(Sept. 3 AP Rankings)

Marshall at No. 24 Boise State (Friday, 8 pm)
Cincinnati at No. 5 Ohio State (11 am)
Army at No. 7 Michigan (11 am)
Rutgers at No. 20 Iowa (11 am)
No. 21 Syracuse at Maryland (11 am)
Northern Illinois at No. 13 Utah (12 pm)
No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 1 Clemson (2:30 pm)
Central Michigan at No. 17 Wisconsin (2:30 pm)
No. 25 Nebraska at Colorado (2:30 pm)
New Mexico State at No. 2 Alabama (3 pm)
Murray State at No. 3 Georgia (3 pm)
Northern Colorado at No. 22 Washington State (4 pm)
South Dakota State at No. 4 Oklahoma (6 pm)
No. 18 UCF at Florida Atlantic (6 pm)
No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas (6:30 pm)
Tulane at No. 10 Auburn (6:30 pm)
UT Martin at No. 11 Florida (6:30 pm)
Buffalo at No. 15 Penn State (6:30 pm)
Nevada at No. 16 Oregon (6:30 pm)
Western Michigan at No. 19 Michigan State (6:30 pm)
California at No. 14 Washington (9:30 pm)
No. 23 Stanford at USC (9:30 pm)

Notable Numbers
3 – Texas A&M will play the top three teams in the AP preseason poll this season. The Aggies play No. 1 Clemson this weekend and then play No. 2 Alabama on October 12 and No. 3 Georgia on November 23.

4 – The Big 12 has four first-year head coaches this year: Les Miles (Kansas), Chris Kleiman (Kansas State), Matt Wells (Texas Tech), and Neal Brown (West Virginia). The SEC, meanwhile, returns all of its coaches from 2018. Overall at the FBS level, 27 teams changed coaches in the offseason.

7 – From Dennis Dodd with CBS Sports, there are seven schools that will be favored in every regular-season game this year: Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Washington and Memphis.

10 – Following Auburn’s thrilling comeback win over Oregon, ranked SEC teams have now won 10 straight games over Pac-12 foes.

11 – Georgia State was 0-11 all-time against Power 5 opponents until the 25-point underdogs shocked Tennessee on Saturday. It was the Vols’ first home-opening loss since 1983.

27 – UCF has now scored 30 or more points in 27 straight games, the longest streak in the AP poll era (since 1936).

90 – Louisiana product Travis Etienne matched the longest TD run in Clemson history with a 90-yard dash was in the Tigers’ win over Georgia Tech. He finished with a career-best 205 yards.

143 – This will be the longest college football season in history. With the opener being played on August 24 and the CFP Championship in New Orleans scheduled for January 13, fans get 143 days of college football.