College Football Update, September 30, 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

  • Tua, Smith lead No. 2 Alabama to 59-31 rout of Ole Miss
  • Nix helps No. 7 Auburn rout Mississippi State 56-23
  • Trask, No. 9 Florida handle FCS’s Towson in Swamp, 38-0
  • Mond throws 3 TDs as No. 23 Texas A&M beats Arkansas 31-27
  • Defense, Dowdle lead South Carolina to 24-7 win over Kentucky
  • Vaughn, Neal lead Vanderbilt over Northern Illinois 24-18

SEC Players of the Week
Alabama’s DeVonta Smith was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after catching 11 passes for 274 yards and five touchdowns in a 59-31 league victory over Ole Miss. His five touchdowns tied the SEC single-game record and his 274 yards rank sixth in SEC annals. Defensively, South Carolina’s D.J. Wonnum collected Player of the Week honors for the conference. In an impressive 24-7 win over Kentucky, the senior defensive end was credited with five tackles, a career-high three sacks, a forced fumble and as quarterback hurry.


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)
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): Oklahoma vs. LSU (Oklahoma replaces Texas)
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): Georgia vs. Texas (no change)
All-American (Stewart Mandel): Texas vs. Alabama (no change)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Georgia vs. Texas (no change)
The Stadium (Brett McMurphy): Texas vs. LSU (no change)
Sports Illustrated (Michael Shapiro): Oklahoma vs. Georgia (no change)
USA Today (Erick Smith): Texas vs. Georgia (no change)
Athlon (Steve Lassan): LSU vs. Oklahoma


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.

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Shane Buechele, SMU (21-of-25, 226 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 96.9)
Buechele, who adds a rushing touchdown, keys a 48-21 road win over USF in the Mustangs’ AAC opener which also lifts them to 5-0 for the first time since 1983.

Sean Clifford, Penn State (26-of-31, 398 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 98.6)
Clifford, who also runs for 54 yards and a touchdown, tallies his first career 300-yard game while leading the Nittany Lions to scores on their first four possessions as they roll to a 59-0 Big Ten road win over Maryland.

Layne Hatcher, Arkansas State (25-of-35, 440 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 69.8)
Hatcher, making his first career start, connects on a 92-yard touchdown pass on his first drive and then continues to roll as he leads the Red Wolves to a 50-43 Sun Belt road victory over Troy.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (17-of-24, 415 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 98.9)
Hurts, who also rushes for 70 yards and a touchdown, tallies his first career 400-yard passing game as the Sooners rolled to a 55-16 Big 12 win over Texas Tech.

Davis Mills, Stanford (18-of-25, 245 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.8)
Mills, who has career-bests in yards and touchdowns, throws for a first down and runs for another to set up the game-winning field goal with one second to go in a 31-28 Pac-12 road win over Oregon State to snap a three-game losing streak.

Tanner Morgan, Minnesota (21-of-22, 396 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.4)
Morgan was near-perfect as he set the Big Ten record for completion percentage while tallying his career-high in passing yards and touchdowns in a 38-31 Big Ten road win over Purdue.

Bo Nix, Auburn (16-of-21, 335 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.5)
Nix, who also rushes for 56 yards and a touchdown, records his first career 300-yard game as he leads the Tigers to a 56-23 SEC win over Mississippi State.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (26-of-36, 418 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.7)
Tagovailoa sets the school-record for touchdown passes while also rushing for a score (his 81st career TD, another school-record) as he helps the Crimson Tide erase their first deficit of the season as they cruise to a 59-31 SEC win over Ole Miss.

Big 12 Results

  • Hurts throws No. 6 Oklahoma past Texas Tech with ease, 55-16
  • Hubbard runs for 296 yards as Oklahoma State tops No. 24 Kansas State 26-13
  • Duggan leads TCU to easy win over Kansas 51-14
  • Baylor beats Iowa State 23-21 on FG after blowing 20-point lead

Big 12 Players of the Week
Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week recognition after rushing for 296 yards and a touchdown in a 26-13 win over No. 24 Kansas State. His third 200-yard effort of the year was highlighted by a career-long 84-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Baylor’s Clay Johnston was tabbed as the league’s Defensive Player of the Week after leading a Bear defense that held Iowa State scoreless through three quarters. He finished with 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles fore loss and a pair of pass breakups in a 23-21 victory.


Other Top 25 Results
AP Rankings, Sept. 22

  • No. 1 Clemson stops 2-pt conversion, escapes North Carolina 21-20
  • No. 5 Ohio State throttles Nebraska 48-7 behind Fields, defense
  • Taylor, defense lead No. 8 Wisconsin last Northwestern 24-15
  • Sack-happy No. 10 Notre Dame beats No. 18 Virginia 35-20
  • No. 12 Penn State rolls 59-0 in latest pummeling of Maryland
  • No. 14 Iowa throttles Middle Tennessee 48-3
  • No. 15 California loses quarterback and falls to Arizona State 24-17
  • Ahmed leads No. 17 Washington past No. 21 USC 28-14
  • Huntley leads No. 19 Utah past Washington State 38-13
  • Patterson’s 4 TDs help No. 20 Michigan rout Rutgers 52-0
  • Gabriel throws for 3 TDs, No. 22 UCF trounces UConn 56-21
  • No. 25 Michigan State outlasts Indiana 40-31

Top 25 Schedule
(Sept. 29 AP Rankings)

  • No. 18 UCF at Cincinnati (Friday, 7 p.m.)
  • Utah State at No. 4 LSU (11 a.m.)
  • No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas (11 a.m.)
  • Kent State at No. 8 Wisconsin (11 a.m.)
  • Purdue at No. 12 Penn State (11 a.m.)
  • No. 14 Iowa at No. 19 Michigan (11 a.m.)
  • No. 21 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (11 a.m.)
  • No. 7 Auburn at No. 10 Florida (2:30 p.m.)
  • Bowling Green at No. 9 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 11 Texas at West Virginia (2:30 p.m.)
  • No. 3 Georgia at Tennessee (6 p.m.)
  • No. 25 Michigan State at No. 4 Ohio State (6:30 p.m.)
  • Tulsa at No. 24 SMU (6:30 p.m.)
  • California at No. 13 Oregon (7 p.m.)
  • No. 15 Washington at Stanford (9:30 p.m.)
  • No. 16 Boise State at UNLV (9:30 p.m.)

Notable Numbers
6 – This year marks the first time since 1969 that the top six teams in the preseason AP poll remained the top six through September. There have been some changes amongst the six, but it remains the same six teams at the top of the poll. Note from Matt brown with The Athletic.

11 – Wake Forest broke into the AP Top 25 for the first time in 11 years. The undefeated Demon Deacons has not been ranked since October 18, 2008, which was the third-longest drought in the Power Five. Indiana (last ranked in 1994) and Purdue (2007) have the longest dry spells followed by Kansas (2009), Illinois (2011) and Rutgers (2012).

43.8 – Ohio State has defeated its first five opponents (Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami (Ohio) and Nebraska by an average margin of 43.8 points. They have outscored their foes by a total of 219 points this season. Stat from ESPN’s Bill Connelly.

75 – The No. 1 team in the country has dropped out of that slot after a win 75 times since the AP poll started in 1936. Clemson was the 75th team after dropping behind Alabama due to escaping unranked North Carolina for a 21-20 win on Saturday.

157 – Maryland had a pair of big wins to open the season, but this past weekend, they ran into a Penn State buzzsaw…again. The Terrapins have lost their last three games to the Nittany Lions by 157 points – 163-6.

274 – Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith had 11 catches for school records of 274 yards and five touchdowns. Tua Tagovailoa connected with Smith for a 74-yard TD strike just over a minute into the game. The duo connected for three more TDs in the first half and then added a fifth score in the second half. Smith is the sixth SEC receiver in history with 200 receiving yards and four TDs in a game – and he managed that in the first half.

900 – Both Notre Dame and Oklahoma won their 900th all-time football games on Saturday. They join Michigan (956), Ohio State (916), Texas (911), Alabama (910) and Nebraska (900) in the exclusive club.

938 – Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard has rushed for 938 yards in five games this season as the Cowboys have opened with a 4-1 record. Hubbard, who is from Alberta, Canada, ran 25 times for 296 yards in the Cowboys’ 26-13 win over No. 24 Kansas State. He has 284 more yards than any other player in the country (Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins is second with 654 yards).

1983 – SMU’s win over USF on Saturday improved the Mustangs to 5-0 on the season – it’s the first 5-0 start for the school since 1983.