College Football Update, September 4, 2018

The 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl 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 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl will be announced on Sunday, December 2 via an ESPN national telecast.

Big 12 Results
Cornelius throws 5 TDs in 1st start as Oklahoma St. rolls over Missouri St. 58-17.
Murray leads #7 Oklahoma past Florida Atlantic 63-14.
Robinson scores 5 TDs for #16 TCU in 55-7 win over Southern.
Grier leads #17 West Virginia past Tennessee 40-14.
Maryland stuns #23 Texas 34-29 for interim coach Canada.
Ta’amu, Phillips help Ole Miss over Texas Tech 47-27.
Fourcade leads Nicholls to 26-23 overtime win over Kansas.
Kansas State scores 2 late TDs, edges South Dakota 27-24.
Baylor ends 8-game home losing streak in 55-27 win over ACU.
Iowa State vs. Abilene Christian (cancelled due to weather).

Big 12 Players of the Week

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Bolton have been selected as the Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Grier completed 25 passes for 429 yards and a career-high five TDs in WVU’s 40-14 victory over Tennessee. The weekly honor is the second for Grier in his career. On Sunday, he was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week. In his first career start, OU’s Bolton notched a career-high six tackles and scored his first career TD with a recovered blocked punt against Florida Atlantic.

This Week’s Big 12 Schedule
#16 TCU @ SMU (Friday)
#18 Mississippi St. @ Kansas St.
UCLA @ #6 Oklahoma
Kansas @ Central Michigan
Lamar @ Texas Tech
Iowa State @ Iowa
Youngstown St. @ #14 W. Virginia
Baylor @ UTSA
Tulsa @ Texas
S. Alabama @ Oklahoma St.

Sugar Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2019

All-American (Stewart Mandel): TCU vs. Auburn (Auburn replaces Georgia)
Orlando Sentinel (Brant Parsons): Auburn vs. West Virginia (no change)
ESPN (Kyle Bonagura): Georgia vs. Oklahoma State (Oklahoma State replaces Texas)
ESPN (Mitch Sherman): West Virginia vs. Georgia (Oklahoma replaces West Virginia)
CBS Sports (Jerry Palm): Georgia vs. West Virginia (West Virginia replaces Texas)
247Sports (Brad Crawford): Oklahoma vs. Mississippi State (no change)
Saturday Down South (Jim Tomlin): Auburn vs. Oklahoma
College Football News (Pete Fiutak): West Virginia vs. Georgia (West Virginia replaces Oklahoma)
Sports Illustrated (Eric Single): Auburn vs. West Virginia

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 here to be redirected to Facebook for voting.

Eric Dungey, Syracuse (7-of-17, 184 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.1)
Dungey, who rushed for a school-QB-record 200 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries, led the Orange to a 55-42 road victory over Western Michigan.

Will Grier, West Virginia (25-of-34, 429 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.6)
Grier registers a career-high in passing yards while matching his best for TD passes as he leads the Mountaineers to a 40-14 victory over Tennessee.

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (22-of-30, 313 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Haskins, who sets school records for yards and TD passes in a first-time start, leads the Buckeyes to touchdowns on their first seven possessions in a 77-31 season-opening victory over Oregon State.

Cole McDonald, Hawaii (30-of-41, 428 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.9)
McDonald, making his second career start, leads the Rainbow Warrior offense to scores on its first five possessions, as it tallies 522 yards of offense in a 59-41 win over Navy.

McKenzie Milton, UCF (24-of-32, 346 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.2)
Milton, who also adds 50 rushing yards, tied his career-best for TD passes as the Knights extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games with a 56-17 AAC road win over Connecticut.

Steven Montez, Colorado (22-of-25, 338 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 94.3)
Montez tallies his fifth career 300-yard game while matching his career-best for TD passes, including an 89-yard TD hook-up, while connecting on his first 12 passes in a 45-13 road win over Colorado State.

Brett Rypien, Boise State (20-of-28, 305 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.5)
Rypien, who has thrown for more yards than any active FBS quarterback, tallies 276 yards and all four of his TDs in the first half as the Broncos jump to a 35-7 halftime advantage in a 56-20 road win over Troy.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (12-of-16, 227 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.8)
Tagovailoa, who also rushes for one score, makes his first career start and keys the Crimson Tide’s dominating 51-14 victory over Louisville.

SEC Results
Tagovailoa shines, #1 Alabama routs Louisville 51-14.
Fromm throws 2 TD passes as #3 Georgia routs Austin Peay 45-0.
#9 Auburn scores late, beats #6 Washington 21-16.
#18 Mississippi State tops SFA 63-6 in Moorhead’s debut.
#25 LSU off and running with 33-17 win over #8 Miami.
Grier leads #17 West Virginia past Tennessee 40-14.
Williams yards rushing as A&M routs Northwestern State 59-7.
Bentley throws 4 TDs, South Carolina beats Coastal Carolina 49-15.
Ta’amu, Phillips help Ole Miss over Texas Tech 47-27.
Kentucky overcomes 4 turnovers, beats Central Michigan 35-20.
Lock leads Missouri in 51-14 rout of UT Martin.
Storey shines off bench for Arkansas in 55-20 win over E. Illinois.
Florida gets Mullen era off to rousing start with 53-6 win over Charleston Southern.
Vanderbilt opens beating area rival Middle Tennessee 35-7.

SEC Players of the Week
Ole Miss rubbing back Scottie Phillips earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors while Auburn linebacker Darrell Williams and LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips shared defensive player recognition. Phillips rushed for 204 yards with two touchdowns in his debut for the Rebels in a 47-27 win over Texas Tech. LSU’s Phillips made his first career start and tallied seven tackles along with a 45-yard interception return touchdown in a 33-17 victory over No. 8 Miami. Williams had a career-high eight tackles in Auburn’s win over No. 6 Washington; he also had a key fumble recovery and a pass break-up to preserve the Tigers’ lead.

This Week’s SEC Schedule
#18 Mississippi St. @ Kansas St.
Nevada @ Vanderbilt
Arkansas St. @ #1 Alabama
#3 Georgia @ #24 South Carolina
Southern Illinois @ Ole Miss
East. Tenn. St. @ Tennessee
#2 Clemson @ Texas A&M
SE Louisiana @ #11 LSU
Wyoming @ Missouri
Alabama St. @ #7 Auburn
Arkansas @ Colorado State
Kentucky @ #25 Florida

Other Top 25 Results
#2 Clemson def. Furman 48-7
#4 Wisconsin def. W. Kentucky 34-3
#5 Ohio State def. Oregon State 77-31
#10 Penn State def. Ap State 45-38
#11 Michigan St. def. Utah State 38-31
#12 Notre Dame def. #14 Michigan 24-17
#13 Stanford def. SDSU 31-10
#15 USC def. UNLV 43-21
#20 Virginia Tech def. #19 Florida State, 24-3
#21 UCF def. UConn 56-17
#22 Boise State def. Troy 56-20
#24 Oregon def. Bowling Green 58-24

This Week’s Other Top 25 Games
William & Mary @ #12 Va. Tech
Portland St. @ #23 Oregon
Rutgers @ #4 Ohio State
Ball State @ #8 Notre Dame
N. Dakota @ #9 Washington
Savannah St. @ #22 Miami
SC St. @ #19 UCF
#13 Penn State @ Pittsburgh
#17 USC @ #10 Stanford
UConn @ #20 Boise State
#15 Michigan St. @ Arizona St.

Did You See This?
3 – Touchdowns for Maryland true freshman Jeshaun Jones. Listed as a wide receiver, Jones opened the scoring with a 28-yard run on a sweep, then he scored the Terrapins’ second TD with a 65-yard reception. He closed his day out by throwing a 20-yard TD pass.

9 – Alabama has won all nine of its neutral site season-openers under the guidance of head coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide rolled to a 51-14 win over Louisville in Saturday’s season opener in Orlando. The Tide hasn’t just won either, they have dominated, as each game was decided by 10 or more points including five wins by 24 or more points.

18 – Tulane retired the number 18 across all sports to honor Devon Walker, the former Green Wave safety who was paralyzed in a 2012 game. The ceremony was held before Tulane’s opener against Wake Forest on Thursday.

32 – Mount Union has now won an NCAA-best 32 consecutive home openers.

473 – Mississippi State quarterback Kaytaon Thompson recorded 473 yards of offense (364 passing, 109 rushing) in a blowout of FCS Stephen F. Austin. Thompson is a former Landry-Walker star who was the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Year for 2016-17.

2,000 – The seating capacity at Division II Assumption College’s football stadium. That’s where current LSU kicker Cole Tracy spent his first three seasons. After an impressive junior season in Division II, Tracy used his graduate-transfer option to enroll at LSU. His first game was played in front of more than 68,000 people at AT&T Stadium – the big crowd didn’t seem to phase Tracy as he connected on all four of his field-goal attempts, including as career-long 54-yarder, and all three of his PATs.