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By: Jimbo X
The Associated Press? The USA Today's Coaches Poll? Whatever jibber-jabber is being puked out over at ESPN and Bleacher Report? Puh-leeze, we all know those alleged "Top 25" countdowns are pathetic jokes penned by homers, Power Five loyalists and Notre Dame nuthuggers. That's why I decided to release my own weekly rundown of the best FBS college football squads in the States, completely devoid of all the usual fanboyism and corporate malarkey that makes lists of the like elsewhere so unbelievably annoying.
Throughout the regular season, a new installment will go up every Wednesday morning, so you may want to bookmark this sucker for future reference ... and to show to all of your fellow NCAA football lovin' chums, so they can know that -- at least somewhere out in the tangled, endlessly frustrating World Wide Web -- there's someone on the Internet with some goddamn horse sense when it comes to ranking college 'ball teams.
Next Opponent: vs. Wake Forest
Deshaun Watson had another great game on Saturday, posting 360 yards and two TD passes - with an additional 105 rushing yards and a scrambling TD - in the Tigers' 37-27 win over Syracuse. Wideouts Charone Peak and Artavis Scott also posted big numbers, combing for a touchdown and almost 200 receiving yards, while Clemson's defense held the Orange to just 80 yards passing.
Ohio State (10-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Michigan State
J.T. Barrett was much more impressive on the ground then he was by the air in Saturday's 28-3 win over Illinois. After sitting out last week's game because of a DUI, the Buckeyes starter threw for 150 yards, a TD and an INT, posting an additional 74 rushing yards and a scrambling a score. Oh, and Ezekiel Elliot was as badass as ever, rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
Oklahoma State (10-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Baylor
The Cowboys survived a HUGE scare at the hands of Iowa State over the weekend. In Oklahoma State's woolly 35-31 comeback win, Mason Rudolph had ho-hum numbers (327 passing yards, but only one TD), so the team had to rely upon receivers Marcell Aterman and David Glidden (who combined for 217 yards and a touchdown) to seal this one. The team's defense proved very vulnerable to a potent running attack, as the Cyclones' underwhelming rushers still managed to chew up the field for 249 yards and three touchdowns.
Next Opponent: vs. Purdue
It was a nail-biter, but the Hawkeyes still pulled out the 40-35 win against Minnesota. C.J. Beathard has 213 yards and no TD passes in the contest, but he did manage to scramble 50 yards on 10 rushes for two touchdowns on the ground. Then there was the impressive work of running back LeShun Daniels, Jr., who had 195 yards and three touchdowns on the day. Still, the Gophers managed to put up some considerable yardage in the air, with a final 301 tally.
Next Opponent: vs. Connecticut
The Cougars managed to hold off Memphis in a 35-34 thriller to remain unbeaten over the weekend. QB Kyle Postma had 236 yard passing with a touchdown, with another 49 yards and a score on the ground. Clearly, this Houston team is able to do a whole lot more with its run game than its passing attack; they managed to produce four touchdowns on 96 rushing yards, while they could only muster one TD with 296 receiving yards.
Next Opponent: vs. Charleston Southern
'Bama smashed Mississippi State on Saturday, clobbering the hapless Bulldogs 31-6. Jake Coker didn't do much and he really didn't have to, as Derrick Henry rumbled for two touchdowns and 204 yards on the day. And while Mississippi State may have gotten about 300 (largely fruitless) yards by air, the Tide shut down their run defense, allowing just 89 rushing yards during the affair.
Note Dame (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Boston College
Although DeShone Kizer threw no touchdown passes in the Irish's 28-7 victory over Wake Forest, he was still able to run for two scores. The hero of the day for Notre Dame, however, had to have been halfback Josh Adams, he finished the game with 141 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Defensively, the team did all right against the run (limiting WF to 121 yards) but they really gave up a lot of needless yards in the air, as the Demon Deacons lobbed the ball 219 yards, when the Irish themselves could only post 111 in the air.
Next Opponent: vs. TCU
Baker Mayfield made a strong case for a Heisman in the Sooners' 44-34 victory over the previously undefeated Baylor Bears. Chucking the rock 271 yards for three touchdowns, he also managed to accumulate another 76 yards and post another end zone visit with his feet. A truly comprehensive offensive showing, receiver Sterling Shepherd had two touchdowns and 177 yards, while underrated back Samaje Perin had two touchdowns of his own and 166 yards.
Next Opponent: vs. Florida Atlantic
The Gators looked a lot better in their 24-14 win over South Carolina than they did in their lackluster bid against Vanderbilt two weeks back. Florida's D was downright stellar, holding the Cocks (huh, huh) to just 180 receiving yards and only 21 rushing. Alas, the Gators offense also looked sluggish; with 256 receiving yards, the squad only had one aerial touchdown, while the run game wrapped up with a fairly low 148 yards - albeit, with two touchdowns.
North Carolina (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Virginia Tech
Marquise Williams' 189-yard passing day was EASILY offset by his scrambling performance, which saw him rack up three touchdowns and 101 yards on 13 rushes in the Tar Heels' 59-21 win over the dumpster fire known as the Miami Hurricanes. By the time the final whistle sounded, UNC had 298 rushing yards and SIX touchdowns on the ground, with talented-but-unheralded back Elijah Hood leading the pack with 132 yards and a solo TD.
Next Opponent: vs. Oklahoma
The Horned Frogs rebounded from their first loss of the season by handing Kansas their 10th "L" of the year in Saturday's 23-17 victory. TCU's run game certainly kept them in this much closer than-expected contest; while their opponents could only chalk up 121 yards on the ground, the Horned Frogs produced 279 rushing yards - with back Aaron Green responsible for 177 of them.
Next Opponent: vs. Oklahoma State
The Bears fell from the ranks of ranks of the unbeaten following their 44-34 loss to the Sooners on Saturday night. Backup QB Jarret Stidham broke even on with two touchdowns and two INTs a piece, as Shock Linnwood collected 103 yards - but no touchdowns - on 21 carries. Baylor's secondary, however, just didn't have an answer to Oklahoma's potent aerial attack, as their foes wrapped up the game with 270 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Michigan State (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Ohio State
Although the Spartans bested Maryland 24-7, the injury to starter Connor Cook is certainly a costly one. Back-up Tyler O'Connor hardly impressed with his one TD, 44-yard performance, but running back Gerlad Holmes did look marginally better with a solo score and 83 rushing yards. Without Michigan State's defense showing up - which produced threee INTs, including a pick-six - this one would have been WAY closer.
Next Opponent: vs. Tulsa
The Midshipmen crushed SMU 55-14 on Saturday, with quarterback Keenan Reynolds scoring four rushing tochdowns and racking up 137 yards on the ground. In total, Navy posted 403 yards and seven touchdowns on 65 carries; with rushing production like that, you can somewhat forgive the team's anemic 81 receiving yards.
Next Opponent: vs. Bowling Green State
The Rockets won a close one against Central Michigan, 28-23, on Saturday. QB Phillip Ely had two touchdown passes and 322 yards on the day, while back Kareem Hunt posted another two touchdowns and 113 yards on the ground. While Toledo let CMU post 349 yards in the air, at least they did a pretty good job of stopping the run; they held the team to 59 yards on just 20 carries.
Next Opponent: vs. Penn State
The Hoosiers gave the Wolverines everything they could handle and then some in Saturday's double overtime thriller. Still, Michigan managed to hang on and win the contest, 48-41, thanks in no small part to Jake Rudock's six touchdown passes. Give receiver Jehu Chesson some props, too; as Rudock's favorite target, he finished the contest with 207 yards and four touchdowns on 10 hauls.
Florida State (8-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Chattanooga
With nothing really to play for at this point, FSU refused to dial it in on Saturday, as they beat up NC State 34-17. With 138 yards and two touchdowns, Dalvin Cook had another impressive showing, while Sean Maguire, with 231 passing yards, two touchdowns and an INT, also looked pretty good. The same, however, cannot be said for backup QB Everett Golson; on nine passing attempts, he had 52 yards and two interceptions.
Next Opponent: vs. Northwestern
The Badgers had a bye this week, as they await divisional foes Northwestern in what should be a pretty good little match-up this weekend. QB Joel Stave has 10 touchdowns and eight INTs on the season, while star halfback Dare Ogunbowale has six touchdowns and 612 rushing yards thus far in the Badgers' 2015 campaign. They rank 64th in total offense with 399 yard per game, and third overall in total defense, allowing just 272 opponent yards per contest.
Next Opponent: vs. Temple
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Tigers on Saturday evening, as they blew a late lead and let AAC rivals Houston drop 21 points on 'em in the fourth quarter en route to an astounding 35-34 comeback win. Although Memphis managed to outyard Houston 212 to 96 on the ground, the Cougars were able to do much more with their shorter chunks of field; they produced four touchdowns on the ground, while Memphis could only muster tow rushing TDs.
Next Opponent: vs. Colorado
Stanford got stunned by Oregon on Saturday night, dropping a tough 38-36 contest to a subpar Ducks squad. Unless some REALLY crazy things happen between now and the first week of December, the loss pretty much puts the (singular) Cardinal out of the NCAA playoff picture; alas, maybe Christian McCaffrey and Kevin Hogan can still motivate themselves with some Pasadena fantasies in the waning weeks of the season?
Next Opponent: vs. Ole Miss
The Tigers 31-14 stomping at the hands of Arkansas certainly has to be one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far. The Razorbacks managed to hold Leonard Fournette to just 91 yards and a single TD, while QB Brandon Harris went 21 for 35 for 271 and a 1-1 TD-to-INT ratio split. The run defense absolutely crumbled during the contest, as LSU wound up letting Arkansas's less than top-tier rushing attack post 299 yards on the day.
Next Opponent: vs. UCLA
The Arizona WIldcats scored a big upset against Utah, besting the Utes 37-30 in double overtime. Although QB Travis Wilson had 219 yards and two touchdown passes and star HB Devontae Booker had 145 yards and a solo TD run, the defense just didn't have an answer for the Cats' aerial attack, which posted 302 yards and three touchdown passes en route to an extra innings victory.
Next Opponent: vs. Wisconsin
Purdue gave Northwestern a much closer game than they probably expected, but the Wildcats still walked out of Saturday's contest with the 21-14 win. Although Northwestern's passing stats were nothing to write home about, they did do a very good job pounding the rock; while their adversaries could only muster 73 rushing yards on 30 carries, the Wildcats were able to rack up 250 yards and three touchdown runs on 48 carries.
Appalachian State (8-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
The Mountaineers waxed the Vandals like a candle on Saturday, as their rushing attack dropped 401 yards against Idaho in their dominant 47-20 victory. Sure, the Spud State reps may have had more receiving yards overall, but Appalachian State was certainly more productive with their lesser yardage count, having produced four touchdowns on just 10 catches.
Next Opponent: vs. Memphis
When the Owls squared off against the South Florida Bulls on Saturday, they definitely got the horns; with 326 yards and three touchdowns, the USF run game absolutely gored Temple, as the Sunshine State squad bested the boys from Philly 44-23. Both QB and HB stars P.J. Walker and Jahad Thomas had days to forget; Walker wrapped up the game with 259 yards and a 1:1 TD-to-INT count, while Thomas walked off the field with just 65 yards and a single end zone visit.