Tuesday, October 8, 2019

2019 NCAA Football Top 25 Rankings (Week Six)

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By: Jimbo X

Let’s face it — the Associated Press and USA Today don’t know what the hell they’re talking about when it comes to college football, which is why their Top 25 rankings are always such dogshit. Thankfully, we here at The Internet Is In America take our collegiate pigskin far more seriously, which is why we’re giving you our own unbiased, impartial, 100 percent objective NCAA Top 25 rankings each and every week this college ball season. Trust us, there’s no reason to scope out ESPN or Bleacher Report this fall … ‘cause when it comes to football on Saturday, ain’t nobody anywhere gonna’ give it to ‘ya as straight as TIIIA will, and that’s a guarantee

#001
Clemson (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Florida State (Oct. 12)

The reigning, defending NCAA Champions had a bye over Week Six and are set to return to action with a home tilt against the Seminoles on Saturday. At this point in the season, perhaps the biggest surprise in ALL of college football has been Trevor Lawrence’s shockingly low production numbers. Just five games into the season, he only has eight touchdowns and 1,131 yards through the air, with a completion percentage of 61.8. Based on that metric and that metric alone, T.L. is currently ranked No. 184 in the country, meaning — statistically-speaking — Nick Starkel, Josh Love and Tommy DeVito have been more accurate passers in 2019 than the NCAA’s undisputed golden boy.

#002
Alabama (5-0)
Next Opponent: at Texas A&M (Oct. 12)

The Crimson Tide had a bye this past weekend and will return to the gridiron this Saturday for a potential trap game, on the road, at Texas A&M. Unsurprisingly, when it comes to offense, Alabama is undeniably one of the best units in the country. Posting 555 yards a game, they currently possess the No.3 offense in the country, while on defense — having allowed 325 yards per contest after five games — the team is ranked No. 35 overall in D-1 college ball.

#003
Georgia (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. South Carolina (Oct. 12)

In a 43-14 throttling of Tennessee, Jake Fromm went 24 for 29 for 288 yards and two TD strikes. D’Andre Swift hauled in for passes for 72 yards, while top back Brian Herrien concluded the contest with 88 yards and one end zone visit on 11 carries. Speaking of Swift, he also had 72 yards on the ground, with an additional rushing touchdown to complement his aerial production. But on defense, shouldn’t we be just a LITTLE concerned that the Dogs’ secondary let BRIAN MAURER collect 259 yards through the air? 

#004
Ohio State (6-0)
Next Opponent: at Northwestern (Oct. 18)

In Saturday’s 34-10 win over Michigan State, Justin Field went 17 for 25 for 206 yards, two TD passes and one INT, then he ran the rock for another 61 yards and one more score. The Buckeyes’ most productive back, J.K. Dobbins, wrapped up the affair with 172 yards and one TD on 24 carries; meanwhile, Ohio State’s D held Michigan State to just 67 yards on the ground, although their secondary did let Brian Lewerke (218 yards, one TD and one INT) get perhaps a little bit too much aerial production.

#005
Oklahoma (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Texas (Oct. 12)

Jalen Hurts went 16 for 24 for 228 yards, two TD passes and one interception in the Sooners’ 45-20 win over Kansas Saturday, in a game that also saw the former Alabama QB collect 56 yards and two more touchdowns with his cleats. Speaking of rushing, Oklahoma’s Rhamondre Stevenson had a pretty damn good game over the weekend, finishing the contest with 109 yards and one end zone trip on five carries; right behind him on the stats sheets is Trey Sermon, who wrapped up the outing with 71 yards and one score on 11 carries. 

#006
LSU (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Florida (Oct. 12)

At the final horn, LSU QB Joe Burrow had SIX touchdowns in the Tigers’ 42-6 thrashing of Utah State. Not only did Burrow rack up 344 yards and five scores through the air, he also ran the rock 10 times for 42 yards and one extra end zone visitation. And, as the score indicates, the Tigers’ D played very, very well against the hapless Aggies; they held Utah State to 140 yards passing and just 19 yards on the ground.

#007
Wisconsin (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Michigan State (Oct. 12)

Wisconsin’s 48-0 victory was the worst massacre Kent State has seen since … oh, never mind. The Badgers’ D held the Golden Flashes to just 64 yards passing and 60 passing, as Wisconsin’s Jack Coan wrapped up the game 12 for 15 for 134 yards and two passing touchdowns. Meanwhile, Jonathan Taylor bolstered his already impressive Heismann resume with a FOUR touchdown performance, ultimately wrapping up the effortless win with 186 yards and 19 carries on the ground.

#008
Florida (6-0)
Next Opponent: at LSU (Oct. 12)

Kyle Trask toughed it out through injury en route to Florida’s 24-13 win over Auburn, ultimately notching up 234 yards and two touchdowns on 19 completions Saturday. Doing his part to keep the offense rolling when the passing game wasn’t cutting it was Lamical Perine, who ended the game with 130 yards and one rushing TD on 14 carries. And, defensively, the Gators looked plum great, holding the Tigers to 145 yards passing and just 124 rushing.

#009
Penn State (5-0)
Next Opponent: at Iowa (Oct. 12)

The Penn State Nittany Diddlers manhandled Purdue like they were LITERAL children on Saturday, metaphorically molesting the Boilermakers 35-7. Sean Clifford went 20 for 29 for 264 yards and three TD passes in the win, while top back Noah Cain concluded the contest with 105 yards and one end zone visit on 12 carries. And on defense, not only did Penn State crush Purdue’s rushing game, they literally banished it into the Phantom Zone, holding the Boilermakers to an absurd NEGATIVE 19 yards on the ground.

#010
Boise State (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Hawai'i (Oct. 12)

The Blue Turfers had no problems surmounting the UNLV Rebels over the weekend, besting them 38-13 on the road. Hank Bachmeier went 19 for 30 for 299 yards in the contest, concluding the outing with two touchdown passes — one each to Khalil Shakir (111 yards, seven catches) and John Hightower (105 yards, four catches.) Still, the pass defense looked awfully suspect, allowing Kenyon Oblad — who, if I am not mistaken, didn’t learn how to throw a spiral until last week — to light them up for 262 yards and two passing scores. 

#011
Wake Forest (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Louisville (Oct. 12)

Wake Forest certainly has to be one of the most surprising teams in college football this year. Very few expected the Demon Deacons to start 2019’s campaign 5-0, and I’d *love* to see how many people would’ve anticipated WF having a top-ten ranked offense in terms of yards per game production. In fact, in terms of total offensive yardage they’re ranked No. 16, above such SEC titans as Georgia and Florida. Of course, they’re defense hasn’t exactly been stellar thus far; allowing an average of 393 yards per game, WF currently possesses Division I ball’s 70th-ranked D.

#012
Memphis (5-0)
Next Opponent: at Temple (Oct. 12)

Memphis made short work of the UL-Monroe Warhawks over the weekend, besting them 52-33 on the road. Brady White concluded the contest with 249 yards and one touchdown on 15 completions, while top back Kenneth Gainwill wrapped up the victory with 209 yards and two scores on 14 carries. Of course, I’ll let you make what you will about the Tigers’ defense, which let the Warhawks collect 256 on the ground and actually outproduce them in the air with 319 passing yards …

#013
SMU (6-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Temple (Oct. 19)

The Mustangs’ miracle run continued over the weekend with what may very well be the most entertaining college football game of the season thus far. SMU prevailed over Tulsa 43-37 in TRIPLE OVERTIME play, in a game that saw Shane Buechele seal the deal via a 25-yard touchdown strike to James Proche. Buechele ultimately concluded the contest with 280 yards and two TD passes on 23 completions, with Proche finishing the outing with 153 yards and two scores on 11 receptions. But don’t forget SMU’s potent rushing attack either, which saw Xavier Jones gash the Golden Hurricane (it’s singular, not plural, I double-checked) for 121 yards and two end zone visits on 26 carries.

#014
Baylor (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Texas Tech (Oct. 12)

Yep, Baylor remains one of the unlikelier unbeaten in Division I ball following Saturday’s 31-12 win over Kansas State. Quarterback Charlie Brewer went 14 for 23 for 230 yards and one TD pass in the win, with Tyquan Thornton leading the Golden Bears with 92 receiving yards and one score on four receptions. Anchoring Baylor’s rushing attack was John Lovett, who had two end zone trips and 74 yards on seven carries — although, statistically-speaking, JaMycal Hasty had an even better day on the ground, with 87 yards collected off eight runs. 

#015
Minnesota (5-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Nebraska (Oct. 12)

The Golden Gophers are 5-0 following Saturday’s 40-17 win over Illinois. Quarterback Tanner Morgan went 9 for 17 for 155 yards and three touchdown passes in the victory, but really, it was Minnesota’s rushing attack that made the most difference here. Rodney Smith wrapped up the outing with 211 yards and one score on 24 carries, with Shannon Brooks recording another score, plus another 111 yards on 16 carries. And give the Golden Gophers’ D some credit, too, considering they held the Fighting Illini to just 157 passing and a mere 91 yards running the rock.

#016
Appalachian State (4-0)
Next Opponent: at Louisiana-Lafayette (Oct. 09)

The Mountaineers had a bye over the weekend and will return to play Wednesday night for a contest against the Ragin’ Cajuns — which, to me, has always sounded kinda’ like a quasi-insensitive ethno-racial slur, but hey, what do I know? Four games into the season, App State has D-I college ball’s 55th-ranked offense, averaging 429 yards a game while on defense — having allowed an average of 420 yards per game — they are ranked No. 94 overall. And, in case you were wondering, quarterback Zac Thomas has 802 passing yards thus far in the season, including seven TD passes and just two interceptions. And, with a 71.9 percent completion rate, we must remind you that, mathematically-speaking, he is currently a more accurate passer than Trevor Lawrence.

#017
Auburn (5-1)
Next Opponent: at Arkansas (Oct. 19)

Bo Nix tasted defeat for the first time as a college starter Saturday, as Auburn succumbed to Florida 24-13. The true freshman had a day to forget, going 11 for 27 for 145 yards, one touchdown and THREE interceptions, ultimately giving him a quarterback rating of just 6.6. Still, there were some glimmer soft hope on offense for the Tigers; top receiver Seth Williams had a fair showing with 79 yards and one score on four catches, while top running back JaTarvious Whitlow finished the game with 81 yards on 18 carries. 

#018
Texas (4-1)
Next Opponent: at Oklahoma (Oct. 12)

Sam Ehlinger went 18 for 33 for two touchdown passes and one interception in Texas’ 42-31 win over West Virginia 31 Saturday, concluding the victory with 211 passing yards. Sam also recorded two rushing touchdowns, ultimately wrapping up the affair with 45 yards on nine carries. And while we’re on the subject of rushing, running back Roschon Johnson looked pretty good for the orange and white, finishing the game with 121 yards (albeit, with no touchdowns) on 21 touches.

#019
Oregon (4-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Colorado (Oct. 11)

Oregon gained some pivotal PAC-12 ground with Saturday’s 17-7 win over Cal. Justin Herbert went 20 for 33 for 214 yards in the victory, concluding the contest with one TD and one INT. Jacob Breeland finished the game with 87 yards on five receptions, while top back Travis Dye concluded the contest with 81 yards on 15 touches. Defensively, the Ducks pretty much neutered the Bears, holding Devon Modster to 190 yards and picking him off twice; and on the ground, Oregon kept Cal stagnant with just 66 yards of total rushing production all day long. 

#020
Notre Dame (4-1)
Next Opponent: vs. USC (Oct. 12)

The Irish ran roughshod over Bowling Green on Saturday, throttling the Falcons 52-0 at home. Ian Book finished the game with just FIVE touchdown passes on 16 completions for a grand total of 261 passing yards. Javon McKinley finished the game with 104 yards and one TD on five receptions, while Tony Jones, Jr. ended the outing with 102 yards on seven carries. Meanwhile, the D held BG to just 110 yards passing, while the best Bowling Green could muster on the ground was 118 yards, sans any visits to Notre Dame’s end zone whatsoever.

#021
Michigan (4-1)
Next Opponent: at Illinois (Oct. 12)

In a defensive stalemate, Michigan ultimately triumphed over Iowa 10-3 Saturday. Shea Patterson went 14 for 26 for 147 yards, no TDs and one INT in the victory, with running back Zach Carbonnet finishing the game with 42 yards and one score on 13 carries. The Wolverines’ defense was really a tale of two units; while they nonetheless looked brilliant holding Iowa to just A yard of rushing production, their secondary also let Nate Stanley — who, let’s face it, ain’t exactly Randall Cunningham — collect 260 aerial yards on the day.

#022
Iowa (4-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Penn State (Oct. 12)

Saturday’s 10-3 loss to Michigan certainly stings, but the defeat probably doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world for Iowa (although, unless some really freaky things happen between now and December, it probably DID spell the ends of their already-unlikely National Championship aspirations.) Nate Stanley was intercepted three times by the Wolverines, but somehow, that’s not the most awe-inspiringly awful stat of the day for the Hawkeyes’ QB. He also got sacked EIGHT TIMES on the day, for a combined NEGATIVE 65 yards — a sum high enough to, statistically, roll Iowa’s total rushing production for the afternoon to just ONE positive yard.

#023
Virginia (4-1)
Next Opponent: at Miami, FL (Oct. 11)

The Cavaliers had a bye over the weekend and return to action against Miami of Florida this weekend. Five games into the 2019 campaign, Virginia is ranked No. 99 in the land in terms of total offense (1,818 yards) but is the No. 10 ranked defense in Division I football, having allowed opposing teams  just 1,377 yards against them so far this season. Oh, and defensively, they rank No. 10 overall in yards allowed per game, No. 15 in rushing yards allowed per game and No. 20 in passing yards allowed per game. Just so you knew.

#024
Arizona (4-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Washington (Oct. 12)

The Wildcats survived a tough one against Colorado over the weekend, but they nonetheless prevailed in the tough road test with a 35-30 victory. Khalil Tate went 31 for 41 for 404 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, with top receiver Cedric Peterson ending the contest with 99 yards and one TD on three receptions. And while Arizona didn’t get a whole lot of yardage on the ground with a finally rushing tally of 83 yards, Nathan Tilford made sure they got the most out of it, as he notched up two scores and 23 yards on five carries. 

#025
Utah (4-1)
Next Opponent: at Oregon State (Oct. 12)

The Utes sat on the sidelines this past weekend, yet return to PAC-12 contention this Saturday with a road test against Oregon State. Five games into the season, Utah’s offense is ranked No. 101 in Division I ball in terms of yards per game, but when it comes to D, they’re doing substantially better. Allowing just 282 yards per game on average, Utah currently possesses the country’s No. 14 ranked defense — indeed, allowing just 53.8 yards per game on the ground, they also have the nation’s fourth best run defense, overall.

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