Tuesday, November 5, 2019

2019 NCAA Football Top 25 Rankings (Week Ten)

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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 (9-0)
Next Opponent: at NC State (Nov. 09)

Another Saturday, another ass-whompin’ by the Tigers. Trevor Lawrence went 13 for 16 for 218 yards and three touchdown passes (in addition to one rushing score) en route to clobbering the Wofford Terriers to the tune of 59-14. Top ‘back Travis Etienne had another great showing, concluding the contest with 212 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Meanwhile, top targets Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers exited the contest with 145 combined yards and two TDs on just seven receptions.

#002
Alabama (8-0)
Next Opponent: vs. LSU (Nov. 09)

Well, needless to say, this Saturday’s SEC clash between Bama and LSU is a big one. It’s a rare regular season AP No. 1 vs. AP No. 2 matchup, and yeah, it has all the makings of a southern-fried pigskin classic. One has to imagine whoever wins this one is the heavy favorite to win the SEC West, although if I was Nick Sabin, I wouldn’t be looking too far into the future. Lest the houndstooth-clad forget, there’s still a mighty-fine Auburn team awaiting this squad at the Iron Bowl come Nov. 30, and even if the Tide prevail this Saturday, that one still has “trap-game” written all over it. 

#003
Ohio State (8-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Maryland (Nov. 09)

Two things are certain regarding this Buckeyes’ team. First, with Maryland and Rutgers on the schedule, Ohio State ought to win their next two games, and they ought to win them by a whole bunch. Where things get interesting, though is the final two game stretch, where OSU hosts what very well could be a still-undefeated Penn State team at home before closing out the season with a VERY trappy looking game AT Michigan on Nov. 30. Enjoy the facile wins over the next two weeks, Buckeyes fans — ‘cause after that, things might get bumpy in a hurry.

#004
LSU (8-0)
Next Opponent: at Alabama (Nov. 09)

Yeah, no shit that this Saturday’s throwdown between LSU and Alabama is a big game. That said, I can’t be the only person out there wondering why a LITERAL No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup is being held at 3:30 p.m., but who am I to question the television scheduling genius of the National Collegiate Athletics Association and their miscellaneous corporate stakeholders and business partners? Just so you know, six days ahead of kickoff Vegas has Alabama listed as the -6.5 favorite, with the over/under set at 64. And with starting QBs Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailo combining for 57 touchdowns and well over 5,000 passing yards this season, yeah, I think it’s safe to say there’s going to be a LOT of aerial real estate accumulated in this one.

#005
Penn State (8-0)
Next Opponent: at Minnesota (Nov. 09)

After besting Michigan State 28-7 on Oct. 26, the Nittany Diddlers took this past weekend off — and needless to say, they have a VERY intriguing matchup this weekend, as they lock horns with fellow Big 10 unbeaten Minnesota. It’s one of two very high stakes games remaining on Penn State’s schedule; following what should be an easy win over Indiana on Nov. 16, it’ll be the Pedo-Protectors vs. The Buckeyes IN COLUMBUS on Nov. 23, in a game that is very likely to decide the fate of the Big 10 itself … if not the playoffs placement of each team.

#006
Baylor (8-0)
Next Opponent: at TCU (Nov. 09)

It was a tight one, but Baylor nonetheless managed to eke out the 17-14 victory over West Virginia on Halloween. Charlie Brewer ended the night 20 for 26 for 277 yards and two TD passes, with top receiver Danzel Mims finishing the contest with one score and 99 yards on five catches. Meanwhile, the Golden Bears’ rushing attack completely neutralized the Mountaineers’ D, outpacing WV on the ground 176 yards to a mere 14 — indeed, Baylor’s best running back, JaMycal Hasty, had more than five times as many rushing yards as the entire West Virginia backfield, exiting the game with 77 yards on 14 touches.

#007
Minnesota (8-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Penn State (Nov. 09)

The final four games of the season won’t be easy for the shockingly unbeaten Golden Gophers, beginning with this Saturday’s home tilt with Penn State. After that Minnesota has to travel to Iowa for another game with humongous Big 10 Championship implications, and after a penultimate tussle with Northwestern, at least one title game slot ought to be filled in after the Golden Gophers and Badgers duke it out in Minnesota’s regular season finale on Nov. 30. Whatever happens, you have to give quarterback Tanner Morgan a lot of credit; with 18 touchdowns and 1,761 passing yards so far this season, I reckon it’s safe to say he’s surpassed all expectations as the de facto skipper for one of college football’s most surprisingly non-sucky teams.

#008
Oklahoma (7-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Iowa State (Nov. 09)

Two weeks ago, Kansas State shocked Oklahoma 48-41 in what is probably the biggest upset of the college football season so far this season. The Sooners return to action Saturday night for a home stand against Iowa State, but the real showcase on the remainder of the schedule is the Nov. 16 hootenanny with the Golden Bears in Waco. Not only is that battle almost certain to determine the No. 1 seeded team in the Big 12 Championship showdown, if we’re lucky, it might even give us a preview of the title tilt itself. Mmm — it makes me want to crack open a nice, refreshing cup of Dr. Pepper(™) just thinking about it.

#009
Georgia (7-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Missouri (Nov. 09)

The Bulldogs had a 16-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter, only for their defense to allow Florida to post 14 points in the final 15 minutes of play. Thankfully for the UGA faithful, however, the Dawgs managed to find the end zone one more time on a 52-yard pass from Jake Fromm to Lawrence Cager to, effectively, give ‘em all the numerical padding they needed to waltz away from the World’s Largest Cocktail Party with a 24-17 win. Speaking of Fromm, he had a pretty good showing in the famed rivalry matchup; at the final horn, he went 20 for 30 for 279 yards and two TD passes.

#010
Oregon (8-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Arizona (Nov. 16)

Justin Herbert went 21 for 26 for 225 yards, three TD passes and one INT in the Ducks’ 56-24 win over USC Saturday. Interestingly enough, all three of those scores were zipped to Juwan Johnson, who concluded the contest with 106 yards on seven receptions. Anchoring the run game for Oregon in the fairly facile PAC-12 win was Travis Dye, who had 75 yards on 12 carries; and give the Oregon secondary plenty of dap, having sacked and picked off Kedon Slovis no less than THREE times in the victorious performance.

#011
Utah (8-1)
Next Opponent: vs. UCLA (Nov. 16)

It was a close one, but the Utes nonetheless managed to surmount the Huskies 33-28 over the weekend. Tyler Huntley went 19 for 24 for 284 yards and one TD pass in the victory, with receiver Zack Moss hauling in one score as part of his 41-yard, five-catch game. Speaking of Moss, he also led Utah rushing, completing the outing with 100 yards and one TD on 27 carries. Of course, plenty of question marks remain regarding Utah’s secondary — especially when they let Jacob Eason scorch ‘em for 300-plus yards and FOUR touchdown passes.

#012
Wake Forest (7-1)
Next Opponent: at Virginia Tech (Nov. 09)

The Demon Deacons whupped up on NC State 44-10 over the weekend, in a contest that saw Jamie Newman go 25 for 38 for 287 yards and three TD passes. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Newman also collected TWO more touchdowns with his feet, ultimately ending the contest with 30 yards on 11 keepers. And defensively, WF looked pretty woke, as well, holding the Wolfpack to just 149 passing yards and just 116 rushing the rock.

#013
Memphis (8-1)
Next Opponent: at Houston (Nov. 16)

The Tigers outlasted SMU 54-48 in the closest thing Division I college ball got to a truly great game Saturday, in an outing that saw Brady White go 19 for 33 for 350 yards and three TD passes.Top receiver Demonte Coxie concluded the contest with 143 yards and two scores on seven receptions, with Antonio Gibson calling it a day with 130 yards and one receiving score on six catches. Oh, and Gibson also led both teams in rushing numbers; at the final horn, he had 97 yards and one score on just three touches.

#014
SMU (8-1)
Next Opponent: vs. East Carolina (Nov. 09)

The Methodists dropped their first game of the season Saturday night, losing 54-48 to Memphis in a rare all-AAC primetime showcase. Despite the loss, Shane Buechele still had outstanding numbers, ultimately concluding the contest 24 for 54 for 456 yards and three passing touchdowns. Indeed, two receivers — James Proche (149 yards, one TD, 13 catches) and Rashee Rice (122 yards, seven catches) — exited the affair with triple-digits on their stats sheets. Meanwhile, Ke’Mon Freeman did his part to keep SMU competitive on the ground; he had two scores and 74 yards on six carries.

#015
Navy (7-1)
Next Opponent: at Notre Dame (Nov. 16)

Don’t look now, but the Midshipmen are making some serious headway in the contentious, everyman-for-himself battle Royale that is the American Athletic Conference — indeed, following Friday’s 56-10 win over UConn, Navy momentarily finds itself in pole position of its side of the conference, ranked ahead of Memphis and SMU. As expected, there was a LOT of ground offense in Navy’s victory over the weekend. At the final horn, QB Malcolm Perry (3/6 passing for 165 yards and one TD) had 108 yards and two touchdowns on 11 keepers; overall, the Midshipmen outpaced the Huskies 408 yards to 106 running the ball.

#016
Cincinnati (7-1)
Next Opponent: vs. UConn (Nov. 09)

There’s really no reason for Saturday’s game to have been so close, but give the Bearcats some credit — they did manage to stave off the upset and bested East Carolina 46-43 over the weekend, regardless. Desmond Ridder had a day to forget playing QB for Cincy, going 12 for 24 for 161 yards, one TD and two interceptions, with top receiver Josiah Deguara hauling in one TD as part of his 76-yard, two-reception performance. And Michael Warren II was an absolute statistical stud on the turf, collecting three touchdowns and 141 yards on 18 rushing attempts.

#017
Boise State (7-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Wyoming (Nov. 09)

The Broncos bested SJSU 52-42 over the weekend, in a game that saw Hank Bachmeier go 13 for 17 for 213 yards, no TD passes and one interception. Which, naturally, means the lion’s share of Boise State’s points came in the form of rushing. Indeed, the Broncos had SIX ground touchdowns on the day, with George Holiani recording four rushing scores and 126 yards on 28 carries. Of course, the victory doesn’t negate plenty of sincere concerns about Boise State’s defense, though — especially after their secondary let Josh Love obliterate them through the air for 438 yards.

#018
Appalachian State (7-1)
Next Opponent: at South Carolina (Nov. 09)

The Mountaineers experienced defeat for the very first time this season when they fell 24-21 to Georgia Southern on Halloween night. Zac Thomas, nonetheless, had a pretty good showing, going 25 for 51 for 271 yards and three TD passes, with receiver Corey Xavier Sutton reeling in two end zone grabs and concluding the outing with 67 yards on six catches. Of course, App State also get WRECKED by the Eagles run game; at the final horn, Georgia Southern had outgunned them on the ground 335 yards to 152. (Oh, and in case you were wondering: The Eagles STILL won the game, despite finishing the affair with just 16 passing yards.)

#019
Louisiana Tech (7-1)
Next Opponent: vs. North Texas (Nov. 09)

The Bulldogs had a bye this weekend and are set to return to action against North Texas this Saturday. After getting BTFO 45-14 by Texas to begin the season, Louisiana Tech has won seven in a row and find themselves as the only undefeated in-conference squad in C-USA Play. I really hope you people haven’t been sleeping on quarterback J’Mar Smith, either; so far this season, dude’s racked up 13 touchdowns and 2,220 passing yards — which, statistically-speaking, are more impressive numbers than we’ve seen out of either Bo Nix, Tyler Huntley OR Jake Fromm so far this season.

#020
San Diego State (7-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Nevada (Nov. 09)

The Aztecs had a bye over the weekend and return to the gridiron Saturday for a late night romp against Nevada. While SDSU hasn’t exactly been winning big (as evident by their 6-0 win over Weber State in August and their narrow 20-17 win over UNLV late last month), they’re still getting some pretty respectable numbers out of the offense. Quarterback Ryan Agnew, for example, has 1,427 passing yards so dat this season, with a 10 TD/3 INT split — which, technically makes him a better quarterback, numbers-wise, than Boise State’s Hank Bachmeier, Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson OR FSU’s Alex Hornibrook.

#021
Michigan (7-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Michigan State (Nov. 16)

Shea Patterson went 13 for 22 for 151 yards and one TD pass in Michigan’s 38-7 win over Maryland on Saturday. Meanwhile, the potent rushing tandem of Hassan Haskins and Zach Charbonnet combined for 88 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, while the Wolverines’ D held the Terrapins to 129 yards rushing and just 104 lobbing the rock. Oh, and as evident by this 97-yard kickoff return, yeah, their special teams unit played pretty well, too.

#022
Auburn (7-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Georgia (Nov. 16)

Saturday night’s Auburn/Ole Miss matchup was a bit more competitive than most anticipated, but at the end of the day, the Tigers still managed to sneak past the Rebels 20-14. Bo Nix had fantastic numbers in the win, going 30 for 44 passing for 340 yards, yet he produced no aerial scores in the contest. He did, however, manage one rushing score as part of his 20-yard, eight-deeper day; also getting a lot of traction for the Tigers on the turf was top back D.J. Williams, who ended the outing with 93 yards and one score on 24 carries.

#023
Florida (7-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 09)

In Saturday’s 24-17 loss to UGA, backup-backup-QB Kyle Trask went 21 for 33 for 257 yards and two touchdown passes, which, as obvious by the final score, wasn’t nearly enough to give the Gators the dub. Still, UofF can take some pride and getting some good numbers out of the team in a losing bid — particularly, receiver Freddie Swain (91 yards, one TD, eight receptions) and Lamical Perine (31 yards, seven carries.) Although, in the case of the latter, I suppose it should also be noted that D’Andre Swift had almost FOUR TIMES as many rushing yards all by himself than did the entire Gators’ backfield, but yeah … 

#024
Notre Dame (6-2)
Next Opponent: at Duke (Nov. 09)

It was close, but the Irish still managed to surmount the Hokies 21-20 Saturday evening. Ian Book had big passing numbers, going 29 for 53 for 336 yards, but his two TD zips were complemented by two INTs — which he only kinda’, sorta’ made up for by rushing for 50 more yards, including one jaunt for six on the scoreboard. I guess you can’t complain too much about Notre Dame’s defense, either, seeing as how they kept Virginia Tech limited to 139 yards passing and a mere 101 rushing.

#025
Kansas State (6-2)
Next Opponent: at Texas (Nov. 09)

The Wildcats walloped the Jayhawks 38-10 over the weekend, in a game that saw Skylar Thompson go 9 for 16 passing for 129 yards and no scores. Thankfully, he looked WAY more impressive running the rock, as he ultimately concluded the contest with 127 yards and THREE touchdowns on 17 carries. Indeed, at the final horn, Kansas State had outgunned Kansas on the ground 342 yards to 61 — with Thompson himself easily double the Jayhawk’s entire backfield production numbers on the day.

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