Monday, November 18, 2019

2019 NCAA Football Top 25 Rankings (Week Twelve)

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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.

Clemson (11-0)
Next Opponent: at South Carolina (Nov. 30)

The Tigers had no problem dispatching the Demon Deacons over the weekend, throttling Wake Forest 52-3 in a hilariously one-sided drubbing. Trevor Lawrence went 21 for 27 for 272 yards and four touchdown passes, with Tee Higgins reeling in three end zone grabs on just four catches (and, in the process, finishing the day with 64 receiving yards.) Meanwhile, Clemson’s defense looked incredible, holding WF to just 64 yards passing and a mere 41 yards rushing.

LSU (10-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Arkansas (Nov. 23)

Joe Burrow had another fantastic showing in Saturday’s 58-37 win over Ole Miss. The Heisman Trophy-frontrunner went 32 for 42 in the win, ultimately lobbing five touchdown passes (and two interceptions) en route to a 489 passing yard day. Ja’Marr Chase finished the outing with 227 yards and three scores on just eight catches, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire called it a game with 172 yards and one end zone trip on 23 carries. But should we be concerned by a Tigers’ defense that let the Rebels rack up 402 rushing yards at the final horn?

Ohio State (10-0)
Next Opponent: vs. Penn State (Nov. 23)

Justin Fields went 15 for 19 for 305 yards and four touchdowns in Ohio State’s effortless 56-21 win over Rutgers. Top Buckeyes receiver Chris Olave finished the outing with 139 yards (but no scores) on four catches, while J.K. Dobbins had two touchdowns and 89 yards on 17 carries. And in case the unthinkable happens and Fields goes down at some point between now and all of the bowl games, perhaps backup Chris Chugunov’s two touchdown passing performance (five for 14, 61 yards total) might placate your nerves just a little.

Alabama (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Western Carolina (Nov. 23)

Talk about a Pyrrhic victory. While the Crimson Tide may have manhandled the Bulldogs Saturday, the 38-7 win over Mississippi State ultimately cost Alabama their star QB Tua Tagovailoa, who will now be out for the REMAINDER of his college football career. We’ll see if Mac Jones (seven for 11, 94 yards, no TD passes) has what it takes to lead the Tide to the playoffs, but at least the Alabama faithful can take some succor in Najee Harris’ outstanding play at running back — in Saturday’s win, he had three touchdowns and 88 yards on just 17 touches. 

Georgia (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Texas A&M (Nov. 23)

With Saturday’s 21-14 win over Auburn, Georgia has pretty much cemented an appearance in the SEC title game, where they will lock horns with either LSU or Alabama with a de facto National Championship Playoffs berth on the line. Still, the Bulldogs better not be looking past their final two games of the regular season — against Texas A&M and Georgia Tech — or else they might just get Gamecocked again. Oh and in case you little mathematicians wanted the numbers: Jake Fromm went 12 for 28 for 110 yards and three scores in Saturday’s win, with D’Andre Swift calling it a day with 106 yards (but no end zone visits) on 17 carries. 

Oklahoma (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. TCU (Nov. 23)

What did Jalen Hurts do over the weekend? Oh, nothing much — just lead Oklahoma to the biggest come-from-behind win in school history in what may very well be the best college football game of 2019 to date. In the wild and woolly 34-31 win over Baylor, the former Alabama QB went 30 for 42 for 297 yards, four TD passes and one interception. And because he’s one of *those* quarterbacks, he also decided to run the rock 27 times for an additional 114 yards. We’ll see if the win is good enough to vault OU into playoffs consideration, but at this juncture, you certainly can’t say a comeback THAT insane is necessarily working against their chances, either.

Baylor (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Texas (Nov. 23)

Heading into halftime, the Golden Bears held a 31-10 lead over Oklahoma. Which, of course, meant the Sooners would come storming back in the second half to score 24 unanswered en route to a wild 34-31 come-from-behind win that most likely crowned the OU as the de facto Big 12 Champions. Despite the almost Falcons-esque choke job, I suppose you have to give Baylor QB Charlie Brewer some credit; I mean, he did wrap up the game 18 for 29 for 194 yards and two TD passes (plus a literal game-ending INT), in addition to rushing for 65 yards and two more scrambling touchdowns.

Penn State (9-1)
Next Opponent: at Ohio State (Nov. 23)

It was a tad closer than it probably should’ve been, but the Nittany Diddler nonetheless mustered a 24-27 win over Indiana Saturday. Sean Clifford went 11 for 23 for 179 yards and one TD pass in the win, in addition to two more rushing scores he accumulated on 10 carries (for 55 overall on the ground, ‘case you were wondering. Still, Penn State’s pass defense looked plum pitiful matched up against Peyton Ramsey, who easily managed to rack up 371 yards against their secondary. Which, of course, begs the question — if some future CFL backup like that can carve these guys up so badly, what do you think a Justin Fields or a Jalen Hurts would end up doing to them?

Minnesota (9-1)
Next Opponent: at Northwestern (Nov. 23)

With Saturday’s 23-19 loss to Iowa, the Golden Gophers officially find themselves off the rolls of the unbeaten in Division I play. Still, Minnesota’s pretty much a lock for the Big 10 title game, regardless, and IF they can manage to beat Ohio State for all the marbles, one simply has to assume the playoffs committee would at least consider slotting them in for a fourth seed or something. Despite the loss, Golden Gophers QB Tanner Morgan still looked pretty good, though; at the final horn, he went 25 for 36 for 368 yards and one TD pass, with top receiver Tyler Johnson calling it a day with one end zone trip and 170 yards on only nine catches. 

Oregon (9-1)
Next Opponent: at Arizona State (Nov. 23)

Justin Herbert went 20 for 28 for 333 yards as Oregon ran roughshod over Arizona 34-6 over the weekend. Herbert concluded the game with four touchdown passes, all of which landed in the arms of a different receiver. Leading the Ducks in receiving yards was Juwan Johnson (93 yards and one score on five catches), while the top running-back (or is that running-quack?) was Travis Dye, who concluded the outing with 71 yards (yet no touchdown waddles) on 14 carries.

Utah (9-1)
Next Opponent: at Arizona (Nov. 23)

The Utes clobbered the Bruins over the weekend, pummeling UCLA to the tune of 49-3. Tyler Huntley finished the game 14 for 18 for 335 yards, with two touchdown passes — including one that went to top Utah receiver Brant Kuithe, who finished the game with 132 yards on five catches. Zack Moss also looked outstanding in the backfield for the Utes; at the final horn, he had 127 yards and two rushing scores on 17 carries.

Boise State (9-1)
Next Opponent: at Utah State (Nov. 23)

The Broncos had no problems getting past the Lobos Saturday evening, as the Blue Turfers easily steamrolled New Mexico 42-9 in a total laugher. Jaylon Henderson concluded the contest 15 for 28 for 292 yards, three TD passes and one INT, with top receiver John Hightower calling it a day with 124 yards and one score on four receptions. Meanwhile, top Boise State back George Halani did a decent job keeping the team’s run game chugging along, finishing the outing with 73 yards (albeit, with no corresponding TDs) on seven touches.

Cincinnati (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Temple (Nov. 23)

It was a close one, but Cincinnati nonetheless managed to best South Florida 20-17 over the weekend. Desmond Ridder went nine for 18 for just 78 yards passing in the tight’ un, with the Bearcats’ “top” receiver — Michael Warren II — finishing the outing with only 30 yards on two catches. Alas, while Cincy’s pass defense looked putrid (who the hell lets Jordan McCloud lob the rock for 267 yards, anyway?), their run game, at least, looked pretty potent. Remember that Michael Warren II guy I was telling you about earlier? Well, with 134 yards on 26 carries — plus one end zone pilgrimage — he was certainly the “X-factor” in the Bearcats razor thin victory over a very overperforming Bulls squad.

Memphis (9-1)
Next Opponent: at South Florida (Nov. 23)

Memphis topped Houston 45-27 over the weekend, in a contest that saw Brady White go 22 for 33 for 341 yards and an incredible FIVE touchdown passes. The Tigers’ top receiver, Damonte Coxie, called it a day with 93 yards and two end zone trips on just four catches, while Memphis’ top running back Kenneth Gainwell exited the outing with 99 yards (but no scores) on 17 touches. And the Memphis defense, of course, looked quite solid, holding the Cougars to just 157 yards passing and a mere 99 yards on the ground.

SMU (9-1)
Next Opponent: at Navy (Nov. 23)

The Methodists have just two games remaining on their schedule; a tough road test against Navy this Saturday (which should be a remorseless, highly entertaining scorefest) and a less-than-enthusing grand finale against Tulane on Nov. 30. At this point, the Mustangs control their own destiny; run the table and they’re guaranteed a slot in the AAC Championship Game. But drop any of their final two, and next thing you know, these kids will be gearing up for the Dollar General Bowl or something — you know, not to put any additional pressure on ‘em or anything like that.

Appalachian State (9-1)
Next Opponent: vs. Texas State (Nov. 23)

App State had a good showing against Georgia State over the weekend, dispatching the Panthers 56-27. Zac Thomas went 19 for 31 passing for 256 yards and four touchdowns, with top receiver Corey Xavier Sutton finishing the outing with 173 yards and THREE scores on eight catches. Elsewhere, the Mountaineers outpaced Georgia State on the ground 280 yards to 186, with top back Darrynton Evans accumulating 131 yards and one end zone trip on 18 carries. 

Florida (9-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Florida State (Nov. 30)

With very little to play for anymore, Florida took out some of their 2019 season frustrations on Missouri, beating the Tigers 23-6 over the weekend. Kyle Trask went 23 for 35 for 282 yards and two touchdown zips in the win, with top receiver Van Jefferson concluding the contest with 82 yards on six catches. Meanwhile, Emory Jones called it a day with 39 yards on six carries, while the Florida defense held Kelly Bryant to 204 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception and … well, come to think of it, that last stat really isn’t all that impressive, is it?

Michigan (8-2)
Next Opponent: at Indiana (Nov. 23)

Michigan clobbered Michigan State 44-10 over the weekend, in a game that saw Shea Patterson went 24 for 33 for 384 yards and four TD passes. Top receiver Ronnie Bell called it a day with 150 yards on nine receptions, with Giles Jackson leading the Wolverines in rushing with 32 yards on two carries (yeah, it wasn’t really a good rushing day for Michigan, obviously.) As has been the case most of 2019, the Wolverines’ defense looked quite good on Saturday; in the 34-point win, the Blue and Gold held the Spartans to 166 yards passing and a mere 54 running the rock.

Notre Dame (8-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Boston College (Nov. 23)

The Irish bested the Midshipmen 52-20 over the weekend, in a contest that saw Ian Book lob FIVE touchdown passes. The Bookman went 14 for 20 for 284 yards, with top ND receiver Chase Claypool recording a mere FOUR touchdowns and 117 yards on seven catches, while Braden Lenzy score the only non-Claypool receiving score of the day and wrapping up the affair with 87 yards on two catches. Alas, Notre Dame’s defense truly was a tale of two teams; holding Navy to just 79 yards passing, the aerial D looked tremendous — too bad their rush defense let the Midshipmen run all over them en route to a 281 yard ground performance (whilst the Irish only had 105 running the pigskin, naturally.)

Wisconsin (8-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Purdue (Nov. 23)

You know, it’s a pity Wisconsin ain’t going to make the playoffs, because Jonathan Taylor has definitely had a Heisman-caliber season so far for the Badgers. For example, in Wisconsin’s 37-21 win over Nebraska Saturday, he finished the game with 204 yard and two touchdowns on 25 carries as part of the Badger’s 320 rushing yard performance — although, to be fair, Cornhusker Dedrick Mills, with 188 yards and one score of his own on just 17 carries, didn’t look too shabby, either. Oh, and for the passing stats you don’t really care about: Jack Coan went 13 for 21 for 162 yards, one TD and no interceptions.

Air Force (8-2)
Next Opponent: at New Mexico (Nov. 23)

The Falcons topped the Rams 38-21 over the weekend, in a game that saw Donald Hammond III go five for 11 for 126 and three TD passes (plus one INT, but hey, who’s keeping score?) Leading the Air Force in receiving yards was Benjamin Waters, who concluded the contest with two scores and 59 yards on just two catches, while top rusher Kadin rems burg had 101 yards (but no scores) on 17 carries. Defensively, though, the Falcons looked like a VERY mixed bag. Although AF held Colorado State to just 39 yards passing (that’s good), they also let Patrick O’Brien torch their secondary for 347 yards (which is very, very, VERY bad, folks.)

Louisiana Tech (8-2)
Next Opponent: at UAB (Nov. 23)

Long story short, the Bulldogs got their asses kicked by Marshall over the weekend. In the 31-10 loss, Aaron Allen had just 159 passing yards on 19 completions, none of which resulted in points on the scoreboard. Justin Henderson (87 yards, one TD, 21 carries) looked slightly better running the rock, but defensively, Louisiana Tech just plan shat the bed; at the final horn, they let Isaiah Green outpace ‘em for 213 passing yards, while their rush defense let the Thundering Herd amass 192 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Louisiana (8-2)
Next Opponent: vs. Troy (Nov. 23)

The Ragin’ Cajuns bested the Jaguars 37-27 over the weekend, in a game that saw Levi Lewis go 16 for 29 for 136 yards and two touchdown passes at the final horn. Looking even better was Elijah Mitchell, who concluded the outing with 117 yards and one score on 17 carries. Alas, not everything about Louisiana’s performance on Saturday was impressive, especially the rushing defense, which somehow gave up 351 and FOUR touchdowns on the ground in the 10-point victory.

San Diego State (8-2)
Next Opponent: at Hawai’i (Nov. 23)

SDSU triumphed over Fresno State 17-7 over the weekend, in a contest that saw Ryan Agnew lob the rock for 323 yards, one TD and one INT. Going 33 for 47, Agnew’s top target was Jesse Matthews, who concluded the contest with 119 yards on eight catches. Meanwhile, Chance Bell had 52 rushing yards on 14 carries, while the Aztecs D held steady and stuffed the Bulldogs’ O to just 136 yards passing and only 70 rushing. The win gives SDSU an automatic bid in the Mountain West Championship Game, where they’ll go toe-to-toe with either Boise State or Air Force — and yes, whatever the matchup, it should be highly entertaining, defense-deficient Group-of-Five action for all four quarters.

Navy (7-2)
Next Opponent: vs. SMU (Nov. 23)

While Navy lost big to Notre Dame over the weekend, the Midshipmen still put up some fairly decent numbers despite the 32 point margin of defeat. For starters, Malcolm Perry had a great day running the rock, ultimately amassing 117 yards on 25 carries. And receiver Michael Cooper had a solid showing, too, registering 73 yards and one end zone trip on three catches. Still, the passing differential tells you everything you need to know about the final outcome in this one: at the final horn, Navy had just four completions for 79 yards and one score, while the Irish had 156 completions for 305 yards and just FIVE touchdowns.


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