Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Top 100 NCAA College Football Games of 2019-2020 (Part One: #0100-#081)

A five-part series taking a fond look back at the absolute best the college football season that was had to offer

By: Jimbo X

If you’re like me, we’re just a couple of weeks removed from the National Championship game but you’re already depressed and jonesing for some hot college pigskin action. While there’s nothing I can do to make August roll around any faster, in the interim I can at least placate your NCAA football D.T.s with our official countdown of the top 100 college football games of the 2019-2020 season, which we’ve broken down into five installments covering 20 games at a time.

Yep, that’s right, we managed to review and rank a full hundred of the absolute best Division I games of the college football season  that was, and we even managed to sneak in a few FCS games in there to REALLY give you some stuff to dig up on the DVR. So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a bowl of Tostitos and your favorite fondue and get ready to reminisce on what was undoubtedly one hell of a year for college football … aye, we’re going to really be missing this shit come the middle of June, so start making that streaming video checklist now, fellas.

LSU 63, Oklahoma 28 (Dec. 28, 2019)

A.K.A., the game where Joe Burrow threw for seven TD passes and had 493 aerial yards on the day — plus another rushing score, just because he could.

Florida International 30, Miami (FL) 24 (Nov. 23, 2019)

How did Miami of Florida celebrate their homecoming this year? How else — by losing 30-23 to friggin’ FIU in a game that saw Jarren Williams lob three interceptions.

North Texas 33, Middle Tennessee 30 (Oct. 19, 2019)

A thrilling midseason Conference USA clash that saw Mason Fine hit Jaelon Darden on a 16-yard pass with eight to go in the fourth, only for Blue Raiders’ QB Chase Cunningham cash in on a six-yard TD  run with just 28 seconds left on the clock … only for Mean Teen kicker Ehtan Mooney to boot the 22-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.

Appalachian State 45, Louisiana-Lafayette 38 (Dec. 07, 2019)

A fun Sun Belt Championship outing that saw App State jump out to a 42-17 score in the third quarter and just barely hold off the surging Rain’ Cajuns, who managed to put up three touchdowns and pull it within seven in the last 18 minutes of the contest.

Mississippi State 21, Ole Miss 20 (Nov. 28, 2019)

I.e., the game where Elijah Moore got hit with a penalty for pretending to piss in the end zone after a touchdown pass in the final minute of the game, with Luke Logan whiffing on the 35-yard XP just moments later to make the crushing one-point loss for the Rebels official.

Wake Forest 38, Utah State 35 (Aug. 30, 2019)

A great early season back and forth interconference tug-of-war that saw both teams combine for 1,175 total yards of offense, with game-winning QB Jordan Love calling it a day with 416 passing yards and a three-to-three TD-to-INT ratio.

Charlotte 39, North Texas 38 (Oct. 26, 2019)

An absolute thriller between perennial Division I jobbers, which concluded with 49ers’ QB Chris Reynolds hitting a 34-yard-touchdown pass to Victory Tucker to give Charlotte the one-point win with just 18 seconds left in regulation.

Penn State 34, Indiana 27 (Nov. 16, 2019)

A surprisingly close contest that witnessed Indiana pulling it within three with about 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter — only for Sean Clifford to make good on a one-yard-TD run with less than two minutes in the contest to officially put the upset bid out of reach.

Louisiana Tech 14, Miami (FL) 0 (Dec. 26, 2019)

The perfect punchline to the Hurricanes’ woefully meme-tastic season; a double-digit blowout in the Independence Bowl, with Jared Williams topping out at a hilariously awful 94 passing yards and Cam’Ron Harris “leading” the team with just 31 yards on 12 touches.

UAB 26, North Texas 21 (Nov. 30, 2019)

UAB clinched a Conference USA title game berth in this thrilling 26-21 slugfest, which saw North Texas take a 21-20 lead with 6:24 on the scoreboard in the third quarter — only for the appropriately named TD Marshall to notching up an inconceivable 76-yard interception return as time-expired in the 3Q to give the Blazers all the cushion they needed to hold onto the five-point margin of victory.

Memphis 29, Cincinnati 24 (Dec. 07, 2019)

Another solid AAC title game, which saw no less than eight lead changes through four quarters of play. The highlight, of course, had to have been Brady White tagging Antonio Gibson from six yards out for the go-ahead score with just 1:14 left in regulation.

Florida State 45, UL-Monroe 44 (Sept. 07, 2019)

Believe it or not, it actually took FSU overtime play to surmount the Warhawks in this early season humdinger. Indeed, had UL-Monroe kicker Jacob Meeks not hunched the proverbial pooch on an XP, who knows how this one could’ve turned out?

UTSA 24, Old Dominion 23 (Nov. 09, 2019)

A good-old-fashioned, back-and-forth punch-a-thon that saw the Roadrunners explode for 14 unanswered in the fourth, with Lowell Narcisse pretty much putting the game out of reach on an 11-yard TD pass to Carlos Strickland with about 2:41 left in regulation.

Ohio State 42, Wisconsin 21 (Dec. 07, 2019)

Wisconsin jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable 21-7 lead heading into the third quarter. Which, of course, meant the Buckeyes would go on to score 27 unanswered in the second half of the game, with Justin Fields calling it a day with 299 yards and three TD passes on just 19 completions.

Georgia Tech 28, NC State 26 (Nov. 21, 2019)

The Yellow Jackets had a 21-3 lead heading into the second half. Alas, the Wolfpack would claw their way back into it, putting up 16 points in the final 30 minutes of play and ALMOST tying the contest on a two-point conversion with about five minutes left in regulation. 

Georgia State 38, Tennessee 30 (Aug. 31, 2019)

Well, in case you needed further proof the Volunteers’ football program is deader than Elvis, how about a week one loss to non-Power Fivers Georgia State in a game that saw Panthers’ rusher drive the dagger through Rocky Top’s orange-and-white checkerboarded hearts on a 22-yard TD run with less than five minutes left in the fourth?

California 20, Washington 19 (Sept. 07, 2019)

An early season Pac-12 stunner that pumped the brakes on the Huskies’ longshot National Championship aspirations and, for a few weekends in September, anyway, made us actually THINK the Golden Bears had a shot at winning the whole dang conference. Indeed, Greg Thomas’ game-winning 17-yard field goal with less than 10 seconds left in the fourth was so thrilling, it pretty much made everybody forget the game was postponed by almost three hours due to too much rain.

BYU 29, Tennessee 26 (Sept. 07, 2019)

A double overtime spectacle that saw the Stormin’ Mormons give the Vols their second consecutive loss of the season to non-Power Five larfers. Still, Ty’Son Williams putting the whole kit and caboodle away on a five yard TD run in 2.O.T., really, is only like the third or fourth worst thing to happen to Tennessee in the 2019 campaign, surprisingly.

Illinois 37, Michigan State 34 (Nov. 09, 2019)

The Fighting Illini stormed back from a 31-10 deficit to begin the fourth quarter, as Illinois promptly recorded four touchdowns in the final 15 minutes of play to yank delicious, delicious victory from the crablike maws of the Spartans, with Brandon Peters tagging Daniel Barker for the five-yard game-winner with just five seconds left on the scoreboard.

Toledo 35, Kent State 33 (Nov. 05, 2019)

A fantastic, back-and-forth MAC donnybrook that Toledo’s Shakif Seymour nearly hit 200 rushing yards on the day en route to the narrow two-point win. With about five and a half minutes left in regulation, Dustin Crum hit Keenan Orr on a five-yard TD pass to make it 35-33, Rockets — only for Toledo’s defense to stand tall and stuff the shit out of the ensuing two-point conversion attempt to put this one away for good. 


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