BY TYLER BYRUM
Navy jumped into the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night.
The team is ranked No. 25 after the Midshipmen's dominant 66-31 win over East Carolina this past weekend, extending the team's winning streak to three games. With the win, Navy (8-2, 6-1 AAC) won the AAC West Division title and will compete in the AAC Championship the first weekend of December.
The Midshipmen were not ranked in either the lastest AP poll or the USA Today coaches poll released Sunday. This is Navy's first appearance in the College Football Playoff Rankings this season.
Navy has two regular-season games remaining on their schedule, against SMU on Nov. 26 and Army on Dec. 12. The AAC Championship will be on Dec. 3, where Navy will either take on South Florida or Temple.
The top four in the playoff rankings have remained the same this week with all four teams emerging victorious this past weekend. Alabama came in at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson.
Virginia Tech was ranked in the first two College Football Playoff rankings but dropped out of it last week.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
2. Ohio State
7. Penn State
10. Oklahoma State
14. Florida State
18. West Virginia
19. Boise State
21. Western Michigan
23. Washington State
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After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.
Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.
Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing. At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.
Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.
Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.
Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.
Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.
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The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.
On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.
From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.
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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).
NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.
Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson
Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.
It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.
On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.