Cincinnati v Louisville

Louisville already downplays a Big 12 invite… that hasn’t come yet


You know it’s a conference realignment apocalypse all over again when we’re starting to talk about denials of events that haven’t even occurred yet.

Case in point, the University of Louisville.

The Cardinals currently reside in the Big East, but with another seismic shift in conference affiliations waiting tantalizingly on the horizon, many question what role the BCS’ weakest conference will play in the possible game of musical chairs.

Without getting too ahead of ourselves — which is going to be hard to do — it’s generally assumed Big East members not plucked by other conferences would morph into an ACC/Big East marriage of mediocrity.

But with Texas A&M seemingly one foot out the door on their way to the SEC, the Cardinals’ name has popped up more than a couple of times on the rumor mill as a team to possibly land in the Big 12.

Speaking to the Louisville Courier-Journal, however, UL athletic director Tom Jurich said his school likes where it stands conference-wise, although did not deny or confirm one way or the other how the school would react if a call from Dan Beebe came.

Or, how it would react if received a call from Mike Slive.

At this point, Louisville, like many others, is keeping their cards (no pun intended — okay, intended) close to their chest as they playing the waiting game on conference futures.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.