Clemson v Florida State

Illness to keep Sammy Watkins out of Clemson’s game vs. BC


After sitting out the first two games of the season due to a suspension, Sammy Watkins was rounding into the game shape he displayed during an All-American season as a true freshman last season.

Unfortunately, that rounding will go on a sabbatical for the upcoming weekend.

The Tigers announced Thursday that the wide receiver will not travel with the team for their game against Boston College.  The release announcing the development stated that Watkins is suffering from an abdominal virus.

“Sammy has been practicing, but on Tuesday and Wednesday took himself out late in the practice because he was not feeling well,” said head coach Dabo Swinney. “Today he was worse and after going to the doctor it was determined that he needed to stay here this weekend.”

In his two games this season, Watkins has caught 10 passes, although he’s totaled just 76 yards and scored no touchdowns.  He did, though, throw a touchdown pass in the Florida State loss this past Saturday.

Additionally, backup guard Kalon Davis will not play against the Eagles due to a hamstring injury suffered during Thursday’s practice.

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

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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.