One of the storylines of Florida’s 44-11 rout of South Carolina on Saturday was the change Steve Spurrier made at quarterback to begin the third quarter. Starter Connor Shaw was an ineffective 9-of-20 for 72 yards and benched at halftime in favor of backup Dylan Thompson. But Thompson, who filled in for Shaw when he was injured earlier this season, didn’t perform much better, going 8-of-20 with an interception.
While neither quarterback played well, Steve Spurrier said Sunday Shaw will likely continue to be the starter for the Gamecocks going forward.
Shaw has generally played well this season when healthy, but struggled the past two weeks against two of the the better defenses in the SEC. Looking ahead, South Carolina doesn’t play another good defense the rest of the season. Clemson currently has the best defense of USCe’s remaining opponents in terms of points allowed, but it doesn’t even rank in the top 50.
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:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
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:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
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.
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.