Ohio State v Penn State

‘Day-to-day’ the status of Penn State’s second-leading receiver

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As Penn State looks to rebound from its first loss since the second weekend of the season, the Nittany Lions could have one of their top targets in the passing game.

Or not.

Toward the end of PSU’s loss to Ohio State last Saturday, tight end Kyle Carter tweaked his left ankle and ended the game with a bag of ice wrapped around the injury.  Tuesday, head coach Bill O’Brien labeled the freshman as “day-to-day,” indicating it’ll be a couple of days before any type of official determination is made as to his availability for the Purdue game this weekend.

“I’ll know better at the end of the week,” O’Brien said. “He seems to be doing okay.”

It should be noted that, back in September, O’Brien labeled Bill Beltonday-to-day” with an ankle injury that had already cost him a game; Belton went on to miss two more games after that declaration.

Carter, who is officially listed as probable on the latest injury report, is currently second on the team in receptions (35) and receiving yards (441).

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.