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Leading rusher one of two Southern Miss players suspended

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A season that’s shaping up to be the worst in Southern Miss history has taken yet another downward turn.

First-year head coach Ellis Johnson announced Wednesday that running back Desmond Johnson and quarterback  Arsenio Favor have been suspended for this weekend’s game against SMU.  The two were suspended for unrelated incidents, although the Johnson stood by the standard “violation of unspecified team rules” as the reason behind the punitive measures.

Johnson currently leads USM in rushing with 460 yards, although a pulled groin muscle was expected to keep him out of the game for which he was suspended anyway.

Favor has played in three games this season, starting one.  He was listed as the backup QB on the depth chart heading into the SMU game.

Southern Miss is one of two teams winless on the season along with UMass, in its first year at the FBS level.  The worst season in the school’s 50-year history is two wins, accomplished in both 1976 and 1993; the Eagles would need to win their last three games in order to avoid matching those twin low points.

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.