A.J. Barker, Gavin Roberts

Ex-Minnesota WR transfers to Houston


Later this month, Minnesota will be heading to Houston to play Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. As it turns out, one former Gopher will be making the trip as well, although not with the team and he’ll be staying beyond just a few days.

Per the Pioneer-Press, ex-UM receiver A.J. Barker will be transferring to Houston and will receive a scholarship. Last month, Barker announced he was leaving the team and wrote a lengthy blog post alleging mistreatment by head coach Jerry Kill. That post has since been removed (and replaced with an amazing GIF). Kill has denied any mistreatment and says he wished he had a chance to speak with Barker before he left the team.

Despite being the Gophers’ leading receiver this year (30 catches for 577 yards and seven touchdowns), Barker was still a walk-on. That, along with the treatment he received after an ankle injury, was among the many issues Barker had with Kill. Because he was not on scholarship, Barker will not have to sit out a season in the transfer process.

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.