Santa Louis Nix III

Pair of Notre Dame interior linemen coming back for one more year


As it turns out, the BCS championship game against Alabama next month will not be the final game in a Notre Dame uniform for offensive lineman Zack Martin and nose tackle Louis Nix. In news that will surely please more than a few Notre Dame fans, coach Brian Kelly announced Monday that the two interior linemen would return for their senior season.

Both players were key contributors at their respective positions. Martin helped the Irish rush for over 200 yards a game and Nix (pictured as Santa because it’s the holidays, y’all) was a chore to move along Notre Dame’s defensive front, recording 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble.

Notre Dame had one of the best defenses in college football, and was No. 3 in rushing yards allowed and first in points allowed.

Kelly also said that running back Cierre Wood is undecided on his NFL future and will seek a draft evaluation before making a decision.

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.