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TTU gaining a receiver, Minnesota losing one for Car Care Bowl


An injury knocked Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro out for the second half the regular season. Good news for the Red Raiders, though: they’ll be getting the sophomore back in time for the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas against Minnesota.

Texas Tech confirmed Monday that Amaro would be back for the bowl. Amaro had previously been cleared to practice, but not play. Despite missing six games on the year, Amaro still finished as the team’s third-leading receiver with 394 yards receiving and four touchdowns. His season-high of156 yards against West Virginia came in his final appearance before suffering the injury.

Meanwhile, Minnesota announced that freshman receiver Andre McDonald would miss the bowl because of a violation of team rules. McDonald was seventh on the team in receptions (10) and had 121 yards on the year.

Minnesota already lost its leading receiver, A.J. Barker, who left the team last month alleging mistreatment from head coach Jerry Kill. Barker will transfer to the University of Houston.

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.