Jared Barnett

QB Jared Barnett one of two leaving Iowa State


After losing out on the starting quarterback job in August, Jared Barnett has decided to take his leave of the Iowa State football program.

Head coach Paul Rhoads announced Friday that Barnett and linebacker C.J. Morgan have decided to leave the Cyclones to continue their playing careers elsewhere.  There’s no word on where either will transfer, although Rhoads alluded to family issues that will likely send Morgan closer to his hometown of Frostproof, Fla.

Barnett started nine games the past two seasons, three in 2012 and six in 2011.  His most memorable performance came against Oklahoma State in November 2011, throwing for 376 yards and three touchdowns in a win that prevented the then-No. 2 Cowboys from playing in last year’s BCS championship game.

“Jared has had some great games in a Cyclone uniform and we will miss his character in the locker room and on the field,” Rhoads said. “We respect his decision.”

Barnett finished his Cyclones career with 1,825 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Morgan started six games during his time with the Cyclones, including two of the last three regular seasons games this year.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

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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.