Following up on reports that first surfaced in November, Conference USA officially announced Tuesday it has expanded its conference roll by two.
As expected, Middle Tennessee State University and Florida Atlantic University were welcomed as members of the conference Tuesday. The schools, current members of the Sun Belt, will officially join Conference USA July 1 of this year.
So, for the 2013 season, Conference USA will consist of 14 football-playing members: former WAC schools Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio; former Sun Belt schools FIU and North Texas; FAU and MTSU; and eight current members — East Carolina, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB and UTEP. Old Dominion and UNC-Charlotte are joining this year as well, although they won’t become football-playing members until 2015.
However, two of those current members — ECU and Tulane — will join the Big East in 2014. Current C-USA members Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF will be moving to that conference in July of this year.
Additionally, speculation is beginning to grow that Tulsa could bolt for either the Big East or Mountain West. In fact, Tulsa World wrote over the weekend that “[t]he university’s switch from Conference USA membership to Big East Conference membership seems to have graduated from a possibility to a likelihood.”
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:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
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:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
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.
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.