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C-USA announces divisional setup


Yesterday, Conference USA officially announced the additions of FAU and Middle Tennessee State for the 2013 season.

Wednesday, the conference announced its divisional look for the 2013 season as well.

In a release, and as expected, C-USA announced that it would split its 14 football-playing members into two divisions.  As they have in the past, those two divisions will be called the East and West (again, looking at you, Big Ten).

The East will consist of East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Marshall, MTSU, Southern Miss and UAB, while the West will be made up of Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, UTEP and UT-San Antonio.

ECU and Tulane will leave for the Big East in 2014, replaced by Old Dominion and UNC-Charlotte.  It had previously been thought that both of those schools would become football-playing members in 2015; however, in today’s release, Conference USA announced that Old Dominion “would be eligible for an East Division title and the opportunity to compete in the 2014 C-USA Championship.”  They will not be eligible for a bowl game until 2015, though.

Charlotte will join in football in 2015, although their division was not clarified.

In addition to the divisional setup, the conference also released each member’s home and away football opponents for the 2013 season.  The eight-game conference slate will consist of six games within the division and two cross-division games.  After the jump, if you so desire, you can view the home and away opponents for each 2013 member of Conference USA.

HOME – FAU, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UAB
AWAY – at FIU, at Marshall, at Middle Tennessee, at Tulane

HOME – FIU, Marshal,l Middle Tennessee, Tulane
AWAY – at East Carolina, at Rice, at Southern Miss, at UAB

HOME – East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, UAB
AWAY – at FAU, at Middle Tennessee, at Southern Miss, at UTEP

HOME – North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa
AWAY – at FIU, at Rice, at UTEP, at UTSA

HOME – East Carolina, Southern Miss, UAB, UTSA
AWAY – at FAU, at FIU, at Middle Tennessee, at Tulsa

HOME – East Carolina, FIU, Marshall, UTEP
AWAY – at FAU, at North Texas, at Southern Miss, at UAB

HOME – Middle Tennessee, Rice, UTEP, UTSA
AWAY – at Louisiana Tech, at Southern Miss, at Tulane, at Tulsa

HOME – FAU, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, UTEP
AWAY – at North Texas, at Tulsa, at UAB, at UTSA

HOME – FAU, FIU, Middle Tennessee, North Texas
AWAY – at East Carolina, at Louisiana Tech, at Marshall, at UAB

HOME – East Carolina, North Texas, Tulsa, UTEP
AWAY – at FAU, at Louisiana Tech, at Rice, at UTSA

HOME – Marshall, North Texas, Rice, UTSA
AWAY – at East Carolina, at Louisiana Tech, at Tulane, at UTEP

HOME – FAU, Middle Tennessee, Rice, Southern Miss
AWAY – at East Carolina, at FIU, at Marshall, at UTSA

HOME – FIU, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, UTSA
AWAY – at Middle Tennessee, at North Texas, at Rice, at Tulane

HOME – Louisiana Tech, Rice, Tulane, UAB
AWAY – at Marshall, at North Texas, at Tulsa, at UTEP

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.