Blake Muir

Hawaii lineman reportedly transferring to Baylor

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This one has sort of flown under the radar for about a week, but Baylor has apparently landed an experienced offensive line transfer for the 2014 season.

Citing a website for the Sutherland Seahawks, the Waco Tribune reported earlier in the week that Hawaii offensive lineman Blake Muir has decided to transfer to Baylor and continue his collegiate playing career with the Bears. The Seahawks are an Australian “gridiron club“; Muir is originally from Sydney and that club maintains a blog dedicated to the lineman called “Blake’s Diaries.”

In an entry on that blog dated Feb. 5, it was reported that the Baylor coaching staff made Muir “[a]n offer too good to refuse” after “really [going] the extra mile” in his recruitment. That extra mile appears to include Muir’s brother and fellow offensive lineman Sean Muir joining his brother on scholarship with the Bears next year.

Based on what we understand from the blog, Muir’s decision, which has not been confirmed by BU officials, came down to Baylor and Oregon State. Georgia Tech had also been rumored as one potential transfer destination early on in the process.

Muir will be forced to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2011, Muir started all 12 games at left tackle for the Warriors in 2012.

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

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.