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Cowboys Stadium ‘virtual’ lock’ over Tampa as first title game host


In the nine months or so since a four-team playoff was announced, an ever-growing school of thought was that Cowboys Stadium would play host to the first championship game following the 2014 season.

Next month, that should officially become a reality.

Citing sources familiar with the process, Brett McMurphy of reports that, yes, Cowboys Stadium is a “virtual lock” as the site of the inaugural title game.  It appears that most other potential sites saw the writing on the wall as well; Tampa Bay was the only other city to submit a bid, which McMurphy points out was likely an effort to improve its chances of landing future games.

An official announcement is expected during the last full week of April, during a meeting of BCS commissioners.

If this development comes to fruition, the sites for the 2014 playoffs would be set: the two semifinal games in Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl) and New Orleans (Sugar Bowl), on New Year’s Day 2015, with Arlington, Tex. (Cowboys Stadium), hosting the title game 11 days later.

The Orange Bowl will host one of the two semifinal games following the 2015 season, with the other site to be determined.  The group overseeing the new playoff system will begin taking bids for that season’s title game before the end of summer this year.

Also to be determined are the three bowls that will complete the six-bowl rotation that will make up future national semifinals.  The Chick-fil-A, Cotton (also at Cowboys Stadium) and Fiesta bowls, though, are expected to join the Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls as part of that rotation.

That announcement is also expected to be made in late April.

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.