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Aggies athletic director gigs Tide with lunar jab


By any measure, and as evidenced by the interest in its head coach, Texas A&M’s inaugural season in the SEC was an unmitigated — and, yes, surprising — success.

An 11-win season that was the Aggies’ most since 1998.  A 28-point Cotton Bowl beatdown of then-No. 11 Oklahoma.  And, the icing on the cake, handing Alabama its lone loss in a season that ended with the Tide’s second straight BCS title and third in four years.

Suffice to say, this season’s A&M-‘Bama clash — in College Station — in mid-September will be the most anticipated of the early-season games, perhaps of the entire regular season.  And an Aggie official has decided to add a little spice to the buildup of the contest.

Speaking at the Brazos County A&M Club Coach’s Night, athletic director Eric Hyman, well, went here:

“What does the moon and Texas A&M have in common?” Hyman said, setting up the obvious punchline, “we control the Tide.”

(Thank you.  Drive safely.  Don’t forget to tip the veal and try the waitress.  Good night.)

(Writer’s note: I bow to the new Troll King, Sir Hyman)

Sensing what his boss may have wrought, head coach Kevin Sumlin came to the podium and stated, “No pressure, Eric. Thank you.”

Not that the Tide needed any extra motivation for the matchup — Nick Saban and his staff have been doing prep work on the Aggies throughout the offseason — but they just got some.

And Sept. 14, 2013, cannot get here fast enough.

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

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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.