Blake Bell, Trevor Knight

Belldozered: Sooners go with Trevor Knight at QB


Earlier this week, it was reported that Oklahoma had settled on Trevor Knight (pictured, No. 9), not Blake Bell (pictured, No. 10). as Oklahoma’s successor to Landry Jones.

As it turns out, the report was absolutely correct.

Immediately following practice Thursday evening, head coach Bob Stoops announced that the redshirt freshman had beaten out the “favorite” Bell to win the Sooners’ starting quarterback job.  Knight will get his first collegiate start — hell, his first collegiate game action — in the opener next week against Louisiana-Monroe.

“Both competed hard and both will be ready to play,” Stoops said. “Like every other position on our team, I expect them both to continue competing for the starting job.”

Knight was a four-star member of OU’s 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country.  He redshirted as a true freshman.

Bell served as Jones’ primary backup the past two seasons, and had been expected to ascend to the starting job.  The past two years, Bell had rushed for 24 touchdowns in the “Belldozer package” — and attempted just 20 passes.

We can expect that package to still play a prominent role in the Sooners’ offense.

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.