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Tech RB Coleman ‘questionable’ for opener vs. Tide

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In the middle of last week, injured Virginia Tech running back J.C. Coleman unequivocally proclaimed that he will “definitely” be ready for the opener against Alabama.

Five days ahead of that nonconference matchup, the running back’s head coach has tamped the brakes a bit on that enthusiasm.

Asked twice about Coleman’s availability, the Roanoke Times reports, Frank Beamer tossed out the word “questionable” when it comes to the back seeing the playing field this Saturday.  Coleman suffered a pair of ankle sprains — a left high-ankle sprain and a right ankle sprain — a week and a half ago, and has yet to resume practicing.

Coleman is listed as the co-starter on the most recent depth chart.  If Coleman is a no-go, redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds would get the initial nod against the Tide.

Last season, Coleman led all Hokie running backs with 492 yards rushing.

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.