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Texas Tech off to good start vs TCU

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Texas Tech is wearing all gray uniforms for tonight’s Big 12 clash with TCU, which has nothing to do with the result of the game. Whether Texas Tech were wearing red, black, white or gray, it would still be a good start for the Red Raiders. Quarterback Baker Mayfield is off to a decent start against the Horned Frogs as Texas Tech is leading after one quarter of play, 10-0.

It did not take long to get going either, with Mayfield completing a short dump pass to Kenny Williams who took advantage of TCU’s defense doing their best Texas impression by missing tackle after tackle. Williams moved right down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown.

Mayfield did make a mistake his next time out on the field, throwing an interception to stall another potential scoring drive. It was his first interception of the season and he had thrown eight touchdowns before having a pass picked off. Texas Tech’s defense came though in a big way though and has been controlling TCU’s offense early on. Texas Tech out-gained TCU in total offense, 150-60, with most of TCU’s yards coming on the drive that ended the first quarter.

Plenty of football to be played of course, but Texas Tech is off to a good start.

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.