Players from both the Big Ten and Pac-12 staked their claims to the Walter Camp Trophy’s weekly performance honors — and it came at the expense of teams from both conferences as well.
Ohio State’s Kenny Guiton, playing in place of an injured Braxton Miller, was honored as the Camp National Offensive Player of the Week. In the Buckeyes’ 52-34 road win over Cal, the senior quarterback passed for 276 yards and ran for another 92 in his first career start.
Guiton also threw for four touchdowns, one of which was a 90-yard scoring pass to Devin Smith that was the longest play from scrimmage in OSU history. He had entered with five career touchdown passes.
On the defensive side of the ball, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr claimed defensive honors. In the emotional win over Nebraska — the Bruins were playing less than a week after the death of Bruins wide receiver Nick Pasquale — Barr was credited with 11 tackles, seven of which were solo, as well as three forced fumbles.
Barr is currently tied for the lead nationally with those three forced fumbles.
Below is the year-to-date list of weekly 2013 Camp honorees:
WEEK 1: Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones, Virginia safety Anthony Harris
WEEK 2: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Michigan State defensive endShilique Calhoun
WEEK 3: Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr
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:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
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:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
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.
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.