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Iowa State center Farniok ready to return

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Iowa State will get its most experienced offensive lineman back from injury as center Tom Farniok has been slated to start this Thursday against Tulsa.

Farniok went down with a sprained medial collateral ligament in the opener against Northern Iowa on Aug. 31. He’s been wearing a brace ever since and rehabbing to work his way back.

It was originally thought that he wouldn’t be back until ISU opened Big 12 play in early October, but his rehab went quicker than expected.

The 0-2 Cyclones could sure use the crafty junior. ISU is 101st nationally in rushing yards per game and is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Farniok appears confident he can help, especially since the Cyclones were down to their third-string center:

“Not throwing anybody under the bus, but I think we’ll be able to play faster,” Farniok, a junior, said after a recent practice. “I’ve been around the block a few more times. I’m a lot stronger and more physical than the (younger) guys.”

Tulsa allows an average of 199 rushing yards per game. With Farniok back, look for ISU to try to get its ground game rolling again.

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.