Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla did not travel with the Ducks to Colorado for Saturday’s game against the Buffaloes, Comcast Sports Northwest reported.
The revelation comes three weeks after Lyerla expressed his frustration over Oregon coach Mark Helfrich’s rather vague description of Lyerla’s absence from the Ducks’ game with Tennessee.
Lyerla later apologized for making his feelings public, but a rift might be at play here between the star tight end and the first-year coach. While Lyerla is an elite talent, he has just two catches on the year and hasn’t touched the ball since week two against Virginia.
Complicating matters further for Lyerla is the emergence of freshman Johnny Mundt, who has six catches for 149 yards and two scores. Perhaps there is a reasonable explanation for why Lyerla didn’t make the trip, but coming so soon after his recent issues, it makes one wonder whether we’ll see much of Lyerla the rest of the way, if at all.
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.