Jadeveon Clowney

After drama-filled week, Clowney will play


Last Saturday ended with Steve Spurrier, in the opinion of some people, tossing Jadeveon Clowney under the bus after the All-American defensive end was a last-minute scratch due to injury.

This Saturday begins with Clowney being back where he belongs.

South Carolina confirmed Saturday that Clowney will play in today’s game against Arkansas.  The defensive lineman has been dealing with a rib injury that forced him to miss the Kentucky game last weekend.

Not only will Clowney play, but he is expected to start as well, although the final decision on that front will be up to defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

Following the win over UK, Spurrier seemingly called into question Clowney’s commitment to the Gamecocks.  Spurrier later backtracked on the comments — the OBC chalked it up to miscommunication by all the parties involved — while the player himself made it very clear that he’s fully committed to the program.

Saturday wasn’t without its Clowney-related controversy, however.  Early on in the show, ESPN‘s College GameDay reported that Clowney did not ride the team bus with the team to the stadium, intimating that the situation was still ongoing.  A short time later, Chris Fowler was forced to apologize for the erroneous report as Clowney did indeed take the trip on the team bus with his teammates.

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.