Missouri v Georgia

Mizzou knocks off UGA, but James Franklin separates shoulder


That noise you hear could very well be the air leaking from Missouri’s balloon.

Yes, the Tigers knocked off injury-ravaged Georgia in Athens, its first road win over a team ranked in the Top 10 since October of 1981.  Yes, pending the outcome of the Florida-LSU game, Mizzou could be sitting alone atop the SEC East standings at day’s end.  And, yes, the win did come with what appears to be a very stiff price.

In the fourth quarter of the 41-26 win, starting quarterback James Franklin went down with what appeared to be a right arm/shoulder injury.  After gingerly walking to the locker room, he returned to the sidelined with his right arm wrapped in a sling.

Following the game, head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed that Franklin had suffered a separated right shoulder, the severity of which is not yet known.  Pinkel indicated that it’s highly doubtful Franklin plays this coming weekend, and there’s a very good chance he could miss the following weekend as well.

That would serve as the most devastating part of the injury: the next two weeks, Mizzou hosts Florida and South Carolina, two of the teams the Tigers will have to fend off if it hopes to earn the SEC East’s slot in the conference championship game in early December.

If Franklin were unable to go, the responsibility for keeping the Tigers in the division race would fall on the shoulders of Maty Mauk.  The redshirt freshman has thrown just six passes in his career, with three of them coming in relief of Franklin today.

UPDATED 5:41 p.m. ET: Citing a source with knowledge of the injury, Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com is reporting via Twitter that “Franklin is expected to be out for at least the next 6 wks, probably longer w[ith] a Grade 2 shoulder separation.”  That would mean the absolute earliest Franklin could return would be for the Nov. 23 game against Ole Miss, the next-to-last game of the regular season.

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.