Not so unexpectedly, Georgia will be without starters on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball today as they look to hand an SEC East opponent its first loss of the season.
Neither running back Todd Gurley nor safety Tray Matthews are dressed today — not dressed in a football uniform and pads; I’m quite certain they’re wearing some type of clothing as they will be out in public on the sidelines — and will not play against unbeaten Missouri this afternoon due to injury.
Gurley missed the Tennessee win last weekend with a high-ankle sprain he suffered the week before against LSU. He had been doubtful all week, so the decision to sit him is far from surprising.
With top backup Keith Marshall also out for the year with a knee injury he incurred last Saturday, it would appear the Bulldogs will turn to J.J. Green to carry the bulk of the running game load; stepping in for the injured Marshall, the freshman rushed for 129 yards on 17 carries in the win over UT.
Matthews, a true freshman, also missed the Vols game as he has been limited by a hamstring injury.
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.