Upset-minded Auburn will have quarterback Nick Marshall at its disposal Saturday against No. 7 Texas A&M in College Station, coach Gus Malzahn revealed this week.
Marshall missed Auburn’s win against FCS-side Western Carolina last week after suffering a knee injury in the Tigers’ 30-22 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 5.
“He was locked in during practice last week,” Malzahn said earlier this week. “He practiced Sunday and looked good. Got another week of practice. We’re past the midway point. If it was early in the season, I’d be concerned but not too concerned now.”
Auburn is 5-1 and ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 12, 2011. On the season, Marshall has completed 71 of 120 passes for 902 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions, and has rushed 55 times for 288 yards and two scores.
Those dual-threat capabilities — and that Marshall’s 140 rushing yards against Ole Miss are the most by an SEC quarterback this season — led one of Marshall’s teammates to offer a rough comparison to Johnny Manziel. That’s certainly lofty, and Marshall will probably have to do his best Manziel impression for Auburn to have a shot Saturday in College Station.
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.