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Irish expect Tommy Rees to practice Tuesday


It appears the injury that knocked Notre Dame’s starting quarterback out of its win over USC won’t linger into next weekend.

Tommy Rees suffered an injury with just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter and, after leaving the game, did not return.  He was diagnosed with a neck injury and, per head coach Brian Kelly‘s teleconference Sunday, is “day-to-day.”

Kelly did say that he expects Rees to practice Tuesday, which is as good of a prognosis as you could get.

The Irish led the Trojans 14-10 when Rees exited.  Neither offenses did much of anything after Rees’ departure as that turned out to be the final score.

Andrew Hendrix replaced Rees and did not complete any of his four attempts.  In fact, the Irish gained just 28 yards on 21 plays after Rees left the game.  Prior to that, Notre Dame had 267 yards of offense through a little over two quarters of plays.

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.