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Mizzou gets E.J. Gaines back; James Franklin, Henry Josey questionable

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There’s some good news, some potentially bad news and some potentially good news for Mizzou after its devastating loss to South Carolina on Saturday (on which SB Nation’s Bill Connelly has a solid take).

First, the good news: Cornerback E.J. Gaines is no longer listed as questionable on the Tigers’ depth chart after missing the last two games with a quad injury. While freshmen Aarion Penton and John Gibson both have notched interceptions while filling in for Gaines, he’s one of the better cornerbacks in the SEC, so getting him back would be a nice boost for Mizzou.

Now, the potentially bad news: Running back Henry Josey is listed as questionable for Mizzou’s game against Tennessee this Saturday. The injury for Josey, who missed the entire 2012 season following a catastrophic knee injury suffered in 2011, is unknown, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune’s David Morrison (linked above).

And finally, the potentially good news: Quarteback James Franklin re-entered the Mizzou depth chart and is listed as questionable. He’s listed third behind Maty Mauk and Eddie Printz, but the Tennessee game represents the third week of Franklin’s recovery, which was expected to be three to five weeks.

(Update: Via PowerMizzou’s Gabe DeArmond, coach Gary Pinkel said Franklin will start when he’s healthy, but didn’t provide any more specifics.)

Mizzou’s next two games are against Tennessee (at home) and Kentucky (on the road), which could work out well for a team that blew a 17-point lead and its shot at a national championship on Saturday. If the Tigers can bounce back against 4-4 Tennessee and 1-6 Kentucky, perhaps they’ll be able to put the South Carolina loss in the rear view mirror heading into critical games at Ole Miss and vs. Texas A&M to close out their 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.