Arkansas (3-6, 0-5 SEC) wasted early opportunities and Tre Mason dominated on the ground as No. 8 Auburn (8-1, 4-1 SEC) put away Arkansas and continued to remain a factor in the SEC West. Mason rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns as Auburn left Arkansas with a 35-17 victory.
Mason had two touchdowns in the first half to give the Tigers a 14-3 lead while the Razorbacks sputtered inside the red zone and Mason added two more touchdown runs in the second half. Auburn’s Nick Marshall did little in the passing game in the first half but provided one of the big plays of the game with an 88-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates midway through the third quarter to extend Auburn’s lead to 28-3.
Arkansas put up nearly 200 yards on the ground against Auburn, with Jonathan Williams rushing for 104 yards and Alex Collins rushing for 84 yards but turnovers doomed the Razorbacks early. Turnovers killed two red zone possessions for Arkansas as the Razorbacks dropped their sixth straight game after starting the year with a 3-0 start. One more loss for Arkansas, with games against Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU remaining, the Razorbacks will be ineligible for postseason play for the second straight year.
On the other hand, Auburn is rolling and could very well be heading in to The Iron Bowl as Alabama’s biggest threat to a BCS championship run. Auburn must still get by a road game at Tennessee next week and a home game against Georgia first. Auburn then hosts Alabama on November 30.
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.