Auburn v Alabama

Iron Bowl set for afternoon kickoff


Nov. 30’s epic Alabama-Auburn clash will kick off at 3:30 (EST) on CBS, so you have a dozen days to clear your afternoon for college football’s biggest game of the year.

Auburn sits at No. 6 in the BCS, and with the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium conceivably has the best chance to knock off Alabama of anyone this year. Given the late-season nature of the game and the intense, historic nature of the Iron Bowl rivalry, the buildup and magnitude of this game will easily surpass that of Alabama-Texas A&M in September.

Alabama has a tune-up against FCS-level Chattanooga this weekend, while Auburn is off. The winner will go to the SEC Championship — if it’s Alabama, it’d tee up the Tide for another trip to the BCS Championship with a win over Mizzou or South Carolina. If it’s Auburn, a win in the SEC Championship coupled with some attrition at the top of the BCS (losses by, say, Ohio State and Baylor) could open the door for Gus Malzahn’s Tigers to play for a title in their coach’s first year.

Now may be a good time remind everyone that a team from Alabama has won the last four national titles.

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.