USC v Colorado

USC beats Colorado, gets fifth-straight win


Javorius Allen rushed for a career-high 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead USC to a 47-29 victory over Colorado in Boulder on Saturday night.

It was USC’s fifth-straight win as the Trojans improved to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-12. USC is now 6-1 since interim coach Ed Orgeron took over for Lane Kiffin after the fifth game of the season. Colorado dropped to 4-7 and 1-7.

The Trojan offense was methodical for most of the night and crafted a 37-7 lead by the end of the third quarter. However, Colorado made a game of it and put up 22 fourth-quarter points to pull within 11. An onside kick with 3:22 left to play was recovered by USC  and the Trojans then punched it in one last time to put the game on ice.

It was the third 100-yard effort in four games for Allen, who has reinvigorated the USC ground game of late. The Trojans also got 68 yards on six carries from fullback Soma Vainuku, who showed his prowess on special teams by blocking a punt for a safety in the first quarter. Quarterback Cody Kessler was efficient, completing 19 of 28 for 184 yards and two touchdowns.

Credit to Colorado for not folding in this one. The Buffaloes are certainly much improved in new Mike MacIntyre’s first season. Freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau was 17 of 33 for 188 yards and two touchdowns and one interception and looks like he has the potential to shine in the future.

But Saturday was all about USC and its renewed vigor. The Trojans were left for dead just a few weeks ago and can now get to 10 wins by beating UCLA next week. Whoever USC decides to hire next season, this is a team that looks ready to make a big move in 2014.

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.