Of the three teams still alive in the Big 12 title race, only Oklahoma State doesn’t need any outside help. Win, and they’re in a BCS game.
Thus far, that’s been easier said than done.
Despite a 201-132 advantage in total offense, Oklahoma State and Bedlam rival Oklahoma went into the locker room tied at 10-all at the end of two quarters of play. A 21-yard field goal by OU’s Michael Hunnicutt knotted the score with :38 left in the second, a few minutes after a 41-yard field goal by OSU’s Ben Grogan gave the Cowboys the lead and was apparently kicked in the midst of an earthquake.
Cowboys running back Desmond Roland rushed for 110 first-half yards and scored OSU’s only touchdown.
A 64-yard punt return by Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders late in the first quarter accounted for OU’s lone touchdown.
If the Cowboys are able to pull away from their bitter rivals in the second half, OSU will make the Texas-Baylor game later this afternoon moot when it comes to an automatic BCS berth, although the Bears could earn an at-large berth with a win thanks to Northern Illinois’ loss. However, an OSU loss would send the winner of that game to the Fiesta Bowl as the conference’s representative.
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.