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USC RB Silas Redd’s knee “worse than expected,” not likely for bowl


The 2013 season has not gone according to plan at all for USC running back Silas Redd. The former Penn State transfer has battled a number of lingering injuries all season long and now it appears the damage may have been worst than initially though.

According to USC beat reporter Ryan Abraham of, Redd may not even play in the team’s bowl game this postseason.

Helton would be USC’s offensive coordinator Clay Helton, who has taken on the interim coaching duties for the Trojans heading in to the bowl game after former interim head coach Ed Orgeron left the staff following the hiring of Steve Sarkisian.

Redd has played in just six games this season, rushing for 376 yards and one touchdown. If Helton’s concerns are accurate, Redd will miss USC’s Las Vegas Bowl match-up with Fresno State. The Trojans running game has been led by Tre Madden and the emergence of Javorious Allen this season while Redd has largely been a non-factor for the offense. When healthy Redd has had his moments, but USC’s running back position has been pretty deep to the point where not having Redd may not be much of a factor when they take on Fresno State in the bowl game.

This is a tough way for the senior running back to go out.

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.