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Rutgers will have their bowl payment withheld by AAC


Notre Dame pulled away from Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday, and it appears the loss came at a cost for the Scarlet Knights. According to The Star Ledger, Rutgers will not receive a bowl share from the American Athletic Conference this season.

According to the report, the conference will be withholding a total payment fo $1.5 million from Rutgers, who moves in to the Big Ten in 2014. Rutgers and the AAC are involved in ongoing legal battle to settle on an exit fee before the Scarlet Knights move to the Big Ten.

“Because there is pending litigation, I can’t comment,” Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann said to The Star Ledger. As the New Jersey paper notes, bowl payments are usually not made to schools until the spring, so withholding the payment now is merely nothing more than a power play by the conference.

The withholding of the bowl payment should also not be too much if a surprise. Once schools decide to leave for another conference it is common for that school to see a reduction in voting power and some reduction in certain payouts within the conference. Rutgers is also claiming the conference has withheld some of the negotiated exit fees it believes it is owed following settlements with Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

If Rutgers does not receive the $1.5 million bowl payout from the conference, it is likely the university will be one of many schools to take a hit in the pockets this bowl season. Rutgers turned a slim profit the last time they played in the Pinstripe Bowl, and the budgeted bowl payout was expected to be needed in order for the school to record a profit this year as well.

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

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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.