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Report: Former Alabama RB Kamara visited Clemson

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Clemson is hosting former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara according to multiple reports Saturday, first reported by 247 Sports.

Kamara was granted a release from his scholarship in mid-January after previously being suspended from Alabama’s Sugar Bowl appearance. Kamara also sat out an earlier game against LSU due to a violation of team rules, although he never played a down for the Crimson Tide in the 2013 season anyway. The former four-star recruit is not allowed to transfer to any other SEC program, which helped make Clemson one of the favorites form the start for his transfer options.

Clemson is losing their top two rushers from the 2013 season with Roderick McDowell and quarterback Tajh Boyd graduating. As it stands at the moment, Clemson’s leading rusher returning in 2014 is sophomore Zac Brooks, who all be a junior in 2014. Brooks rushed for 246 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. D.J. Howard rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns as a junior in 2013 as well.

Although Kamara did not play for Alabama in 2013, NCAA transfer rules would keep him out of action in 2014 if he transfers to another FBS program. He may play right away in 2014 if he ends up at an FCS or lower level program. Florida State, Oklahoma State and UCLA were previously reported to be options for Kamara.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

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.