Georgia running back Nick Chubb did indeed suffer a “significant” knee injury during the Bulldogs’ loss to Tennessee Saturday, but it was not an ACL tear.
The sophomore injured his left knee on his very first carry Saturday afternoon in Neyland Stadium, but is expected to undergo a full recovery.
A leading All-America candidate, Chubb had rushed 91 times for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in the Dawgs’ first five games. His streak of 13 consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards, snapped Saturday, was the nation’s longest and a school record.
From the athletics department:
University of Georgia sophomore tailback Nick Chubb suffered a significant left knee injury on the first play from scrimmage in Saturday’s Georgia-Tennessee game in Knoxville. According to UGA Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Ron Courson, the injury involves damage to multiple ligaments and cartilage; however, the damage does not include the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Neither does the injury involve arteries or nerves.
Courson said all the damage is repairable and a full recovery is expected following surgery and rehab. Chubb is currently in the hospital for observation and surgery would be expected sometime in the next two weeks.
Expect Sony Michel, Keith Marshall and Brendan Douglas to see an increased workload in Chubb’s absence.
Georgia running back Nick Chubb has a PCL tear and two torn ligaments, according to an update provided by Chubb’s mother, La’Velle, on Facebook Sunday morning.
“It’s not nearly as bad as it could’ve been,” Chubb’s mother said on her Facebook page. “They’ll wait for swelling to go down to decide when to have surgery.” She went on to say that could take up to two weeks, which would sure seem to mean the Georgia running back will be out of action for some time.
Chubb was injured right at the start of Saturday’s road loss at Tennessee. It was a nasty looking injury, which is always why we tend to fear the worst given recent history with college players, especially running backs.
Georgia has yet to share much information regarding Chubb just yet. When they do, we will update this information.
Helmet sticker to Andy Staples.
The top four teams in the coache spoll remain unchanged this week, although the order has been switched up. No. 1 Ohio State remains on top, but No. 2 Baylor moved up two spots following a demolishing of Kansas while No. 3 TCU and No. 4 Michigan State each dropped a spot following closer-than-expected road tests at Kansas State and Rutgers, respectively.
The Buckeyes received 47 first-place votes in the coaches poll. Baylor picked up eight first-place votes, TCU received five and Michigan State, No. 5 LSU and No. 7 Utah each received one. No. 6 Clemson, despite not receiving any first-place consideration, managed to stay one spot ahead of the Utes following a late Saturday night victory over No. 23 Cal (Bears dropped just one spot despite having more turnovers than any top 25 team should have any given week).
Georgia and USC fell out of the top 25 this week following losses. The Bulldogs fell from No. 16 after their second striaght loss (first to Alabama and then at Tennessee), and the Trojans were dumped after being upset at home by Washington on Thursday night after being ranked No. 17. With Georgia and USC out, that made room for No. 24 Duke and No. 25 Toledo at the bottom of this week’s poll. Undefetaed Houston and Temple are each on the doorstep.
No team had a bigger fall within the top 25 this week than Oklahoma. The Sooners fell 10 spots down to No. 19 after being upset in the Red River Rivalry by Texas. No. 14 Michigan rocketed up seven spots following its latest shutout victory, which dropped Northwestern down to No. 21 (five spots behind No. 16 Stanford, whose only loss came in Evanston).
In the eyes of the coache spoll voters, No. 9 Alabama is the best one-loss team in the country, with a home loss to No. 12 Ole Miss. You coudl make the argument that distinction belongs to No. 14 Michigan, whose only loss was on the road on a Thursday night at No. 7 Utah.
Here is this week’s coaches poll, with first-place votes noted)
- Ohio State (47)
- Baylor (8)
- TCU (5)
- Michigan State (1)
- LSU (1)
- Utah (1)
- Florida State
- Texas A&M
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State