Kentucky to be landing spot for Ohio State transfer, per report

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It looks like it did not take very long for transferring Ohio State offensive lineman Marcelys Jones to find a new football home. As initially expected by some, Kentucky looks to be the choice for Jones.

Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio reports, via Twitter, the former Army All-American has indeed committed to Kentucky. No official word from Kentucky has come at this time, but Kentucky was expected to be a leading candidate for Jones once he opted to leave Ohio State on what was reported as a mutual decision. Jones visited Kentucky yesterday and met with Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Vince Morrow.

As is typical in NCAA transfers, Jones will have to sit out the 2015 season before being ruled eligible to play once again in 2016 due to transfer rules. At that time he should be ready to compete for a starting job on Kentucky’s offensive line.

Report: Gator LT D.J. Humphries leaving early for NFL

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Since the 2014 season ended, Florida learned that it will be losing defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and running back Matt Jones to the NFL. Based on one report, new head coach Jim McElwain has lost another.

Citing a source familiar with the situation, the Gainesville Sun is reporting that D.J. Humphries will forego his remaining eligibility and make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft. The offensive lineman had previously confirmed that he would be seeking feedback from the NFL’s draft advisory board.

While Humphries, either through the media or social media, has not publicly declared his intentions for the 2015 season, one of his teammates took to Twitter to offer congratulations on the move.

Humphries was the highest-rated member of UF’s 2012 recruiting class, a five-star player rated as the No. 2 player at any position in the country.  Injuries, however, curtailed his impact on the Gators.

After earning SEC All-Freshman honors in 2012, Humphries played in just 17 of 24 games the past two seasons.  The lineman did, though, start 15 of those contests at left tackle.

UPDATED 10:40 a.m. ET: For what it’s worth, Humphries took to Twitter to deny that a decision has been made yet.

South Carolina starts hot, but Florida ties it up at the half

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South Carolina started off looking to be in full control all afternoon, but things have slowed down in a hurry. Florida actually goes to the half with the momentum after tying the game at 10-10 just before halftime. A Treon Harris pass to Demarcus Robinson from 11 yards out helped the Gators tie the game before hitting the locker room.

South Carolina scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the game, capping an 85-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown run by Brandon Wilds. South Carolina picked up three more points on its second possession for a quick 10-0 lead on the Gators. South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson has been steady for the Gamecocks, completing 11 of 16 pass attempts for 107 yards.

Florida quarterback Treon Harris has not done much throwing, completing just two of four pass attempts for 19 yards, but his second completion tied the game up. Harris also leads the Florida offense running the football with 50 rushing yards. Florida’s offense has seen Harris, Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones have split the rushing production pretty evenly so far though.

This one has been far from pretty, but there have been no turnovers in the game. Florida has converted just one of five third-down attempts, and South Carolina has just three of eight first down conversions.

A win for Florida would make the Gators eligible for postseason play. South Carolina still needs two more wins to become eligible for playing in a bowl game. With South Alabama next week and ending the regular season at Clemson, a win this afternoon could be needed for South Carolina.

Week 10, Statistically Speaking

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A numerical snapshot of the week that was in college football…

.850 — Duke’s winning percentage with Anthony Boone as a starter (17-3), the highest mark in the program’s history.  Worth Lutz‘s record of .846 has stood for 60 years (1951-54, 11-2).

0 — Number of intersectional foes that have played continuously longer than Notre Dame and Navy, meeting every year since 1927 (88 games).  The Irish’s 43 straight wins over the Midshipmen from 1964-2006 remains the longest winning streak by one team over another in FBS history.

1 — FBS quarterbacks with at least 150 pass attempts who have not thrown an interception this season, that one being Utah’s Travis Wilson (165 attempts).  Last season, Wilson’s 16 interceptions — in just 237 attempts — were the second-most in the nation. Ball State’s Jack Milas has not thrown a pick in 116 attempts.

1.1 — Number of interceptions Louisville’s Gerod Holliman has averaged per game this season.  His 10 interceptions in nine games are the most for an FBS player since North Carolina State’s David Amerson recorded 13 in 13 games in 2011.  The all-time FBS record for interceptions in a season is 14 by Washington’s Al Worley in 1968.  I should also add that Ole Miss’ Senquez Golson has nine picks in the same number of games.

1-34 — Kansas’ record in Big 12 play over the last 35 conference games, stretching back to early November of 2010. The Jayhawks haven’t won back-to-back league games since October of 2008.

3 — Players who have thrown for more than 3,000 yards through the first 10 weeks of the season, with Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty and Cal’s Jared Goff joining the group.  Entering this week’s slate of games, there was one — Washington State’s Connor Halliday, who sustained what turned out to be a season-ending injury Saturday.

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SEC East up for grabs after No. 11 Georgia’s 38-20 loss to Florida

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While the SEC West garners most of the attention, the SEC East is officially a mess.

As the only ranked SEC East program, the No. 11 Georgia Bulldogs were the clear favorite to claim a division crown and play in the SEC Championship Game. Mark Richt‘s program held its destiny in its hands and fumbled it away Saturday.

The Florida Gators dominated at the line of scrimmage to earn a 38-20 victory over Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla. at the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”

With Georgia’s loss, the Missouri Tigers leap to the top of the SEC standings with a 4-1 conference record. These are the same Tigers who lost to the 3-5 Indiana Hoosiers 31-27 earlier in the season. Georgia crushed Missouri 34-0 three weeks ago, yet the Bulldogs are now looking up at them in the standings.

How the Gators beat the Bulldogs wasn’t hard to discern. Will Muschamp‘s offensive game plan was overly simplistic.

Florida ran the ball 60 times for 418 yards. The Gators’ offensive line should receive the game ball after absolutely destroying Georgia’s defensive front. Florida called the same plays over and over again, and Georgia simply didn’t have an answer.

Freshman quarterback Treon Harris only attempted six total passes. He completed three of them for 27 yards.

Florida relied on a two-headed monster in its backfield. Both Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones ran for over 190 yards. Their individual efforts in the same contest will go down as the two of the best rushing performances in Florida’s history.

Despite Georgia’s pathetic performance, the Bulldogs can still make an appearance in the SEC Championship Game. Missouri still faces the Texas A&M Aggies, Tennessee Volunteers and Arkansas Razorbacks. If it trips up along the way and Georgia wins out, the Bulldogs hold the tie-breaker. Georgia has to get by the No. 3 Auburn Tigers next week to have a shot of that happening.