After surrendering a combined 28 sacks in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Arkansas has allowed 21 sacks in eight games during the 2016 campaign.
Against Auburn on Saturday, QB Austin Allen was forced to enter the medical tent for a short time due to the pounding he was taking. Wideout Keon Hatcher (one of just two players made available to the media after Saturday's blowout defeat) completely feels for Allen's rough spot, saying, "Me personally, I don’t know if I could do that. I take my hat off to that guy. He’s very tough." Allen is coming off his worst statistical game of the season, throwing for just 187 yards and an interception vs. Auburn. It was his first showing without a touchdown (actually, his first without multiple touchdown tosses). Florida crops up next on the Razorbacks' schedule.
Nebraska senior TE Cethan Carter (elbow) will miss Saturday's game against Wisconsin.
Carter has already missed two consecutive games. Make it three, now, following HC Mike Riley's announcement on Monday. The exact nature of the 6-foot-4, 229-pounder's injury isn't public knowledge beyond the fact that he sustained it against Illinois on October 1. He was working on a 10-101-1 receiving line when healthy.
Ole Miss four-star 2017 verbal LB commit Willie Gay has re-opened his recruitment.
Gay might now hold off until National Signing to make another pledge. He decommitted following an official visit to Michigan over the weekend. On Sunday, he told the Clarion-Ledger that he "fell in love" with the Wolverines during that visit. Recency bias could certainly be in play here, particularly given that this was the 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker's first official visit. He also has official trips slated for FSU, Mississippi State, Florida and the freshly-jilted Rebs. "I’m just trying to see what is best for me to one day get drafted. I think about it every night, and I think about the history teams have at linebacker," Gay said. "I’m always doing my homework on it to be sure that I am making the best decision."
Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that the team plans on "sav[ing] the year" for freshman RB Kareem Walker.
No huge surprise here. Walker has been adjusting to the academic side of things and Harbaugh indicated in late September that he was likely to take a redshirt for the year. Flash forward a month and nothing has truly changed on that front. Harbaugh was complimentary of the 6-foot-1, 207-pounder's work in practice, but a redshirt is simply the logical move, here -- Michigan utilizes an immense stable of backs and their depth at the position gives them the luxury of letting ESPN 300's No. 45 overall recruit for 2016 acclimate to all phases of the collegiate life.
Wisconsin redshirt sophomore OLB Jack Cichy will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a torn pectoral.
A seven-game starter this season, Cichy suffered the pectoral tear in Saturday's win over Iowa. Tough loss for the Badgers, as the 6-foot-2, 223-pound redshirt sophomore had been on an out-and-out roll of late. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his work against Ohio State two weekends ago (recording 15 tackles, 3.5 TFL, a sack and a forced fumble in the contest) and helped lock down Iowa with 10 tackles prior to going out injured. Overall, his 60 tackles lead the Badgers this season. Leon Jacobs and Ryan Connelly could see extended reps with Cichy out of the picture, but this won't be an easy one to paper over.
Tennessee HC Butch Jones said that senior CB Cameron Sutton (ankle) could potentially return to action in November.
Sutton was given a recovery timetable of 6-8 weeks after he fractured his ankle in a win over Ohio in mid-September. Now six weeks removed from that procedure, the 6-foot-1, 189-pounder's prognosis for the rest of the season should begin to clarify. There is no official date when Sutton is expected to return to action. Tennessee finishes out the 2016 campaign with games against South Carolina, Tennessee Tech, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt.
Tennessee HC Butch Jones indicated that redshirt junior RB Alvin Kamara (knee) could return in "[the] next couple of weeks."
Kamara won't be playing against South Carolina on Saturday due to a knee injury sustained against Alabama on a first-quarter punt return two weekends ago. While he won't be playing again in the immediate future, there are some very encouraging signs, here, for an eventual 2016 return. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound redshirt junior underwent an MRI last week and had his knee examined by multiple specialists, including renowned sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and those examinations ruled out the need for surgery.
In the latest release of the Associated Press Top 25, Washington landed at No. 4.
This is just a slight move upward for the Huskies, who ranked fifth when last week's poll was released. Chris Petersen's crew earns the bump at the expense of Ohio State, with the just-deposed Buckeyes falling from No. 2 to No. 6. Louisville also received a bump from No. 7 to No. 5. Your top four now stand as Alabama (who received all but one first-place vote), Michigan (who received the other), Clemson and Washington. And one final polling note -- Penn State entered the proceedings at No. 24. This marks their first showing in the AP Top 25 since 2011.