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Carlos Dunlap impressed with Bengals’ rookie pass rushers

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 9:48 AM

Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer, top, loses control of the ball under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer, top, loses control of the ball under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)(David Richard/AP)

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap is impressed with Carl Lawson and Jordan Willis on the defensive line.

He’s excited to see the Bengals – a team that traditionally lets rookies learn from the sidelines – embrace playing young talent. He compares this season to when he and Geno Adkins broke in, as well as when Andy Dalton and A.J. Green led the team to the postseason as rookies.

Dunlap owns the team’s rookie sack record at 9.5. Lawson sits at 2.5 sacks four games in, and Dunlap encourages him to pursue the record, though he’s not enthralled with him breaking it.

“He can chase it. I didn’t say get it,” Dunlap said. “It will help all of us, so go chase it. He’s just a natural pass rusher. He’s so quick, elusive, plays with good leverage.”

The Bengals haven’t gotten off to a great start, but they have to be excited about their rookie pass rushers. For a team that couldn’t get to the quarterback, it looks like that may be a team strength for a long time moving forward.

Alabama football-Tennessee: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 8 game (October 21, 2017)

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:12 AM

Alabama football continues its SEC grind with a home matchup against Tennessee on Saturday night.

Find information below on game time, TV channel and how to watch online.

The Crimson Tide pounded Arkansas, 41-9, on homecoming Saturday night to improve to 7-0 on the season, including 4-0 in SEC play.

On Sunday, Alabama checked in as the unanimous No. 1 in both the latest  Amway Coaches Poll and  AP Top 25 Poll. Alabama has won 71 consecutive games vs. unranked teams.

Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris rushed for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns against Arkansas, averaging 13.9 yards per carry. Harris leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation with 9.19 yards per carry. He’s averaging 11.12 yards per attempt in SEC play.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts had a solid day, accounting for 196 yards of total offense and 2 touchdowns, although he threw his first interception of the season. Freshman receiver Henry Ruggs III continued his streak of only catching touchdowns. Ruggs has caught 4 passes and has 4 touchdowns.

The offensive play-calling was a little strange at times. Arkansas made a point to bring pressure, and it took a while for Alabama to adjust to its quick game to get the ball out of Hurts’ hand earlier.

All in all, Alabama put up 41 points and 496 yards of offense, including 308 on the ground — the Tide’s fourth 300-yard rushing game this season.

Alabama’s defense looked dominant once again. Arkansas could only muster 227 yards of total offense while averaging 3.2 yards per play.

Arkansas gained 27 rushing yards on 29 attempts. Think about that: Alabama held Arkansas to less than 1 yard per carry on the ground. Yes, sack yards are included in that total, but it’s still impressive that no Arkansas runner netted more than 18 yards. Arkansas’ longest rush was 10 yards.

Arkansas’ lone touchdown came with 3 minutes left. It was clearly over at that point.

There were three muffed punts, which is something that will need to be cleaned up.

Alabama has too many explosive players not to have a better return game. Some of it is because of how teams punt to Alabama with the rugby style, but Alabama should be able to gain more than 10 yards on punt returns.

Alabama football-Tennessee football game time, details

  • Time: 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET)
  • Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Line: Alabama by 34

What TV channel is Alabama-Tennessee football on?

CBS is televising the game.

How can I watch Alabama- Tennessee  football online?

You can stream the game on the CBSSports app.

How can I listen to Alabama-Tennessee football on the radio?

You can listen to the Alabama broadcast on the  Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Chris Stewart on the call.

Alabama-Tennessee football preview

  • Heavy favorite: Alabama is a 34-point favorite against Tennessee, according to That’s the largest point spread in the history of the rivalry.
  • Series history: Alabama leads the all-time series 54-37-8 (52-38-7 after vacations) and has won the last 10 meetings. Alabama defeated Tennessee, 49-10, last season.

Auburn football-Arkansas: Game time, TV channel, watch online for Week 8 (October 21, 2017)

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:12 AM

After an utter collapse at LSU, Auburn football has to rebound in a hurry in the second of three straight road games in SEC West play when it takes on Arkansas in Week 8.

Auburn (5-2 overall, 3-1 SEC) blew a 20-0 lead in a 27-23 loss to LSU last weekend, severely damaging the Tigers’ chances at College Football Playoff contention. Now, there’s zero room for error for coach Gus Malzahn as he returns to his home state to face Arkansas (2-4 overall, 0-3 SEC), which is coming off two lopsided losses.

The Tigers crushed Arkansas last season by a score of 56-3 in what was the high point of their winning streak. Now, they enter the matchup in a much different situation, especially after being shut out in the second half by an LSU defense that had struggled against quality opponents. Here’s what you need to know for Auburn-Arkansas:

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Auburn football-Arkansas game time, details

  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT
  • Date:  Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Location: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Line: Auburn -13

What TV channel is Auburn-Arkansas football on?

SEC Network is broadcasting this game between Auburn and Arkansas.

Who is calling the Auburn-Arkansas football game for SEC Network?

Tom Hart is the play-by-play announcer, Jordan Rodgers is the color commentator, and Cole Cubelic will be the sideline reporter for SEC Network’s coverage of Auburn-Arkansas football.

How can I watch Auburn-Arkansas football online?

You can stream the Auburn and Arkansas game on WatchESPN.

How can I listen to Auburn-Arkansas football on the radio?

You can listen to the  Auburn Sports Network call of the Auburn and Arkansas game with Rod Bramblett, Stan White and Ronnie Brown. Locally in Auburn, the broadcast is on 93.9 FM. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on and the TuneIn app.

Auburn-Arkansas football preview

  • Still on top: Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson leads the nation in rushing touchdowns this season with 13. He picked up 12 of those in a span of 13 quarters, stretching from the start of the win against Missouri to the first quarter of the loss at LSU.
  • Ran all over the Razorbacks: Last season, Auburn rushed for 543 yards against Arkansas, which was the second most in school history against an SEC opponent. The record — 545 — came against Missouri in the 2013 SEC Championship Game.
  • Top 10 on defense: Auburn ranks in the top 10 nationally in both scoring defense (ninth) and yards allowed per play (eighth) through the first seven weeks of the season. The Tigers haven’t finished that high in both categories under any of their last three coaches, dating back to 2009.

Michigan State recruiting: Predicting Spartans’ signing class on defense

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

Michigan State has the nation’s No. 27 recruiting class and the fifth-best in the Big Ten, per the 247Sports composite rankings. The Spartans have commitments from 18 prospects, with the most recent coming from 3-star offensive lineman Jacob Isaia on Oct. 1.

Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff likely will aim for 20 or 21 prospects in the class. How will the Spartans fill out the rest of their class on the defensive side of the ball? Here are Land of 10’s latest projections:

* indicates current commitment

Defensive end:  Parks Gissinger*

The son of a former NFL offensive lineman and successful businessman, Parks Gissinger gets it done in the classroom and on the field. The 3-star Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.) standout describes himself as a relentless player who will ask for a quick rest if he doesn’t have the energy to play 100 percent. He doesn’t like to take off a single down and loves to get after quarterbacks.

Defensive end:  Zachary Slade*

Out of the 3-star Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio) twins to commit to the Spartans in late June, Zachary Slade is the lighter of the two. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, he projects to play out on the edge. Michigan State has made a killing recently with linemen from the Columbus area, both on offense and defense. Slade and his brother are next up.

Defensive line:  Jacob Slade*

At 6-4, 255 pounds, Jacob Slade could end up at defensive end or tackle. He appears more likely to play inside, though. He was the first of the twins to pick up a Michigan State offer after their performances at the Spartans elite camp. Once his brother picked up an offer, they committed together within days.

Defensive tackle:  Dashaun Mallory

It’s taken longer than many thought for 3-star Bolingbrook (Ill.) senior Dashaun Mallory to come to a decision. He picked up an offer after the same camp as the Slades and has maintained that Michigan State is his favorite. Will that result it a commitment? It may come down to the Spartans’ decision on whether to take him.

Outside linebacker:  Jeslord Boateng*

Jeslord Boateng patiently awaited an offer from Michigan State after having been in contact with the staff for a long time. Once the 3-star Dublin (Ohio) Coffman outside linebacker got it in May, he set up a visit for June. Once he got on campus and liked what he saw, he committed the following day. After that, he worked to reel in a commitment from the next player on this list.

Linebacker:  Chase Kline*

Chase Kline got plenty of love from the Michigan State coaches during the recruiting process, but what really took him aback was how his fellow linebacker commits wanted him so badly, even though he would challenge them for playing time. The 3-star Chardon (Ohio) native feels he can play any linebacker spot, but will most likely get his start on the outside.

Middle linebacker:  Edward Warinner*

Edward Warinner gives Michigan State yet another Columbus-area commitment. The 3-star Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio) star and son of Minnesota offensive line coach Ed Warinner has long loved the Spartans and became a member of the class in April. He might have committed even sooner, but he needed to recover from a torn ACL and show the staff what he could do.

Cornerback:  Chris Jackson*

Early in high school, 3-star recruit Chris Jackson thought basketball might be his future. But once a Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.) assistant recruited and groomed him to play cornerback, he caught on quickly. His freakish athleticism certainly has helped. He also possesses great length, making him an intriguing prospect with which the Spartans can work.

Cornerback:  Davion Williams*

Davion Williams could still hypothetically make basketball his future. He rates higher in the 247Sports composite as a guard than as a cornerback. Nevertheless, he committed to Michigan State’s football program hours after competing at its elite camp. At 6-2 with speed and agility, he’s an imposing figure for wide receivers who go against him.

Defensive back: Kalon Gervin

What a pickup this would be. One of the first to show interest in the 4-star Detroit Cass Tech cornerback, Michigan State continued its pursuit during Gervin’s short-lived commitment to Notre Dame. Now the Spartans have put themselves in a great position for when Gervin announces his decision on Dec. 2. Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia Tech are in the running as well.

Safety:  Michael Dowell*

Very few people were shocked to see Michael Dowell commit to Michigan State. His brothers, Andrew and David, are in their third seasons with the Spartans. Once the 3-star recruit arrives, he likely will follow David’s path and play at safety or find his calling at cornerback. He has the versatility to do both, as does the final player on the list.

Defensive back:  Xavier Henderson*

He’s the last player listed, but Xavier Henderson became the first 2018 prospect to commit to Michigan State when he made his pledge in September 2016. He would be the lone commit until January. What a way to start things, as Henderson is a 4-star prospect capable of playing a handful of positions on both sides of the ball. He’ll almost certainly end up in the secondary, but whether at cornerback or safety remains to be seen.

Oklahoma DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo earns conference honor; time set for Texas Tech game

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 7:04 AM

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Welcome to the Tuesday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Defensive standout earns honor

Oklahoma defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after a dominant effort in the 29-24 win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday. He posted 5 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and 5 quarterback hurries, including 3 in the fourth quarter.

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops told the media he was unhappy with uncalled holding penalties against his defense. They didn’t seem to stop Okoronkwo, especially while facing a bad Texas offensive line.

All-America honors

The Athletic named three Oklahoma players as midseason All-Americans for the 2017 season: Quarterback Baker Mayfield,  Okoronkwo and tackle Orlando Brown.

All three players have been among the most consistent in the nation and top rated at their position. Mayfield leads the nation in passer rating and yards per attempt. Brown has helped clear the way for the best offense in football. Okoronkwo has consistently been among the best pass rushers in the nation.

Other headlines from the program:

  • Oklahoma’s Oct. 28 matchup with Texas Tech in Norman will be at 7 p.m. CT on ABC or ESPN2. It will be the final matchup between Baker Mayfield and the team that spurned him.
  • Who says only LeBron James flops? Lincoln Riley said Texas QB Sam Ehlinger deserves an Academy Award for flopping on a roughing the passer penalty.
  • Texas vs. Oklahoma was ESPN’s highest-rated afternoon game of the season so far, bringing in a cool 2.4 overnight Nielsen rating. That’s a 243-percent increase from the game in this spot last season.

Gymnastics adds coach

Oklahoma’s national-caliber gymnastics program added former Florida gymnast Ashley Kerr to the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. She previously served in managerial and assistant roles at Florida. The Gators won five SEC championships and three national championships during her time as a player and manager.

Other headlines around the athletic department:

  • Men’s basketball student tickets are now on sale. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased here.
  • Trae Young was named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list, given to the best point guard in college basketball.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Edge rusher Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

Cornerback Tre Brown

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