Cincinnati Bengals players react to Whitworth departure

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Cincinnati Bengals jogs off the field after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 18-16 to win an AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Cincinnati Bengals jogs off the field after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 18-16 to win an AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Andrew Whitworth’s value to the Cincinnati Bengals went well beyond the playing field, with the team captain being one of the most respected players in the locker room for much of his 11-year tenure with the team.

So it’s no surprise that his decision to leave the Bengals and sign a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams elicited responses from his teammates on Twitter, including one from the man who is stepping into Whitworth’s role as starting left tackle, Cedric Ogbuehi.

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who went to the Pro Bowl with Whitworth the last two years, also weighed in:

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

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:18 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas-Auburn football game Saturday matches two teams coming off difficult losses in SEC play.

The Razorbacks will host the Tigers on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and information on how to watch online below.

This will be the first SEC home game for the Hogs (2-4, 0-3 SEC) after dropping their first three conference games — one at a neutral site and two true road games. They are coming off a 41-9 loss at No. 1 Alabama.

The Razorbacks have now lost six consecutive games against Power 5 competition. They’ve been outscored in the second half in each of those games and are 0-17 under embattled coach Bret Bielema when trailing at halftime.

Auburn (5-2, 3-1) lost at LSU, 27-23, last Saturday, a game in which it blew a 20-0 lead. Auburn fell 11 spots in the AP poll to No. 21 as a result of the defeat.

The Tigers own the series lead 14-11-1 over the Hogs. Auburn won the 2016 matchup, 56-3, by far the most lopsided outcome in series history. The Razorbacks won the last matchup in Fayetteville, 54-46, in four overtimes during the 2015 season.

Arkansas-Auburn game time, details

Date: Saturday, October 21

Time: 6:30 p.m. CT

Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.

Line: Auburn -15.5

Which TV channel is Arkansas-Auburn on?

Arkansas and Auburn will be broadcast on SEC Network.

Can I watch Arkansas-Auburn online?

Arkansas and Auburn can be viewed online via  WatchESPN. (Cable or satellite subscription required to log in.)

Where can I find Arkansas-Auburn on the radio?

Arkansas and Auburn will be broadcast on  Razorback/IMG Sports NetworkClick here to view the affiliates.

Arkansas-Auburn preview

  • Quarterback health: Hogs quarterback Austin Allen is considered questionable to play with a shoulder injury. He sustained the injury in the loss at South Carolina on Oct. 7. The senior was replaced by redshirt freshman Cole Kelley for the Alabama game. Making his first start, Kelley threw for 200 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
  • Running wild: Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson leads the nation with 13 rushing touchdowns. Johnson is also averaging an SEC-best 132 yards per game. The junior did not play last season against the Hogs because of an injury, but Auburn still rushed for 543 yards in that game — the most ever allowed by the Razorbacks.
  • Familiar territory: The last time the Hogs started 2-4 was in 2015. Arkansas ended that season 8-5 with a win in the Liberty Bowl. The turnaround that year began with a 54-46 win over Auburn in four overtimes. Like this matchup, that game was in Fayetteville and the seventh game of the season. Could this be the victory the Razorbacks need to turn around their season again?
  • Back at home: The Razorbacks will have gone 343 days without an SEC home game before this game begins. Every other team in the conference has already played a league game at home; many of them have played two.
  • Striking first: Auburn has scored first in all of its games this season, running its streak to scoring first in 11 straight games.

NFL mock draft 2018: Predicting the top players in the 2018 NFL Draft (10/21/2017)

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:18 AM

As the NFL season begins, some fans will already be looking for future stars for the 2018 NFL Draft. So it’s time to break out an early NFL mock draft.

The top of this year’s draft figures to be dominated by quarterbacks, with guys such as USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley also figures to go early on.

Below is SEC Country’s NFL mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft:

NFL mock draft 2018

  1. New York Jets: Sam Darnold, USC QB: The Jets figure to be the worst team in the NFL and desperately need a quarterback. In steps Darnold, who  went 9-1 as the Trojans’ starter last year and led them to a Rose Bowl win.
  2. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, Penn State RB: While the Browns also have a number of needs, quarterback might not be one of them depending on how Notre Dame rookie DeShone Kizer looks in his first year. Instead, they take the most talented player on the board in Saquon Barkley.
  3. San Francisco 49ers:  Josh Rosen, UCLA QB : Kyle Shanahan built the best offense in the NFL last year with the Atlanta Falcons. But to repeat that success with the 49ers, he’ll need a better quarterback. Rosen has some injury concerns, but he’s looked the part of an NFL quarterback since he was the consensus top high school prospect in 2015.
  4. Chicago Bears: Connor Williams, Texas OT: After selecting Mitchell Trubisky in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Bears need a left tackle to protect him. Williams figures to be the top offensive lineman in this year’s class.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, Wyoming QB: The Blake Bortles experience isn’t working out. The Jaguars have a number of talented pieces already in place such as wide receiver Allen Robinson and running back Leonard Fournette.
  6. Buffalo Bills:  Arden Key, LSU DE: The Bills appear to be starting over and could contend with the Jets for the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They take the most talented defensive player in the class in Key, who had 12 sacks last season.
  7. Los Angeles Rams: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame OT: The Rams have drafted a quarterback and running back in the first round of the last two drafts, and also traded for Sammy Watkins, a former first-round pick. McGlinchey could’ve been a first-round pick had he entered last year’s draft, so he’ll be a huge addition to the Rams’ offensive line.
  8. Washington Redskins: Derwin James, Florida State S: James is a similar prospect to Jalen Ramsey, the former Seminole that the Jaguars took with the No. 5 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. If James can stay healthy, he should have a monster season for the Seminoles.
  9. Miami Dolphins: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State DE: Ohio State might have the most talented team in the country, and Hubbard projects to be the first Buckeye off the board. Cameron Wake isn’t getting any younger, so defensive line projects as an area of need for the Dolphins.
  10. Detroit Lions:  Christian Kirk, Texas A&M WR: Kirk would be a perfect fit in the Lions offense, given how they like to spread the ball around. He just edges out Calvin Ridley as the top wide receiver in the 2018 draft class.
  11. Cincinnati Bengals: Harold Landry, Boston College DE: The Bengals have invested heavily on the offensive side of the ball in recent years, meaning it’s time to shift their focus to the defense. Landry was one of the most complete players in the country last year.
  12. New Orleans Saints:  Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama DB: The Saints still need a lot of help on the defense, especially in the secondary. Like James, Fitzpatrick projects as a plug-and-play guy anywhere in a secondary.
  13. Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Adams, Washington OT: After drafting Mike Williams and Melvin Gordon in recent years, the Chargers need some help on the offensive line. Adams may not be a known name now, but he figures to have a monster season for the Huskies.
  14. Indianapolis Colts:  Da’Ron Payne, Alabama DT : The Colts could be in major trouble if Andrew Luck isn’t healthy this year. For the draft, they’ll need to take the best player available, and that’s Payne, who could grow into a Jonathan Allen-esque role.
  15. Philadelphia Eagles: Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State DB: While wide receiver could be a need, cornerback is still the biggest area of concern this year for the Eagles. McFadden projects as the top pure cornerback in this year’s draft class.
  16. Cleveland Browns (via Houston):  Calvin Ridley, Alabama WR: Based on their 2017 draft, the Browns are looking for guys who have elite athletic traits. Ridley’s speed, along with his production at Alabama, qualifies him for this pick.
  17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Bradley Chubb N.C. State DE: Tampa Bay has put together a nice team and has star potential at every level. But you can never have too many disruptive edge rushers, and Chubb fits that mold.
  18. Baltimore Ravens: Courtland Sutton, SMU, WR: The Ravens might have the worst group of pass catchers in the league. Sutton would be a huge addition for Joe Flacco.
  19. Minnesota Vikings: Lamar Jackson, Louisville QB: Jackson has to take some steps forward, but his athletic gifts are just too much to keep out of the first round. Minnesota might be the perfect place for him, where there won’t be a lot of pressure on him.
  20. Denver Broncos: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame OG: The Broncos’ offensive line was a mess last year. Drafting Nelson will help in the run game and keep either Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian off their back.
  21. Tennessee Titans: Cameron Smith, USC LB: Defensive back could be an area of need, but the Titans also need help at linebacker.
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City): Christian Wilkins, Clemson DT: Marcell Dareus will be on a short leash. Wilkins could be the perfect replacement if the Bills decide to move on.
  23. Arizona Cardinals: James Washington,  Oklahoma State WR: Quarterback could be an option here, but given Larry Fitzgerald’s mileage, wide receiver is a bigger need.
  24. Carolina Panthers: Iman Marshall, USC CB: The secondary is one of the few areas of weakness on the Panthers. Marshall will look to follow in the footsteps of Adoree’ Jackson, who the Titans took in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
  25. New York Giants:  Martez Ivey, Florida OG : The Giants’ weakest area is their offensive line. They’ll take the best lineman available, which happens to be the Florida standout.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: TyQuan Lewis, Ohio State DE/OLB: The Falcons need some help in terms of bringing pressure. Lewis would be a nice boost after the Falcons took Takk McKinley in the 2017 NFL Draft.
  27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Jefferson, Texas LB: The Steelers are getting old at the linebacker position. The Texas standout would bring some much needed youth to the position.
  28. Dallas Cowboys: Josh Sweat, Florida State DE/OLB: Sweat is poised to have a monster season for Florida State. Don’t be suprisied if he goes much higher than this come the 2018 NFL Draft.
  29. Seattle Seahawks:  Derrius Guice, LSU RB : The Seahawks have had a revolving door of running backs since Marshawn Lynch’s dominance ended. Guice should have an excellent year for the Tigers in 2017 and make it two years in a row that an LSU running back goes in the first round.
  30. Oakland Raiders: Andrew Brown, Virginia DE/DT: The Raiders have invested heavily in their secondary. Brown was a 5-star prospect coming out of high school and has had a solid career at Virginia, so help up front would be appreciated.
  31. Green Bay Packers: Porter Gustin, USC DE/OLB: Gustin is the perfect player to pair opposite Clay Matthews in Green Bay. And as Julius Peppers nears the end of his career, edge rusher will become a position of need.
  32. New England Patriots:  Donte Jackson, LSU CB: With Malcolm Butler likely gone next year, the LSU speedster could slide right into his place in the New England secondary.

*Order determined by preseason  NFL Super bowl odds

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

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:18 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 passes for touchdown. 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 awhile for Alabama to adjust to its quick game to get the ball out of Hurts’ hand earlier.

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 again. Arkansas managed 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 3 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 rugby style to Alabama, but the Tide 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 VegasInsider.com. 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.
  • Unranked opponent: Alabama has won 72 consecutive games against unranked opponents. Tennessee is unranked.
  • Lopsided series: Alabama has outscored Tennessee 351-119 during Nick Saban’s time in Tuscaloosa. The only two games that finished within 14 points came in 2009 and 2015.
  • Winless East: Alabama has won 19 straight games against SEC East opponents. The Crimson Tide’s last loss to an Eastern Division opponent came in 2010 at South Carolina. The 19 wins include a 4-0 record in SEC Championship Games.
  • Limping in: Tennessee has lost its last two games, being outscored 56-9.

Alabama-Tennessee football: Betting odds, picks for Week 8 (10/21/2017)

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:18 AM

Alabama is a 34.5-point favorite over Tennessee. Think about that for a second: Alabama could win 42-10 and that still wouldn’t be enough to cover.

This thing is going to get ugly pretty fast. Tennessee just doesn’t have much talent this year. The Volunteers are 13th in the SEC in total offense and haven’t scored a touchdown in their last 10 quarters of play. That’s abysmal. Don’t expect it to change on Saturday against Alabama’s defense.

Tennessee has been outscored 56-9 in its last two losses, both at Neyland Stadium. That includes a 41-0 beating by Georgia, and an inexplicable loss to South Carolina last week.

Tennessee sits at 3-3 overall, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said there’s a case to be made for Tennessee potentially being 5-1 on the year.

I say there’s a case to be made for the Vols to be 1-5. Tennessee needed double overtime to beat Georgia Tech in the opener. The Vols also narrowly downed UMass with a 17-13 home win.

Butch Jones has to be on his last legs as Tennessee’s coach. Fans, at least those on social media, appear fed up with his “say all the right things, but not produce on the field” style of coaching.

Consider Jones a dead man walking at this point.

— Marq Burnett

Alabama-Tennessee betting odds

Alabama is a  35.5-point favorite, according to MyBookie. The over/under is 50.5 points. Tennessee is facing its largest spread in program history. The Vols never have been this big of an underdog.

Alabama- Tennessee  betting picks

Marq Burnett: Alabama 45, Tennessee 3

Things are going to get ugly quick in this game. There are few people who believe Tennessee has a chance. Outside of maybe some diehards in Knoxville, everyone knows Alabama will extend its winning streak to 11 consecutive games over Tennessee. As they have been for the last decade, Alabama is better than Tennessee in all phases of the game.

Chris Kirschner: Alabama 45, Tennessee 3

Butch Jones will arrive at Bryant-Denny Stadium  on Saturday  to the blaring tune of “End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men. Several SEC coaches will shed tears at around  7 p.m.  after Alabama blows the doors off Tennessee because that likely signifies the end of the Jones era at Tennessee, which has been filled with promise, corny catchphrases that belong in peewee ball and little to show for the talk. Yes, he helped take over a Tennessee program that was in awful shape, but the man isn’t a good football coach and has no business being one in the SEC. Farewell you sweet champion of life with a 5-star heart. Practice your leadership reps for your next gig.

Christopher Walsh: Alabama 48, Tennessee 12

This might be the toughest score to pick all season, because if you go by the talent levels and potential the game could be fairly close. If you go by recent results and statistical trends, it won’t be. Tennessee giving Jarrett Guarantano the start last week gave Alabama a chance to study up on him. If the Crimson Tide jumps out to an early lead this one could get away from the Vols, and fast.

Mike Bambach: Alabama 52, Tennessee 0

I predict that Alabama will score the first shutout in this series since 1980, when the Tide beat Tennessee 27-0. The Volunteers can’t compete barring a total collapse by Alabama. UT is last in SEC total offense and allows 242.8 rushing yards per game. Ballgame.

Ryan Fowler: Alabama 56, Tennessee 7

Alabama and Tennessee has a special place in most Crimson Tide fans list of the top rivalry games each year.  Fortunately for Alabama fans, this game has lost some luster, but still ranks as one of the best rivalry games in college football. Alabama will beat Tennessee in every area of the game and will surpass the scoring of last year’s game in Neyland Stadium.

Matt Speakman: Alabama 45, Tennessee 9

Alabama’s program is as stable as ever, and Tennessee is, well, not. The Volunteers were unable to score a touchdown against South Carolina. That almost tells you everything you need to know about this game. John Kelly presents a bit of a problem for the Crimson Tide, but Alabama should be able to contain him. I expect Alabama to get Damien Harris and the play-action game going early. Alabama will dominate this one right from the start.

Alabama-Tennessee betting preview

  • Heavy favorite: Alabama is a 34-point favorite against Tennessee, according to VegasInsider.com. 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.
  • Unranked opponent: Alabama has won 72 consecutive games against unranked opponents. Tennessee is unranked.