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Tide QB Tagovailoa expected to face Vols

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama got quite a scare at the sight of starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on the ground clutching his right knee.

But the situation could have been worse - on multiple levels.

The Crimson Tide got a break, Tagovailoa was able to trot off the field and apparently won't miss a practice, much less Saturday's game with Tennessee . But if the injury was more serious, top-ranked Alabama has 28-game starter and 2016 Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year Jalen Hurts in relief.


Ole Miss star WR Metcalf out for season

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi receiver D.K. Metcalf is out for the season after suffering a neck injury against Arkansas.

Coach Matt Luke said on Monday that Metcalf was hurt early in the Arkansas game on Saturday, which Ole Miss won 37-33. Luke said the injury wasn't initially thought to be serious, but tests revealed the damage.


Arkansas loses RB Whaley to ankle injury

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas running back Devwah Whaley is out until at least November after ankle surgery.

Coach Chad Morris said Whaley was injured during Saturday's loss to Mississippi, leaving midway through the third quarter. Fellow running back Rakeem Boyd was injured in the first half for the Razorbacks (1-6, 0-4 SEC).


UConn LB Thomas suffered stroke

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn linebacker Eli Thomas has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

The school issued a statement Monday saying the 220-pound junior had the stroke Wednesday prior to a weightlifting session.


Ex-WVU player faces child sex charges

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) Police say a former West Virginia football player has been charged in Georgia with aggravated child molestation.

Authorities say Justin Crawford was arrested after a 12-year-old girl told her mother Crawford had sex with her Saturday in his Columbus home.


Former EIU coach Spoo dies at 80

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Former Eastern Illinois coach Bob Spoo, whose players included future NFL quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo, has died at age 80.

The university says Spoo died Monday in Rockford, Illinois. School spokesman Rich Moser says Spoo had been ill in recent weeks.


No. 9 Oklahoma seeking better D vs. TCU

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma can't wait to move on.

The ninth-ranked Sooners want to change course after a 48-45 loss to Texas and the drama that followed when coach Lincoln Riley fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops . After having a weekend off, Oklahoma is ready to get back on the field Saturday against TCU.


Banged-up Ole Miss prepping for Auburn

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi has so many injuries on its defense that two running backs are now playing a significant role in the secondary.

On Monday, the school announced that wide receiver D.K. Metcalf would miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury and defensive end Markel Winters is out for about a month with an injured knee.


Virginia to face Duke in key ACC battle

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Less than an hour after Virginia wrapped up a victory against Miami, Cavaliers safety Juan Thornhill began making predictions.

still in his uniform, Thornhill said the victory "woke everybody up" and declared the Cavaliers contenders to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.


Texas QB Ehlinger has sprained shoulder

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Follow-up tests Sunday confirmed Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has a sprained throwing shoulder.

Ehlinger left the Longhorns' 23-17 win over Baylor on Saturday on Texas' first possession of the game and did not return. He had taken a couple of hits on runs on the Longhorns' opening drive. Shane Buechele passed for 184 yards and a touchdown to lead Texas to the win.