STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's pipeline to Georgia is strong. MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has two assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and tight ends coach D.J. Looney -- and eight players with connections to Georgia. Those coaches and players will get a chance to renew those ties at 6 p.m. Saturday when No. 17 MSU takes on No. 11 Georgia (3-0) at Sanford Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game live.
Carter Putt doesn't need ice when his arm is feeling good. As a pitcher with the Heritage Academy baseball team, Putt said he didn't use ice for his shoulder or his elbow following his outings. Putt followed a similar approach Friday after a career night in his fifth start as the varsity quarterback of the school's football team.
STARKVILLE -- The Tucker Day hype was more than just a creation of recruiting rankings and the musings of Mississippi State fans. Kicker Jace Christmann saw Day, a freshman from Brentwood, Tennessee, impress in his first collegiate practices. Day's performance left the rest of MSU's kickers with one choice.
ATHENS, Ga. -- They share a nickname and a league. The Mississippi State and the Georgia football teams share little else. There's just not a whole lot of history between MSU and Georgia.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but he could be ready for the team's game against No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 30.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The California football team has followed a consistent formula in getting off to a 3-0 start under first-year coach Justin Wilcox. The Golden Bears have managed to overcome shaky starts with dominant second halves with help from a vastly improved defense.
STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons proved the Mississippi State football team's defense's point with a tackle in the second quarter. On the first play after then-No. 12 LSU pummeled MSU with an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive in which it didn't attempt a pass, Marquiss Spencer took on an edge block and Simmons shed the LSU center, pursued across the formation and tackled running back Derrius Guice for a loss.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen wasn't going to hold any punches. The Mississippi State football coach entered his team's game against No. 12 LSU on Saturday night with one goal: run the football. To do that, Mullen was going to use everything in his playbook. It all worked.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team running for nearly 6 yards per carry Saturday night in a 37-7 victory against No. 12 LSU did plenty to set up its passing attack, but coach Dan Mullen was doing more, too. "What we're trying to do is get them back and forth," Mullen said, "get them into nickel and out of base defenses to create mismatches."
This is beginning to look familiar, isn't it? The Mississippi State football team flipped the script again against LSU and suddenly a team nobody thought very much of seems to have no limitations.
MARION. Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team moved to 2-0 in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 play with a 14-6 win at Marion on Friday night.
HAMILTON -- Toby Young made a beeline for the fence. The Hamilton High School senior had just worked his way through the post-game handshake line and didn't want to waste another second, so he sprinted toward his team's sideline. When he spotted the poles with the blue flags, Young picked the one he wanted and set out on another sprint.
STARKVILLE -- Four weeks ago to the day Friday, Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones stood on the field at Noxubee County after a 40-point win. Jones had just watched his defense hold its first opponent to barely a yard per carry, but he said the younger players in key roles were only going to get better.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts and the Alabama football team scored in a hurry, then did it again -- and again. No. 1 Alabama raced to a lead Saturday night, lost a chunk of it, then outlasted Colorado State 41-23 Saturday night. Hurts threw for 248 yards and two long touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards for the Tide (3-0) in his best all-around game of the season.
CALEDONIA -- On Friday, for the second time this season, the Caledonia High School football team entered halftime trailing by one score and moving the ball well on the ground. And much like its Week 2 loss to Aberdeen, mistakes and big plays in the second half stymied Caledonia's hopes for a rally and first win.
ABERDEEN -- New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle, who played at Hatley High and was an assistant coach at Aberdeen High from 2007-09, had his second-consecutive successful Monroe County homecoming Friday night as New Hope posted a 46-22 victory against Aberdeen at Lester Miley Stadium.
GREENWOOD -- Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison kept waiting for the big stop. Judd Murphy finally obliged. Murphy intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter that served as a springboard for Heritage Academy's come-from-behind 42-38 victory against Pillow Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) game Friday night.
During a fourth-quarter heat timeout, the Columbus High School band played loudly. Senior Jordan Randle stood at the 40-yard line and danced passionately. He implored his teammates to share a step with him. For the first time this season, the Columbus High football team was feeling good.
MACON -- Ryan Melton's 84-yard touchdown run was indicative of the West Point High School football team's win Friday night. Wild. Unorthodox. Some might even say it was uncharacteristic.
The learning opportunities continue for the Heritage Academy football team.
1. Rout helps MSU climb into national rankings COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Putt leads Heritage Academy to come-from-behind victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Cal gets defensive in second half to beat Ole Miss COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Fitzgerald leads No. 17 MSU back to Georgia COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Christmann makes most of his opportunity vs. Tigers COLLEGE SPORTS