STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland sees room for a lot of improvement.
STARKVILLE -- Will Coleman could have gone and played immediately at a handful of other schools.
STARKVILLE -- It has been a long time coming for Houston Franks and the Mississippi State women's cross country program.
STARKVILLE -- The construction continues for Vic Schaefer.
New Hope High School senior Carlos Brooks likes the "positive vibes" coming from his basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball won't have to look far for a good game during the 2016 season.
STARKVILLE -- Gabe Myles always has a smile on his face.
MACON -- Jeffery Simmons lingered at midfield a little longer than usual.
The numbers are coming fast and furious at the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen believes Arkansas is one of the nation's hottest teams. Mullen has seen Arkansas win four-straight games, including a double overtime victory against Auburn, an overtime thriller against Ole Miss, and a 31-14 drumming of LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Razorbacks' offense has been a big reason for the success.
STARKVILLE -- Malik Newman hasn't seen a lot of action in the last three weeks. The Mississippi State men's basketball team's freshman guard has been suffering from a turf toe injury on his left foot that has limited his practice time. He practiced Sunday for the first time since the injury, but his rhythm was off. That was evident Monday night.
OXFORD -- Sebastian Saiz was dominant Monday night, setting career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds in the Ole Miss men's basketball team's 82-72 victory against Georgia Southern.
With a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division title still within reach, two rivalry games will determine the No. 25 Ole Miss football team's regular-season fate. First, Ole Miss (7-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) will return from its open date to play host to No. 17 LSU (7-2, 4-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI). The Egg Bowl regular-season finale against Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3) will be at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 28 in Starkville.
Columbus High School junior running back Kylin Hill knows how far the Falcons traveled this season. He also knows a state championship is within the team's grasp. Columbus saw its 2015 season end with a 56-42 loss to Clinton in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs Friday night. Hill did his part with 24 rushes for 382 yards and five touchdowns. For his efforts, Hill is The Dispatch Prep Player of the Week.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team is more than a squad that can smash 'em up and knock 'em down. No. 3 Alabama used a 69-yard Cyrus Jones punt return for a touchdown to provide the spark against Mississippi State on Saturday, and then added three more long scoring plays to turn a scoreless game into a 31-6 romp.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott is optimistic about the Mississippi State football team's final two weeks of the regular season. The senior quarterback was sacked nine times Saturday in a 31-6 loss to No. 3 Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium. He said there are plenty of things MSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) can improve on before it faces Arkansas (6-4, 4-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Razorback Stadium, and that it remains focused on winning out.
MACON -- Four-man fade likely will go down as one of the biggest plays in Noxubee County High School football history. It shouldn't be surprising that Kymbotric Mason and Timorrius Conner were involved in the play, or that it was a pass completion between a junior wide receiver and senior quarter back that sealed Noxubee County's 20-13 victory against Lafayette County. After all, this is Noxubee County, a program that has earned a reputation for having an explosive passing attack.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott will probably have dreams about the Alabama defensive front. The Mississippi Sate quarterback was sacked twice -- including on the first play from scrimmage -- on the opening series against Alabama on Saturday afternoon. He ran the ball three more times on the drive and took a beating. In fact, he took a beating the entire game. He said never has been hit that much.
STARKVILLE -- It was an emotional week for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost one of their own last week. Freshman defensive lineman Keith Joseph Jr. and his father, former Bulldog Keith Sr., were killed in a one-car accident Nov. 6. The tragedy hit the football program by surprise, especially the freshmen. Freshman safety Jamal Peters wore No. 99, Joseph Jr.'s number, with Joseph on the back to honor his fallen teammate Saturday afternoon in the team's game against No. 3 Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen saw his defense play well for 52 of 55 plays Saturday afternoon. MSU's defense bottled up Alabama's offense and gave it fits nearly all day, but the Crimson Tide busted three long plays and one on special teams for four touchdowns that proved to the difference in a 31-6 victory at Davis Wade Stadium.
1. MSU eager to reclaim Egg Bowl trophy COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Avery Brown keeps Starkville High's tradition at RB going HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Kelly excited to be part of his first Egg Bowl COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Dillingham emerging as bigger threat on offense COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Prescott, seniors want to go out with win at home COLLEGE SPORTS