TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban is enjoying this team for more reasons than big wins, talent and depth. He also likes the second-ranked Crimson Tide because they don't have so-called "energy vampires" sucking time away from the coaches and perhaps affecting the team's focus or chemistry.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, the Mississippi State football team must respond to a loss. Nearly two days after a 25-20 loss at Alabama, MSU coach Dan Mullen was asked about his team's ability to bounce back after surrendering the No. 1 ranking in the country it held for more than a month.
STARKVILLE -- It was a tale of two halves. Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray loved the first half of his team's game against Mississippi Valley State on Monday night. Ray watched his Bulldogs shoot 69 percent from the field and score 58 points -- the most in his three-year tenure at the school. But Ray didn't like the second half in which MSU committed 19 of a season-high 26 turnovers.
ABERDEEN -- For the past four years, Aberdeen High School's Josh Williams has been pegged as a "dual-threat" quarterback, which means he is equally adept at running or passing the ball. Last Friday against North Pontotoc in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State second-round playoff game at Ecru, the "dual-threat" wasn't evident in that Williams managed less than 15 yards rushing.
TROY, Ala. -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy, comparing his team's season opener to its 74-64 victory Monday at Troy, likes what he sees. Ole Miss shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Troy 42-28 to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team received two shots of good news Monday night. On Monday morning, point guard Morgan William was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. On Monday night, MSU learned it will play host to No. 17 West Virginia at 7 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the No. 8 Ole Miss football team still has a lot of preseason goals within reach. If Ole Miss wins its final two games and Auburn beats Alabama, it will clinch a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division and advance to the Southeastern Conference championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the first time.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy's appearance in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game has been three years in the making.
STARKVILLE -- Don't try to tell Morgan William not to do something. It also has become quite apparent after two games that you better bring plenty of help if you're going to attempt to stop the freshman.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban and his Alabama football players kept saying that being just outside the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings didn't really matter with big games remaining.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With an inexperienced team starting its season, No. 7 Duke turned to its reliable leader and got a balanced effort to start the season. Elizabeth Williams had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocked shots to lead the Blue Devils to a 90-40 win against Alabama on Sunday night.
OXFORD -- Senior Tia Faleru had 19 points Sunday to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career in the Ole Miss women's basketball team's 91-38 victory against Mississippi Valley State at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama men's basketball team cruised to an 82-54 victory against Towson Tigers in its season opener Friday evening at Coleman Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Hustle, attitude, work, and grit. Those four qualities very easily could apply to the Starkville High School football team this season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On a day when MSU quarterback Dak Prescott couldn't overcome his early struggles and lead No. 1 Mississippi State to a comeback victory, it was No. 5 Alabama's quarterback who turned in a game-clinching performance in the fourth quarter. Senior Blake Sims, who has led Alabama to five-straight wins, carried his team to an emotional 25-20 win Saturday that puts it in the driver's seat for the Southeastern Conference's Western Division title.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- That feeling. In the moments after No. 1 Mississippi State's 25-20 loss at No. 5 Alabama on Saturday night, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott was peppered with questions about his performance, his team's mistakes, and his ability to bounce back from the Bulldogs' first defeat of the season.
GLUCKSTADT -- Facing a fourth down-and-long late in Friday night's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff opener at Germantown, West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless had a decision to make. With his Green Wave leading by seven points with nine minutes remaining, Chambless could punt from Germantown's 31-yard line and pin the Mavericks deep in their territory or he could go for it in an attempt to score the game-clinching touchdown. In making his decision, Chambless turned his team's chances over to senior quarterback Dason Thomas and wide receiver Steffon Moore.
The Callaway High offensive line has two Southeastern Conference prospects and one of the largest offensive fronts in Class 5A. But after two quarters in its opening-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game at New Hope, the Chargers had 38 yards of offense against the Trojans' mish mash of small, quick defensive linemen and beefier space-eaters.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team was expected to beat Lamar School on Friday night in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II semifinals. The Volunteers defeated the Raiders by 21 points in the season opener in August. Since then, Starkville Academy has lost only one game and has posted four shutouts en route to its best season in nearly a decade.
Mississippi State-Alabama By the Numbers
1. Insell family readies for father-son matchup in Oxford COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Ole Miss shut out at Arkansas COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Starkville Academy falls in state championship game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU Notebook: Holmes making habit of finding end zone COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville defense swarms all over Southaven HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS