Cody Bolton only thought he knew what challenge he faced.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The question was answered emphatically at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night: The Mississippi State University football team isn't ready to compete with the nation's elite programs.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen may want to have another late-night conversation with his special teams coach.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football also believed it could emerge 8-0. After a week of a "We Believe 8-0" campaign launched by Mississippi State University, Alabama proved it takes more than clever marketing to beat it. On Saturday, the Crimson Tide proved again why it is the defending national champion and the nation's No. 1 team with a 38-7 victory against the No. 13 Bulldogs on Homecoming at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team brushed aside a top Southeastern Conference Western Division challenger and roared on to an even tougher one.
FULTON -- With his playing career at Itawamba Community College officially over, sophomore linebacker Brandon Smith may look into the advice-giving business.
GREENWOOD -- The names haven't changed. The uniforms remain the same, as do the coaches. But the transformation that has occurred in the past three weeks has allowed a Heritage Academy football team teetering on the edge of an early end to the season to become a playoff team.
STARKVILLE -- One line on the final stat sheet is pleasing. In 20 minutes for the Maroon team, Katia May went 4 of 5 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, had four assists, and made two steals. We can set aside the four turnovers, even though Vic Schaefer and the rest of the Mississippi State University women's basketball coaches likely will highlight that number.
The Columbus High School football team is down to a one-game season. Columbus must win its regular-season finale at Grenada on Friday night to reach the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs. Columbus saw its margin for error in the playoff chase eliminated with a 16-7 loss to No. 5 Olive Branch in a Class 6A, Region 1 game Friday night at Falcon Field.
JACKSON -- Everything worked out the way Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell hoped Friday night at Newell Field.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team knew Oxford High's high-octane offense would come out swinging Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- Seventeen seniors on the Caledonia High School football team suited up for the final time here Friday evening. Those seniors had a chance to face Noxubee County, the third-ranked high school team in the state of Mississippi and the No. 1 team in Class 4A, according to The Associated Press.
MABEN -- The West Oktibbeha County High School football team's offense hit a wall Friday against division titan Noxapater.
STEENS -- The Oak Hill Academy football team is back in the postseason. Oak Hill Academy wrapped up a wild-card playoff berth in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA playoffs with a 20-19 District 2 victory against Immanuel Christian on Friday night.
The Lamar County High School football team can print playoff tickets.
GREENWOOD -- Cade Lott rushed for 122 yards and scored on a 50-yard run Friday night to lead the Heritage Academy football team to a 35-7 victory against Pillow Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, District 1 game at Bill Davis Field.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- University of Arkansas football coach John L. Smith has seen a change in the mood around the Razorbacks over the last few weeks.
STARKVILLE -- What happens if the No. 13 Mississippi State University football team beats defending national champion and No. 1 University of Alabama on Saturday night? The answer to that question has been bandied about the Starkville campus by students, teachers, administrators, and, yes, the Bulldogs themselves.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell usually doesn't pay a lot of attention to statistics. The Yellow Jackets' defense is changing Mitchell's ways.
Oak Hill Academy football coach Daniel Merchant quickly recites all the scenarios required to get his team in the playoffs. One can sense the excitement in the first-year coach's voice.
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