OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team's defense was far from perfect Saturday in a 43-37 victory against then-No. 2 Alabama. The Rebels had blown assignments and suffered from fatigue in the second half, which helped the Crimson Tide make several big plays in their comeback attempt. But Ole Miss' ability to create turnovers saved it.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Many of the questions that surrounded Southeastern Conference quarterbacks before the season remain unanswered. In fact, there could be more right now. Some teams already are resorting to backup plans.
MACON -- The notion of a "must-win" game in September is a foreign concept to Noxubee County High School.
STARKVILLE - Elijah Staley was overcome by nerves before he stepped on Scott Field at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday.
Even though the calendar still says September, players and coaches at West Point High School have the extra step this week.
SCOOBA -- Former Aberdeen High School standout Sammie Burroughs is not worried about the role he plays with the East Mississippi Community College football team.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team caught fire after last season's loss to Ole Miss winning out until the College Football Playoffs. Now No. 12 Alabama's challenge now is to do it again. There's a big difference in coach Nick Saban's mind from a 23-17 defeat last season and a 43-37 setback on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. This time, Alabama fell to now No. 3 Ole Miss after a mistake-filled performance that included a wild touchdown by the Rebels off a deflected pass.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Thacker isn't sure if jack of all trades is an accurate way to categorize Chance Britt. As one of four senior leaders on the 2015 Pickens Academy football team, Thacker counts on Britt to play a variety of roles and to work with classmates Landon Hattaway, Ryan Harcrow, and Daniel Powell to set the tone for a young squad. But Thacker is sure of one thing when it comes to Britt: You can't question the 5-foot-8, 165-pounder's heart or work ethic.
Kris Pickle admits young teams have the most trouble figuring out how to put things behind them and keep playing. If you're a member of the New Hope High School football team, multiply that sentiment three times and you get a sense of how the players felt after losing to Louisville, Aberdeen, and Columbus to open the season.
STARKVILLE -- In the last few years, the winner of the Mississippi State-Auburn football game has gone on to have a good season. Last season, MSU won 38-23 in Starkville and rose to No. 1 in The Associated Press, where it stayed for five weeks, en route to a second-place finish in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division.
An average day for Jones County Junior College freshman Michael Godley starts around 6 a.m. and ends around 9:30 p.m. "Every day is a long day," Godley said. "It's a sacrifice, but it is also a love. I really love what I am doing. It's hard to get started some days and the nights run long, but I wouldn't trade a thing. It has been a wonderful experience so far."
Focus. After recording one of the biggest victories in school history, the No. 3 Ole Miss football team is ready to move ahead. However, the Rebels know focus will be the most important aspect of practice this week. Ole Miss surged in the national rankings after defeating then-No. 2 Alabama 43-37 in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was Ole Miss' first win at Alabama since 1988. Coupled with last season's 23-17 victory in Oxford, Ole Miss is enjoying victories against Alabama in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott is feeling pretty good about his team's upcoming Southeastern Conference road trips. Playing a key role in a 49-point home victory will raise anyone's spirits, let alone a Heisman Trophy contender who wants to help the Bulldogs erase the memory of losing their SEC opener. One week after a last-second, 52-yard field goal missed in MSU's 21-19 loss to LSU, Prescott became the school's all-time leading passer on a day he went 10 of 11 for 227 yards with two touchdowns in a 62-13 victory against Northwestern State at Davis Wade Stadium.
The Ole Miss football team is on the rise again after defeating Alabama in a game full of turnovers and lucky bounces. The Rebels ran off to a big lead and then held on for a 43-37 win in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night that made a huge impression in the national rankings.
STARKVILLE - It will be hard to argue against Dak Prescott being the best Mississippi State quarterback in school history when his career comes to an end after this season.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State fans have been anxiously awaiting to see what redshirt freshmen quarterbacks Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley have to offer.
STARKVILLE - Gabe Myles was the butt of many jokes by his teammates last season.
COLDWATER -- Two losses and early-season injuries were not enough to derail the West Lowndes High School football team.
FULTON -- Halloween is more than a month away, but it was trick-or-treat night here Friday evening as the Itawamba Agricultural High School football team used a fake punt, a catch-and-lateral, and a quarterback throwback pass to stay in the game and then used a miraculous, last-minute Hail Mary to earn a 43-36 victory against Aberdeen.
MACON -- The West Point High School football team is having fun on defense again.
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