STARKVILLE -- Over a wild, remarkable four-week stretch earlier this season, Mississippi State's football team earned its first No. 1 ranking. Now the Bulldogs will defend their place in The Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll (USA Today).
WEST POINT -- The names have changed. The faces have changed. But the production hasn't, which is why the West Point High School football team's offense keeps rolling.
Statistics might not tell the whole story about how good No. 3 Ole Miss' defense has been this season. But it's a good place to start. The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) are giving up 10.6 points per game this season, which leads the Football Bowl Subdivision. Their 15 interceptions are tied for the national lead. The group has a knack for big plays, too, scoring almost as many defensive touchdowns (four) as the six they've allowed.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College played nine regular-season football game this season. The top-ranked Lions won all of them.
STARKVILLE - Success can change a man.
WEST POINT - On Tuesday, Mississippi State's nationally ranked women's golf team turned its Old Waverly Invitational into a runaway, firing a team score of 277 to stretch its lead to 22 strokes over a field of 13 teams.
STARKVILLE -- Entering his third season as Mississippi State's men's basketball coach, Rick Ray hopes this year's newcomers help MSU end its postseason drought. The group includes sharp-shooting guard Maurice Dunlap, a freshman from Greenwood; 6-foot-9 post player Oliver Black, of Jackson Wingfield High School; and junior college transfer Travis Daniels and redshirt freshman Fallou Ndoye, who were on campus a year ago but will take the court for the first time as Bulldogs this season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team didn't miss a beat. Three weeks ago, minutes before No. 12 MSU was to face No. 6 Texas A&M, Dan Mullen learned senior wide receiver Jameon Lewis, one of MSU's most explosive and versatile offensive weapons, would miss the game with a lower leg injury. Seven days later, Lewis, who entered the season as the SEC's leading returning receiver, would miss his second-straight game, this one a showdown against No. 2 Auburn. Enter Gabe Myles.
WEST POINT -- After the second day of the Bulldog Invitational at Old Waverly Golf Course, Mississippi State's women's golf team holds a 22-stroke lead over the competition, more than quadrupling the five-stroke lead it held at the end of day one. As a team, MSU shot 11 strokes under par Tuesday to move to -14 under for the tournament. Memphis is in second place at +8, with South Florida and Florida International tied for third at +10.
Mississippi State's Offensive Keys vs. Kentucky
SCOOBA -- The stakes remain high for the No. 1 East Mississippi Community College football team even though its postseason destination is set. EMCC is again in the running for a National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. Four more victories will give EMCC an unprecedented third national championship in four seasons.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- South Carolina coach Dawn Staley knows the work it took to reach the top of the Southeastern Conference. She understands it'll be an even greater challenge for the defending SEC champs to stay there.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fresh off a 20-plus win season that ended with an impressive run in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, the Mississippi State women's basketball team was picked eighth and senior Martha Alwal was named Preseason All-SEC in a vote of select SEC and national media members that was announced Tuesday morning.
STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal doesn't like to talk about herself. That's why you won't hear the 6-foot-4 center discussing how she earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the league coaches and The Associated Press last season after leading the team in scoring (14.9 points per game). You also won't hear Alwal bragging about how she was named to the SEC's All-Defensive team for the second-straight year or how she shared its defensive player of the year award after finishing third in the league in rebounding (8.8 per game) and first in blocked shots (2.7).
STARKVILLE -- Six days before his team takes the field as the nation's No. 1 team for the first time, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen took time Monday to set the stage for MSU's visit to Kentucky.
WEST POINT -- Mississippi State senior golfer Ally McDonald keeps tabs on the MSU football team like most of the other students on campus. While the football team in unchartered waters as the nation's No. 1 team this week, the women's golf team is doing its part to make a run at a national championship, too.
Five more wins. While fans and national writers realize how close the No. 3 Ole Miss football team is to an undefeated regular season, players and coaches are focused on one more win.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban wanted his team to lighten up. Play loose, have fun, stop fretting so much about those burdensome expectations surrounding the program.
STARKVILLE -- It has been a season of firsts for the Mississippi State football team. In Week 6, MSU used a 48-31 victory against Texas A&M to jump into The Associated Press top five for the first time in school history. A week later, it defeated No. 2 Auburn to complete a stretch of three-consecutive wins against top-10 opponents, another first in the program's 120-year existence. Less than 24 hours after that win, MSU climbed atop The AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll (USA Today) for the first time.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze knows his quarterback Bo Wallace can throw for 300 or even close to 400 yards on just about any given night. After all, Wallace has done it before. But the Rebels don't need that right now.
2. No. 7 EMCC rebounds by crushing Coahoma C.C. COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Fitzgerald comes out throwing in victory COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Lamar County wins to set up showdown against Sulligent HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. West Point continues dominance, blanks Grenada HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS