The Ole Miss football team's players and coaches aren't gearing up for a potential top-10 matchup against Alabama on Oct. 4. Coach Hugh Freeze insists his team is focused on its next game against Memphis at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) at Vaught-Hemingway.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team's numbers were a mish-mash of the awfully pretty and pretty awful: four turnovers, 11 penalties, 645 yards -- and one more win. Third-ranked Alabama retained its perfect record Saturday with a 42-21 victory against Florida, but the performance was anything but pristine. Even coach Nick Saban didn't seem all that perturbed by the miscues, particularly since Alabama has an open date to iron things out before visiting No. 10 Ole Miss.
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- When Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and coach Dan Mullen addressed the media following MSU's 34-29 upset of No. 8 LSU Saturday night, they showed little reaction to the victory. Maybe that's because they expected it to happen.
One day after leading the Mississippi State football team to a 34-29 victory against then-No. 8 LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott was named Athlon's National Player of the Week.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Disaster struck, and Dak Prescott didn't bat an eye.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore quarterback Todd Mays feels like his team is getting better each week. That is bad news for the teams on the second half of the EMCC schedule. Top-ranked EMCC continued its path of destruction through the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division on Thursday night with a 65-7 victory against Northeast Mississippi C.C. on a rain-plagued night at Sullivan-Windham Field.
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STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and his Bulldogs are saying all the right things entering their showdown against No. 8 LSU at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
STARKVILLE -- As Mississippi State's assistant director of media relations and social media coordinator, Kyle Niblett is part of the public face of the school's athletic programs, even if he's behind the scenes. An active member of MSU's social media machine, Niblett plays a key role in generating and enhancing publicity for MSU athletes.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For two guys who have never met, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper sure know a lot about each other. It helps that they follow one another on Twitter.
SCOOBA -- Mario Virges really wanted to win Thursday night. Not only did the former West Point High School standout want to make a good impressions for the local fans, but he also wanted to play a key role in knocking off the No. 1 team in the nation. A victory would have been especially sweet for Virges, who began his college career at East Mississippi Community College. But Virges, a freshman linebacker at Northeast Community College, didn't come away with what he wanted as EMCC rolled to a 65-7 victory at Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls is a man of few words. But one subject that can get Eulls talking is MSU's defensive performance in the fourth quarter against LSU last year. The Tigers scored 28-straight points in the final quarter to turn a 31-26 lead into a 59-26 victory. Eulls said it was the lowest point of the season for MSU's defense.
Editor's Note: The Mississippi State women's basketball team welcomes five freshmen to a program that is poised to capitalize on its trip last season to the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Today, The Dispatch will introduce you to Kayla Nevitt in the third of our five-part series. For each of the next two weeks, The Dispatch will introduce you to a freshman.
Six keys for MSU's defense vs. LSU's offense
The gap separating the two SEC divisions shows no signs of narrowing. In fact, it might be wider than ever. The Southeastern Conference's Western Division has five members in the top 10: No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 LSU, and No. 10 Ole Miss. All of those schools are ahead of No. 13 Georgia, the top-ranked East team.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 3 Alabama football team has experienced receivers, a deep and talented backfield, and a preseason All-Southeastern Conference tight end.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore linebacker Justin Lucas knows what a national championship defense looks like.
STARKVILLE - The storyline is predictable.
1. Putt leads Heritage Academy to come-from-behind victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Rout helps MSU climb into national rankings COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Cal gets defensive in second half to beat Ole Miss COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Fitzgerald leads No. 17 MSU back to Georgia COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Christmann makes most of his opportunity vs. Tigers COLLEGE SPORTS