NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt coach James Franklin preaches on 6 seconds. He wants his Commodores thinking ahead only for the 6 seconds it takes from the snap of the ball to the whistle. No more, no less. With the Commodores 2-0 and hosting Mississippi in both teams' Southeastern Conference opener today, that is a little tougher for those around long enough to know to enjoy being undefeated. Another win would top the 2-10 marks of each of the past two seasons and match the 3-0 start of 2008 when they went 7-6.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's Josh Chapman insists it's easy to get up for opponents like North Texas, who presumably can't match the second-ranked Crimson Tide's size, depth or speed. He even scoffs at the notion that 'Bama (2-0) might be a little distracted going into tonight's game by that upcoming SEC Western Division showdown with No. 14 Arkansas.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's home opener and likely its Southeastern Conference Western Division title hopes were spoiled Thursday night after another deflating loss to LSU. On a night where points were at a premium, No. 3 LSU physically took away everything No. 25 MSU wanted to accomplish in a 19-6 victory before a crowd of 56,924 at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson entered Thursday night with a mission to make LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee win the football game. The Tigers' senior quarterback did just that in a 19-6 victory, connecting on 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown that sealed the win.
STARKVILLE -- For the final 10 minutes Thursday, Mississippi State starting quarterback Chris Relf stood on the sidelines with headphones on watching his backup finish the job. MSU coach Dan Mullen went to sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell with 10 minutes, 8 seconds left in the contest and his team trailing 16-6 hoping for what he called "an offensive spark."
SENATOBIA -- Close games continue to be the norm for the East Mississippi Community College football team. This time, No. 8 EMCC used a missed field goal return for a touchdown and an interception return for another score to outlast No. 4 Northwest Mississippi C.C. 45-42 at Bobby Franklin Field in the MACJC North Division opener for both schools.
STARKVILLE -- The players come and go, but the constant on defense for the LSU football team is John Chavis. Despite philosophical changes on offense that have led to spread schemes and teams running more plays and scoring more points, LSU's defensive coordinator has relied on the same approach for more than 20 years in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coached divided scouting reports of Southeastern Conference teams in the spring and summer. Days before the start of the 2011 season, the offensive report for LSU was in the trash can.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, Mississippi State football fans will be allowed to bring cowbells into Davis Wade Stadium and to use them when No. 25 MSU plays host to No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN).
The nation's lone junior college football matchup of top 10 teams this week will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Senatobia when fourth-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College plays host to eighth-ranked East Mississippi C.C. at Bobby Franklin Field. WLSM-FM (107.1) will broadcast the game. which is the division opener for both teams.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- This University of Alabama tailback tandem of Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy isn't nearly as famous as the last one, but so far it's been formidable enough. Richardson has pounded his way to five touchdowns in the second-ranked Crimson Tide's first two games and Lacy has nearly doubled his more well-known backfield mate's yards per carry.
OXFORD -- When the schedule says Vanderbilt, many Southeastern Conference teams breathe a sigh of relief. Not the University of Mississippi. Though the Commodores have struggled to get out of the bottom of the SEC for decades, they've certainly succeeded in being a huge pain for the Rebels in recent years, winning four of their past six in the series.
A Hinds County judge says he will rule soon on a motion by the University of Mississippi to move a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a former Ole Miss football player to Lafayette County.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning sent out a tweet Sunday night following the Bulldogs first loss. "Film doesn't lie," Koenning tweeted. The "film" Koenning is referring to is the game tape from MSU's 41-34 loss to Auburn on Saturday in which quarterback Chris Relf was stopped at the goal line in the waning seconds.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday he expects senior center Quentin Saulsberry to play against No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN), but senior left tackle James Carmon is "day-to-day" with a left knee injury. Mullen said Sunday both players' injuries didn't require surgery but weren't available to practice Sunday night. Saulsberry left the Bulldogs' 41-34 loss to Auburn University on Saturday with what Mullen said was a knee sprain.
AUBURN, Ala.-- When Mississippi State's 11 players lined up Saturday at the Auburn University 2-yard-line with 10 seconds remaining in the game, they knew a tie wasn't in their future.
AUBURN, Ala. -- For the third straight season, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will leave a game against Auburn University with a 0-1 record in the Southeastern Conference.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Mississippi State senior defensive back Charles Mitchell was standing right next to the football and was convinced his team has stopped Auburn University on fourth down.
OXFORD -- Jeff Scott waited more than a season for a chance to be the featured running back for the University of Mississippi football team. Four touchdowns later, the sophomore made the most of his opportunity.
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