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.
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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.
STARKVILLE -- The biggest opportunity of the season has arrived for Mississippi State's football team. After three weeks of dominating non-conference opponents, MSU will open Southeastern Conference play at 6 p.m. Saturday at No. 8 LSU, a team that has won the past 14 meetings in the series dating back to 1999.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban made sure his players knew they'll always be remembered for 2014. Good, bad, or great. No. 3 Alabama will be judged more for Florida than Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss than Southern Mississippi and the finish rather than the start.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive end Preston Smith's reign of dominance among Southeastern Conference defensive linemen continues.
MOBILE, Ala. -- The Mississippi State football team hasn't been challenged three weeks into the season. The Bulldogs opened the campaign with easy victories against Southern Mississippi and Alabama-Birmingham, and the story was no different Saturday, when MSU finished its early season non-conference stretch with a 35-3 victory against Sun Belt Conference member South Alabama.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Cornerback Tre'davious White sees evidence that the LSU football team's defense can maintain its recent suffocating form at 6 p.m. Saturday when it plays host to Mississippi State in its Southeastern Conference opener. No. 8 LSU hasn't allowed a point for nearly 10 quarters and has posted consecutive shutouts for the first time in nearly three decades.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Jones plunged across the goal line, and before he could even get to his knees, was mobbed by teammates.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott saw a sliver of daylight, and that was all he needed.
OXFORD -- Bo Wallace's first throw was perfect -- a 25-yard strike that Vince Sanders caught in stride for a big gain.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Blake Sims passed, ran and confidently staked his claim as the leader of No. 3 Alabama's offense.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss senior quarterback Bo Wallace completed his first 14 passes for three touchdowns and a stingy Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, including an interception return for touchdown by senior defensive back Senquez Golson, to propel Ole Miss to a 56-15 non-conference victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in front of an announced crowd of 60,937 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
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