TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's special teams and defense are providing a nice bailout whenever the offense isn't scoring.
STARKVILLE -- So ... about that faulty Mississippi State offense?
STARKVILLE -- Even Dan Mullen thought his Mississippi State football team would be in for a shootout Saturday night against Troy. Mullen should have asked his defense for a second opinion.
STARKVILLE -- Jameon Lewis is used to having the kind of first half he experienced Saturday.
LOUISVILLE -- All Louisville High School football coach M.C. Miller wanted was a lead.
STARKVILLE -- Boasting 12 players who were 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft picks or high school or junior college All-Americans, the Mississippi State baseball program's 2012-13 signing class has been ranked second nationally by Collegiate Baseball. The ranking is the second-highest for the Bulldogs by the newspaper based in Tucson, Ariz., which began ranking classes three decades ago in 1983.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Saturday was a day of firsts for the top-ranked and defending national champion Alabama.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It was a sputtering, inconsistent, and rather mundane performance for No. 1 Alabama. Or at least, that's how it seemed a week after a big-game roller coaster ride.
Five Keys to Troy-Mississippi State
Jim McElwain has labored in college football's "Mecca" under Alabama coach Nick Saban and run the offense for two national championship teams.
STARKVILLE -- What a difference a year makes. Last year, Troy was a double-digit underdog that scared Mississippi State in a second-half run before falling 30-24. At 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South), Troy won't be the plucky underdog looking for attention. The Trojans know they have it.
GOODMAN -- The No. 9 Itawamba Community College football team remained undefeated Thursday night with a 13-10 victory against Holmes C.C. in a MACJC North Division game.
MOORHEAD -- For East Mississippi Community College football players, one could consider the postgame a semi-victory.
MOORHEAD -- Dontreal Pruitt and Justin Mack teamed up to help lead Laurel High School to the Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 4A North State championship in 2011.
AUSTIN, Texas -- A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban's agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, The Associated Press has learned.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins can't mention senior linebacker Deontae Skinner without getting emotional.
STARKVILLE -- Devon Bell's attitude isn't like most kickers and that might just be his problem.
STARKVILLE -- If there's one quarterback that knows what it takes to put it up big numbers on a Mississippi State defense, it's Troy's Corey Robinson.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State guard Jalen Steele has left the men's basketball program with the intention to transfer after he graduates following the spring semester.
SCOOBA - East Mississippi Community College freshman running back Preston Baker has always been drawn to watching Oregon play football.
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