TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron typically only run as a last resort and much prefer throwing passes the old-fashioned way: From the pocket after calling the play in a huddle.
MERIDIAN -- It's frightening what kind of numbers Devonta Pollard could produce once he's healthy and feels comfortable with his new East Mississippi Community College teammates.
STARKVILLE -- When you're coming off a 10-22 season, your team doesn't have the luxury of being able to look past any opponent.
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SCOOBA -- When the first renderings of the new Sullivan-Windham Field were drawn up, East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens dreamed of playing championship games before capacity crowds in a state-of-the-art complex.
STARKVILLE -- On the day of the funeral for Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott's mother Peggy, Bulldogs assistant head coach Tony Hughes started his time on the Southeastern Conference media teleconference with a message for the signal caller.
STARKVILLE -- The little secret being talked about around the Seal Family Football Complex this week is Mississippi State hasn't seen a wide receiver like Mike Evans all season.
STARKVILLE -- The last thing Rick Ray believes about his men's basketball team is just because they're a year older doesn't necessarily make them better at the game.
STARKVILLE -- The nerves were there.
STARKVILLE -- For Mississippi State University, the setting was perfect Wednesday night.
SCOOBA - One word can simply describe the East Mississippi Community College basketball program.
SCOOBA -- When recruiting players to a two-year program, the margin for error is small for coaches.
STARKVILLE -- It's a good news, bad news situation for Geoff Collins and the Mississippi State defense.
STARKVILLE -- Savannah Carter approaches everything with a purpose.
STARKVILLE -- Normally Dan Mullen can wrap his arms around a player and say, "I've been there and experienced that before. Trust me." Mullen isn't able to do that this week with sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- So it's not the "Game of the Century," or maybe even the game of the week. No. 1 Alabama versus No. 10 LSU is still a made-for-prime-time matchup in the Southeastern Conference at 7 p.m. Saturday and maybe even a must-win in the Crimson Tide's bid for a third consecutive national championship.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen sounded Monday like a he was the host of a game show when trying to describe defending Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In a small way Saturday afternoon, Dan Mullen saw a loss coming. While the Mississippi State football coach didn't see five turnovers contributing to a 34-16 loss at then-No. 14 South Carolina, he realized MSU's tendency to gain big yards and not score in its past two games against unranked opponents could come back and haunt it against ranked teams.
STARKVILLE -- The reviews are in: "Strong. Smart. Versatile." While Dre Applewhite likely won't have to play a starring role on the 2013-14 Mississippi State men's basketball team, he likely will need to compete for the part of best supporting actor if coach Rick Ray's team intends to improve on its 10-22 showing from last season.
STARKVILLE -- It's finally here. Vic Schaefer has been looking forward to this day ever since March 6, 2013, when he walked off the court at The Arena at Gwinnett Center with a "sour taste" in his mouth following a 63-36 loss to Alabama in the first round of the Southeastern Conference.
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