STARKVILLE -- The story Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen is telling the media about his team's game at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN) against Auburn University may not be what he's telling his players.
OXFORD -- Defensive end C.J. Johnson lived through the University of Mississippi football team's nightmare season in 2011, so he wasn't complaining that last weekend's 49-27 season-opening victory against the University of Central Arkansas wasn't a masterpiece.
STARKVILLE -- This sort of football game is becoming an expectation for coach Dan Mullen's Mississippi State University football team in season openers. Saturday night turned out to be as painless as MSU hoped it would be as it completed its fourth-straight blowout win to start a season by defeating Jackson State University 56-9 in the season opener for both teams at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University officials announced the indefinite suspension of three players for the season-opening game against Jackson State University. Junior wide receiver Ricco Sanders, sophomore defensive tackle P.J. Jones, and sophomore defensive back Jamerson Love were suspended for the game.
STARKVILLE -- Matthew Wells was everywhere on the field Saturday before the snap of the football. Once the play was in motion, the sophomore linebacker was where he needed to be -- harassing the Jackson State University player with the football.
OXFORD -- Bo Wallace knew the pressure was coming, but stayed in the pocket anyway. He delivered a perfect pass to Donte Moncrief that ended in a 53-yard touchdown during the third quarter of the University of Mississippi football team's 49-27 victory against the University of Central Arkansas.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dee Milliner and the University of Alabama football team's defense pushed around Michigan and showed they can still dominate.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive back Shaquille Fluker really likes the players he goes into battle with each weekend.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen says the winning formula for his football team won't change. However, with four senior starting wide receivers and a former Parade All-American -- junior Tyler Russell -- at quarterback, the prevailing thought is MSU will become a pass-first football offense.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University football team will have three captains this season. Seniors defensive back Johnthan Banks and senior linebacker Cameron Lawrence and junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson were chosen in a vote by MSU players to be captains when the team opens its season at 6 p.m. Saturday (Fox Sports South) against Jackson State University at Davis Wade Stadium.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi first-year football coach Hugh Freeze announced Thursday former East Mississippi Community College All-American Bo Wallace will start for Ole Miss at 6 p.m. Saturday when it opens the 2012 season against the University of Central Arkansas at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Coaches love tell anybody who will listen, specifically their own players, that the tape doesn't lie.
STARKVILLE --- MSU head coach Dan Mullen said on the first day new wide receivers coach Tim Brewster was on the job would be the language barrier.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University athletic department is disassociating itself with a booster involved in the NCAA investigation. In documents obtained by The Dispatch, the MSU compliance department has refunded season ticket money for the 2012 season and a financial donation to the department to the booster, whose named was redacted in the paperwork.
STARKVILLE -- Joe Morrow is dedicating the Mississippi State University football team's season opener Saturday against Jackson State University to the people near his hometown dealing with Hurricane Isaac.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi first-year football coach Hugh Freeze and the Rebels began game week preparations Tuesday afternoon on the practice fields adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Freeze praised the defense's execution of the game plan.
STARKVILLE -- The news continues to get worse for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program. The school announced Tuesday freshman Fred Thomas will have surgery today to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. Dr. Scott Jones will perform the surgery in Columbus. The projected recovery period is six weeks.
STARKVILLE -- After recovering from multiple torn ligaments from an injury suffered last year, Tobias Smith will start in the 2012 season opener.
STARKVILLE - The one thing we know Mississippi State University head coach Dan Mullen and offensive coordinator Les Koenning agree on is the backup quarterback must play Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- A youth movement is under way for the Mississippi State University women's soccer team. Coach Neil Macdonald had no problems turning several of his talented freshmen loose this weekend at the Bulldog Classic. The result was just what he wanted.
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