STARKVILLE -- Benardrick McKinney and P.J. Davis have a lot in common. Both were unheralded two-star recruits out of high school who escaped the attention of most major college football programs. Both have blossomed into all-conference players, McKinney as an All-Southeastern Conference middle linebacker at Mississippi State and Davis as an All-Atlantic Coast Conference linebacker at Georgia Tech. Both will be the centers of attention in the Orange Bowl, when each player leads his defense into the Dec. 31 showdown between the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets.
HATTIESBURG -- The No. 22 Mississippi State women's basketball team delivered a defensive effort of historical proportions Sunday afternoon. MSU allowed a school-record eight points in the first half and set a new standard by allowing one field goal en route to a 73-46 victory against Southern Mississippi before a national television audience in the Reed Green Coliseum.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded from back-to-back losses with a 88-48 victory against South Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum. Playing in her first game since Nov. 16, sophomore forward Bretta Hart scored a career-high 14 points to lead four teammates in double figures.
STARKVILLE - Though their decisions on whether to enter the NFL Draft or return to school for their senior seasons have not been made yet, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and linebacker Benardrick McKinney are among a handful of Bulldogs curious about their futures.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Mississippi State battled back from an early 14-point deficit Saturday afternoon. However, the Bulldogs could not make enough shots to overcome the Beavers of Oregon State.
STARKVILLE - Want to see microcosms of why Mississippi State and Georgia Tech combined to win 20 games to set up a showdown in the Capital One Orange Bowl?
STARKVILLE -- It was hard to judge which was more impressive, the pass or the catch.
STARKVILLE -- The frustration was evident in Vic Schaefer's voice and in his body language.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team needs Dominique Dillingham on the court. At 5-foot-9, Dillingham is far from the biggest Bulldog. She probably also wouldn't win a competition for the fastest or the quickest player on the team.
Travis Daniels was feeling it. Off to a fast start, piling up basket after basket, Daniels looked to the Mississippi State men's basketball team's bench and saw his teammates smiling and laughing, enjoying what turned out to be a 25-point win against St. Louis in a game Daniels scored a career-high 21 points. The next night, it was gone.
STARKVILLE -- Before the final curtain closes on one of the greatest seasons in Mississippi State football history, casting calls are being held for 2015. The auditions begin today.
STARKVILLE -- It's easy to pinpoint record-setting quarterback Dak Prescott as the central cause of the Mississippi State football team's 10-2 regular season. It's also natural to assume the same thing of quarterback Justin Thomas, who has led Georgia Tech to its second Orange Bowl in the past four years.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James learned accountability as a sophomore.
With the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in the rear-view mirror, East Mississippi Community College quarterback Chad Kelly set his sights on his next mission Wednesday afternoon, verbally committing to play at Ole Miss.
STARKVILLE - One group got better and better as the season progressed, turning into one of the best units on Mississippi State's 10-2 team that's bound for the Orange Bowl.
STARKVILLE -- One day after five members of Mississippi State's Orange Bowl-bound football team raked in All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press, the same five collected more accolades, this time from the league's coaches. This time, the order was different.
STARKVILLE -- The numbers are staggering. Year after year, game after game, the Georgia Tech football team's triple option puts up eye-popping statistics. It has been the driving force behind the Yellow Jackets' surge under coach Paul Johnson that has the team's in its second Orange Bowl in the past four years.
ATLANTA -- Long known for its power offense, Alabama opened things up this season. With a player such as Amari Cooper, that was a good call. Cooper, the nation's leading receiver, was honored as the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year Monday by The Associated Press, recognizing his huge role in helping the Crimson Tide claim the No. 1 ranking and a spot in college football's inaugural playoff.
STARKVILLE -- When asked Sunday about his team's opponent in the Orange Bowl, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wasted little time in bringing up Mississippi State's most indispensable player.
STARKVILLE -- During his opening remarks at Mississippi State's Orange Bowl press conference Sunday afternoon, MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin took a few moments to stump for his football coach.
1. MSU won't let Collins' departure affect preparations COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Johnson takes over to lead New Hope boys HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus boys show potential in win against Marion (Ark.) HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Mayberry's free throws help New Hope edge Columbus HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Holman trying to impress 'habits' on new group HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS