ELLISVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College coach Buddy Stephens called his rushing attack "a three-headed monster" earlier in the season. On Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium, one monster was enough to get the job done. Freshman Isaiah Wright enjoyed his first three-touchdown rushing night as No. 7 EMCC rolled over Jones Junior College 49-7 in its final non-division game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban believes Georgia's Nick Chubb and Sony Michel stack up well against any tailback tandem in the college game. For his part, Chubb figures No. 13 Alabama has "probably the best (front) seven in America." Those groups will collide -- a few dozen times, probably -- Saturday when No. 8 Georgia plays host to Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Carly Mauldin never imagined she would play this big of a role as a freshman. As one of 10 freshmen new to the Mississippi State women's soccer team, Mauldin knew she was going to face plenty of competition. But the 5-foot-5 midfielder didn't care if she was one of only six players from the state of Mississippi on MSU's 25-player roster. Instead, the former West Jones High School standout took the opportunity she had to enroll early at MSU to set the stage for a memorable first season in Maroon and White. So far, things are working out better than Mauldin expected.
STARKVILLE -- Jazmyne Johnson feels the need for speed. More importantly, the junior middle blocker understands the importance of playing fast to the Mississippi State volleyball team. That was the edict first-year head coach David McFatrich established for the Bulldogs for the 2015 season. For a program that has had only eight winning seasons since its inception in 1975, change has been a frequent ingredient, so McFatrich's idea to increase the Bulldogs' tempo wasn't surprising.
STARKVILLE -- These are the games Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond live for. After seeing mostly running teams through the Mississippi State football team's first four games, the senior cornerbacks are ready to play a pass-oriented offense at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) when No. 21 MSU (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) faces No. 14 Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0) in College Station, Texas.
STARKVILLE -- Johnny Zuppardo is an unknown to many fans of the Mississippi State men's basketball team. The senior forward has yet to play a game for the Bulldogs. After graduating from St. Stanislaus, a Catholic day and boarding school for boys in grades 7-12 in Bay St. Louis, Zuppardo began his college career at Arkansas State in 2011-12. He appeared in 24 games and averaged 1.3 points and one rebound. He transferred to Southern Mississippi, but didn't play a game there after sitting out due to the NCAA transfer rules. He then transferred to Jones County Junior College, where he helped the Bobcats win the National Junior College Athletic Association championship in 2013-14. He transferred to MSU prior to last season, but he missed the campaign after tearing the meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
OXFORD -- The mutual respect between the receivers on the Ole Miss football team and Florida's secondary is obvious. The battle between these talented groups could determine which team wins the game when No. 3 Ole Miss (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) travels to face No. 25 Florida (4-0, 2-0) on Saturday. "That should be a fun matchup," Florida coach Jim McElwain said.
East Mississippi Community College is back on the other side of the feel good meter.
STARKVILLE -- First-year Mississippi State coach Ben Howland wouldn't have picked Eastern Washington to open the season with.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team finds itself cast in the unfamiliar role of underdog with something to prove. No. 13 Alabama, for so long accustomed to favored status every fall Saturday, will try to pull what odds makers say would be a minor upset when they play No. 8 Georgia at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) in Athens, Georgia.
STARKVILLE -- The last three games between the Mississippi State and Texas A&M football teams have been high-scoring affairs. They might even be described as shootouts. Last season in Starkville, the Bulldogs won 48-31. In 2013 in College Station, Texas, the Aggies claimed a 51-41 victory. A year earlier, Johnny Manziel led Texas A&M to a 38-13 win in Starkville -- the most lopsided game since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference a little more than four years ago.
Freshman linebacker A.J. Smith breaks out the normal football cliches when he says the Northwest Mississippi Community College football team is taking it one game at a time as it climbs the national rankings. Then there is a footnote.
The Ole Miss football team enjoyed its first road trip in Southeastern Conference football play this season. Now the Rebels are looking to repeat that pleasure. After upsetting then-No. 2 Alabama two weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, No. 3 Ole Miss (4-0, 2-0 SEC) will be back on the road this weekend to take on No. 25 Florida (4-0, 2-0). Kickoff is set for a 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) in Gainesville, Florida.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back C.J. Reavis admits it took a while for him to return to his comfort zone. Now flourishing as a standout in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College ranks, the Virginia Tech transfer is working overtime to build up the resume for a return to senior college competition. As he grows and develops, the Lions' defense is coming along for the ride. A critical goal-line stand swung the momentum for good Saturday in No. 6 EMCC's 48-24 victory against Itawamba C.C. in a MACJC North Division game played before a capacity Homecoming crowd at Sullivan-Windham Field.
STARKVILLE -- Freshman Kennadi Carbin's goal in the 38th minute helped the Mississippi State women's soccer team earn a 1-1 overtime tie against Missouri in a Southeastern Conference game Sunday at the MSU Soccer Field. The draw enabled MSU (3-5-3, 1-1-2) to close the weekend the week with two points. Following a 0-0 overtime tie against Tennessee On Friday, MSU's 1-1-2 start in the SEC is the program's best since 2001.
OXFORD -- In the first three games of the season, junior quarterback Chad Kelly looked like a man who played football with a cape and a big 'S' on his chest. Entering the No. 3 Ole Miss football team's game against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Kelly was leading the nation in yards per completion (19.11) and yards per pass attempt (12.3), and was second in the nation in passing efficiency (205.7). He had thrown for 898 yards, nine touchdowns (one interception) and was completing 65 percent of his passes. With numbers like that, it's easy to see why Ole Miss supporters were looking for places to put telephone booths so Kelly would have spots to change into his Superman gear.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said his team is back in the Southeastern Conference Western Division race after beating Auburn 17-9 Saturday night. MSU lost to LSU 21-19 in week two in its SEC opener at Davis Wade Stadium. MSU had a chance to win, but Devon Bell missed a 52-yard field goal in the final seconds. In a game MSU needed to keep its SEC Championship hopes alive, the Bulldogs received a solid effort from their defense and a strong effort from senior quarterback Dak Prescott (29 of 41 for 270 yards). The victory helped MSU (3-1, 1-1 SEC) climb back into the national rankings (No. 21 in The Associated Press poll; No. 22 Amway Coaches poll).
AUBURN, Ala. -- Dak Prescott is used to carrying the offensive load for Mississippi State, but it was taken to another level Saturday night.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was pleased with the play of his special teams Saturday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama 's defense rebounded with a vintage performance while Jake Coker and the offense overcame a sputtering start.
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