STARKVILLE -- It's time to put the expectations to the test. The Mississippi State women's basketball team has been looking forward to a new campaign ever since it suffered a season-ending loss to South Florida in the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on March 30. While the postseason run -- the program's first since a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2010 -- reflected the growth of the players in the second year under coach Vic Schaefer and his staff, the Bulldogs had even more to be excited about considering a talented recruiting class led by Victoria Vivians, the state's all-time leading high school scorer, was on its way.
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STARKVILLE -- The stakes have increased each week in the Mississippi State football team's 9-0 start to the season. It started with a 34-29 win at then-No. 8 LSU on Sept. 20, and continued through a two-game home stretch that included victories against then-No. 6 Texas A&M and then-No. 2 Auburn. Along the way, the Bulldogs have stretched their winning streak to 12 games, climbed to the top of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division, and ascended to No. 1 in the two major national polls.
STARKVILLE -- Trivante Bloodman glanced around the court and grinned. With the Mississippi State men's basketball team owning a 20-point lead in its exhibition game against Delta State last week, Bloodman couldn't suppress the smile.
STARKVILLE -- A week ago, Vic Schaefer said the 2014-15 Mississippi State women's basketball team has 14 players who bring something to the table. Schaefer then singled one of those players out to make sure she knows what is expected of her this season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State tight end Brandon Hill's ritual is the same before every game. After he goes through the Dawg Walk and pregame warmups and then gets dressed, Hill walks around the corner from his locker at Davis Wade Stadium and finds the framed jersey of former Bulldog Keffer McGee.
STARKVILLE -- A home slate that features 24-straight games to open the season and Southeastern Conference stands against Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, and Florida highlights the Mississippi State baseball team's 2015 schedule, which was announced Wednesday morning.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen was true to his word. Five years ago, Mullen visited Nick Griffin, a standout senior running back at Perry Central in tiny New Augusta and laid out a vision.
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After weeks of speculation, the dream matchup became official Tuesday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Sherise Williams is doing everything she can to make her presence felt this season for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- Another week, another national award possibility for Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott.
East Mississippi Community College completed its football regular season where it started -- ranked No. 1 in the nation.
STARKVILLE -- As a point guard, Jerica James knows how to direct traffic. The senior is familiar with all of the hand signals and the subtle eye maneuvers that allow teammates to work their magic without using words. If there is one signal James and all point guards know, it is when a player grabs the ball and uses one arm to wave everyone off to one side of the floor as if to say, "Get out of my way. I got this."
STARKVILLE -- In the moments after leading the Mississippi State football team to its first 9-0 start in program history, coach Dan Mullen wasn't peppered with questions about a 45-16 victory against Tennessee-Martin on Homecoming. Mullen wasn't asked repeatedly about quarterback Dak Prescott, who had for three touchdowns and 260 yards. He wasn't pestered to reflect on No. 1 MSU's historic winning streak, which moved to 12 games, the second-best active run in the country. Instead, Mullen and each MSU player who met with the media Saturday night was asked often about one thing: MSU's game against Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
WESSON -- The East Mississippi Community College football team did all it could on the field this season. Now human voters and computers will decide its fate. The final National Junior College Athletic Association ranking for the regular season will be released today. The poll will give an idea of EMCC's bowl destination, which will be confirmed Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer feels his 2014-15 Mississippi State women's basketball team has enough weapons to make opponents pay inside, outside, or against any kind of defense.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Alabama football players were still celebrating their latest great escape from Death Valley when coach Nick Saban delivered a sobering reminder of the letdown the Crimson Tide had after their last dramatic triumph at LSU. "You know, we didn't play very well after that win," Saban said late Saturday night, alluding to an upset loss at home to Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in 2012.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama quarterback Blake Sims figured out LSU's swarming defense just in time for the Crimson Tide to deal the Tigers yet another devastating loss in raucous Death Valley. Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime to lift No. 4 Alabama to a 20-13 victory against No. 14 LSU on Saturday night.
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