AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham is effusive about playing in his first Iron Bowl. Alabama's Jalen Hurts had much less to say when asked whether he likes playing in these kind of big-game environments. "I like winning," he said simply.
CANCUN, Mexico -- The No. 7 Mississippi State women's basketball team outscored No. 24 Arizona State by 10 points in the fourth quarter to rally for a 65-57 victory Thursday in an opening-round game of the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
STARKVILLE -- Behind a career-high 25 points from Tyson Carter in his first start of the season, the Mississippi State men's basketball team overcame a rough first half of 3-point shooting to beat previously unbeaten Stephen F. Austin 80-75 on Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
The relevance of the Egg Bowl, now back on Thanksgiving Day, has evolved in the past few years. It's a game where home-field advantage and point spreads have nothing to do with which team takes the trophy home. The rivalry gives the winner a year's worth of bragging rights.
STARKVILLE -- The disappointment of not making the NCAA tournament has worn off for the Mississippi State women's soccer team. With only two of the Southeastern Conference's record nine teams still alive in the 64-team tournament, most of the nation has turned its sights toward 2018 and beyond. After all, recruiting in Olympic sports like women's soccer often is mapped out two and three years in advance, so there has been plenty of work for Tom Anagnost and his coaches at MSU to tackle.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham lives for third and long. In eight seasons as a college defensive coordinator at three schools, one constant has remained: Grantham's defenses have relentlessly pressured quarterbacks when the down-and-distance situation dictates a pass.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Iron Bowl typically features one of the nation's best defenses. Either Alabama or Auburn usually showcases a group that's stingy against the run and mostly denies big passing plays. This year, both have defenses matching that description.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer believes in Teaira McCowan.
STARKVILLE -- When Loryn Phillips looks back on it, her husband Josiah has never really been the stereotypical college student. He's never been one to spend his evenings in the bar or otherwise; he's always been at home, serving as someone's caretaker.
STARKVILLE -- Usually after practice, college football players are quick to leave campus. After class all morning and a trek across campus to hours of football obligations, most of Mississippi State's players file out of the building -- some of them with dinner in hand -- quick to get off campus.
STARKVILLE -- The extra planes made the big difference. With a Thursday game looming after a Saturday win, the coaching staff doesn't have the time to go through the usual procedure for leaving a road game with the team; it needs to get back home as soon as possible to begin an accelerated work week.
STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon went 1-for-8 from the field and missed all five of his 3-pointers. Weatherspoon's teammates on the Mississippi State men's basketball team didn't fare much better, combining to go 3-for-18 from behind the arc.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The No. 1 Alabama football team's path to the Southeastern Conference championship and an assured spot in the playoffs is clear but awfully treacherous.
LAS VEGAS -- After graduating from Long Beach State in the spring, guard Justin Bibbins contacted Utah men's basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak about playing for the Utes as a graduate-transfer.
STARKVILLE -- Hard work pays off.
STARKVILLE -- Roshunda Johnson didn't catch the Pop-Up Video that included anecdotes and highlights of her career at Mississippi State that was shown Sunday on the video board at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Joye-Lee McNelis heard the whispers. Coaches, like in any profession, talk about their peers, so the Southern Mississippi women's basketball coach was curious to see if some in her business were right when they said Mississippi State wouldn't be as strong after losing four key players from a program-record 34-win season and a trip to the national title game. McNelis saw an effort Sunday that should put all of that talk to rest.
East Mississippi Community College is mourning the loss of one of its most popular football players today. Sophomore Tyone Clemons was killed in a one-vehicle accident late Saturday morning in Jones County. A former All-State lineman at West Jones High School, Clemons died shortly after a wreck on Summerland Road, close to the West Jones High campus.
STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters picked the pocket of Florida A&M's Nasir Core and passed to Tyson Carter for an easy dunk. The play gave the Mississippi State men's basketball team a 15-2 lead at the 14-minute, 23-second mark of the first half. The Bulldogs didn't score for another 4:40.
Auburn's Kerryon Johnson doesn't have to be a soothsayer to predict what the Iron Bowl will be like. No. 6 Auburn (9-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) will play host to No. 1 Alabama (11-0, 7-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) in a rivalry game that always captivates the state, but this time it's all dressed up with national championship implications. The winner faces No. 7 Georgia in the SEC title game and bolsters its playoff chances, though it's possible the Crimson Tide could still get in even with a loss.
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