SCOOBA -- On second down in the second quarter, East Mississippi Community College motioned wide receiver Calvin Keys Jr. across the formation for a bubble screen.
STARKVILLE -- Opposing coaches trying to find the Mississippi State football team's formula on third down aren't going to find one. That's the way MSU coach Dan Mullen designed his offense.
STARKVILLE -- Johnathan Abram has been a transformative figure amidst all of the change on the Mississippi State football team's defense. Entering the season, the Bulldogs still were adjusting to new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's system. New safeties coach Ron English also was adjusting to his new responsibilities and a new group of players.
SCOOBA -- Under fourth-year head coach Sean Cannon, the Itawamba Community College football team has taken a boxing mentality into its annual matchup against rival East Mississippi C.C.
STARKVILLE -- Elgton Jenkins provided a brief distraction from the real focal point of the Mississippi State offensive line. When Jenkins' first start at center began with a few lower-than-desired snaps, suddenly all of the attention on new starters Darryl Williams (left guard) and right tackle Stewart Reese (right tackle) vanished. With two more games in the books, Williams and Reese aren't under such scrutiny anymore.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw is passionate about his teammates.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham's defense gives two basic jobs to defenders on the line of scrimmage. Defensive tackles are asked to, as Grantham likes to say," build the wall," which means preventing offensive linemen from moving downfield to block linebackers. Anyone outside of them is asked to set the edge and to combat blocks to squeeze runs to the inside and take away secondary gaps for inside runs.
STARKVILLE -- Comfort and style never weighed into the decision for Blake Mitchell. Convenience was the driving factor for the walk-on lineman with the Mississippi State football team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's pipeline to Georgia is strong. MSU (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has two assistant coaches -- defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and tight ends coach D.J. Looney -- and eight players with connections to Georgia. Those coaches and players will get a chance to renew those ties at 6 p.m. Saturday when No. 17 MSU takes on No. 11 Georgia (3-0) at Sanford Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game live.
STARKVILLE -- The Tucker Day hype was more than just a creation of recruiting rankings and the musings of Mississippi State fans. Kicker Jace Christmann saw Day, a freshman from Brentwood, Tennessee, impress in his first collegiate practices. Day's performance left the rest of MSU's kickers with one choice.
ATHENS, Ga. -- They share a nickname and a league. The Mississippi State and the Georgia football teams share little else. There's just not a whole lot of history between MSU and Georgia.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, but he could be ready for the team's game against No. 1 Alabama on Sept. 30.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The California football team has followed a consistent formula in getting off to a 3-0 start under first-year coach Justin Wilcox. The Golden Bears have managed to overcome shaky starts with dominant second halves with help from a vastly improved defense.
STARKVILLE -- Jeffery Simmons proved the Mississippi State football team's defense's point with a tackle in the second quarter. On the first play after then-No. 12 LSU pummeled MSU with an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive in which it didn't attempt a pass, Marquiss Spencer took on an edge block and Simmons shed the LSU center, pursued across the formation and tackled running back Derrius Guice for a loss.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen wasn't going to hold any punches. The Mississippi State football coach entered his team's game against No. 12 LSU on Saturday night with one goal: run the football. To do that, Mullen was going to use everything in his playbook. It all worked.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team running for nearly 6 yards per carry Saturday night in a 37-7 victory against No. 12 LSU did plenty to set up its passing attack, but coach Dan Mullen was doing more, too. "What we're trying to do is get them back and forth," Mullen said, "get them into nickel and out of base defenses to create mismatches."
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts and the Alabama football team scored in a hurry, then did it again -- and again. No. 1 Alabama raced to a lead Saturday night, lost a chunk of it, then outlasted Colorado State 41-23 Saturday night. Hurts threw for 248 yards and two long touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards for the Tide (3-0) in his best all-around game of the season.
STARKVILLE -- Change was inevitable for the LSU football team when coach Ed Orgeron hired offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The extent of the changes was a mystery for an extended period, as Orgeron closed preseason practices to the media. Two games into the Canada era, the most important adjustments come before every snap.
STARKVILLE -- Kylin Hill knows his first career touchdown should have came a week earlier than it did. The former Columbus High School standout had holes to run through in his debut with the Mississippi State, as he averaged more than 11 yards on his first three carries.
BOONEVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Duke Upshaw loves when his unit plays with passion.
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