The Southeastern Conference is down to one playoff contender. Reigning national champion and top-ranked Alabama is a lock for its third-straight berth if the Crimson Tide can beat No. 15 Florida in the SEC championship game Saturday in Atlanta, and may not even need to win. Alabama much prefers the first scenario.
OXFORD -- A.J. Jefferson walked around Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with a big smile. The Mississippi State senior defensive lineman was followed by all of his teammates as he showed off the new hardware that was about to be transported back to Starkville.
OXFORD -- Nick Fitzgerald knew after the first possession. The Mississippi State football team's offense was forced to punt after picking up a first down on a 16-yard Aeris Williams run. Fitzgerald, the MSU quarterback, then threw three incomplete passes, but he knew MSU had a chance to beat Ole Miss if it kept the ball on the ground.
OXFORD -- Keep Shea Patterson in the pocket. That's what Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen's message was to his team at halftime. The Ole Miss quarterback had 261 yards of offense (67 rushing, 194 passing) in the first two quarters. Patterson finished with 393 yards (73 rushing, 320 passing), but MSU didn't allow a point in the second half in a 55-20 win Saturday in the Battle for the Golden Egg at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team had its first glimpse of life without leading scorer Quinndary Weatherspoon on Friday night. It wasn't pretty. Playing for the first time since the squad's leading scorer was announced out for the remainder of the season, MSU failed to string together enough defense stops in an 87-73 loss to Lehigh at Humphrey Coliseum.
HONOLULU -- The No. 7 Mississippi State women's basketball team scored 50 second-half points to post an 88-51 victory against San Jose State on Saturday on the second day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center.
HONOLULU -- The No. 7 Mississippi State women's basketball team shot 51.9 percent from the field Friday night in a 75-63 victory against Oregon in the opening round of the Rainbow Wahine Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center. Victoria Vivians led the way with 17 points, while Morgan William added 14 and Chinwe Okorie had 11. Okorie added six rebounds to help the Bulldogs (5-0) earn their fourth victory away from the Humphrey Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team's defense still seems to have a wall erected at the goal line, and Jalen Hurts remains unflappable enough to shrug off mistakes. The combination has been good enough every time this season. Hurts rebounded from two early interceptions to pass for 286 yards and the top-ranked Crimson Tide's defense did the rest in a 30-12 victory against No. 16 Auburn on Saturday over No. 16 Auburn.
In the luxurious afterglow of Mississippi State's resounding 55-20 Egg Bowl victory Saturday, one player stood apart, like Caesar returning from some long journey and great conquest.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi state football team is looking to snap two two-game losing streaks. In addition to erasing the memory of back-to-back losses to Alabama (51-3) and Arkansas (58-42), MSU will try to avoid a three-game losing streak to Ole Miss for the first time since 2002-04 when the teams face off in the Battle for the Golden Egg at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.
OXFORD -- Deandre Burnett hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final two minutes and finished with 21 points Thursday to lead the Ole Miss men's basketball team to an 86-81 victory against Montana. Cullen Neal added 19 points, including five 3-pointers, Terence Davis scored 18 points, and Sebastian Saiz had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland didn't know how his young team was going to respond after a 25-point loss to Central Florida last Thursday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's no surprise that the Alabama football team brings a formidable, aggressive defense that ranks among the nation's best into the Iron Bowl. The twist: Now, Auburn can make the same claim. The 16th-ranked Tigers have the program's best defense in years coming into Saturday's showdown with the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which still probably sets the standard among college defenses.
STARKVILLE -- David Meadow "Boo" Ferriss, one of the most beloved figures in Mississippi State baseball history and a Boston Red Sox great, passed away on Thursday. He was 94. "A gentleman in every sense of the word, Boo Ferriss will be missed but certainly not forgotten," MSU Director of Athletics John Cohen said. "His contributions go well beyond the game of baseball. The amount of lives he touched is staggering. He is truly the greatest ambassador for baseball in the history of the state of Mississippi."
STARKVILLE -- Place a check mark next to the Mississippi State women's basketball team's first objective of the 2016-17 season.
STARKVILLE -- Every year has been a learning process for J.T. Gray.
STARKVILLE -- An opportunity has surfaced on the Mississippi State men's basketball team. MSU coach Ben Howland announced Monday that sophomore guard/forward Quinndary Weatherspoon will miss the remainder of the season due to a possible tear of the Scapholunate ligament in his left wrist. In four games, the Canton native led the Bulldogs in scoring (18.8 points per game). Howland said Weatherspoon hopes to have surgery next Wednesday and be sidelined for six months. Howland said Weatherspoon will be able to seek a medical redshirt.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy called Justin Senior into his office Monday. With the football team's battle against Ole Miss in the Battle for the Golden Egg set for the regular-season finale, Senior thought Hevesy wanted to talk to him about the week of practice and what he and the other offensive lineman needed to work on.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen took the 2014 Battle for the Golden Egg loss hard. After MSU lost to Ole Miss 31-17 in Oxford, Mullen said he wasn't going to be able to sleep for the next 365 days until the teams renewed the rivalry in 2015 in Starkville. A 38-27 loss last season means MSU has two in a row in the series for the first time in Mullen's tenure.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team used Monday to reflect on one of the biggest regular-season victories in program history. Morgan William had a game-high 23 points, while Victoria Vivians added 19 Sunday to lead then-No. 10 MSU to a 79-68 victory against then-No. 8 Texas before a crowd of 7,764 at Humphrey Coliseum.
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