STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State's football players were getting some rest and visiting their families, their coaches were all over the nation.
MADISON -- Madison Central High School's football team did everything it could to avoid pressure, even before pressure came. It started what it hoped would be its game-winning drive with pressure-dodging maneuvers just to tweak them when Starkville High School finally brought pressure later in the drive. More times than not, their answer was good enough.
STARKVILLE -- Bob Shoop has called the job of a college football defensive coordinator the toughest in sports.
STARKVILLE -- If Mississippi State's 2018 baseball season hadn't ended in Omaha, Nebraska,, Cole Gordon might not be a part of the 2019 season.
STARKVILLE -- The statistics prove Ty Johnson is a natural linebacker.
STARKVILLE -- A few thousand feet north of Davis Wade Stadium, in Mississippi State's Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS), Mark Horstemeyer sits in an office surrounded by old football helmets, a few hockey helmets, and animal skulls.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Lemonis' first fall as Mississippi State's baseball coach will conclude with a weekend of evaluation and some time with fathers and sons.
For two weeks, Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead can be spared the swarm of criticism around his program.
STARKVILLE -- Every number suggested the Mississippi State football team's defense wasn't the problem in a 0-2 Southeastern Conference start.
STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald knew what kind of game this would be, and he wanted to ensure the men he thought would decide it were ready to take it over. He went to the offensive line and told them simply: "If you win tonight, we win.
STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald entered the record books with flair.
STARKVILLE -- Missed opportunity is why the Starkville High School football team finds itself in this situation -- looking up at the leader of Class 6A Region 2 in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA), a spot it thought would be theirs. Presented just a handful of opportunities to take command of the spot Northwest Rankin holds, the Yellow Jackets missed and paid for it with a loss.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland saw what he needed to see in February and March of last season.
STARKVILLE -- Tony and Missy Goodman met as students at Auburn and raised triplets in Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead knows the statistics.
STARKVILLE -- Mark Jones remembers turning to Bob Davie and realizing something special was happening.
STARKVILLE -- The Northwest Rankin High School football team had to get creative.
On third-and-12 on their third play of the game, the Cougars chose to roll quarterback Jamari Jones to his right, hoping to create a seam.
Indiana was becoming home for the Lemonis family, if it wasn't already.
Chris Lemonis didn't have his eyes peeled for other opportunities -- until Mississippi State came calling.
STARKVILLE -- Twenty three times, the Mississippi State football team has thrown on third down just to produce an incompletion. Through five games, MSU has failed to convert on third down 34 times.
STARKVILLE -- This week, the keys to winning are bigger than the usual statistical emphases.
Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead knows an 0-2 start in the Southeastern Conference has his team in a tender spot as it prepares to play host to No. 8 Auburn (4-1, 1-1 SEC) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2).
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