STARKVILLE -- Martha Alwal doesn't like to talk about herself. That's why you won't hear the 6-foot-4 center discussing how she earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the league coaches and The Associated Press last season after leading the team in scoring (14.9 points per game). You also won't hear Alwal bragging about how she was named to the SEC's All-Defensive team for the second-straight year or how she shared its defensive player of the year award after finishing third in the league in rebounding (8.8 per game) and first in blocked shots (2.7).
STARKVILLE -- Six days before his team takes the field as the nation's No. 1 team for the first time, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen took time Monday to set the stage for MSU's visit to Kentucky.
WEST POINT -- Mississippi State senior golfer Ally McDonald keeps tabs on the MSU football team like most of the other students on campus. While the football team in unchartered waters as the nation's No. 1 team this week, the women's golf team is doing its part to make a run at a national championship, too.
Five more wins. While fans and national writers realize how close the No. 3 Ole Miss football team is to an undefeated regular season, players and coaches are focused on one more win.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban wanted his team to lighten up. Play loose, have fun, stop fretting so much about those burdensome expectations surrounding the program.
STARKVILLE -- It has been a season of firsts for the Mississippi State football team. In Week 6, MSU used a 48-31 victory against Texas A&M to jump into The Associated Press top five for the first time in school history. A week later, it defeated No. 2 Auburn to complete a stretch of three-consecutive wins against top-10 opponents, another first in the program's 120-year existence. Less than 24 hours after that win, MSU climbed atop The AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll (USA Today) for the first time.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze knows his quarterback Bo Wallace can throw for 300 or even close to 400 yards on just about any given night. After all, Wallace has done it before. But the Rebels don't need that right now.
OXFORD -- In the final few minutes of No. 3 Mississippi's 34-3 victory over Tennessee, the Volunteers decided to go for it on fourth-and-1, giving the ball to Derrell Scott for a run right up the middle.
STARKVILLE - As the 2014 college football season turned the corner and began to head for the home stretch Saturday, it did so with the Mississippi State Bulldogs watching from home due to the team's second open date in three weeks.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama looked every bit the part of a national title contender, with a point-a-minute attack and a defense that planted a goose egg on one of the nation's most prolific offenses.
OXFORD -- Will Golsan looks good in yellow.
GREENVILLE -- While it took longer than they would have liked, the Columbus High School football team crashed into the win column in the region standings in a big way Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- In college football, there's no rest for the weary. But this week, there is rest for the No. 1 team in the country. One week after defeating No. 2 Auburn to complete the fastest rise from unranked to No. 1 in the history of The Associated Press poll, Mississippi State's football team will enjoy its second and final open date of the season Saturday in advance of six-straight games to close the year.
OXFORD -- Hugh Freeze's rapid renovation of Ole Miss football has been fueled by a persistent recruiting philosophy that is grounded in grass-roots relationships, a down-home personality and even a little bit of luck. The formula has helped the coach transform the Rebels from Southeastern Conference cellar-dwellers to the No. 3 team in the country in just three short years.
SENATOBIA -- When East Mississippi Community College hired Buddy Stephens as its football coach, a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division championship was a big deal. The Lions have advanced well past that type of championship. These days, state and national titles are the norm. Still, EMCC took time to celebrate Thursday night.
STARKVILLE - All Auburn needed was a yard. Will Redmond wasn't going to let that happen.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James has appreciated the meaning of the word responsibility ever since she was a freshman.
STARKVILLE - Entering his third season as Mississippi States men's basketball coach, Rick Ray was blunt when asked about his team's prognosis for the 2014-15 season.
STARKVILLE -- Standing in the middle of the visitors' locker room at LSU's Tiger Stadium, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen was a picture of confidence surrounded by his players seconds before taking the field. It was a pregame speech like most pregame speeches, aimed at rallying his players before a game against a team that hadn't lost to MSU in more than a decade.
STARKVILLE -- On Tuesday, the Southeastern Conference announced that the Mike Slive era, which began when Slive became the league commissioner in 2002, will end next summer. Slive, 74, will retire effective July 31, 2015, as he prepares to begin treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer. His prognosis is good.
1. Ole Miss gearing up for improved LSU COLLEGE SPORTS
2. No. 1 MSU begins preparations for Kentucky COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Alabama shines with looser mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Ole Miss will rely on defense COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU's Alwal hopes new habits will pay dividends COLLEGE SPORTS