AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's defense has improved dramatically since the last time the Tigers faced Dak Prescott. Then again, so has Prescott. That was long before the 6-foot-2, 230-pound star for No. 3 Mississippi State emerged as the Southeastern Conference's hottest quarterback and the biggest challenge the second-ranked Tigers have faced this season.
5 Defensive Keys for Mississippi State vs. Auburn
STARKVILLE - Nothing like a program-changing win to make a coach start reflecting on his journey.
STARKVILLE -- Two days after Mississippi State finished off a 48-31 win over No. 6 Texas A&M, the rewards continued to roll in for the Bulldogs on Monday. Late Monday afternoon, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott, linebacker Richie Brown and offensive lineman Ben Beckwith were named as conference or national award-winners for a team that improved to 5-0 for the second time in three years.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is coming off his two biggest wins in his six years in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Expectations are nothing new at Mississippi State this year. Before the 2014 season started, Dan Mullen and the MSU football team were besieged with questions about how they were going to handle the expectations they faced this season. So far, so good on that front. Vic Schaefer hopes his team will handle the expectations that it will face as it prepares for the 2014-15 season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team can't stop making history. A day after beating No. 6 Texas A&M to knock off a second-straight top-10 team for the first time in school history, MSU reaped the rewards Sunday in the form of a No. 3 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll. It's the highest ranking in program history and sets up a top-five matchup against No. 2 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) at Davis-Wade Stadium, also a program first.
JACKSON -- The Magnolia State is still buzzing from arguably the most successful sports weekend in its history. Ole Miss rallied to topple Alabama 23-17 in Oxford a few hours after Mississippi State dominated Texas A&M 48-31 in Starkville, helping turn the college football world upside down. On Sunday, fans of both schools were basking in a scenario almost too good to be true: The Rebels and Bulldogs are tied for the No. 3 spot in The Associated Press Top 25.
SCOOBA -- Two rushes, two incomplete passes, turnover on downs. That was the opening drive for the No. 1 East Mississippi Community College football team on Saturday for its Homecoming game against No. 12 Jones County Junior College at Sullivan-Windham Field. The offensive struggles didn't last.
OXFORD -- Brushing aside a carnival-like atmosphere and Alabama's potent defense, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace bounced around in the pocket and threw one perfect pass after another, willing the Rebels downfield in the fourth quarter. Two touchdown passes and one stunning comeback later, No. 11 Mississippi had a 23-17 victory against No. 3 Alabama on Saturday and asserted itself as a true contender in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.
STARKVILLE -- Don't get in Elena Lovato's way. Odds are she has somewhere she needs to go and she is focused on getting there the quickest way possible. That's why you probably will see a spark from underneath her sneakers or shoes as she walks through a door and walks with a purpose or strides past you on her way to that destination. Whether it's talking to a recruit or moving around the basketball court, there is no time for idle movement because there are things to accomplish and a program to build at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Slowing down quarterback Kenny Hill was a daunting task for the No. 12 Mississippi State defense entering its game against No. 6 Texas A&M.
STARKVILLE -- Asked if there was a point in the No. 12 Mississippi State football team's 48-31 victory against No. 6 Texas A&M when he knew the Bulldogs had a win in their grasp, MSU running back Josh Robinson had the perfect answer.
OXFORD -- The No. 11 Ole Miss football team used a fourth-quarter performance from its offense to overcome an 11-point halftime deficit against No. 3 Alabama on Saturday.
5 for Inside for Mississippi State-Texas A&M
STARKVILLE -- As his third season as Mississippi State's basketball coach dawns, Rick Ray couldn't suppress his grin when asked what might make his 2014-15 Bulldogs different than his previous two editions. The answer is in the numbers.
STARKVILLE -- Ryan Brown didn't hesitate. Asked about the importance of the No. 12 Mississippi State football team's showdown against No. 6 Texas A&M at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPN), the MSU defensive end smiled and shook his head.
STARKVILLE -- Scott Wetherbee arrived at Mississippi State University to take over at the school's senior associate director of athletics for external affairs, and with the Bulldogs' football team off to a 4-0 start, that means he's a busy man. Serving as MSU's point of contact for the SEC Network, which will broadcast its weekly college football lead-in show, SEC Nation, from MSU's Junction on Saturday morning, Wetherbee has plenty to discuss. The Dispatch sat down with Wetherbee to discuss the SEC Network, the football team's start, and MSU quarterback Dak Prescott.
With the eyes of the nation's college football audience focused on the state of Mississippi this weekend as Mississippi State University hosts the Texas A&M Aggies in a key Southeastern Conference Western Division battle of unbeaten teams on Saturday, some changes will come to the normal game-day routine at Davis Wade Stadium and in the Junction.
Editor's Note: Today, The Dispatch profiles Victoria Vivians, the fifth and final member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's freshman class. The class was nationally ranked and hopes to propel MSU back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.
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