Side view with Dale McKee


The big news on Saturday was that Mississippi State Athletic director John Cohen’s seven-year stay at Starkville could end as he could travel to Plains to take over the role of Auburn AD. But if that’s true, Auburn should have made it official this weekend. After all, one wonders how Cohen could have successfully led the MSU sports department in the future had he not been hired.

College Football Playoffs will reveal their first rankings on Tuesday this week. So who will be in the top eight in the first poll? There is a good chance that six undefeated teams from Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Clemson, Michigan and TCU will make their first cut. It looks like after beating Alabama and USC, he will be joining CFP’s 2002 first rankings. Ole Miss, Oregon and UCLA will be taken into account, but are unlikely to be in the top 8 this week.

Ole Miss (8-1, 4-1) rolled 390 yards in a Texas A&M containment, 31-28 Saturday night at College Station to stay in a three-way tie for first place with Alabama and LSU in the SEC West. Rookie Back Run Quinshon Judkins celebrated his 19th birthday by running 200 yards in the Rebel victory over the Aggies. The rebels returned to the 10th place coaches’ poll and will have a week off to prepare for the team’s November 12th match against Alabama’s sixth (7-1, 4-1) at Oxford. The Crimson Tide heads to 15 LSU (6-2.4-1) this Saturday night. The next key game this Saturday will be Georgia’s number 1 host, which will host number 2 in Tennessee.

The fiery Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles scored 20 points in the first quarter and held out in the second half by Louisiana Ragin ‘Cajuns, winning the Sun Belt 39-24 conference in front of a national audience last Thursday. Golden Eagles (3-1, 5-3) are now tied with South Alabama (3-1, 6-2) in the SBC’s Western Division as they both follow Troy (4-1, 6-2). USM will be visiting Georgia this Saturday at 2:00 PM

The state of Mississippi (5-3, 2-3) had an open date last Saturday and will be hosting Auburn at 6:30 PM

The day started with ESPN “Gameday” stopping at Jackson State and ended when the Tigers beat Southern University, 35-0. The tigers (8-0, 5-0), who have had their best start in over 40 years, will now travel to Texas Southern on Saturday. Alcorn (3-5, 2-3) lost to Grambling, 35-6 and will play at Prairie View Friday night, while Mississippi Valley (0-8, 0-5) was open last week and will host Alabama A&M in this Thursday.

Delta State remained undefeated as they came from behind to defeat rival Mississippi College, 52-38. The United 8th (9-0, 6-0) Saturday afternoon will be 15th in West Georgia for Homecoming, while the MC (4-5, 3-3) will head to West Alabama. Belhaven thrashed over LaGrange 70-16, breaking the school’s record for points set in 2012. The Blazers (7-1, 5-1) will travel to Brevard (NC) next Saturday. Millsaps relegated to Berry College 56-0 and the Majors (3-5, 2-3) will host Trinity in their final home game this season.

The Mississippi JUCO ended the 2022 regular season last Thursday when the winners were Gulf Coast, Pearl River, Northwest, Co-Lin, Holmes, Coahoma and East Mississippi. The second-placed team from South Division Jones (8-1) will go to first-place North Northwest (9-0), while the South Division first-placed team (6-3) will host second-place North in East Mississippi ( 6-3). Both matches will start on Saturday at 2 p.m.

New Orleans Saints runaway Alvin Kamara scored three touchdowns in a 24-0 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. The Saints’ defense (3-5) averaged 31 points per game in the previous seven games. The Saints will be visiting Baltimore next Monday evening.


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