OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Lane Kiffin is not ready to proclaim No. 12 Mississippi as an elite team. Not yet, anyway.
“We’re good, but not great. But we’re close,” the coach said after the Rebels defeated LSU 31-17 Saturday with 31 unanswered points that spanned the second and third periods.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Casey Washington caught a 2-point conversion pass from Brandon Peters to end the first nine-overtime game in NCAA history and lift Illinois over No. 7 Penn State 20-18 on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Plagued by a shortage of stadium workers and complaints about long concession lines at home football games during the pandemic, the University of Alabama has contracted with an online app.
Lane Kiffin texted with his former assistant Ed Orgeron about a wild weekend because a call would have seemed “a little strange” with their teams about to play.
The past week has been more than a little strange for both programs heading into Kiffin and No.
LSU (4-3, 2-2 SEC) at No. 12 Mississippi (5-1, 2-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (CBS).
Line: Ole Miss by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch in Week 8 in the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
LSU (4-3, 2-2) visits No. 12 Mississippi (5-1, 2-1) in a West Division matchup. Ed Orgeron enters the first of his final five regular season games as LSU coach after he and the school agreed on Sunday that he would not return after this season.
Georgia and Alabama could be heading for another showdown in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Eight of the past nine Southeastern Conference championship games have featured either the Bulldogs or the Crimson Tide -- or both.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin isn't optimistic about quarterback Matt Corral's availibility against LSU.
Corral rushed 30 times for 195 yards in the 12th-ranked Rebels' 31-26 win over Tennessee, which Kiffin said took a physical toll on the QB.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 13 Mississippi held off Tennessee 31-26 on Saturday night after Rebels coach Lane Kiffin avoided being by hit by golf balls as Volunteers fans pelted the field with objects in the chaotic final minutes.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aidan O’Connell threw for 375 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, David Bell had a career-best 240 yards receiving and Purdue continued its recent mastery over No. 2 Iowa with a 24-7 victory Saturday.
No. 13 Mississippi (4-1, 1-1 SEC) at Tennessee (4-2, 2-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (SEC Network).
Line: Ole Miss by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is throwing quite a party for Lane Kiffin's first game back in Knoxville as a head coach.
Neyland Stadium is sold out for the first time since September 2017, and fans will be organized in orange and white sections for a Vols' checkerboard effect also for the first time since 2017 to greet Kiffin and his 13th-ranked Mississippi Rebels.
With one Small kick and a rather sizable upset, Texas A&M caused quite a shakeup in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Seth Small made a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Texas A&M stunned top-ranked Alabama 41-38 on Saturday night to end the Crimson Tide’s winning streak at 19 games.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Matt Corral promised it would be different this time against No. 13 Arkansas.
The Mississippi quarterback, who threw six interceptions last year against the Razorbacks, delivered, leading the Rebels to a wild victory that was sealed by the defense.
No. 13 Arkansas (4-1, 1-1 SEC) at No. 17 Mississippi (4-1, 0-1), Saturday at noon EDT (ESPN).
Line: Ole Miss by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Mississippi and Arkansas got to see how they stacked up against the Southeastern Conference's two dominant teams.
Now, they get a fairer measuring stick: each other.
Some things to watch in Week 6 of the Southeastern Conference:
GAMES OF THE WEEK
No. 2 Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) visits No. 18 Auburn (4-1, 1-0) in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. The Bulldogs have been dominant defensively heading into a game normally played in November.
Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin has apologized for his abbreviated live pre-game interview with CBS.
Before the Alabama game, Kiffin responded to a question from CBS reporter Jamie Erdahl by saying: “Here we go.
Alabama coach Nick Saban says tailback Jase McClellan is out for the year with a knee injury, leaving the team with three healthy scholarship backs.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide's second-leading rusher is set for surgery on Tuesday, Saban said Monday.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia are not here for the chaos.
On another college football Saturday sprinkled with surprises, including three top-15 teams losing to unranked opponents, the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs left no doubt about who are the two best teams in the country.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The defense kept giving Alabama back the ball, and the offense repeatedly delivered it into Brian Robinson Jr.'s hands.
It was a simple but oh so effective formula.
Robinson rushed for career highs of 171 yards and four touchdowns, and No.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi wide receiver Jonathan Mingo didn't dress out for the game with No. 1 Alabama.
The 12th-ranked Rebels' No. 2 receiver was wearing shorts during pregame warmups Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with a boot on his left foot.
The road to a Southeastern Conference championship showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia has plenty of potential pitfalls and detours.
The next two weeks present what look like serious challenges to the superpowers, starting Saturday when each hosts a ranked conference rival.
The Alabama and Mississippi defenses are aiming to show they've come a long way from last year's offensive extravaganza.
The Crimson Tide and Ole Miss combined for 111 points, 1,370 yards and 68 first downs last season.
No. 12 Mississippi (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at No. 1 Alabama (4-0, 1-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (CBS).
Line: Alabama by 14 ½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Lane Kiffin knows what it takes to beat Alabama: Just about everything has to go right.
The Mississippi coach and former offensive coordinator for the top-ranked Crimson Tide knows teams can’t match them five-star recruit for five-star recruit.
Some things to watch in Week 5 of the Southeastern Conference:
GAMES OF THE WEEK
No. 2 Georgia (4-0, 2-0) hosts No. 8 Arkansas (4-0, 1-0) in one of two marquee games matching four of the SEC’s seven ranked schools.
Alabama and Georgia, the top-ranked teams in the country and the favorites to win their Southeastern Conference divisions, are preparing to face the league’s biggest early season surprises.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Young’s first collegiate road start was a rousing success, a three-touchdown performance that helped top-ranked Alabama hold off No. 11 Florida 31-29 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Matt Corral was not going to let an extended weather delay spoil his night. The Mississippi quarterback shrugged off the nearly two-hour pause and posted a record-setting performance.
Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin sees a Tulane team that plays with energy, is well coached and has quality depth.
In fact, what he sees is some Southeastern Conference-style characteristics for the next team facing his 17th-ranked Rebels (2-0) Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Tulane (1-1) at No. 17 Mississippi (2-0), Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: Ole Miss by 14 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville is looking to cap off another short week of preparation with its second straight win.
The Cardinals (1-1) will need to be quick on both sides of the ball to keep pace with UCF on Friday night.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral insists he does not play favorites when it comes to picking receivers.
“I really don’t. I go through my progressions and make my reads,” Corral said after throwing for five touchdowns – four in the first half – as No.
Austin Peay (1-0) at No. 20 Mississippi (1-0), Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT (SEC Network).
Line: No line, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Lane Kiffin returns to the sideline at the helm of a ranked team that fared well in his absence.
Kiffin leads newly ranked No. 20 Mississippi against Austin Peay, a Top 20 FCS team, Saturday night after missing the Rebels' opening win over Louisville with a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A quick turnaround might be what Louisville needs to move past its disappointing opening-game showing.
The Cardinals have a lot to forget about Monday night’s 43-24 loss to Mississippi in Atlanta.
Week one of the college football season featured eight ranked teams losing. Having five games matching ranked teams will do that.
The result was four new teams moving into the first AP Top 25 of the regular season: No.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari said he contracted COVID-19 after being vaccinated, but pointed out he is relieved the shot did its job in leaving him with mild symptoms.
Football season feels so far away, and yet, there is so much to discuss. The biggest topics of interest these days seem to be assistants Tim Drevno and Pep Hamilton and Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson.
Shea Patterson, the former Ole Miss quarterback who announced Monday he is transferring to Michigan, likely will have to wait until early next year to find out if the NCAA will grant his transfer wavier that would allow immediate eligibility.
Postgame analysis of Auburn's win over Ole Miss:
Stidham’s intriguing streak
The Auburn quarterback isn’t dinking and dunking. He’s throwing the ball — with NFL precision — down the field and to the sidelines, which makes his latest string of success even more remarkable.