SEC: Mississippi State continues Missouri’s skid

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Missouri found end zone, but couldn’t stop skid, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star. Dak Prescott threw four touchdown passes as Mississippi State beat Missouri 31-13 in Columbia. Missouri did snap a drought of 47 straight drives without a touchdown, but still lost its fourth game in a row.

Alabama defense ready to let its play on the field do the talking, reports Marq Burnett of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. The Crimson Tide plays Leonard Fournette and LSU on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. “He’s a good player. Definitely a physical back, but at the same time, he’s a player as well,” Jonathan Allen said Wednesday. “So we’re going to go out there and do what we’ve done every week. We’re not going to put a special emphasis on him or any special game plan in. He’s a running back. We wrap up and run to the ball and we’ll be successful.”

Evan Berry on pace to set Tennessee return records, reports Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “The first touchdown return was the one Evan Berry wanted the most. The Tennessee sophomore safety and kickoff returner tried not to allow the presence of his older brother Eric, the 2008-09 Tennessee All-American, Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, to affect his focus during the Vols’ home game against Western Carolina on Sept. 19.”

Florida knows what’s at stake in game with Vanderbilt, reports Robbie Zach Alboverdi of the Gainesville Sun. “Well, I kind of tell them. I don’t downplay it because it’s there,” coach Jim McElwain said. “And yet, they should be excited about some of the noise that they’re making. But I think the most important thing is just realizing what created the noise.”

Ole Miss has a good and bad Chad, reports Eric Bolin of the Arkansas News. “Chad Kelly has a lot of Bo Wallace’s characteristics, though. The first-year Rebels starter is enigmatic. His 20 touchdown passes are five more than his next closest competition in the Southeastern Conference. His 12 interceptions tie him for worst in the league, right next to deposed Vanderbilt quarterback Johnny McCrary”

Ole Miss is healthy and hungry to play Arkansas, reports Greg Ostendorf of espn.com. “This week, Ole Miss is coming off a win over Auburn. More importantly, everybody is healthy for the most part. No serious injuries. And unlike last year, the Rebels still control their own destiny in the SEC West. If they win out, they’re going to Atlanta.”

Return of Carl Lawson helps Auburn, reports Robert Cessna of Bryan/College Station Eagle. “Auburn’s defense has been a big disappointment under first-year coordinator Will Muschamp, but the Tigers got a big boost last week by the return of sophomore end Carl Lawson. Lawson, who missed six games with a hip pointer, looked a little rusty but had three quarterback pressures and just missed sacking Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly on a critical third down.”

Photo of Mississippi State-Missouri by AP

SEC football standings

East

  • Florida 5-1
  • Georgia 3-3
  • Tennessee 2-3
  • Kentucky 2-4
  • Vanderbilt 1-3
  • Missouri 1-5
  • South Carolina 1-5

West

  • LSU 4-0
  • Alabama 4-1
  • Ole Miss 4-1
  • Miss State 3-2
  • Texas A&M 3-2
  • Arkansas 2-2
  • Auburn 1-4

SEC football games Saturday

  • 12:00 – Vanderbilt at Florida (ESPN)
  • 12:00 – Kentucky at Georgia (SEC)
  • 3:30 – Arkansas at Ole Miss (CBS)
  • 4:00 – South Carolina at Tennessee (SEC)
  • 7:30 – Auburn at Texas A&M (SEC)
  • 8:00 – LSU at Alabama (CBS)

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