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September 5th, 2012
The winner of the football matchup between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers on Saturday will gain an early advantage in the Southeastern Conference Western Division race.
It creates a certain measure of pressure on quarterbacks making their seventh and second starts of their careers.
Last April, new head men's basketball coach Rick Ray began to put his stamp on the Mississippi State program.
He set the standard for what it would now mean to play for the Bulldogs.
Hard work, determination and attention to detail would all be a factor in being a part of a new era in MSU basketball.
The success of the Southeastern Conference is worth bragging about at every opportunity.
As far as the first weekend of football goes, it doesn't get much better than what the SEC was able to accomplish out of the gate. The league doesn't appear to be ready to relinquish its standing as the toughest in the country.
The Starkville High School volleyball team did something for the first time this season Tuesday night.
Vivian Barksdale played the defensive speciality position, libero, and the Lady Yellowjackets took a 3-0 win over Amory in the Beehive.
The Starkville High School Lady Yellowjackets may have taken a tough loss at home Tuesday night against the New Hope Lady Trojans, but they also saw signs of what they could become in the future.
Even though Starkville eventually dropped a 17-0 decision to New Hope at the SHS softball field, head coach Lisa Spencer saw some things that she liked from her team, especially offensively.
Monday may have been Labor Day and most people took the holiday off.
When it comes to having to play the Auburn Tigers next, the Mississippi State Bulldogs had no choice but to go to work.
MSU head football coach Dan Mullen saw the holiday as an opportunity to get some things accomplished while the players didn't have to attend classes.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs made a rather successful debut in the 2012 season opener Saturday night.
On Sunday, they turned the page and their focus to the beginning of the Southeastern Conference season and the Auburn Tigers.
South Alabama didn't do it on August 26.
The University of Louisiana-Monroe tried and failed on Friday night.
On Sunday afternoon, Georgia State became the third team in as many matches not to be able to score a goal on the Mississippi State soccer team.
Skylar Rosson recorded five saves as the Bulldogs won a 3-0 decision at the MSU soccer field.
Teams work tirelessly to get ready for the season opener of the college football season, not knowing if they are truly prepared.
On Saturday night, the Bulldogs saw the efforts of the past eight months culminate with a 56-9 victory over the visiting Jackson State Tigers.
It's true that Jackson State didn't present even close to the type of defense the Mississippi State Bulldogs will see on down the line later this football season.
Still, it was nice to see the balance the Bulldogs showed offensively during Saturday night's 56-9 victory over the visiting Tigers.