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BC-Deep South News Digest

September 15, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to:

The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org

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For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

Deep South Editor Jim Van Anglen can be reached at 1-800-821-3737 or jvananglen@ap.org. Administrative Correspondent Rebecca Santana can be reached at 504-523-3931 or rsantana@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

GEORGIA (All times Eastern):

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

NEW BERN, N.C. — Emergency workers went door to door urging people to flee Florence’s rising waters Saturday and rescuers used inflatable boats to pluck others from homes already submerged as the storm poured on the rain, setting the stage for what could be some of the most disastrous flooding in North Carolina history. By Allen G. Breed. 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Florence and Mangkhut are battering two countries on opposite sides of the globe. Florence is characterized by its water and sloth, Mangkhut by ferocious winds and blazing speed. 750 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-OUTER BANKS — Many residents who evacuated North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, which were spared from the worst of the storm’s wrath. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SOUTH CAROLINA INFRASTRUCTURE — Torrential rains from Hurricane Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES — The death toll attributed to Florence stands at four Saturday, all in North Carolina. Authorities say some other fatalities were unrelated. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated

TROPICAL WEATHER-ANOTHER BEATING

LUMBERTON, N.C. — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more. Nichole Worley studies the boarded-up house across the street and the creek just behind it that made it that way. It jumped its banks two years ago during Hurricane Matthew, which drowned her neighborhood, one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest counties in North Carolina. By Clare Galofaro. SENT: 1325 words, AP Photos, AP Video. ABRIDGED.

CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER

ATLANTA — Advocates of an ambitious plan to develop a network of linear parks and trails along a vast stretch of the Chattahoochee River say it holds the promise to transform the metro region in the way the Beltline changed Atlanta. The Chattahoochee River Greenway Study, administered by the Atlanta Regional Commission in conjunction with local communities and nonprofits, proposes to expand and connect existing greenspace to create a 100-mile corridor from Lake Lanier to Newnan. Information from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. SENT: 300 words.

SHERIFFS DEPUTIES SHOT-GEORGIA

FORT VALLEY, Ga. — Less than 24 hours after a Georgia man shot and killed two sheriff’s deputies in 2016, a recording shows he confessed to the shootings and explained some of what happened. The Telegraph reports it obtained a copy of Ralph Elrod’s confession through an open records request. Elrod last week pleaded guilty to the murders of Peach County sheriff’s deputies Patrick Sondron and Daryl Smallwood and was sentenced to life behind bars. SENT: 500 words

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-DRAGON CON WEDDINGS

ATLANTA — Dragon Con — the annual pop culture and sci-fi convention held in downtown Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend — is a place where memories are made. For some, those memories include tying the knot. The convention follows a strict schedule and is unable to host or conduct weddings, but that hasn’t stopped couples from getting married anyway. By Kaitlyn Lewis. WABE Radio.

IN BRIEF:

— CONVENIENCE STORE KILLINGS — Police say a teen confesses to participating in robbing two middle Georgia convenience stores and killing two clerks.

— JUVENILE JAIL ESCAPE — More than 30 juveniles held in a southwest Georgia facility broke onto the roof Friday afternoon.

— ISLAND-SHRIMP FEST — Hurricanes have coastal Georgia food fest organizers rethinking September dates.

— ATHENS POLICE CHIEF — There’s an interim leader of the Athens-Clarke County police after Chief Scott Freeman resigned at the request of the county manager.

— SMOKE SHOP SICKNESS — A north Georgia store owner has been arrested after six people got sick during a drug search.

SPORTS

BBN--NATIONALS-BRAVES

ATLANTA — Julio Teheran will try to pitch the NL East-leading Braves to a season-best, seventh straight win as Atlanta and Washington continue a three-game series. Jeremy Hellickson starts for the Nationals. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 750 words with photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

FBC--T25-MIDDLE TENNESSEE-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. — No. 3 Georgia will try to continue its strong start when it plays Middle Tennessee on Saturday. The Blue Raiders are 0-15 against ranked teams. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at noon

FBC--GEORGIA TECH-PITTSBURGH

Pitt and Georgia Tech face off in the ACC opener for both schools on Saturday. Georgia Tech won last year’s meeting 35-17. Game begins at 12:30 p.m. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBC--TROPICAL WEATHER-SPORTS

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson decided to go ahead and play its scheduled football game with Hurricane Florence pounding the Carolinas’ coastline and Tigers fans came out to support their team. The second-ranked Tigers were the only game in town Saturday as other schools in the Carolinas and Virginia either re-scheduled, postponed or canceled contests because of the storm. ECU’s football team watched from Orlando while Virginia moved its home game against Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA SOUTHERN-CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 2 Clemson returns home to face Georgia Southern on a Saturday with Hurricane Florence looming. The game, originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., was moved up to a noon kickoff to avoid the harshest parts of the storm. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from noon start.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

No. 4 Ohio State faces its first tough test in No. 15 TCU and either No. 7 Auburn or No. 12 LSU can add a second signature victory of September in a big SEC West game. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

SOUTH CAROLINA (All times Eastern)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

NEW BERN, N.C. — Emergency workers went door to door urging people to flee Florence’s rising waters Saturday and rescuers used inflatable boats to pluck others from homes already submerged as the storm poured on the rain, setting the stage for what could be some of the most disastrous flooding in North Carolina history. By Allen G. Breed. 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Florence and Mangkhut are battering two countries on opposite sides of the globe. Florence is characterized by its water and sloth, Mangkhut by ferocious winds and blazing speed. 750 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-OUTER BANKS — Many residents who evacuated North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, which were spared from the worst of the storm’s wrath. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SOUTH CAROLINA INFRASTRUCTURE — Torrential rains from Hurricane Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES — The death toll attributed to Florence stands at four Saturday, all in North Carolina. Authorities say some other fatalities were unrelated. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated

TROPICAL WEATHER-ANOTHER BEATING

LUMBERTON, N.C. — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more. Nichole Worley studies the boarded-up house across the street and the creek just behind it that made it that way. It jumped its banks two years ago during Hurricane Matthew, which drowned her neighborhood, one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest counties in North Carolina. By Clare Galofaro. SENT: 1325 words, AP Photos, AP Video. ABRIDGED.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SOUTHERN JEWISH HISTORY

Southern Jewish history soon will no longer remain a discipline limited to a few institutions in the South. Thanks to a $144,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a recently formed stronghold of the Jewish experience in this neck of the American woods, the College of Charleston’s Center for Southern Jewish Culture, will organize a two-week intensive training seminar that will draw 25 professors and instructors in higher education to the Holy City next summer. By Adam Parker. The Post and Courier of Charleston.

IN BRIEF:

— SEXUAL ASSAULT-HIV — Jurors have convicted an upstate South Carolina man of sexually assaulting children and exposing them to the HIV virus.

— MURDER FOR HIRE — An upstate South Carolina man is pleading guilty to a federal murder-for-hire charge, admitting he plotted to blow up two former coworkers with a bomb.

SPORTS

FBC--TROPICAL WEATHER-SPORTS

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson decided to go ahead and play its scheduled football game with Hurricane Florence pounding the Carolinas’ coastline and Tigers fans came out to support their team. The second-ranked Tigers were the only game in town Saturday as other schools in the Carolinas and Virginia either re-scheduled, postponed or canceled contests because of the storm. ECU’s football team watched from Orlando while Virginia moved its home game against Ohio to Nashville, Tennessee. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-GEORGIA SOUTHERN-CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 2 Clemson returns home to face Georgia Southern on a Saturday with Hurricane Florence looming. The game, originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., was moved up to a noon kickoff to avoid the harshest parts of the storm. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, from noon start.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

No. 4 Ohio State faces its first tough test in No. 15 TCU and either No. 7 Auburn or No. 12 LSU can add a second signature victory of September in a big SEC West game. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

ALABAMA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

NEW BERN, N.C. — Emergency workers went door to door urging people to flee Florence’s rising waters Saturday and rescuers used inflatable boats to pluck others from homes already submerged as the storm poured on the rain, setting the stage for what could be some of the most disastrous flooding in North Carolina history. By Allen G. Breed. 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Florence and Mangkhut are battering two countries on opposite sides of the globe. Florence is characterized by its water and sloth, Mangkhut by ferocious winds and blazing speed. 750 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-OUTER BANKS — Many residents who evacuated North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, which were spared from the worst of the storm’s wrath. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SOUTH CAROLINA INFRASTRUCTURE — Torrential rains from Hurricane Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES — The death toll attributed to Florence stands at four Saturday, all in North Carolina. Authorities say some other fatalities were unrelated. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated

TROPICAL WEATHER-ANOTHER BEATING

LUMBERTON, N.C. — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more. Nichole Worley studies the boarded-up house across the street and the creek just behind it that made it that way. It jumped its banks two years ago during Hurricane Matthew, which drowned her neighborhood, one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest counties in North Carolina. By Clare Galofaro. SENT: 1325 words, AP Photos, AP Video. ABRIDGED.

SOUTH ALABAMA STADIUM

MOBILE, Ala. — The board of trustees at the University of South Alabama has voted to move forward with the development of an on-campus football stadium for the 2020 season. Al.com reports that President Tony Waldrop authorized the bidding process to start the second phase work on the stadium. The vote happened this week. South Alabama has played home games at the city-owned Ladd-Peebles Stadium since it began football, and it asked the city for $10 million to help build a new stadium on the campus. UPCOMING: 300 words.

TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A former student is suing a north Alabama school district, saying she was harassed and physically assaulted because she was transgender. Zelda Menefee sued the Huntsville city school system, former superintendent Casey Wardynski and eight other teachers and school employees in federal court in Huntsville on Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HOMECOMING COURT

DOTHAN, Ala. — From riding on a float in their high school’s homecoming parade to being crowned with a breathtaking tiara and sash in front of family, friends, and fans, homecoming night is filled with memories that truly last a lifetime. Most girls dream of being voted queen from the first day of their freshman year until they become seniors. It is a symbol of support from their peers. By Kayla Rutledge. The Dothan Eagle.

IN BRIEF:

— JOB FAIR — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced that the second annual Governor’s Job Fair for People with Disabilities will be held Oct. 25 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The event will coincide with National Disability Awareness Month.

SPORTS

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. — No. 1 Alabama travels to face Mississippi on Saturday night. The Rebels have won two out of the past four meetings, but Alabama crushed Ole Miss 66-3 in Tuscaloosa last season. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6 p.m. kickoff.

FBC--T25-LSU-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. — No. 7 Auburn and No. 12 LSU meet in the first big SEC West showdown of the season. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m. CT.

FBC--TROY-NEBRASKA

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska tries again for its first win under new coach Scott Frost when Troy visits. The Cornhuskers lost to Colorado in their opener and could be starting backup quarterback Andrew Bunch against the Trojans. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, after noon EDT start.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

No. 4 Ohio State faces its first tough test in No. 15 TCU and either No. 7 Auburn or No. 12 LSU can add a second signature victory of September in a big SEC West game. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

LOUISIANA (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

TROPICAL WEATHER

NEW BERN, N.C. — Emergency workers went door to door urging people to flee Florence’s rising waters Saturday and rescuers used inflatable boats to pluck others from homes already submerged as the storm poured on the rain, setting the stage for what could be some of the most disastrous flooding in North Carolina history. By Allen G. Breed. 1,000 words, AP Photos, AP Video

— With:

TROPICAL WEATHER-TALE OF TWO STORMS — Florence and Mangkhut are battering two countries on opposite sides of the globe. Florence is characterized by its water and sloth, Mangkhut by ferocious winds and blazing speed. 750 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-OUTER BANKS — Many residents who evacuated North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, which were spared from the worst of the storm’s wrath. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TROPICAL WEATHER-SOUTH CAROLINA INFRASTRUCTURE — Torrential rains from Hurricane Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT’S HAPPENING — A chunky text look at the storm. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. Will be updated.

TROPICAL WEATHER-CASUALTIES — The death toll attributed to Florence stands at four Saturday, all in North Carolina. Authorities say some other fatalities were unrelated. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated

TROPICAL WEATHER-ANOTHER BEATING

LUMBERTON, N.C. — She takes a break from hauling rugs and family heirlooms into the attic to look out the front door and watch it rain and rain and rain some more. Nichole Worley studies the boarded-up house across the street and the creek just behind it that made it that way. It jumped its banks two years ago during Hurricane Matthew, which drowned her neighborhood, one of the poorest communities in one of the poorest counties in North Carolina. By Clare Galofaro. SENT: 1325 words, AP Photos, AP Video. ABRIDGED.

TULANE-RACIAL DIVERSITY-CLASSROOMS

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane University is requiring that all new students study racial diversity in what is the first change to the school’s undergraduate curriculum in a dozen years. Students will also have to take another class on global perspectives. The New Orleans Advocate reports the requirements announced Wednesday come after several incidents where minority students complained of harassment by white students. SENT: 340 words.

HOMECOMING COURT STORIES

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana high school’s homecoming court told fifth-graders at three schools about their own problems with weight, teeth, acne, body hair and other social troubles. A senior who came to Lake Charles from Lebanon told the younger students that in elementary school, she was shy, couldn’t speak English and got bullied because of her heritage. The American Press reports that Ilham Chloun (IL-hahm KLOON) is now leader of the senior section at Barbe High School football games. She said, “You have to make a voice for yourself.” SENT: 388 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE--SUPER BOWL RING

NEW ORLEANS — By 2010, the New Orleans Saints’ big year, Barra Birrcher was retired. Birrcher had spent 36 years behind the scenes with the Saints when he bowed out in 2007. He did everything from running the 1980s version of a marketing department (one guy and a secretary) to rounding up talent for halftime shows and hiring police escorts for the team. By Annette Sisco. The New Orleans Advocate.

EXCHANGE-DOCKSIDE MARKET

CHALMETTE, La. — Charlie Robin has been shrimping his whole life. Starting as a deckhand on his father’s trawler, the Ellie Margaret, he’s now a captain from Ycloskey who depends on the shrimp haul. But times have been tough for Robin and other local St. Bernard Parish fishermen. They say international seafood farmers have flooded the market with cheap imports, driving the prices their catches attract while costs to keep boats fueled and running are climbing. By Beau Evans. NOLA.com ′ The Times-Picayune.

IN BRIEF:

—FLIGHT INTERFERENCE-PLEA — Federal prosecutors in New Orleans say a New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to interference with a flight crew — a charge arising from an October 2017 Southwest Airlines flight. 

— DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR — Two members of the governing council in a Louisiana town are pushing a resolution critical of their local library’s plan to host a “Drag Queen Story Hour.”

SPORTS

FBC--T25-LSU-AUBURN

AUBURN, Ala. — No. 7 Auburn and No. 12 LSU meet in the first big SEC West showdown of the season. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 2:30 p.m. CT.

FBC--T25-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 16 Mississippi State hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in a non-conference game on Saturday night. The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 31-10 road win over Kansas State. By Paul Jones. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 6 p.m. kickoff.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

No. 4 Ohio State faces its first tough test in No. 15 TCU and either No. 7 Auburn or No. 12 LSU can add a second signature victory of September in a big SEC West game. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

FBC--LOUISIANA-MONROE-TEXAS A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M hosts Louisiana-Monroe in the last tuneup before opening Southeastern Conference play next Saturday at top-ranked Alabama. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at ??

MISSISSIPPI (All Times Central)

TOP STORIES:

NIKE PURCHASES-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s state police agency says it will no longer buy Nike products, with Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher saying he won’t spend money with “vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military.” It isn’t immediately clear how much gear the agency buys from Nike or if it purchases directly from the company. But Mississippi’s Republican establishment is jumping to support the cause, with Gov. Phil Bryant lauding his appointee’s decision. It’s the latest dustup following Oregon-based Nike’s decision to use former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in an ad campaign. Kaepernick ignited a firestorm in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice. Fisher’s move is already drawing criticism from the Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. By Jeff Amy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

MUW PRESIDENT

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Trustees have named a new president of the Mississippi University for Women without conducting a full search. The College Board elevated acting president Nora Miller on Friday after a day of listening sessions at the campus. It’s another example of the board’s willingness to pick existing executives to run Mississippi’s eight public universities without the formal months-long search that had become customary. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

MISSISSIPPI PRISON SECURITY

LEAKESVILLE, Miss. — A Mississippi prison where a convicted murderer escaped is installing more razor wire and will start a new emergency notification system. Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall announced the changes Friday for South Mississippi Correctional Institution, which is near Leakesville. About 26,000 feet (8,000 meters) of additional razor wire has been installed around the top of buildings where inmates are housed and on perimeter fences and the inner main perimeter. When emergencies happen at the prison, Greene County will be notified by landline or wireless phones. SENT: 350 words.

AP MEMBER EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-TEAM MANAGER-CANCER

MERIDIAN, Miss. — Clarkdale football manager Jordan Kemble entered the school’s cafeteria just before 5:30 p.m. to a thunderous applause. The sophomore barely made it through the doors before receiver/defensive back Jonathon Ford waved him over and pulled him in for an embrace. Kemble, wearing a salmon-colored shirt and jeans, made his way from table to table to share hugs and laughs with the Clarkdale football players he considers his brothers. By Elton Hayes. Meridian Star.

EXCHANGE-RHODES SCHOLAR PLANS RETURN

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Noah Barbieri is the 51st Rhodes Scholar from Mississippi and, in many ways, the program’s most unlikely. Barbieri, 23, a Tupelo native and 2018 graduate of Millsaps College, where he majored in economics, philosophy and mathematics, shared his story Monday at the Starkville Rotary Club. By Slim Smith. The Dispatch.

IN BRIEF:

— HOSPITAL TRANSFER — A southwest Mississippi city will transfer a former hospital building to be used as senior apartments.

— ETHANOL REFINERY CLOSING — Mississippi-based refining company Ergon says it’s closing an ethanol plant in Vicksburg.

— NONRESIDENT TUITION — A Mississippi school district may charge more for nonresident students.

— SHERIFF REPLACEMENT — A replacement has been named after Mississippi’s longest-serving sheriff died.

SPORTS

FBC--T25-ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI

OXFORD, Miss. — No. 1 Alabama travels to face Mississippi on Saturday night. The Rebels have won two out of the past four meetings, but Alabama crushed Ole Miss 66-3 in Tuscaloosa last season. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 6 p.m. kickoff.

FBC--T25-LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE-MISSISSIPPI ST

STARKVILLE, Miss. — No. 16 Mississippi State hosts Louisiana-Lafayette in a non-conference game on Saturday night. The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 31-10 road win over Kansas State. By Paul Jones. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos from 6 p.m. kickoff.

FBC--T25-AP TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

No. 4 Ohio State faces its first tough test in No. 15 TCU and either No. 7 Auburn or No. 12 LSU can add a second signature victory of September in a big SEC West game. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

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