Sideline View by Dale McKee

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The Southeastern Conference will be front and center in the college football world this Saturday. First up will be No. 7 Georgia traveling to No. 12 Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. to battle for the top spot in the Eastern Division. Later that night at 7 p.m., No. 1 Alabama travels to Death Valley to tangle with No. 4 LSU for supremacy in the Western Division in the SEC. Georgia has dominated Kentucky as the Bulldogs have lost only a dozen times since 1956. The last time the Wildcats won a game in this series was in 2009 in Athens. Last year, Georgia rolled but in 2016 escaped with a three-point win in Lexington. The Bulldogs won, 36-17, over Florida this past weekend while Terry Wilson fired a touchdown pass on the game’s last play to give the Wildcats a 15-14 win over Missouri. Both teams come into the game with identical records at 5-1 in conference play and 7-1 overall marks. The Dogs are a 12-point favorite. The winner will advance to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta to face the West Division winner. LSU and Alabama were off last weekend, so both teams should be fresh for this battle on the Bayou. Alabama has won seven straight in the series, and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is 9-3 against LSU.
Seven teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the latest Associated Press Rankings. Alabama is a unanimous choice as the No. 1 team, and LSU is a solid fourth. Georgia is at No. 6, Kentucky is up to No. 11, Florida dropped to No. 13, Mississippi State is back in at No. 21 and Texas A&M fell to No. 25.
Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald ran for only 88 yards this past Saturday but did pass for 241 yards in leading the Bulldogs past Texas A&M, 28-13. Fitzgerald threw for two scores and ran for two more in the win. State is now 2-3 in SEC play and 5-3 overall heading into their Homecoming game against Louisiana Tech this Saturday night. The Bullies are a three-touchdown favorite in their final non-conference game. USM (3-4) fell to Charlotte this past weekend, 20-17. The loss stings for sure as the Golden Eagles have to win three of the final four games to qualify for a post-season bowl game. Marshall comes to M.M. Roberts Stadium this Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff. Ole Miss was off and will be a field goal favorite against South Carolina this Saturday. Alcorn won, 27-13, over Pairie View and now only needs to win on November 17 against Jackson State to claim another division title. Delta State won their first game of the year, 46-20, over Shorter. Jackson State, Mississippi Valley, Mississippi College, Millsaps and Belhaven all fell over the weekend.
The Mississippi junior college post season begins this Saturday at 2 p.m. Defending national champion East Mississippi hosts Co-Lin while down in Ellisville, South State Champion Jones will host Northwest.

Champ wins Sanderson Farms Golf

Cameron Champ came through in the clutch to win the Sanderson Farms Championship in his first PGA Tournament victory Sunday at the Jackson Country Club. The former Texas A&M golfer blew a four-stroke lead on the final day but finished strong with five birdies on the final six holes to finish with a 21-under 267. The Sanderson Farms Tournament has donated over $3.8 million to Friends of Children’s Hospital to help sick and injured children from across Mississippi.
Odds & Ends

The Saints beat the Vikings to improve to 6-1. Next up is the undefeated Rams this week in New Orleans.

The Boston Red Sox downed the L.A. Dodgers in winning the 2018 World Series and including the post-season totaled 119 wins.

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