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College football rankings: Mississippi State drops into The Bottom 25 after Mike Leach’s offense sputters

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25. Kentucky 1-2 The Wildcats became the first team in history to hold a Mike Leach-coached offense without a single point. Obviously, the defensive performance the Cats put on against Mississippi State increased their overall rating quite a bit, as did their first win. This week they look for another one at Tennessee. (Last Week: 4) 24. Wake Forest 1-2 The Demon Deacons had the weekend off and are set to play Virginia on Saturday. (23) 23. Temple 0-1 Speaking of one-game teams entering late, hey there, Temple. The Owls didn’t look half-bad considering the delayed start to their season in a 31-29 loss to Navy. Of course, considering how Navy has looked this year, I’m not sure how much stock we should put in it. Maybe this week’s game against No. 5 South Florida will provide more information? (Not Ranked) 22. Missouri 1-2 So how is it that Missouri beat LSU, but remains in The Bottom 25 while — SPOILER ALERT — LSU isn’t ranked? Mostly LSU’s performance against Vandy. Also, the win didn’t wipe out the first two losses. As for Mizzou’s game against Vanderbilt to boost its numbers, that’s become the first SEC game to be postponed. Missouri’s next scheduled game is now at Florida on Oct. 24. (5) 21. UTEP 3-2 This is bittersweet. I’m not thrilled to see UTEP back in The Bottom 25 with a winning record, but at the same time, I’m never unhappy to see our two-time champions coming home to say hello. This week the Miners get No. 9 Southern Miss. (NR) 20. South Alabama 1-2 South Alabama had to postpone its game last week against Troy. It is currently scheduled to return this weekend against No. 16 Texas State. (20) 19. East Carolina 1-2 My Beloved Pirates took care of

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Mike Leach’s offense shut out for first time in his career as Kentucky routs Mississippi State

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Just two weeks after Mississippi Sate coach Mike Leach burst onto the SEC scene in record-breaking fashion in a win over defending national champion LSU, Leach’s pirate ship hit an iceberg on Saturday in a 24-2 loss at Kentucky. Mississippi State’s two points were the fewest ever scored by one of Leach’s teams in his 19 years as a coach.

Leach’s first team at Washington State in 2012 was held to single-digits four times but always mustered at least six points. His first team at Texas Tech in 2000 scored three points in its lowest output during a loss to No. 1 Nebraska.

Things got so dire for the Bulldogs in the second half that Leach benched Stanford graduate transfer quarterback K.J. Costello, the hero of the of the LSU victory, in favor of true freshman Will Rogers. Neither found any success against the Wildcats, however, as Kentucky intercepted six passes. Costello threw four interceptions while Rogers tossed two as Kentucky followed the blueprint that Arkansas established in a win over Mississippi State last week by frequently dropping eight defenders into zone coverage.

Mississippi State outgained the Wildcats 295-157 for the game as the teams combined for just 452 total yards. By comparison, Alabama and Ole Miss combined for 644 total yards just in the first half of their game Saturday. After consecutive losses to Arkansas and Kentucky, things are set to get even more difficult for Mississippi State. Next up is a game against No. 21 Texas A&M, which beat No. 4 on Florida on Saturday. Then after a bye week, the Bulldogs play No. 2 Alabama on the road.

“We’re going to have to check our group and see who really wants to play here,” Leach told reporters after the game.

If there was a bright

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Chiefs’ Mike Pennel: Posts career-high tackle total

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Pennel collected a career-best 10 tackles (five solo) Monday versus the Patriots.

Pennel saw a significant bump toa 61 percent snap percentage share on defense Monday with Chris Jones (groin) sidelined and took advantage of the opportunity with a massive tackle total. While he’s not the pass-rushing threat that Jones is, Pennel could be in line for a hefty snap count again next week if Jones remains unavailable.

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South Brunswick Board Of Education Profile: Mike Mitchell

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – South Brunswick resident Mike Mitchell has been an educator for the past 23 years. His experience has taught him to identify the educational gaps that exist in schools. Mitchell hopes to close this gap through dialogue and innovative ideas.

This election, Mitchell is running for a seat on the Board of Education. His platform is one of cooperation and communication. But most importantly, he hopes to put students first.

Read below to learn more about Mitchell and his platform for the upcoming elections in South Brunswick.

Name – Mike Mitchell

Age (as of Election Day) – 50

Position Sought – Board of Education member

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? – No

Education – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of South Carolina

Occupation – Paraeducator for 23 years

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – No

Campaign website – https://m.facebook.com/Raja.Smitha.Mike/posts

Why are you seeking elective office?

I am seeking elective office because we need newer Board of Education members with strong educational backgrounds.

The single most pressing issue facing our community is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

The single most pressing issue facing our community now is the current health crisis brought on by COVID-19 earlier this year. The best thing I could do as Board member is to support our central administration as they continue to guide our district through this situation. There are really no right or wrong answers other than to be on top of what the CDC publishes daily and what comes down from the Governor’s office. Acting accordingly based on that data. Understanding district needs.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

There are not many critical differences between me and

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Buccaneers’ Mike Edwards: Nabs first career INT

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Edwards totaled four tackles (three solo) and recorded his first career interception in the Buccaneers’ 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.

The second-year pro saw his first action from scrimmage of the season after being limited to special teams over the first pair of contests. Edwards logged 42 snaps overall on defense and made good use of them while working as part of the safety rotation, notching his first career interception off Brett Rypien at the Bucs’ one-yard line with 3:46 remaining. Given his solid performance Sunday, it’s possible Edwards gets more opportunities on defense working in nickel and dime packages in coming games.

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