By Parrish Alford
There is no quarterback controversy at Mississippi State.
Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen saw to that Saturday night right after MSU defeated Troy 62-7 at Davis Wade Stadium.
Mullen very clearly stood behind senior Tyler Russell, who began the season as the returning starter but suffered a concussion in the opening game against Oklahoma State.
“Tyler’s still our starter, and we plan on him starting the LSU game moving forward,” Mullen said.
The first forward step for MSU (2-2) is this week’s open date. The Bulldogs play at home against No. 6 LSU on Oct. 5.
Back to work
There is no quarterback controversy at Ole Miss either.
The Rebels are coming off an open date and are back on the road this week to face No. 1 Alabama.
Ole Miss is 3-0 for the first time since 1989 largely because of the execution of junior quarterback Bo Wallace.
After throwing 17 interceptions last year, Wallace has yet to throw one this season. His streak of 102 passes without an interception goes back to the first half of the BBVA Compass Bowl against Pittsburgh.
The Rebels remained No. 21 in the AP Top 25, while they moved up one spot to No. 21 in the USA Today coaches poll.
Ole Miss hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2003 and has won in Tuscaloosa just once, a 22-12 decision in 1988.
Alabama pulled away from Colorado State in the fourth quarter to win 31-6 on Saturday night.
MSU is 2-1 in the games Prescott has started. The wins have come against non-BCS level competition in blowouts against Alcorn State and Troy, but Prescott has played strong in all three games including a 24-20 loss at Auburn – passing for 709 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 215 yards and five scores.
He even caught a touchdown pass against Troy.
LSU (4-0) is coming off a 35-21 home win over Auburn.