HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss bounced back with a 34-7 win Saturday night over Prairie View after struggling in its season opener.
The Golden Eagles (1-1) rebounded from their lackluster performance last week -- a 41-13 loss to South Carolina. Southern Miss rolled up 464 yards of total offense. It was the largest margin of victory for the Golden Eagles since a 52-0 win over Alcorn State last year.
Kendrick Hardy carried 20 times for 86 yards to lead Southern Miss' ground game, which gained 253 yards.
The Southern Miss defense, which allowed 449 yards against South Carolina, held Prairie View (1-1) to 211 yards of total offense to help the Golden Eagles advance to 4-0 all-time against Southwestern Athletic Conference opponents.
Alabama's Kirby Smart is a leading candidate for South Carolina's head coaching position, while Houston's Tom Herman is no longer in the mix to replace Steve Spurrier.
Even after the midseason firing of Steve Sarkisian and the drama that followed, USC can still land a pretty big fish: a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Think Alabama has forgotten all about Auburn coach Gus Malzahn's bulletin-board dig back in August? Think again.
Even though Florida has struggled recently, their defensive talent should have Florida State on upset watch. Louisville is another team on notice.
What game is , worthy of your time, Bedlam or Baylor-TCU? The Big 12 blog tackles this all-important question, along with discussing bowl eligibility.
ESPN Big 12 reporter Max Olson breaks down how Baylor will adjust with Jarrett Stidham out for the season.
|Mississippi Valley State||1-8||1-10|
|Prairie View A&M||8-1||8-2|