OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi was home to some of the best college football teams in America just two years ago.These days the Magnolia State is the locale for unrealized expectations, frustrating losses and the bottom of the Southeastern Conference Western Division.Now Ole Miss (3-4, 1/3 SEC) and Mississippi State (2-5, 1-3) are trying to figure out a way to salvage something from whats quickly turning into a forgettable season for both programs.Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze says his program hasnt given up despite two straight losses, including Saturdays 38-21 setback to LSU that knocked the Rebels out of the national rankings for the first time season.Were not the first to experience that and its probably not the last time well experience it in this league, Freeze said. So weve got to fight.Bravado aside, theres a distinct sense of deflation across the state two years after some of the biggest football weekends in the history of Mississippi. In October 2014, Mississippi State was the No. 1 team in the country for the first time in school history while Ole Miss was closely behind them at No. 3.The fall has been swift. Now the Bulldogs and Rebels have plenty of work to do over the next five weeks just to reach six wins and make a bowl game.I hate sitting up here saying we have to keep working hard, but thats the name of the game, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly said. I want to go out there with a bunch of guys who want to fight to the end. We have to find the guys that want to be out there and give it their all.Ole Miss had the highest expectations of the two Mississippi programs this season -- ranked No. 11 in the preseason -- making its rapid fall more surprising. Kelly returned after throwing for more than 4,000 yards last season and has had good moments this season, even though several of his interceptions and lost fumbles have been crucial in losses.But the Rebels real problem is on defense.Ole Miss ranks close to the bottom in the SEC in several major defensive categories, including 13th out of 14 teams in scoring defense (31.4 points per game) and last in rushing yards allowed (226.9 per game).The Ole Miss defense was torched by LSU running back Leonard Fournette on Saturday. Fournette needed just 16 carries to run for a school-record 284 yards.The Rebels frustration boiled over during the game as defensive players argued about the problems.There are going to be issues. Families argue, Ole Miss defensive end Victor Evans said. Were all not going to see eye to eye sometimes. We all try to do what weve got to do to get on one page.It wont get any easier for the Rebels: They host No. 15 Auburn (5-2, 3-1) on Saturday.Mississippi State should have an easier weekend ahead, hosting lower-division foe Samford on Saturday. But nothing has been easy for the Bulldogs, who lost 40-38 to Kentucky last weekend after the Wildcats made a 51-yard field goal as time expired.Some of Mississippi States regression was expected since the Bulldogs were transitioning to sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald following the spectacular career of Dak Prescott. But its safe to say a 2-5 record -- which includes losses to South Alabama, BYU and Kentucky -- wasnt expected.Its a little bit of everything, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. You have a bunch of injuries, combined with a bunch of young players, combined with a new staff on the defensive side of the ball. It adds up.Mullen says hes still confident in his young core of players, including Fitzgerald, freshman receiver Keith Mixon, freshman linebacker Leo Lewis and freshman defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons.Its just that when a team is relying on so many young players, large variations in performance are common.You see a lot of good things, Mullen said. And then there are some head scratchers.-----Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP . AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org . [url=http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Chris-jones-chiefs-jersey/]Chris Jones Super Bowl Jersey[/url] . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. [url=http://www.officialkcchiefspro.com/Derrick-nnadi-chiefs-jersey/]Derrick Nnadi Super Bowl Jersey[/url] . Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the teams third preseason game. Tinsley, a 10-year veteran, spent the last two seasons in Utah, where the point guard averaged 3. 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Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury is bullish about their prospects, despite some tough circumstances, and says they should aim for next years AFL premiership.The Magpies missed the finals this season for the third-straight year and coach Nathan Buckley has conceded next year is make-or-break for his tenure.Adding to the pressure that always surrounds Collingwood, it has been a dramatic off-season for their football department.Football manager Neil Balme left for Richmond and replacement Graeme Allan resigned after he received a 12-month AFL ban for his part in the Lachie Whitfield saga.But Pendlebury said the Magpies must keep aiming big.Ive had it for 11 years that Ive played here - its always finals or bust, he saidAny club that sits there and says its not, I dont know what theyre playing for.He also backed interim football manager Marcus Wagner, who joined Collingwood at the same time as Pendlebury.It all happened over the off-season, so since weve come back Marcus Wagner has ddone a terrific job of explaining the whole program, how its going to look for us, Pendlebury said.dddddddddddd.Its really been business as usual for us and I think most of the guys would probably say the same thing.Were just looking forward to getting stuck in and we trust Marcus in the job for now, that hes going to get it all done.Pendlebury is excited by the arrival of Daniel Wells, noting what he did to Collingwood late in the season while playing for North Melbourne.We needed to win that game on a Friday night, we all thought he was going to pull out sick and he came out and had 15 touches in the first quarter, he said.He basically took finals away from us, so its great to have him on our side.Collingwood also recruited Chris Mayne from Fremantle.I dont think weve seen the best footy he has to offer and hopefully we can bring that out here, he said. 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