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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi sports news from The Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU coach Ed Orgeron has been apologizing for seemingly an entire week for the Tigers' 37-7 loss to Mississippi State. He's been emphasizing to fellow Louisiana natives that he feels their disappointment and will turn things around quickly against Syracuse in Tiger Stadium. Syracuse can relate, having already responded to a loss to Middle Tennessee by pounding Central Michigan the following week.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Last week was a bad week to be a Tiger in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri mustered just three points in a loss to Purdue and Auburn struggled to beat Mercer. No. 15 Auburn and Missouri will now face off Saturday in a matchup of underperforming teams. Auburn is stout on offense, but has struggled with a dormant offense. Missouri's defense could provide a cure, since it has allowed an SEC-worst 443 yards per game this season.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Who's the best team in the Southeastern Conferences once you get past top-ranked Alabama? The answer should be a bit more apparent after a Saturday night between the hedges. In a game between unfamiliar rivals sharing little beyond a nickname, No. 11 Georgia hosts No. 17 Mississippi State in an early season showdown that will help shake out the balance of the power in the SEC.

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama school district has banned student-led prayer on the public address system before football games following a recent complaint. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that attorneys for Lee County Schools replied Sept. 11 to an Aug. 31 letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation which said a parent complained about student-led prayer at Smiths Station High School's season-opening game.

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