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LeBron James is helping Ohio State QBTerrelle Pryor learn how to handle everything that comes with being a celebrity athlete.

"(I'm) trying to mentor him and get him through 'life in the spotlight,' which I've been through," James, the reigning NBA MVP, said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star said he has been speaking to Pryor, 20, who threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles in last week's loss to Purdue, in recent weeks to try to help him deal with celebrity at a young age. James, 24, knows something about that. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated under the headline "The Chosen One" while still in high school in Akron, Ohio.

"Being that No. 1 guy, how do you adjust to it and how do you get through it and still perform at a high level?" James said. "Sometimes, it can be very difficult on (a young athlete). I'm trying to be that guy who can really help him get through a lot of situations ... he's never seen before but now he's seeing and understanding."

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Five things

1. Since Rutgers won its first nine in 2006, it has gone 18-14 against I-A opponents.

2. Idaho is 6-1 with the loss coming at Washington. The Vandals were 2-10 last season for Robb Akey, who went 1-11 in 2007, his first year in Moscow. They've had nine straight losing seasons. On Nov. 14, they'reat Boise State.

3. Oklahoma State is tied with Troy as the most penalized I-A team, committing 9.83 a game. Of the 120 I-A teams, the Big 12 has seven among the 22 most-penalized.

4. With his next win, coach Mike Leach will match Spike Dykes' 82 for most at Texas Tech.

5. Josh Nesbitt's consecutive games with more than 100 yards rushing has pulled the Georgia Tech junior close to the school record for rushing yards by a QB. He has 1,657, 101 behind Joe Hamilton's from 1996-99.

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"I try not to do that. I don't like to act upset on the sideline. I tried to remain calm the last game. The way some of our players play, it's going to happen."

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, on not throwing his visor once during last week's loss at Alabama

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Record is stark for Gators in Mississippi

Forget the records, rankings, stats and national championships. While No. 2 Florida (6-0, 4-0 SEC) is a 23-point favorite over Mississippi State (3-4, 1-2) based on all of those, the reality is Starkville, Miss., has not been kind to the Gators.

Florida's last win at Mississippi State came in 1985. Yep, two decades ago.

Now the two don't play annually, so that factors into the equation.

In none of those seasons - 1986, 1992, 2000 and 2004 - did Mississippi State finish with a better record than Florida. The Gators came into three games ranked. Two are among the 12 conference defeats former coach Steve Spurrier suffered. And their last visit led to the demise of coach Ron Zook as the Bulldogs upset No. 19 Florida 38-31.

The Gators' past fourtrips to Starkville:

SEPT. 17, 1986: With neither team ranked, the Bulldogs earned a 16-10 victory.

OCT. 2, 1992: Frankie Luster had two of Shane Matthews' career-high five interceptions, and No. 24 Mississippi State's defense held No. 13 Florida to 53 yards rushing in a 30-6 win.

SEPT. 30, 2000: Dicenzo Miller and Dontae Walker combined for 328 of the Bulldogs' 351 rushing yards in a 47-35 victory over the No. 3 Gators.

OCT. 23, 2004: Jerious Norwood scored the winneron a 37-yard touchdown run with 32 seconds left to beat No. 19 Florida 38-31. Zook was fired two days later, though he did finish out the season.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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Temple's time

The numbers:

3 Winning seasons in the past 30 years.

62-0 Score of each of two losses for the Owls three years ago - in consecutive weeks.

4 Consecutive victories for Temple this season, its longest streak since 1985.

6 Victories for the Owls among their past eight games, having won the final two last season.

54 Recruited scholarship players Temple fielded in 2006 because of an NCAA reduction related to abysmal Academic Progress Rate scores.

The turnaround:

Fourth-year coach Al Golden, a former Penn State player, has rid the program of a suffocating losing culture. He builds team chemistry by breaking the roster into smaller teams and sending them on Amazing Race-type adventures through historic Philadelphia landmarks.

The future:

"We're not in position to back up a Brinks truck," athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. "I would love to have Al Golden here for many, many years."

Information from the Associated Press and Philadelphia Daily News was used in this report.