"In the spirit of sportsmanship, we ask that fans from both schools honor this storied rivalry with civility and respect for each other", Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork and Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen wrote in a joint statement. The only thing that matters is who finishes with the Egg Bowl trophy in hand. However, they have covered in just one of their last three games. "To the people of the state of MS, this is bragging rights".
I have to do that, because once, when I was in high school, we had Thanksgiving right before the South State championship game.
That's back when wins - and not just in the Egg Bowl - were sometimes scarce. It's a huge game, and it is every year, no matter the situation.
Ole Miss will also be playing its third game in 12 days, but one of those was a relatively easy non-conference victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. Look for the Bulldogs to take advantage of their home crowd and roll past their rival. It's an important game for everybody. With a short week leading up to today's game, the Bulldogs could take a brief moment to celebrate, but there is still business to consider.
When he doesn't hit the century mark, the Bulldogs are 2-3.
Ole Miss has had trouble stopping the run all year, giving up more than 240 yards per game to rank near the bottom of the SEC.
5 Of the six games in which Mississippi State RB Aeris Williams has run for 100 yards in his career, MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald has rushed for 100 yards, too. He also had 968 rushing yards before the game. Ole Miss has had some recent success in the Egg Bowl, winning three of the past five games.
Or if you don't want to see the whole video, here's a photo of Fitzgerald going down. "But we came out (Sunday) night after a game that I felt we had a lot of energy".