Game Day Preview: What you need to know about Mississippi State-Ole Miss
The Mississippi State-Ole Miss rivalry is tied with the Michigan-Ohio State series for the 15th-longest in NCAA Division I history, and the 112th meeting takes place this Saturday.
The Bulldogs look to improve their potential bowl status with a win, while the Rebels have a shot at history if they can escape Starkville, Miss. with a victory.
Here’s everything you need to know before Saturday’s game:
No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels (8-3, 5-2 SEC) at No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC)
Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 28, 7:15 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Weather: 55 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain (Weather.com)
Line: Ole Miss -2
By the numbers
88 – Years of the Golden Egg. In 1926, Ole Miss won its first game of the series in 14 years. The upset — in Starkville — ended with a fight breaking out as Rebels fans stormed the field and then-Mississippi A&M fans met them with chairs. That year, members of Sigma Iota, an Ole Miss honorary society, proposed a trophy ceremony after the game to calm fans. The Golden Egg — a $250 gold-plated regulation-sized football — was introduced in the Thanksgiving Day game in 1927 and has been the symbol of the rivalry ever since. In the 87 games since the introduction of the trophy, Ole Miss has a 56-26-5 advantage.
55 – Number of points Mississippi State has outscored its opponents by in the fourth quarter this season. The Bulldogs lead their opponents 82-27 in the final frame this season, only allowing two touchdowns in the fourth quarter this year.
40.5 – Points per game the Rebels have scored this season, good for first in the SEC and 12th in the nation. Ole Miss started the season with a 76-3 win over UT Martin, then followed that up with a 73-21 victory over Fresno State. It was the first time in history the Rebels had back-to-back 50-plus point games. Mississippi State is 32nd in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 21.5 points per game.
Storylines to watch
Can Mississippi State stop Ole Miss from making history?
The Rebels sit in second place in the SEC West, just one game behind Alabama. If Ole Miss can beat Mississippi State on the road (the Rebels lead the series 20-14-3 in Starkville) and Alabama loses the Iron Bowl to Auburn, Ole Miss would head to its first-ever SEC Championship game.
How will Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott fare in his final home game?
Earlier in the week, the senior mentioned how emotional playing in Davis Wade Stadium for his final game would be. Those emotions could fuel him to an extraordinary performance (though it would be hard to top last week’s 500-yard, seven-touchdown game) or they could prove detrimental. Coach Dan Mullen has faith that his quarterback won’t let emotions hinder his play.
Prediction: Mississippi State 35, Ole Miss 28
Mississippi State is coming off of an emotional, last-minute win over Arkansas, while the Rebels cruised past a tumbling LSU squad. Both teams are riding highs into the Egg Bowl, and while history says otherwise, having this game in Starkville is a huge benefit to the Bulldogs. Mississippi State is 4-2 at home this season, and when Sunday comes, that record should stand at 5-2.