It’s Egg Bowl week, and the showdown between No. 18 Ole Miss and No. 21 Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. is almost here.
Both teams enter coming off thrilling wins, and both offenses are on a roll heading into the highly anticipated contest.
Let’s take a look at the matchup:
No. 18 Ole Miss (8-3, 5-2 SEC) at No. 21 Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3 SEC)
Kickoff time: Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Weather: 63 degrees, Cloudy, 5 percent chance of rain, 3 MPH wind from the southeast
Line: Ole Miss -1 point (Bovada)
Series record: Ole Miss leads 62-43-6
By The Numbers
- 2 – Since 1999, the home team has had a huge advantage in the Egg Bowl with only two wins coming from the road team. Ole Miss won in Starkville, Miss. in 2003, and Mississippi State won in Oxford, Miss. in 2010. Obviously, the Rebels are looking to buck that trend on Saturday.
- 73.5 – Ole Miss and Mississippi State have two of the best offenses in the SEC. The two teams have combined to average 73.5 points per game. With the weather looking to cooperate and provide a perfect day, it could be an SEC shootout. The Rebels have scored 90 points over their past two games, while the Bulldogs scored 51 in their win over Arkansas last Saturday.
Storylines To Watch
- Final Egg Bowl for junior elites: Ole Miss is trending upward in the SEC thanks in large part to the stars of the 2013 recruiting class. Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell have been exceptional during their Rebels careers, and this will likely be their final Egg Bowl. All three are expected to declare for the NFL draft after the season.
- Chad Kelly chasing records: Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly has already set several school records this season, and he’s looking to add more this weekend. The junior signal caller is 97 yards from passing Eli Manning’s school record of passing yards in a season with 3,600. He is also seven touchdowns away from breaking Manning’s record of 31 passing touchdowns in a season.
- Sending Dak Prescott out with a loss: Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott will always be considered among the best to play football for the Bulldogs. The Rebels would like nothing more than to send Prescott out with a loss in his last home game of his career. Prescott lost his only start against Ole Miss last season.
My prediction: Ole Miss 38, Mississippi State 30