The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look to pick up their ninth win of the year when they take on the Ole Miss Rebels on Thursday, November 23. Below find TV channel, time and live stream information, plus odds and picks.
Mississippi State fell behind early last week, but pulled out a come-from-behind victory to beat Arkansas. The Bulldogs won last year’s Egg Bowl matchup, beating Ole Miss 55-20 in Oxford. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 14 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.
Mississippi State-Ole Miss football: TV channel, time, live stream
TV Channel: The Mississippi State-Ole Miss football game will air on ESPN.
Game time: The Mississippi State-Ole Miss football game will kickoff at 7:30 PM ET, 6:30 PM local time.
Live stream: The game can be live streamed on the WatchESPN app.
Location: Davis Wade Stadium — Starkville, Mississippi.
Mississippi State-Ole Miss football odds, picks
Odds: Mississippi State is an 14.5 point-favorite over Ole Miss
Picks: Via the SEC Country Christopher Wuensch:
Mississippi State and Ole Miss square off on Saturday night in Starkville in the 90th rendition of the Battle for the Golden Egg, better known as the annual Egg Bowl.
It’s been a tale of two significantly different seasons for the No. 16 Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC) and Rebels (5-6, 2-5 SEC).
But anything can happen when the two bitter rivals clash.
The game this year will be played on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2013 and 22nd time in the rivalry.
1. The quarterbacks
Nick Fitzgerald continues to build his résumé with exclusive stats and clutch performances. The junior and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson are the only players in the nation with 1,700 passing yards and 900 yards on the ground this year. Fitzgerald needs 32 yards to become the first SEC quarterback in the history of the conference to post consecutive 1,000-yard rushing campaigns.
The quarterback is coming off one of the more thrilling performances of his career, in which he utilized a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to orchestrate a late comeback to down Arkansas.
Jordan Ta’amu has taken over at quarterback for Ole Miss after the season-ending knee injury sustained by Shea Patterson in Week 8 against LSU. Patterson has 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns prior to going down with the injury. Ta’amu has dealt with growing pains, but has also impressed. In seven games, the junior has 1,435 yards and nine touchdowns.
2. Series history
This might be the 90th edition of the Egg Bowl, but Mississippi State and Ole Miss have met 113 times previously. Ole Miss holds a 63-44-6 lead in the series that dates to 1901. Mullen, however, has had success against the Rebels with a 5-3 mark against Ole Miss.
3. The opening line
Mississippi State enters the Egg Bowl as a resounding favorite. The Bulldogs are giving the Rebels +15 points (-110).
4. Player to watch
RB Aeris Williams
Aeris Williams needs 56 yards to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the year. Mississippi State can become the first SEC West team with multiple 1,000-yard rushers since Arkansas during the 2014 campaign. That is, if quarterback Nick Fitzgerald can pick up the last 32 yards on the ground that the needs to also accomplish the feat.
Williams is a work horse with 204 carries, third-most among conference tailbacks. Ole Miss has surrendered the second-most rushing touchdowns in the SEC, behind Vanderbilt. Williams has found the end zone only five times, but three of them have come in the last two games. Two of those scores, and 97 yards, came against Alabama.
5. What’s at stake
No one expected Ole Miss to go to a bowl game in 2017, especially given a roster of untested talent and a lame duck interim head coach who took over this summer after the program plunged into the chaos of NCAA sanctions. Becoming bowl eligible would be big in Oxford.
Big for morale. Big for recruiting. Big for the fans.
And rival Mississippi State can quash all of it with a win.
The Bulldogs are going to a bowl for a school-record eighth-consecutive year, regardless. But denying the rival Rebels won’t be lost on Mississippi State. Plus, a win can only boost their bowl placement.
A triumph over Ole Miss will give Dan Mullen nine victories for the third time since taking over in Starkville in 2009. It also sets the head coach up to equal his career-best 10 wins, set in 2014 with Dak Prescott under center for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State’s senior class can also accomplish a rare feat. The seniors are two wins shy of becoming the winningest class in program history. A victory over the Rebels will give the seniors 33 wins and tie with them with the 2015 and 1942 classes.