Every fall, Ole Miss and Mississippi State square off in a rivalry game known as the Egg Bowl. In 2017, that won’t be the only “bowl” that the Rebels will play during the season, even though they’re banned from the postseason.
According to Brad Logan of Gridiron Now, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said before Saturday’s spring game that the Rebels plan to give each game during the 2017 season a name and deem it a “bowl game.”
Next season, each football game will be given a name and deemed a "bowl game," per #OleMiss' AD Ross Bjork
— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) April 8, 2017
Perhaps this is an effort to get Ole Miss to not overlook any opponent, as the Rebels would need to have a “bowl game” mentality for every matchup, or to fill the void of playing in an actual bowl.
The Rebels haven’t played a postseason bowl game since the Sugar Bowl following the 2015 season, and the 2017 season won’t be any different with a postseason ban.
Not all Ole Miss fans feel this is a good idea, apparently, as some took to Twitter to poke fun at Bjork’s new plan for the regular season:
@RossBjorkAD plz tell me that this "every game w a bowl game name" thing is a joke. Don't make this season more rediculous than it has to be
— Ethan Turner (@Ethan_H_Turner) April 8, 2017
@RossBjorkAD Man, let's rethink this naming each game next year think. You're looking way out of your league
— Dabasaurus (@PositivistMe) April 8, 2017
If Ole Miss plays Tennessee, will that be the Championship of Life Bowl? #OleMissBowlGames
— Not A Typical 7 Seed (@NotZBo) April 8, 2017
UPDATE: Bjork responded to his earlier comments with a tweet later Saturday afternoon, clarifying that he was referring to the mentality the team will take into games in the 2017 season.
Nothing literal about what I said. Only referring to the approach our players will take with 12 opportunities. https://t.co/C0Ldeo0zHD
— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) April 8, 2017