|Ole Miss||+2.5 (-109)||+110||O 58 (-109)|
|Mississippi State||-2.5 (-111)||-135||U 58 (-111)|
No Thanksgiving is complete without a serving of the Golden Egg. On Thursday night the Mississippi State Bulldogs will confront hated SEC foe Ole Miss in Starkville for the annual Egg Bowl, one of college football’s best rivalry games.
Great moment in @OleMissFB history:
Ole Miss 7, Mississippi State 6 – 1926
After a post-game battle erupted after the game, the Golden Egg was instituted by joint agreement of the two student bodies to cool the heat of battle. #SECFB x #CFB150 » https://t.co/ABJ485sApi pic.twitter.com/zZcc7EKaYX
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) August 22, 2019
The two schools first met on the football field in 1901 and have battled 115 times, but the game wasn’t called the Egg Bowl until 1977. The moniker gained further steam in 1978, when Steve Doyle of The Clarion-Ledger wrote: “In a year in which neither team will be remembered, the Battle of the Golden Egg is a bowl game. Intense, heated, unbelievable in its lore, this one is for supremacy of the season.”
In 2019 Doyle’s words may ring all too true, considering neither team has experienced a memorable season. Both are 2-5 in the SEC conference, rank in the bottom half of the SEC West and the Rebels are already eliminated from bowl contention.
Mississippi State, on the other hand, is 5-6 and can earn bowl eligibility with a win.
The Bulldogs have struggled in SEC play and have given up 30.3 points per contest in their last three conference games—a 49-30 loss at Texas A&M, a 54-24 win at Arkansas and a 38-7 defeat to Alabama. Mississippi State also surrendered an average of 412 yards against those opponents.
Ole Miss got pulverized by Alabama 59-31 in September but put up a fight at No. 11 Auburn in a 20-14 loss. The Rebels have allowed an average of 30.7 points and 472 yards per contest over their last three games. Their offense is seemingly clicking, though, as it has gained 495.3 yards per outing and 338.7 rushing in the month of November.
Just so everyone understands Ole Miss leads the #SEC In Rushing & it’s not close…
1. Ole Miss – 261.45 Yds/G
2. Kentucky – 231.40 Yds/G
So the narrative Ole Miss ran the ball on #LSU is Silly. They are literally the Top rushing team in the SEC.
— Josh Lemoine (@LsuFBallTruth) November 20, 2019
In the previous four Egg Bowls, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have swapped wins every year. The Bulldogs most recently hoisted the Golden Egg in Oxford. The road team is 4-0 against the spread in the last four Egg Bowls, and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last seven.
Whether you’re ringing a cowbell or screaming “Hotty Toddy,” expect a fierce and ugly skirmish in the fight for football supremacy.