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Tomorrow is the biggest game of the year for both Ole Miss (3-4) and Mississippi State (2-5) as the two will once again vie for the Golden Egg.
For the first time in almost two decades, the Egg Bowl won’t be the regular season finale—one of just eight years ever with that being the case—with the Rebels leading the overall series 62-46-6.
There’s no doubt in my mind that tomorrow is going to be a close game as (1) it’s one of college football’s biggest rivalries, and (2) Mississippi State’s defense ranks among the upper half of the league while Ole Miss boasts the conference’s most efficient offense.
So, who will win?
Before this past Saturday, I would have said Ole Miss is a shoo-in to get back the Golden Egg for the first time since 2017. However, after watching the Bulldogs’ performance versus Georgia, I cannot say that I have that same confidence in the Rebels.
During that contest in Athens, Mississippi State tested out some new blood with true freshmen, led by QB Will Rogers and WR Jaden Walley, accounting for 61 percent of the team’s total offense. Rogers, in his second career start, posted 41 completions—good enough for second in MSU history—and Walley became the first freshman to surpass 100 receiving yards in a game since Chad Bumphis did it in 2009.
For the Rebels, their offense put up a whopping 59 points while giving up an embarrassing 42 points and 548 yards against South Carolina.
With Mike Leach’s offense finally heating up and Lane Kiffin’s defense continuing forward as one of the worst units in America, I like the Bulldogs. Expect Mississippi State to easily cover the spread (+10) and don’t be too surprised when they leave Oxford tomorrow night with the Golden Egg in hand.
You can watch the game, which begins at 3:00 p.m. CDT, on the SEC Network