I think it’s important for me to disclose right away that I am from Mississippi. I was born and raised in the shadow of the mighty Egg Bowl. Although I didn’t stay in the great state for my college education, Ole Miss and Mississippi State hold special places in my heart. Well, maybe not my heart, perhaps it’s my spleen?
Mississippi may not have the tradition of football glory that Alabama and Florida have, but they don’t have any less passion. Just how important it is becomes abundantly clear when one of the schools has any success on the gridiron.
Rebel Run is a book about Ole Miss’ “magical season” of 2003 when they went 10-3… and lost to Memphis.
Ole Miss is again on a magical ‘Rebel Run” and has an opportunity to go to the Gator Bowl. I can’t wait to buy the commemorative book/plate/ musical ballad.
Mississippi State on the other hand would need a win today to get bowl eligible at all. A trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl may be in the offing.
Bowl bids are nice, but that’s really not what it’s about in Mississippi. This game is bragging rights over your neighbors for the rest of the year. Although most Mississippians are Saints fans, Mississippi has no pro team of their own, and it’s a secondary fandom. Today is Mississippi’s Super Bowl.
The Egg Bowl airs tonight at 7:30pm Eastern on ESPN.
I’ll take Ole Miss by 7.
Ole Miss 28
Mississippi State 21