State rivals Mississippi State and No. 20 Ole Miss get together on Thanksgiving night at the annual Egg Bowl. Oxford kickoff is Thursday night at 7 p.m. Eastern.
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The Bulldogs defeated FCS opponents East Tennessee State 56-7 in their last game. The Rebels clinched a 42-27 win in Arkansas, their second straight loss and third in their last four games.
who: Mississippi State (7-4, 3-4 SEC) at No. 20 Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3).
When: Thursday, November 24, 2022.
time: 7 p.m. East.
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford (64,038).
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Latest line: Ole Miss -2.5.
announcer: Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick and Harry Lyles Jr.
Read some of what the Associated Press’s John Zenor wrote about the Rebels seeking a third straight Egg Bowl win.
Lane Kiffin isn’t usually one to mince words, but his description of the eggshell is definitely on the diplomatic side.
Kiffin and No. 20 Mississippi (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) will seek their third straight win over Mississippi State (7-4, 3-4) in a not-always-polite rivalry on Thursday. To put it diplomatically.
“I think there doesn’t seem to be a lot of love in the relationship,” Kiffin said. “It’s a nice way of putting it, but it means a lot to a lot of people.”
It is round 3 for Kiffin vs. Mike Leach, both of whom updated Magnolia State flagging programs. In this case, Quinshon Judkins and the nation’s No. 3 rushing team (Ole Miss) take on Will Rogers and the ninth-best passing offense.
Both styles have hauled plenty of yards, but the late-season dips impacted both teams. Ole Miss has lost three out of four, with losses to top-10 teams LSU and Alabama, but also to Arkansas.
The Bulldogs returned to the track from their own 1-3 stretch with a 56-7 win over East Tennessee State.
The Bulldogs are now looking to end their recent struggles against Ole Miss. For Leach, that means slowing down Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart and Judkins. And then to ensure that its air strike program achieves its goals.
“Just play fast,” Leach said. “We have to play fast, and we do some of that ourselves. The key to them is their quarterback and how quickly he can switch without being affected. The more you can frustrate that, the better off you are.”
And the more you beat your rival, the happier your fans and team will be.
“You can see the hate on the field,” said Ole Miss wide receiver Jonathan Mingo.
Kiffin has repeatedly dodged questions about the Auburn coaching opening. He fired back on Twitter at a TV reporter who reported Monday that Kiffin would step down on Friday but had not been offered the job. In a reply, he said, “This is news to me.”
“I’ve been here three years and have been fortunate to have three different contracts,” Kiffin said earlier that day. “I don’t know why a fourth contract suddenly makes people feel better.
“I really appreciate things here.”
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