The latest Egg Bowl has Rebels looking for revenge and Bulldogs looking for back-to back wins

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Rebels have captured 60 wins, 40 losses and 6 ties in the Ole Miss- Mississippi State series dating back to 1901.

It's the 16th longest series in NCAA Division One-A history.

This is the 83rd "Battle for the Golden Egg" one that began in 1927. Ole Miss holds a 54-23-5 edge.

A key for the Rebels on Saturday, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.  He needs just 11 yards to break the single-season Ole Miss record of 542 rushing yards by a quarterback set in 1972 by Norris Weese.

Mississippi State relies on the ground game behind running back Vick Ballard.  The Pasacgoula native tied the school record with 16 touchdowns for the Bulldogs this season.  He has rushed for 15 touchdowns that tied a 58-year old school record for rushing touchdowns in a single-season by Jackie Parker.  Ballard can set a new record on Saturday against Ole Miss.

Junior quarterback Chris Relf has been directing the Bulldogs offense.  He's the team's second leader rusher this season.  He has 1,104 career rushing yards becoming only the sixth quarterback in Mississippi State history to reach the 1,000 yard mark.

The Egg Bowl will be the Rebels bowl game, since they are out of the running after ringing up only 4 wins and 7 defeats. The Bulldogs have run off 7 wins in 11 games and remain candidates for a number of bowl games.

Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen knows an Egg Bowl win will enhance recruiting down the road.

Mullen said, " This game will have an impact on the younger kids out there in the state who are getting into starting to play high school football. Those who are starting to really enjoy the game and be a big part of it.  The Egg Bowl will have an impact on future recruiting."

Nutt said, "Most of your instate recruits will be at the ball game, most of them are talking about it. So it's always big to win this game. I think it just helps everything."

Mullen has developed a history of winning rival games. He led Mississippi State past Ole Miss last season. In four years as offensive coordinator at Florida, the Gators beat Florida State all four seasons. At Utah in 2003 and 2004, Utah beat BYU each year.  He takes aim on back-to-back wins against Ole Miss in his second season in Starkville.

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