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Rebel, Bulldog fans go shopping to gear-up for big games

On Friday, we found many fans at a Gulfport store stocking up on their favorite team's merchandise. On Friday, we found many fans at a Gulfport store stocking up on their favorite team's merchandise.
he excitement is building as Mississippi State and Ole Miss fans countdown to Saturday's big football matchups. he excitement is building as Mississippi State and Ole Miss fans countdown to Saturday's big football matchups.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The excitement is building as Mississippi State and Ole Miss fans countdown to Saturday's big football match ups. Expect to see plenty of Bulldogs and Rebels showing off their colors and logos.

On Friday, we found many fans at a Gulfport store stocking up on their favorite team's merchandise.

"Hail State! Go Dawgs," Jill Dunlap shouted.

Fans of third ranked Mississippi State are ready to see their Dawgs take a bite out of the Auburn Tigers.

"They're going to win! Hotty Toddy," Ancie Bond said.

At the same time, Ole Miss fans are ready to cheer their third ranked team to victory against the Texas A&M Aggies.

"I lost my voice. I'm just now getting it back, and I'm going to lose it again," Bond said.

Rebel and Bulldog fans flocked to Academy Sports in Gulfport to fill their carts with their favorite team's shirts, hats and novelties.

"It's awesome. I mean, it hasn't happened in awhile, so it's exciting, a chance to be number one if they win tomorrow," said Mississippi State fan David Braud.

Bond was eyeing anything red and blue.

"I love Ole Miss. Win, lose, I'm still proud of them," she said.

We found most of the shoppers were searching for maroon and white merchandise.

"My husband is an LSU fan. He asked me to get him Mississippi State attire, so I'll let him come on board our bandwagon and pull for a winner this year," said Dunlap.

"We'll win, yes. Go State! Go Dawgs," shouted Gentry Burkes and her aunt.

Burkes flew in from Los Angeles so she could be in Starkville to show her support for the Dawgs.

"It was kind of a spur of the moment thing. My family had an extra ticket, and my mom was like, 'you should go.' So, I'm missing three days of school to come here and watch the game," said Burkes.

Those fans predicted that both Mississippi teams will win again.

"It's going to be crazy. Hopefully, we win. Actually, I can guarantee we'll win, 45-14. Dak Prescott with four touchdowns," said Mississippi State fan Robbie Hunter. "It's going to be huge, especially for us, because we've been waiting so long. We watched Alabama win. We watched Auburn win. Now, it's Mississippi's turn."

"I've watched them the last couple of years. They kind of got a solid program going on. I'm hoping if they don't win this weekend, they make it close," said Ole Miss fan Timothy Buchanan.

"If they move up higher, which we believe they will, I think we'll do a lot more merchandising in the store. Academy will send us a lot more merchandise, both Ole Miss and Mississippi State, so we're real excited about it," said Academy Store Director James Lamb.

Lamb said most of the Bulldog and Rebel merchandise will be moved to the front of the store. He expects a big shopping crowd before the games get underway Saturday.

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