OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - It was one of the biggest Egg Bowls in history for the players of Mississippi State and Ole Miss and for the fans, especially Logan and Trevor Portrey.
At Big O's Sports Bar and Eatery in Ocean Springs, it was hot and loud for good reason. Rivalry Saturday was on. The intensity was everywhere, in every corner.
The Portrey brothers were in football heaven, but this heaven vibrated with intensity. Older brother Logan, of Brookhaven, and Trevor, who lives in Ocean Springs, are really close, but on this day, they are on opposite sidelines.
Logan is the keeper of family tradition. He went to Ole Miss. Trevor bolted from the ranks and went, of all places, to Mississippi State.
"We thought it might have been a given, considering my dad and my mom both went to Ole Miss," Logan said. "And myself. We thought that it was going to be an easy decision for him."
"Actually, I grew up an Ole Miss fan, but whenever I graduated from high school, I was still unsure where I wanted to go. I had more friends at the time going to Mississippi State, so I'm the black sheep of the family," Trevor said.
The brothers support each other, to an extent.
"We tend to cheer for state, myself, and he may cheer for Ole Miss, when we're not playing each other," Logan said. "But when we play each other, it's on."
"It's on," added Trevor.
On Saturday, Ole Miss ruined Mississippi State's chances at a national title playoff and a division title, but it will be OK.
"We're always close anyway," Trevor said. "In the end, it's just two schools going at it, but for the time being, it's really fun. We'll always get along, no matter what."
"No hard feelings ever. It's important, but in the end of the day, he's still my little brother," Logan agreed.