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No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 22 Mississippi State prepare for annual Egg Bowl game


It's late November and that means it's time for the annual Egg Bowl game. Both No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 22 Mississippi State enter the annual clash with 8 wins and 3 defeats. The Rebels are 5 and 2 in SEC play, the Bulldogs are 4 and 3.

The game is set for 6:15 in Starkville and will be televised on ESPN2.

Quarterback Dak Prescott has been the main offensive weapon for Mississippi State and he's coming off a super effort in leading the Bulldogs past Arkansas 51-50.

Prescott passed for 508 yards and five touchdowns and added 46 yards rushing and two TDs.

Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly directed the Rebels past LSU 38-17. Kelly piled up 280 yards passing and 81 yards rushing with 4 total touchdowns.

Last season, the Ole Miss Landshark defense shutdown Prescott and his Bulldogs offense.  That loss has Prescott determined to end a year of frustration.

"It's a game that's special in the state, "stated Prescott.  "Special to both teams and when you loose it the other team has bragging rights for a whole year.  So that sucks and it sinks in and that's how we felt last year."

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen wants his Bulldogs to get the win over the Rebels on Saturday and lockup second-place in the SEC West Division behind Alabama.

Over the past 11 Egg Bowl games, the home team has won 10 times and four straight.  So what does Mullen think about having the home field advantage this season in Starkville?

"I don't know if it's just the Egg Bowl, "stated Mullen.  "It might be all of college football, especially here in the SEC.  Home field advantage is such a big deal.  One, you're at home.  You have your routine, your fans, your home stadium gets behind you, especially in rivalry games.  It's such a huge deal."

Hugh Freeze said, "It's difficult to play on the road in general.  Add it to a rivalry game, it adds more fuel to it.  And if you add that both teams have been playing good football the last four years, you have an advantage playing at home.  It may be one of the advantages that helps in the outcome."

Both Mullen and Freeze had good things to say about the quarterbacks their teams will be facing.

Mullen commented on Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly saying, "I think what he does outside of their offense is where he presents problems.  He brings improvisational skills.  When the play breaks down, he is a very deceptive runner. He makes people miss.  He can avoid pressure.  He keeps plays alive and breaks tackles.  He's elusive with the ball in his hands."

Freeze spoke highly of Prescott. "He's strikes me as the type that is very determined to be the best he can be and I'm certain he's put the work into whatever plan he's put into motion to be the best quarterback he can be for his team and it shows on the field, "said Freeze.

Saturday's game will be the 88th Battle for the Golden Egg.  Ole Miss and Mississippi State started playing for the trophy in 1927.  The Rebels hold a 56-26-5 advantage.  Last season No. 18 Ole Miss defeated No. 4 Mississippi State 31-17 in Oxford.

The Rebels are a 2 point favorite over the Bulldogs.

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