Ole Miss and Mississippi State meet Thursday to end their seasons in a rivalry matchup that dates back to 1901 as the two sides fight for the Golden Egg.
The Bulldogs enter the SEC West battle at 5-6. It took an overtime score to down Arkansas last weekend, but the victory snapped a three-game skid—all losses to teams ranked No. 15 or higher in what was a brutal stretch.
Last Saturday, the Rebels saw a four-game winning streak snapped in the form of a 24-10 loss to then-ranked No. 8 Missouri. Ole Miss now sits at 7-4 and only one spot above the Bulldogs in the conference.
Here is everything fans need to know about the latest iteration of the Egg Bowl.
When: Thursday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 52
- Spread: Mississippi -3
Rebels Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Austin Douglas||C||08/14/2013||has left the team||Out||personal|
|Evan Engram||TE||10/21/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||ankle|
|C.J. Johnson||DE||10/17/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||ankle|
|Christian Morgan||TE||09/08/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Aaron Morris||G||08/31/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Korvic Neat||WR||08/22/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Charles Sawyer||CB||11/24/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Mississippi State||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Carlos Thompson||LB||11/24/2013||is questionable for Thursday's game against Mississippi State||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Kameron Wood||DE||08/14/2013||has left the team||Out||personal|
Bulldogs Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Dee Arrington||S||11/12/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||undisclosed|
|Ferlando Bohanna||LB||11/12/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||undisclosed|
|Torrey Dale||DL||11/25/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole Miss||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Quay Evans||DT||11/25/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole Miss||Questionable||disciplinary|
|Brandon Hill||TE||11/25/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole Miss||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Jay Hughes||S||09/05/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||Achilles|
|Justin Malone||G||09/08/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||foot|
|LaDarius Perkins||RB||11/25/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole Miss||Questionable||head|
|Dak Prescott||QB||11/25/2013||is expected to miss Saturday's game against Ole Miss||Out||elbow|
|Deontae Skinner||LB||11/25/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole Miss||Questionable||neck|
|Gus Walley||TE||11/25/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole Miss||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Jordan Washington||DL||11/25/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole Miss||Questionable||undisclosed|
Can Mississippi State Overcome Loss of Dak Prescott?
It cannot be overstated how important sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott has been for the Bulldogs this year:
Per Matthew Stevens of The Commercial Dispatch, Prescott will miss his third straight game thanks to injury:
Mullen said he & the MSU doctors hoped Dak Prescott would’ve recovered faster but that didn’t happen. So Prescott will be out for Egg Bowl.— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) November 25, 2013
That's horrible news, as backup Tyler Russell will also miss the game with an injury, per Bulldogs Sports Radio:
Tyler Russell not listed on the depth chart. Damian Williams as starter, Prescott and Cowart as 2nd string.— Bulldog Sports Radio (@BulldogsRadio) November 25, 2013
The swath of injuries means the task of beating the Rebels comes down to freshman Damian Williams, who has attempted just 27 passes this year. He has completed 14 of them for 186 yards and an interception.
The task is not made easier by the Rebels. Ole Miss ranks among the top 50 in the nation defensively, with just 24.9 points allowed per game on average. Mississippi State will sink or swim depending on Williams' performance.
This one favors Ole Miss for a few reasons.
Which team wins?
First, the wealth of injuries to the Bulldogs will simply be too much to overcome.
Second, the Rebels are simply a more talented team. The Bulldogs will struggle to find an answer for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace, who has thrown for 2,908 yards and 17 touchdowns to six interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes.
Ole Miss has played top teams such as Auburn and Texas A&M tough (two losses by a total of 11 points) and even defeated LSU. This game is a step down in competition, and the Rebels will win with ease.
Final Score: Rebels 27, Bulldogs 17