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Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time, More

Sep 28, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Mississippi Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) passing against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2013

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.

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 52
  • Spread: Mississippi -3

 

Rebels Injury Report (via USA Today)

Rebels Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Austin DouglasC08/14/2013has left the teamOutpersonal
Evan EngramTE10/21/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutankle
C.J. JohnsonDE10/17/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutankle
Christian MorganTE09/08/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Aaron MorrisG08/31/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Korvic NeatWR08/22/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
Charles SawyerCB11/24/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against Mississippi State Questionableundisclosed
Carlos ThompsonLB11/24/2013is questionable for Thursday's game against Mississippi State Questionableundisclosed
Kameron WoodDE08/14/2013has left the teamOutpersonal
ESPN

 

Bulldogs Injury Report (via USA Today)

Bulldogs Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Dee ArringtonS11/12/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutundisclosed
Ferlando BohannaLB11/12/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutundisclosed
Torrey DaleDL11/25/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole MissQuestionableundisclosed
Quay EvansDT11/25/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole MissQuestionabledisciplinary
Brandon HillTE11/25/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole MissQuestionableundisclosed
Jay HughesS09/05/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutAchilles
Justin MaloneG09/08/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutfoot
LaDarius PerkinsRB11/25/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole MissQuestionablehead
Dak PrescottQB11/25/2013is expected to miss Saturday's game against Ole MissOutelbow
Deontae SkinnerLB11/25/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole MissQuestionableneck
Gus WalleyTE11/25/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole MissQuestionableundisclosed
Jordan WashingtonDL11/25/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Ole MissQuestionableundisclosed
USA Today

 

Can Mississippi State Overcome Loss of Dak Prescott?

LITTLE ROCK, AR - NOVEMBER 23:  Damian Williams #14 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs runs the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

It cannot be overstated how important sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott has been for the Bulldogs this year:

Dak Prescott 2013 Season
GamesCMP ATT PCT YDSTDINTRUSH ATTYDS TD
9128 219 58.4 1542 77111 722 10
ESPN

Per Matthew Stevens of The Commercial Dispatch, Prescott will miss his third straight game thanks to injury:

That's horrible news, as backup Tyler Russell will also miss the game with an injury, per Bulldogs Sports Radio:

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.

 

Prediction

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 23:  Bo Wallace #14 of the Ole Miss Rebels calls a play at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Missouri Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Oxford, Mississippi.  Missouri won the game 24-10.  (Photo
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

This one favors Ole Miss for a few reasons.

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

 

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