Saturday's Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss will be the closest thing that the Rebels will have to a bowl game this year.
As if this heated rivalry needed more fuel, Dan Mullen's statement that State is the only program in the state that is on the rise is still on the minds of the Ole Miss coaching staff and players.
To add to the bitter feelings over that statement, the Rebels' performance over the 2010 football season has made Mullen's statement look like it was right on target. There are bad feelings all the way around where this game is concerned.
Rebel players are looking at this game as their bowl game for 2010. The Rebels have no chance of going bowling after a season of poor performances and bottom-of-the-barrel coaching. This is it for the 2010 seniors.
A win over the bowl-bound Dogs would go a long way in soothing the raw emotions that have come from such an awful season.
The Rebels played their best game of the season against LSU but still came up short, once again thanks in part to both mental mistakes and coaching mistakes. This was another heartbreaking loss for the Rebels, but they at least showed that they have the talent to play with anyone. That is, if they come to play.
The question is, do the Rebels have anything left? I think that they do. Ole Miss has a couple of things going for them entering this game.
First, the Arkansas vs. Mississippi State game went into two overtimes before State suffered a gut-wrenching loss to the Razorbacks. Traditionally, a team whose last game went into overtime does not perform well the next week. This is especially true if the team loses the game.
In addition, the pressure is off for the Rebels. Ole Miss will come out fired up and ready to rock. This is not only the last game for the seniors, but also the end of the Jeremiah Masoli story, which has been the headline for the Rebels all year.
Look for Masoli to play his best game of the year and the Rebels to hand the Bulldogs a little payback for last year's Egg Bowl. My prediction is that the No. 25 Bulldogs will not only go down, but will go down big Saturday night in Oxford.
Bohdi Sanders ~ www.TheWisdomWarrior.com
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