Egg Bowl Preview: Ole Miss, Mississippi State Fight for the Only Thing That's Left

Mississippi Rebels vs. Mississippi St. Bulldogs, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU

It's not that much of a surprise that Mississippi comes into this game with nothing left to add to their resume except a state championship. There's no bowl game ahead for the Rebels, the head coach is on his way out of the program, and the mostly-low season expectations were not surpassed. It's hard to argue with those who said that the players seem to have quit the last couple of weeks.

For Mississippi State, the story is slightly different. No one put the Western Division Bulldogs into the national championship game, to be sure, but most expected them to be playing for more this weekend than a bottom-tier bowl game invite and a .500 regular-season record. A year that started with the promise that Dan Mullen might have turned things around in Starkville for good just served as a reminder of how difficult it will be to turn Mississippi State into perennial contenders.

And it's not like the five wins that the Dogs have wracked up this season aren't straight out of the Bill Snyder and Rich Brooks School of Scheduling. State claims a win at Memphis, an overtime win against Louisiana Tech (which Ole Miss would likely kill for), an uninspiring defeat of UAB and victories at Kentucky and against Tennessee-Martin. When people from other conferences complain about SEC schedules, this is what they're talking about.

The thing is that Ole Miss is just so bad this year, I'm running out of adjectives. There are only so many ways you can call a team awful, even one that's 2-9. It's almost for the best that there's nothing left to give the Rebels a chance at the postseason.

And while Mississippi State is mediocre, it's not Ole Miss-level bad. It's hard to put a loss past either of these teams, but State's offense is just enough to send Houston Nutt out a loser.

Mississippi State 35, Mississippi 24

Woo Pig Sooie

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker