When the regular season finale rolls around in the state of MS, throw the season records out the window. I knew that was a huge thing for our fans and our coaches and just everybody here in Mississippi.
As bitter as this rivalry has become, Mullen has taken a step back from it in recent years.
The Rebels (5-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) and Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC) kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET Thanksgiving night in Starkville's Davis Wade Stadium.
The 16th-ranked Bulldogs are looking for their third nine-win season in the past four years under coach Dan Mullen.
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But some of the biggest upsets in the series have come in the past decade. In order get a get jump start on the game plan for the Egg Bowl, the MSU coaching staff flew home from Fayetteville last Saturday on a private jet separately from the team.
When he doesn't hit the century mark, the Bulldogs are 2-3. Ole Miss holds a 63-44-6 advantage in the series.
As much of America unwinds from a heavy lunch today, Mississippi State and Ole Miss will hope to be quick-thinking and nimble.
Mississippi State is down 7-0 early in the game.
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The young quarterback entered the game on Thursday night having completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 1,770 yards and 15 scores compared to only 10 interceptions.
"You've got a hundred brothers and some sisters and everyone else working (in MSU football) here eating", Fitzgerald said of the meal. However, they have covered in just one of their last three games. Ole Miss must create turnovers and force Fitzgerald into passing situations. "He can beat you, not just with quarterback runs, but the ones that are more unsafe are the extending of plays and scrambling". He even plans to spruce it up for all attendees by decorating with the Egg Bowl trophy itself. The Bulldogs are coming off a 28-21 road win over Arkansas and have won five of their last six games. He has thrown for 1,435 yards and nine touchdowns, and has played well since the season-ending injury to Shea Patterson. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior has run for at least 100 yards six times this season and all of them have been victories. He'll be making his first trip back to his hometown of Starkville since he made the rare move of leaving the Bulldogs' backyard to go to Ole Miss. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, DaMarkus Lodge, and Dawson Knox, as well as open holes for running back Jordan Wilkins, the Rebels have a real shot of moving the chains and winning this game. It's been a good bounce-back season for the senior, who missed all of past year because of an academic issue. He also has rushed for 968 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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