American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(STARKVILLE, Miss.) — Mississippi State can’t afford a loss to rival Ole Miss on Saturday. The Bulldogs sit at No. 4 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings that were announced on Tuesday and are looking forward to the Egg Bowl.
“[It’s the] last regular season for us, rivalry game, you got to leave it all out there on the field,” Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen said this week. “You kind of work all year round for this type of game.”
Both teams come in ranked for only the third time in 57 years of the Egg Bowl, but Ole Miss dropped to No. 18 after a 30-0 loss to Arkansas last weekend.
“They’re a very good football team,” Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze said. “[Quarterback] Dak Prescott makes them better than very good. You take him away from that team they’re still really good.”
“Defensively they’re one of the best in the nation against the rush. They just don’t give up much on the ground at all,” Freeze continued.
Prescott rallied Mississippi State to a comeback victory in last year’s matchup and remains one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.
“It’s a game played with emotions and a game played with the heart,” Prescott said. “It’s a good rivalry and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
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