||Rebs, Dogs gearing up for Egg Bowl
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — A month ago, there was talk that this year's Egg Bowl could decide the SEC West champion.
However, three losses in four games has relegated Ole Miss to playing the role of spoiler.
"I kind of look at the big picture and the big picture is I still think we're ahead of schedule," Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. "Disappointed, but ahead of schedule and have a lot to play for with pride on the line with the Egg Bowl and finish with nine wins in the regular season."
"It's a rivalry game, the game you want to win." said Rebel linebacker Deterrian Shackelford. "Of course, we would have wanted the situation to be different, but it's not, but we're gonna prepare for this game like it's our last. and we're gonna put all we can into it."
The mood is a little different in Starkville, where Mississippi State can still win the division with a win Saturday and an Alabama loss to Auburn.
The Bulldogs are also still in the mix for the four-team College Football Playoffs. However, that's not their main focus this week.
"This is my sixth time playing in this game, and I view the other five as equally as important as this one," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. "I know this is the biggest game of the year for us. As far as the records, none of that stuff really matters coming into this game. It’s all about winning the game and getting bragging rights in the state for a year."
"This game is just special," said Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott. "We’re going to come in and play with emotions and from the heart. It’s a good rivalry, and it’s good to be a part of it."