GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Ole Miss At Mississippi State

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Donte Moncrief
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Donte Moncrief
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Nov. 28, 2013

Gameday Central | Scouting Report | Live Stats | Twitter Updates

TV Network: ESPN | Ole Miss Radio Network (Sirius, XM)

Monday Blog:First Look At The Egg Bowl

Wednesday Blog: Battling The Elements Thursday Night

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Egg Bowl returns to Thanksgiving for the first time since 2003, as Ole Miss closes out the regular season tonight at Mississippi State in the annual Battle for the Golden Egg at 6:30.

One of the most historic and greatest rivalries in college football, the Ole Miss-Mississippi State series is tied for the 15th-longest in NCAA Division I history.

The Rebels (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) are bowl eligible for the second straight year under Hugh Freeze and look to keep the Egg Bowl trophy in Oxford. The Bulldogs (5-6, 2-5) are coming off a 24-17 overtime win at Arkansas and look to become bowl eligible with a win tonight.

“The Egg Bowl intensity is always going to be as high as you get in a given game,” Freeze said. “Certainly with them having to win to go to a bowl like we were last year, if it’s possible to ratchet it up a little more, that’s something that would do it if it’s possible. You don’t have to have that to make this game feel emotional. But if there’s anything that would make it more it would be those factors.”

“I know they're going to play hard against us,” junior quarterback Bo Wallace said. “Their backs are against the wall. We know how that feels. They’re in the same situation as we were last year. They’re going to come out and play, so we have to be ready for them.”

Wallace, a Conerly Trophy finalist, ranks third in the SEC in total offense (286.0 yards per game) and fourth in passing (264.4 ypg). In last year’s 41-24 win over Mississippi State in Oxford, Wallace completed 15-of-22 passes for 294 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.

One of Wallace’s favorite targets, junior wide receiver Donte Moncrief, ranks top 10 in the SEC in receiving yards (72.8 ypg), receptions (4.5/game) and receiving touchdowns (5). He also had a big game in last year’s win with seven catches for a career-high 173 yards and three touchdowns.

“They’re a little different than they were last year,” Freeze said of Mississippi State’s coverages. “They will still do some of the same stuff, but the percentages are different.”

“We showed them some looks that we didn’t show earlier in the year,” Wallace said of last year’s meeting. “We will have a few new wrinkles in this week just like every week, and hopefully we will able to score some points on them.”

For Mississippi State, sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott ranks fifth in the SEC in total yards (251.6 yards per game) and leads the team in both passing (171.3 yards per game) and rushing (80.2 ypg).

However, Prescott has missed the last two games due to injury and could be out again this week. Freshman quarterback Damian Williams, who is 14-of-27 for 186 yards with an interception this year, is listed as the starter on this week’s depth chart. Williams also scored the game-winning touchdown with a 25-yard scamper in last week’s win over Arkansas.

“I know they have been resting Dak, and the other two have played in the last few games,” Freeze said. “I saw where Tyler (Russell) left the game last weekend at the end. I don't know what the significance of that is. We have to prepare for all three I think. Fortunately, two of the three are very similar and do the same things, and the other is still similar. They are like watching us on film. They do most of the same stuff that we do. You don’t like not knowing, but that’s the situation we’re in, so we have to prepare for all three.”

On the defensive side of the ball, Ole Miss junior safety Cody Prewitt is tied for the SEC lead and tied for eighth nationally with five interceptions, including one last week against Missouri. He leads the team in tackles (66), interceptions (5) and passes defended (11).

“They want to run the football and then play-action pass, just like our offense does,” defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. “It’s an advantage for us, and both defenses, because we get to see this type of thing all the time. We have to prepare for it all.”

In preparation for tonight’s game in Davis Wade Stadium, Ole Miss had cowbell sounds, along with the usual loud music for road games, piped into practice in the Manning Center.

“We better get used to that,” Freeze said. “I’m not sure how that process is going there with the regulations that they have on them. I’m certain in this game we will hear some.”

“It’s kind of difficult, but once you get used to it, you block it out,” said junior linebacker Serderius Bryant, who leads the team with three sacks and nine tackles for loss. “Sometimes on the field, I don’t really hear anything, but I feel like Mississippi State has one of the loudest crowds in the SEC. The cowbells just makes it worse.”

This is the 110th meeting all-time between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Rebels hold a 61-42-6 advantage in the series dating back to 1901. Thursday’s game will be the 86th “Battle of the Golden Egg” dating back to 1927. The Rebels have a 55-25-5 advantage in the “Egg Bowl,” including last year’s 41-24 win.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss, MSU Renew Rivalry on Hardwood

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss meets Mississippi State on the hardwood the for 250th time Wednesday, which makes it the most-played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference.  Like the rivalry in football, where the road team last won in 2010, the home team has... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 20-26, 2015)

      Monday, January 26, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 20-26, 2015Men's Basketball - Senior guard Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 26.6 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida Saturday. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 25

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Athletics

      Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more

    • Prewitt Caps Impressive Week at Senior Bowl

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Football

      Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more

    • VIDEO: Home is Ole Miss

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss Football: Home is Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Baseball Omaha Challenge

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Baseball

      The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Challenge 2014 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rivalry Game with NCAA Tournament Implications

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Women's Basketball

      Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more

    • Prewitt, Golson Impress at Senior Bowl Practices

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Football

       Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 13-19, 2015)

      Monday, January 19, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 13-19, 2015Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 18

      Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more

    • Key Stretch Starts with Tough Test in LSU

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more

    • Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 Rankings

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 6-12, 2015)

      Monday, January 12, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 6-12, 2015Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 11

      Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more

    • Rebels to Open SEC Play ' in Grand Fashion'

      Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more