This Ole Miss football season has been unique in many ways and now fans get what they’ve been waiting for in the 2020 Egg Bowl.
The 2020 Ole Miss football season has been a lot of things. It has been a strange season mainly because of the Covid-19 pandemic and all it has entailed. It’s already been a season of highs and lows and some highlights and some disappointments. For the most part, it has nonetheless been enjoyable simply because it was a chance to see Ole Miss football.
Now, the time has come for the Egg Bowl, the annual meeting between the Ole Miss Rebels and instate rivals Miss State Bulldogs. It has always been a game that has been fueled by the disdain of fans for the opposing schools on both sides. In the past, we have seen the bitterness for either side displayed on the field and in the stands. This season is no different with a multitude of great storylines.
The 2020 Egg Bowl
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There is much to discuss when it comes to this year’s game. The main topic is the fact of having two new head coaches in Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach, respectively the Conductor and the Pirate.
Both coaches are known for wide-open offenses and scoring points although the Bulldogs have had major offensive woes through much of the season.
However, there was a spark in the Miss State offense in their last game against Georgia. MSU quarterback Will Rodgers has proven to be very capable within the Leach offense.
Of course, as good as Rodgers is on the field, he is still young and still learning their system. Also, we are sure the better quarterback on Saturday will be the Rebels, Matt Corral.
Naturally, Leach and Rodgers have found a decent group of receivers to throw to. However, they will fall short of what the Ole Miss receiving corp can achieve. Ole Miss football fans have witnessed what Elijah Moore has achieved this season. He is a tremendous receiver and a force to be reckoned with having matured from the 2019 Egg Bowl.
Tale Of Two Defenses
This will likely be the deciding factor in who wins the 2020 Egg Bowl. We know the struggles Ole Miss has had defensively. We also know Miss State has a pretty good defense. It should be fun to watch which defense steps up this Saturday and can create turnovers. While we know what the Ole Miss offense is capable of, we also know turnovers can kill whatever success is possible. This will also be true for the Bulldogs. Both teams will have to play clean on offense to have a chance to win this game.
One bright spot for the Ole Miss defense is the ruling by the NCAA for junior Otis Reese to be eligible to play the remainder of the season. The 6’2 and 215lb Reese transferred to Ole Miss from Georgia and was expected to have to sit out for the remainder of the season. Now, he is available and according to Lane Kiffin is ready. Reese will likely fill in behind Jon Haynes.
So, are you ready? This could be and will likely be another epic Egg Bowl. The Ole Miss Rebels will be hosting the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. Kickoff is set for 3 pm CT and will be televised via SEC Network. Be sure to check back here later for an in-depth 2020 Egg Bowl preview from OHT. Stay safe and always Hotty Toddy.