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WATCH: Mississippi State drops hype video ahead of Egg Bowl matchup on Thanksgiving night

Wade-Peeryby:Wade Peery11/23/22

The most highly anticipated game for college football fans in the state of Mississippi is just one day away. The stage is set for a Thanksgiving night game clash between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Ole Miss Rebels, also known as the Egg Bowl. The Bulldogs dropped a hype video on Thanksgiving eve, one day ahead of the highly anticipated matchup between the two teams.

Check out the video–which is narrated by country music singer Hardy, who happens to be a Mississippi native.

“Mississippi. There’s no place like home. The rolling hills. The magnolias. The scenic views. Where everybody treats you like family. It’s the hospitality state. Well, most of the time. One night a year it’s them vs. us. When we get together, you never know what’ll go down. Throw the records out the window. Expect the unexpected. Embrace the unbelievable. And know this–it ain’t over until it’s over. It’s all about who wants it more. Thanksgiving night. Primetime. We are ready to feast. And there will be no holding back. We’ll fight with all we’ve got for as long as it takes to take it back!” Hardy said.

The storyline that has dominated the chatter surrounding this year’s version of the Egg Bowl is not on the players, but the question of whether or not Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin will leave Ole Miss for Auburn. Plenty of people in the national media believe Kiffin will take the job with Auburn, despite his recent denials. If Kiffin were to lie and say that he wasn’t leaving for Auburn, only to leave a few days later, he certainly wouldn’t be the first head coach in college football to do so and he won’t be the last. That’s been a time-honored tradition that head coaches in big-time college football and college basketball have practiced for several decades.

Mississippi and Mississippi State both have plenty of talent

While there will be plenty of chatter surrounding Kiffin, both teams feature plenty of talent and this should be a highly competitive Egg Bowl matchup. Mississippi State features two record-setters on both sides of the football. Quarterback Will Rogers and defensive back Emmanuel Forbes, Jr. Both have already stamped their marks in Mississippi State football history and Thursday night’s matchup provides yet another opportunity to further cement their legacies in Bulldog lore.

Mississippi’s pair of running backs are among the best in college football and Quinshon Judkins is likely to be a top Heisman Trophy candidate heading into the 2023-2024 college football season. His freshman campaign stats have been unbelievable–1,385 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s carried the Rebels on his back all season long and a big-time performance before a nationally televised audience on Thanksgiving night would be a great way to kick off his Heisman campaign for next season. Judkins just eviscerated the Arkansas defense last weekend to the tune of 214 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 24 carries (8.9 yards per carry) in a 42-27 victory.

It should be an exciting matchup. Mississippi won last year’s matchup 31-21 and they’ve won two of the last three in the rivalry. Ole Miss currently leads the overall series between the two rivals, 64-45-6.