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Breaking Down The Egg Bowl

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Quarterback Bo Wallace shouldn't have too much trouble in Saturday's Egg Bowl. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.
Quarterback Bo Wallace shouldn't have too much trouble in Saturday's Egg Bowl. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.

Mississippi and Mississippi State meet for the 110th time on the gridiron Thursday as both teams look to finish out the regular season with a win over their rival.

The Rebels are coming in looking for their eighth win of the year, while the Bulldogs are looking to become bowl eligible with their sixth win.

Ole Miss had high expectations with one of the top recruiting classes in the country, but struggled at times. The Bulldogs have been largely unimpressive all year, with their only SEC wins coming against Kentucky and Arkansas.

So, who has the advantage in this one?

Inside The Numbers

Here's how the two teams stack up:

Ole Miss Stat Category Mississippi State
32.3 Points For 27.2
24.9 Points Against 25.6
293.3 Passing Yards For 244.3
223.5 Passing Yards Against 216.5
193.8 Rushing Yards For 193.7
160.4 Rushing Yards Against 154.2

The teams compare well against each other. However, the Rebels have wins over LSU and Texas, and close losses to Auburn and Texas A&M. Mississippi State also had close losses to Auburn and Texas A&M, but were blown out by LSU and needed overtime to beat Arkansas.

Key Matchup

Like any rivalry game, the key matchup will be in the trenches. Can the Mississippi State defensive line get penetration against Ole Miss' offensive line? Ole Miss is allowing more than two sacks per game, and has struggled running the ball in its last two SEC contests.

Mississippi State has to get pressure on quarterback Bo Wallace. If the Bulldogs fail to do so, Wallace will be able to throw the ball all over the field like he did last year when he torched the Bulldogs for 294 yards and five touchdowns.

BOLO Alert

Be on the lookout for Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott. He returned last week after missing three games and only had five yards on three carries against Missouri, while also totaling one reception for six yards.

This is Scott's final Egg Bowl, a game in which he ran for 111 yards last year.

Scott is running out of time to make an impression on NFL scouts. While a bowl game and all-star games will boost his chances, this will be his final game against SEC competition. Can he shine one final time in the best league in college football?

Prediction

This one won't be a contest. Ole Miss should win this one easily.

Ole Miss 41, Mississippi State 21