Check out the Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State fearless prediction and game preview.
Ole Miss (5-6) vs. Mississippi State (4-7) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 26
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Network: SEC Network
Bowl and Conference Implications
Ole Miss needs to win to become bowl eligible. Mississippi State would finish sixth in the West – and possibly tied for fifth – with a win, while Ole Miss would finish last with a loss.
What’s Going To Happen?
All the pressure is on Ole Miss as it limps to the finish line.
All teams are banged up and bruised this time of the year, but the Rebels are particularly struggling through a slew of problems while trying to get past the loss of QB Chad Kelly.
While QB Shea Patterson has shown glimpses of his immense potential, and he pulled the team out of the fire against Texas A&M with an epic comeback, it’s been a rocky run for an offense that hasn’t enjoyed any consistency, and can’t seem to find a decent running game to help the cause.
Worse yet, the defense that’s been such a key to the success under Hugh Freeze has gone bye-bye, doing the impossible by making Vanderbilt look like an offensive juggernaut in last week’s loss.
But Mississippi State isn’t setting the world on fire, either.
The Texas A&M win might have been shocking and fun, but reality came crashing down hard on the defense over the last two weeks, giving up 109 points in losses to Alabama and Arkansas to end any hope of going bowling.
The team hasn’t lost its fight, helped by an offense that’s picked it up in a big way, scoring 35 points or more in four of the last five games to try overcoming the nightmare of a D. But for all the problems, and all the issues, one win to ruin the Ole Miss season would end the year on a very, very sweet note.
It’s the Egg Bowl, and it might as well be a real bowl game since it’ll matter more than any post-season game the Rebels can get to.
And it’ll be the showcase game for the two quarterbacks.
Patterson is the big-time prospect who’s getting all the hype, but MSU sophomore Nick Fitzgerald is a rising star who’s done everything to carry the team, leading the way in rushing with 985 yards and 12 touchdowns while trying to make a mediocre receiving corps shine.
The winner will start to create his own legacy in what should be a big battle for the next few years, and that’s where the Bulldogs have the advantage.
Fitzgerald’s experience will be enough to keep this close, but as the game goes on, Patterson will heat up and the offense – even with star TE Evan Engram likely not an issue with a hamstring problem – will get better and better.
It’ll come down to a late drive in the shootout, and that’s where Gary Wunderlich – the junior Rebel kicker who’s hit 20-of-21 field goals on the year – will come through with a game-winner to send the team into a 13th game, and to overcome a huge day from Fitzgerald.
Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Prediction
Ole Miss 38, Mississippi State 37
Ole Miss -7.5, o/u: 69.5
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