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Egg Bowl returning to Turkey Day in 2013

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This coming Thanksgiving, we’ll have yet another football-related item for which to be thankful.

In a joint announcement Wednesday, Mississippi State and Ole Miss confirmed speculation that this year’s version of the annual Egg Bowl rivalry game will be played on Thanksgiving in Starkville.  The game will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 28; it had originally been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30.

“I think it’s great for this storied rivalry to return to Thanksgiving Day,” said second-year Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze in a statement. “There were so many memorable moments from our meetings on that holiday in the past, and I hope to see a big Rebel turnout in Starkville this year.”

The 2013 game will mark the first time the Egg Bowl has been played on Thanksgiving since 2003.  That was the final season of a six-year stretch that saw the rivalry contested on the day of that holiday.

The two teams split those six Turkey Day meetings, and have played a total of 20 times on that day.

Ole Miss won last year’s Egg Bowl after Mississippi State had claimed the previous three.

“This is always, without question, the biggest game of the season for us,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said in his statement. “Playing on Thanksgiving night allows a national audience to see how important this game is in our state.”

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6 Responses to “Egg Bowl returning to Turkey Day in 2013”
  1. indywvu says: Apr 10, 2013 8:23 PM

    Good for them. To be honest, this game brings little interest outside Mississippi but now, people will watch because, well, it’s on Thanksgiving night. It’s a win-win for everyone.

  2. bertenheim says: Apr 10, 2013 9:19 PM

    They’ll be up against TxTech-Texas.

  3. thejjtrain says: Apr 10, 2013 10:17 PM

    I think they’ll be up against typtophan more than anything else.

  4. bigdinla says: Apr 11, 2013 7:33 AM

    Beats watching the Lions!

  5. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    Makes you wonder though if the NFL will still go through with its NFL Network Prime Time Game that day.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 11, 2013 2:36 PM

    I miss the Aggie and Horns on Thanksgiving! One of my favorite traditions growing up.

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