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.”