Your post-Turkey Thanksgiving Day college football viewing habits have gotten a bit of a tweak.
LSU and Texas A&M have closed out the regular season every year since the latter joined the SEC in 2013. Last spring, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva was very vehement in stating his opposition to that game being played on Thanksgiving in Death Valley, guaranteeing that “[a]s long as I’m here, we will not play in Tiger Stadium on a Thursday.” The Tigers did give their consent to play the Aggies on the holiday when the game was in College Station.
However, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday night that, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the two football programs “will no longer play their regular-season finale on Thanksgiving night when they play at Kyle Field.” A short time after that report surfaced, the SEC released its complete schedule for the 2017 season, with the Mississippi State-Ole Miss returning to Thanksgiving Day night that season.
It was subsequently reported that the Egg Bowl would be played on the same holiday in Oxford the following season, with talks ongoing about making the rivalry’s move back to Thanksgiving more permanent moving forward.
“Having the Egg Bowl on ESPN in the prime time window on Thanksgiving Day shows we have a relevant program and that ESPN values the Egg Bowl as a marquee game,” Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said. “If both programs were not competitive on the national scene we would have this opportunity to showcase this great game.”
The Egg Bowl has been played on Thanksgiving a total of 21 times, the last coming in 2013. The Daily Journal writes that the game was “a regular part of ESPN’s Thanksgiving college football schedule from 1998-2003.”
The 2016 LSU-A&M game scheduled for Thanksgiving night in College Station, incidentally, will go off as planned one final time.