This year, your turkey and dressing can once again feature a side of some instate rivalry football.
The Battle for the Golden Egg between Mississippi State and Ole Miss will be played in prime time on Thanksgiving night both this year and next, it was announced on Thursday. This season's game will take place in Starkville on Thursday, November 25. The game will have a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.
Of course it's a return to Thanksgiving for the Bulldogs and Rebels. The two schools have played on the date 23 times throughout the rivalry's history. Most notably, MSU and Ole Miss became a fixture of ESPN's Thanksgiving night college football action from 1998 through 2003. The Egg Bowl returned to Thanksgiving for one year in 2013, then was played on the date from three straight years from 2017 through 2019. After a one-year hiatus in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted all facets of the college football season, now the Bulldogs and Rebels are once again set for at least a couple of more Thanksgivings together.
This year will be the first-ever Thanksgiving meeting between MSU head coach Mike Leach and Ole Miss leader Lane Kiffin. It'll be the two coaches' second Egg Bowl though as Leach and the Bulldogs seek to avenge last year's 31-24 loss to Kiffin and the Rebels in Oxford.