STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The 2013 Egg Bowl will return to Thanksgiving night, marking the first time since 2003 that the annual rivalry game will be played on Thanksgiving night.
Officials with Mississippi State, Ole Miss, the SEC and ESPN announced the change on Wednesday.
“This is always, without question, the biggest game of the season for us,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. “Playing on Thanksgiving night allows a national audience to see how important this game is in our state."
“I think it's great for this storied rivalry to return to Thanksgiving Day,” said second-year Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze. “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 110th Battle for the Golden Egg will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our state’s largest football game to be played on the largest stage of a crowded football weekend,” Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said. “Some of the most memorable games in Egg Bowl history have come on Thanksgiving night, and hopefully more great memories can be made for Bulldog fans on this holiday evening.”
The in-state Southeastern Conference rivals have met 25 times on Thanksgiving Day, with Ole Miss holding a (15-9-1) lead in the series. The Rebels also lead in Thanksgiving games with the Golden Egg on the line, with a (10-5-1) record.
Ole Miss won the 2012 Egg Bowl in Oxford after losing three straight meetings in the series.