The 2013 Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss has been moved to Thanksgiving night. The game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Mississippi State, which will host this year’s annual rivalry game at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, hosted the last Thanksgiving Egg Bowl back in 2003.
The game has been played on Saturday’s since 2004, with the exception of 2007 and 2008 which were held on a Friday.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our state’s largest football game to be played on the largest stage of a crowded football weekend,” MSU director of athletics 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.”
Ole Miss won last year’s meeting against Mississippi State 41-24 and leads the overall series 61-42-6. The Rebels also hold a 15-9-1 lead against the Bulldogs on Thanksgiving.
“I think it’s great for this storied rivalry to return to Thanksgiving Day,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. “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.”