The Egg Bowl Rivalry
When the Ole Miss Rebels and the Mississippi State University Bulldogs face one another in the annual Egg Bowl, everyone in Mississippi knows it’s more than just a game. It’s about bragging rights. It’s about SEC West division rankings. It’s about Oxford versus Starkville. And it’s about a sense of supremacy that literally divides friends and families throughout the Magnolia State. The Egg Bowl is the nation’s sixth longest uninterrupted rivalry and ranks as the 15th most-played college football game. There’s been no love lost between the Rebels and Bulldogs since they first met on the gridiron in 1901.

The mutual distaste for one another actually led to the creation of the coveted Golden Egg trophy in 1927. In 1926, Ole Miss fans stormed the field of their rivals after an upset victory, intent on tearing down the goalposts for a keepsake. But State students were determined to defend their territory and, needless to say, a slight scuffle ensued. The next year, in the hopes of avoiding another brawl, students from both schools agreed that the winning team would be awarded the Golden Egg trophy.

The Egg Bowl is typically played over Thanksgiving weekend and has taken place in seven different Mississippi cities and on 10 different fields. From 1973 to 1990, the Egg Bowl took place at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson before returning to alternating between the two campuses. Ole Miss owns the overall series record while Mississippi State lays claim to the longest win streak (13 games from 1911 to 1925) and the largest win (65-0 in 1915).