When your heart rate slows from the mountain of food you digested during the day on Thursday, the rivalry showdown between No. 9 Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State will serve as your defibrillator for the evening.
In the first year of the Egg Bowl between Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach, the Oxford Rebels got the best of Bulldogs 31-24. Now the side returns to Starkville, where the Bulldogs face 2-1-0 against the spread as home favorites this season. However, with a win, Ole Miss can put himself in an excellent position to play in a New Year’s Six game.
Here are the latest spread, moneyline and grand total for the 2021 Egg Bowl courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook .
Even if the total moves from 62 to 64, I personally still tend to “OVER” in this game and will likely put it at 65.
While the late move to the Mississippi state side after spending most of the week picking ’em is noteworthy, I still think Matt Corral and the Rebels are the superior team, albeit one gruesome Vanderbilt team hanging around and only winning at home by 14 points if preferred by more than five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, BetSided’s Matt De Saro was over Ole Miss in his original prediction piece, citing their ability to protect the quarterback and their ability to hit and hit receivers deep in the field, while expanding defensive coverage.
One area where the Rebels excel is in passing. Corral has 3,099 yards a year and completes 67.4 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions. The Rebels are one of the best programs to protect their QB, and Corral has only been fired four times. The Bulldogs are now number 107 in the nation with just four sacks a year, making them 107th overall.
The Bulldogs secondary school isn’t much better, allowing 229.7 yards per game. Good enough for 75th place in all college football. Corral and the Rebels are now 18th in the FBS with 286.3 yards per game.
I think Corral and this offense will take this game early after a “close call” against Vanderbilt. Kiffin and Co. have all the skills they need to lead this team to their second consecutive Egg Bowl win.
Regardless of whether or not Ole Miss kicks the street over, we should expect something between two teams that ranked fifth (Ole Miss) and 22nd in college football.
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