The Rebels put forth a gritty home effort against LSU last week succumbing to the #1 ranked team in the country by a 41-24 final count, while the Bulldogs did their best not to suffer a letdown after defeating Alabama two weeks ago vs. Arkansas. It wasn’t to be however, as the Razorbacks pulled away for the eventual home win and cover by a 45-31 final count.
This is a series that the state of Mississippi gets up for year in and year out regardless of how bad each teams season has gone. The folks in Starkville would love nothing better than to see the Golden Egg sit perched atop the Bulldogs trophy case in the same year the Bulldogs managed to go bowling for the first time since 2000.
The Rebels have been solid at home all season long competing with Top 25 talent, but their story on the road is of a much different variety. Their lone win came against a putrid Memphis team at the beginning of the year that almost saw them squander a 20-point halftime lead to eventually win by a 23-21 final count. Their next three road affairs saw them lose to Vandy, Georgia, and auburn by a combined 93-37. Needless to point out, but the Rebels are a much different team outside the comfy confines of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
As for the Bulldogs, Head coach Sylvester Croom are already Bowl eligible, but they’d do themselves a huge favor by securing their seventh win of the season just in case. Since dropping a lopsided affair to LSU to open the season, the Bulldogs are 3-1 SU at home with an impressive win over Alabama a couple weeks ago. The Starkville faithful have only seen their team play once over the last month at home, so its safe to say the cowbells will be out of control as the 55,000+ pack the stands of Davis Wade Stadium.
The Rebels won last years game in Oxford by a 20-17 final count, and that extended the home teams mark to 5-1-1 ATS the L/7 times they’ve met. A win here would be the cherry on top of the sundae for the Bulldogs season, and HC Croom would love nothing better than to even up the head-to-head series with the Bulldogs in-state rivals…
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