Nov 16, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; General view of the Alabama Crimson Tide game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the third quarter at Davis Wade Stadium. Alabama defeated Mississippi State 20-7. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Recent Egg Bowl History – Home Team Wins Unless They’re Terrible and Road Team is Excellent


Nov 16, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs fans during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Davis Wade Stadium. Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Mississippi State Bulldogs with a score of 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

In 12 of the previous 14 years the Egg Bowl has been won by the home team. Dating back to 1999, the only time the home team has lost in this series is 2003 and 2010.

I distinctly remember the 2003 game. It was cold and wet. Jackie Sherrill had already announced his retirement earlier in the season and the Bulldogs were a hapless team from then on, finishing the season with a 2-10 record. Add to it Ole Miss had Eli Manning as a senior and it resulted in a 31-0 thrashing in Starkville.

I can’t say the 2010 Rebels just plain quit like they did in 2011, but they weren’t too good: 4-8 that year. Coming in they had lost 5 out of 6 games including a 52-14 beat-down from Derek Dooley. The Dawgs had their best team in a decade and were able to finish off OM, 31-23 (it was 31-9 going into the 4th quarter).

Common denominator in these two games: bad home team vs. good road team. MSU was horrible in 2003 vs. arguably Ole Miss’ best team in the last 40 years. The Rebels were spiraling downward in 2010 vs. a Bulldog team that finished #15 that year.

Over the last 14 Egg Bowls the record is dead even: 7-7. The home team is 12-2.

Home field has been a distinct advantage. Even when you thought State was down and out like 2001 or 2005 they were able to win the game. Or when Ole Miss wasn’t expected to win like in 2000 and 2012 they held serve.

Mississippi State hosts the 2013 Egg Bowl. Ole Miss is not an elite team. MSU isn’t a terrible team. We need to take care of business at home.

 

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  • golfdawg11

    I think this is true of most rivalry games. It the teams are close in records and/or talent, the home team will win. But a very good team will beat a bad team practically every time, rivalry game or not. I’d feel very good about the Dawgs’ chances if we didn’t have our #3 QB starting, but at least Williams has some playing time, and has played in two straight pressure situations against Bama and Arkansas OT. It won’t be like this is his very first game. But some good stats you listed. And you could say they were somewhat even in 2012, and OM was giving up in that game first half until we kept giving them the ball. I think it will be a very good game, and I think it will depend on how Damien Williams is able to handle the starting job. Hey, I’ll take the BBVA Compass Bowl any day after this season, and have the *same* SEC record as Ole Miss!