The Egg Bowl rivalry between the Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs enters a new chapter on Saturday when the longtime rivals collide at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. The game will feature head coaches -- Lane Kiffin of Ole Miss and Mike Leach of Mississippi State -- experiencing their first Egg Bowl. In addition, Saturday marks the first time since 2016 that the game has not been played on Thanksgiving Day. The Rebels (3-4) enter the game having won back-to-back contests while the Bulldogs (2-5) have lost five of their last six.
Kickoff in the 2020 Egg Bowl is 4 p.m. ET. The Rebels are 10-point favorites in the latest Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 70.5. Before making any Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss picks, check out the college football predictions from SportsLine's Emory Hunt, given how well he's picked games involving the Rebels or Bulldogs.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player's perspective. Hunt enjoyed a dominant 2019 college football season. He went 116-79-2 (59 percent), returning $2,976 to $100 players, and capped it off with LSU -5.5 over Clemson in the national championship game.
In addition, he has his finger on the pulse of both of these teams. He is 4-0 in his last four spread picks involving the Bulldogs and 3-0-1 in his last four spread picks involving the Rebels. Anyone who has followed his college football picks is way up.
Now, Hunt has set his sights on Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds and trends for Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss:
- Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State spread: Rebels -10
- Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State over-under: 70.5 points
- Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State money line: Rebels -340, Bulldogs +260
- MISS: Elijah Moore leads the nation in receiving yards per game (159.3)
- MSU: Marquiss Spencer leads team in tackles for loss (seven)
Why Ole Miss can cover
Quarterback Matt Corral is having a prolific season. The sophomore from Ventura, Calif., ranks sixth nationally in passing touchdowns (22). His 380.0 yards per game of total offense leads the SEC and ranks second in the FBS. Over his last two games Corral has completed 89.4 percent of his passes for 925 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In addition, Ole Miss faces a Mississippi State offense that has struggled in the red zone this season. The Bulldogs have scored on just 68.4 percent of their trips inside the opponent's 20. Only eight teams in the FBS have been worse.
Why Mississippi State can cover
Mississippi State has one of the best defenses in the SEC. The Bulldogs allow just 366.9 total yards per game, which ranks fourth in the conference, right behind Alabama. In its last game the defense held Georgia to just eight rushing yards. That was the fourth time this season the Bulldogs held an opponent to fewer than 100 yards on the ground.
In addition, Mississippi State will be facing a struggling Ole Miss defense. The Rebels rank last in the SEC in scoring defense (40.9 points allowed per game), total defense (535.6 yards allowed per game) and rushing defense (243.4 yards allowed per game). They also are second-to-last in pass defense (292.1 yards allowed per game).
How to make Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State picks
Hunt has analyzed this matchup, and while he's leaning over on the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss and what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State spread you need to jump on, all from the expert who has crushed his picks on these teams, and find out.