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Ole Miss Students React: 2017 Egg Bowl To Be Played On Thanksgiving Day

Egg Bowl
Courtesy of Ole Miss Communications

It is official. The Ole Miss football schedule for 2017 has been released.

Big name home match ups include SEC West opponents Vanderbilt (Oct. 14), LSU (Oct. 21), Arkansas (Oct. 28.) and Texas A&M (Nov. 11).

However, no Rebel’s schedule is complete without an intense game with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, battling for the coveted Golden Egg Trophy.

The buzz surrounding this Egg Bowl in Starkville is because of the return to playing on Thanksgiving day, the first time the game will be played on the holiday since 2013.

Students Mike Carrier and Harris Jones, both from Tennessee, are excited about the return.

Jones said, “My dad went here and growing up we used to watch the game at family dinner on Thanksgiving.”

Carrier said, “My parents are not Ole Miss alumni, however growing up in Memphis so close to Oxford I’ve always watched a lot of Rebel football, and it’ll be nice to be able to watch my team play this old rivalry returning to Thanksgiving.”

Not every Ole Miss student is as ecstatic about the Thanksgiving kickoff because they won’t be able to cheer on their Rebels in person.

This is a tradition well known among Mississippi college football fans, but among the many out-of-state students who want to attend the game, the holiday kickoff is an inconvenience.

Sophomore Matthew Shafranski, from Madison, Wisconsin, was one student upset about the date.

“It is nice that they are going back to that traditional game day,” Shafranski said. “But, it sucks a lot because I go home for Thanksgiving and will obviously be unable to go to the game next year, since Wisconsin is a bit far from Starkville.”

He wasn’t alone in his disappointment.

Another out-of-state student, Jack McGoorty, a Chicago native, said, “Since Ole Miss has been growing and reaching different parts of the country, it would be nice for students who are not from Mississippi to be able to attend the game without having to leave their families on a holiday.”

Although every Ole Miss student won’t be in Starkville supporting the Rebels, Rebel fans will be cheering from all over the states as the Egg Bowl returns to a primetime holiday slot.

By Justin Darnell, an intern for HottyToddy.com

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