- Lane Kiffin shared a rather refreshing opinion about the Ole Miss and Mississippi State rivalry heading into the Egg Bowl.
- Some fans appreciated his take, while others did not.
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Ole Miss and Mississippi State hate everything about each other. Put the actual football and all other sports aside, Ole Miss people hate Mississippi State people, and Mississippi State people hate Ole Miss people. This is how it’s been since the dawn of time. Pure hatred is what makes the rivalry between both schools so intense.
The Egg Bowl is one of the best rivalry games in all of college football, and it’s especially great when both teams are relevant, as they both are heading into Thursday night’s matchup. The Rebels are a Top 10 team in the country while the Bulldogs have caught fire as of late and find themselves ranked in the Top 25 as well.
The battle in Starkville on Thanksgiving night is going to be just that, a battle, but Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin seems to be spreading a more lighthearted message heading into the 118th edition of the Egg Bowl.
“It is just football. You really shouldn’t hate people because of where you go to school,” Kiffin said during a Monday press conference.
He’s not wrong, it is just a football game, it’s always just been a football game, but for fans of both schools and for folks around Mississippi, it’s a whole lot more than that.
The winning school gets to hold that coveted trophy for a year, fans of the winning team get to brag for a full 365 days, and on top of that, it’s a big game in terms of in-state recruiting, especially.
Kiffin’s nonchalant take about the rivalry is on-brand for him, therefore, shouldn’t come as a surprise, but that hasn’t kept plenty of fans from offering up their opinion on his statement:
… but isn't that the entire premise of college football? https://t.co/BChr3ZpbFF
— Cameron Soran (@cameronsoran) November 23, 2021
It seems that Kiffin’s mind is not right https://t.co/QxPHFZgkUF
— Tucker Medlin (@medlin_tucker) November 22, 2021
Totally agree. Its ridiculous, TBH. https://t.co/g4jyKQJaCK
— Page 31-24 🍿🍿 (@page_rebs) November 22, 2021
You absolutely 100% should https://t.co/Rgtx5ygFDN
— Adam Beaudry (@AdamBeaudry15) November 23, 2021
I don’t hate anyone because of where I went to school. I hate some people because of where THEY went to school. https://t.co/eDlvGfIKrv
— Paul Wiley (@PaulWileyVA) November 22, 2021
Ole Miss is looking to win its second consecutive Egg Bowl after Kiffin led the Rebels to a 31-24 win over the Bulldogs in his first season as head coach a year ago. Ole Miss leads the all-time series with a record of 63-45-6.