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No. 4 Mississippi St, No. 18 Ole Miss collide this weekend in high-stakes version of Egg Bowl

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OXFORD, Mississippi — For a few weeks in October, Mississippi State and Mississippi stood among college football's elite with undefeated records, star quarterbacks and rare relevance on the national stage.

Not anymore.

PHOTO: Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze talks to officials during a timeout in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/David Quinn)
Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze talks to officials during a timeout in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/David Quinn)

While the Bulldogs' dream season remains largely intact, the Rebels have fallen by the wayside — undone by a series of injuries and missed opportunities. Now No. 4 Mississippi State (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) must travel to face No. 18 Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3) on Saturday in the Egg Bowl.

The Bulldogs seem to have the edge in most categories — especially momentum. The Rebels have lost three straight conference games, including last week's embarrassing 30-0 setback to Arkansas.

But Ole Miss holds one key advantage: The home team has won nine of the past 10 Egg Bowls.

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