When Texas A&M entered the SEC in 2012 it wanted to make a splash – and perhaps rub its good fortune in the face of longtime rival Texas. So the Aggies lobbied the SEC for a game against LSU on Thanksgiving night. What better way to show up its old, bitter rival then by replacing their Thanksgiving encounter with a match-up against a new rival.
LSU wasn’t interested in playing Thanksgiving night, though the Tigers did agree to play A&M on Thanksgiving when the game would be played in College Station every other year. That “tradition” will end this season, according to the Chronicle.
ESPN will replace the LSU-A&M game with a game it broadcast seven times on Thanksgiving, the bitter Mississippi rivalry known as the Egg Bowl. The game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State has been played on Thanksgiving 21 times. The series between the Magnolia state rivals dates back to 1901, though it didn’t earn the “Egg Bowl” nickname until 1927, when the winner was awarded the “Golden Egg” trophy.
Ole Miss holds a 63-43-6 edge in the season-ending contest and has won the last two match-ups.