By Curtis Rockwell, Sports Editor
The Associated press
The annual Egg Bowl battle between Ole Miss and arch-rival Mississippi State will return to a Thanksgiving night date after a decade absence.
The Bulldogs will play host to the Rebels on Thursday, Nov. 28 at Davis-Wade Stadium at 6:30 p.m. in Starkville, ESPN announced at a press conference Wednesday.
From 1998 to 2003, the Egg Bowl was played on Thanksgiving night.
"This is always, without question, the biggest game of the season for us," Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen said. "Playing on Thanksgiving night allows a national audience to see how important this game is in our state."
Ole Miss holds a 61-42-6 all-time record against Mississippi State, including a 55-25-5 lead in the Battle for the Golden Egg that began in 1927. Last year, the Rebels won 41-24 in Oxford.
"I think it's great for this storied rivalry to return to Thanksgiving Day," second yer Rebel coach Hugh Freeze said. "There were so many memorable moments from our meetings on that holiday in the past, and I hope to see a big Rebel turnout in Starkville this year."
The Rebels shut out the Bulldogs 31-0 in Starkville in their last Thanksgiving meeting in 2003. That year, Ole Miss shared the SEC Western Division championship with eventual BCS champion LSU.
The Rebels and the Bulldogs have played on Thanksgiving night 20 times.
For the past three seasons, the Egg Bowl had been televised on ESPNU the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Both teams played in bowl games in the 2012 season.
The Rebels (7-6) defeated Pittsburgh in the Compass Bowl.
Mississippi State (8-5) lost to Northwestern in the Gator Bowl.
Ole Miss opens the upcoming season on Thursday night, Aug. 28 at Vanderbilt on ESPN.
Mississippi State plays Oklahoma State in its opener on Aug. 31 at Houston's Reliant Stadium.