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54 days to football: The Egg Bowl rushing matchup




Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.  


Today, since we are 54 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: Last year, Ole Miss amassed 54 runs of 10 yards or more, which is not good. Is this year's Egg Bowl an advantageous rushing matchup for MSU? 




First of all, some context on that number of 54 runs of 10 yards or more: it ranked tied for 92nd in the nation and 11th in the SEC. In that tied for 92nd nationally, it was included with (begin sarcasm) college football blue bloods (end sarcasm) such as ULM, UConn and Syracuse. 


There is both reason for belief and reason for pessimism relative to Rebel rushing in 2018. The Rebels really only have to replace one starter on the offensive line, but that is also a line that has no proven commodity to block for: Jordan Wilkins had 1,011 of Ole Miss' 1,607 rushing yards (62.9 percent) and he's gone. 


That also matches up with a MSU front that is poised to be as strong as it has been in recent memory both on the defensive line and at linebacker. That also matches up with a Ole Miss defensive line that is losing some pivotal pieces. That also matches up with a MSU rushing attack that has every reason to be awesome, with both of its top running backs returning and four season-long starters on the offensive line returning, with one that got a good bit of spot starts. 


All of that to say: come Thanksgiving Day, MSU should have the advantage on the ground. 


Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson



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