Report: SEC rivalry game could be moved to different date in 2021
As far as SEC football fans are concerned, Thanksgiving is part of Rivalry Week. In this past season’s adjusted schedule, the conference opted to keep conference Rivalry Week games, including the Egg Bowl, on Thanksgiving Weekend instead of the final week of the season, which was scheduled for early Dec. 5 (makeup games ended up being played Dec. 12 and Dec. 19).
The SEC revealed its 2021 schedule last month. The final Saturday of the regular season, Nov. 27, resembled the traditional Rivalry Week schedule of division rivalry games, SEC-ACC clashes and the Battle Line Rivalry. A new report, however, states that this year’s Egg Bowl may be moved from Saturday.
“Sources close to the situation share that ESPN has expressed interest in putting the annual match-up between Mississippi State and Ole Miss back in the primetime TV slot for Turkey Day,” Steve Robertson of 247Sports writes.
The report adds that an official announcement regarding the 2021 game in Starkville could be made soon:
A final decision is expected to come in the weeks ahead. Sources share that ESPN is ready to roll. It is simply a matter of getting both schools to agree to move the game.
As Robertson details in his article, the Battle for the Golden Egg has been played 29 times on Thanksgiving Day. Ole Miss won the 2020 meeting in Oxford, played on Saturday, Nov. 28, 31-24.