The path for the Egg Bowl to take the CBS TV slot was essentially cleared earlier this week when the network announced it would air Mississippi State at Alabama this Saturday.
The SEC contract with CBS stipulates that no conference team will appear more on the network more than five times in the regular season.
CBS has aired Alabama’s games against Florida, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and LSU.
CBS’ decision ends a six-year run for the Iron Bowl, Alabama and Auburn, on the network. There were other options but none that would provide a top-10 matchup. That’s likely what the Egg Bowl will be if Ole Miss wins at Arkansas on Nov. 22. The Rebels are No. 10 in both polls right now.
The CBS decision also means that Ole Miss and Mississippi State will play on a non-cable national network for the first time since 1964 (NBC).
Regarding the rankings and the Ole Miss-MSU game, a few interesting notes here:
MSU and Ole Miss have met with one team ranked 25 times.
They have met with both teams ranked only three times, most recently in 1999. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 18 when they defeated No. 23 Ole Miss 23-20 in Starkville.
MSU was No. 16 and Ole Miss No. 24 when the Rebels won 17-10 in Oxford in 1992.
Ole Miss was No. 7, MSU No. 13 when they tied at 7 in Oxford in 1957.
The rivals have never met when one of them was ranked No. 1.
Ole Miss has been ranked No. 3 three times and No. 2 once when it played MSU.