Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5) at No. 16 Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3)

7:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPN)

Line: Mississippi State by 15

The skinny: The 90th edition of the Egg Bowl will mark the end of the season for the Rebels, who self-imposed a postseason ban ahead of future NCAA sanctions. The Bulldogs are trying to win nine or more games for the fourth time under coach Dan Mullen. Mississippi State had won nine or more in a season only three times in its history prior to Mullen’s arrival and the Bulldogs are bowl-eligible for the eighth time in his nine seasons. It could be a high-scoring game. MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has six games in which he has run for more than 100 yards and thrown for more than 100 (only Louisville’s Lamar Jackson has more), and Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has thrown for 1,435 yards and nine touchdowns since taking over for the injured Shea Patterson. MSU won 55-20 in Oxford last season, but Ole Miss leads the series 63-44-6.

Garry Smits The Times-Union