Sideline View by Dale McKee

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The Egg Bowl will have our attention this week in all 82 counties. Mississippi State needs a win to go bowling while Ole Miss needs a win as they move forward to hopefully brighter days in Oxford. I have enjoyed watching many Egg Bowls in person since 1970. Many of the games I have witnessed have been given names and hopefully they can add another name to this rivalry that has been played for way over 100 years.

The Thanksgiving kickoff in Starkville will be at 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPN.

Golden Eagles hurting

Southern Mississippi blew their chance to take over the lead in the Western Division of Conference USA as they lost to Western Kentucky. The loss was frustrating in many ways as the Golden Eagles could not convert on several third down plays and also only scored once on three trips inside the Red Zone. The Eagles are still in a three-way tie with Louisiana Tech and UAB in the West as each are sporting 5-2 marks within conference play. The biggest blow Saturday was quarterback Jack Abraham. He hurt his knee, and his status will be not known until game time. This week USM will travel to Florida Atlantic to take on the first place team from the East.

USM football center Drake Dorbeck of Vicksburg was named the first Golden Eagle to win the Kent Hull Trophy as the best offensive lineman in college football in our state. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame will also announce the winner of the annual C-Spire Conerly Trophy given to the best college football player on Tuesday, December 3.

Alcorn State will host the SWAC Championship after defeating Jackson State, 41-6. The Braves will face the winner of the Southern and Grambling State game on December 7.

Still holding at three perfect teams

The top three are still perfect in the world of college football. LSU and Clemson roared while Ohio State finally took down Penn State. The regular season ends this week for most of the college football teams. LSU and Clemson should take care of business, but the Buckeyes will have a big task as they travel to the ‘Big House’ this Saturday in their annual battle with their chief rival from Michigan.

Where were you?

This past weekend was a bummer for watching SEC football. Fans were not impressed as they failed to attend the games and probably didn’t watch on TV either. Mississippi State fans failed to show up as the Bulldogs tuned up for the Egg Bowl by taking care of Abilene Christian. It wasn’t just MSU fans who didn’t show as attendance was down at Alabama vs. Western Carolina, Auburn vs. Samford, Kentucky vs. UT-Martin, and Vandy vs. East Tennessee contests.

This week fans will be back at the stadium or sitting by the TV as the end of the year rival games will take place.

Saints can wrap up south title

The Saints improved to 9-2 with a last second win over Carolina. The Saints will play on Thanksgiving night at 7:20 p.m. on the road in Atlanta. If New Orleans can come away with a win, they will wrap up the NFC South title.

Basketball is here

As football season is winding down for the 2019 season, I, for one, am excited for the upcoming basketball season. The state is blessed with some exceptionally talented basketball teams this year. Look for Ole Miss and Mississippi to be knocking on the door for an invite to the NCAA post-season tournament. On the girls’ side of the court, the Lady Bulldogs will be one of the nation’s best.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dale is a resident of Waynesboro and has been writing sports since 1973. Contact Dale at ddmckee18@yahoo.com.