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Egg Bowl moving back to Thanksgiving, and the rest of Ole Miss’ 2017 schedule

Prepare to enjoy those leftover turkey sandwiches with a little college football.

The 2017 edition of the Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State will return to its traditional date of Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23, 2017) and will be in Starkville. The change of day was confirmed on the SEC Network’s 2017 schedule release show on Tuesday night.

The last time the Egg Bowl was held on Thanksgiving night was in 2013 when Ole Miss lost to the Bulldogs in overtime in Starkville. The move is part of a multi-year deal which will see the Egg Bowl remaining on the holiday for at least one rotation through both Starkville and Oxford.

The rest of Ole Miss’ 2017 schedule includes a trip to northern California with a game against California on Sept. 16. It is the Rebels’ first trip out west since a game at Fresno State in 2011. Other non-conference games include home games against South Alabama in the season opener (Sept. 2), UT Martin (Sept. 9) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Nov. 11).

The bye week comes early for Ole Miss next season as they will take Week 4 (Sept. 23) off. The good news is that the bye splits a trip out West and a road game with Alabama.

The SEC slate will begin with back-to-back road games at Alabama (Sept. 30) and Auburn (Oct. 7). The following week begins a friendly close to Ole Miss’ schedule with five of the final seven games at home and only one of them is outside the state of Mississippi.

The SEC East opponents are Vanderbilt, who remains the permanent cross-division opponent, on Oct. 14 at home and an away game at Kentucky (Nov. 4).

Full 2017 schedule:

Vs. South Alabama- Sept. 2

Vs. UT Martin- Sept. 9

At California (Sept. 16)

Bye (Sept. 23)

At Alabama (Sept. 30)

At Auburn (Oct. 7)

Vs. Vanderbilt (Oct. 14)

Vs. LSU (Oct. 21)

Vs. Arkansas (Oct. 28)

At Kentucky (Nov. 4)

Vs. LA-Lafayette (Nov. 11)

Vs. Texas A&M (Nov. 18)

At Mississippi State (Nov.23)