Greetings all. It’s about four hours to kickoff.
Former MSU quarterback Wayne Madkin gave me a nice out-of-state perspective on the game when we talked earlier in the week.
I was covering State during Wayne’s career and asked him what type of emotion those players from outside Mississippi feel for this game. They obviously have nothing invested in the rivalry until they actually participate. Former Ole Miss coach Billy Brewer said his Mississippi players would rally the out-of-state players.
A native of Huntsville, Ala., Wayne grew up watching the Alabama-Auburn series and all the emotion that goes along with the Iron Bowl. He was a true freshman in 1997, which was the year of the pre-game fight in Starkville.
“That was my first year. I had grown up watching the Iron Bowl, and I thought, ‘Man, this ain’t going to be anything like the Iron Bowl,'” he recalled. “But I saw that fight then, and I thought, ‘Man, these Mississippi guys don’t play.'”
Out-of-state players and in-state players alike will need to make key contributions today to help the Rebels recapture the Golden Egg and get to the Cotton Bowl.