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Hugh Freeze has thoughts on LSU-MSU debate

first_imgOXFORD — For years the debate has raged: Who is Ole Miss’ biggest rival, Mississippi State or LSU?The Bulldogs have proximity, of course, and it’s no secret that this state is divided by its red and blue or maroon allegiances. But LSU and Ole Miss played many great games during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and those contests turned the series into a rivalry of its own.No. 3 Ole Miss plays at No. 24 LSU on Saturday (6:15 p.m, ESPN), and coach Hugh Freeze was asked on Wednesday’s SEC teleconference who he thought was Ole Miss’ biggest rival. Freeze did not offer his personal opinion, but did say what he thinks is the divide in the fanbase on the answer to that question.“If you were to poll the more mature Ole Miss fan, the one that has been around longer, you may get LSU No. 1 with them,” Freeze said. “The younger fan you’re going to get Mississippi State No. 1, LSU 2.”Is Freeze correct? There’s lots of fans still going to games that remember Billy Cannon’s 1959 punt return, as gut-wrenching of a moment as there is in Ole Miss history. And there’s also 2003, when LSU beat Ole Miss to deny the Rebels a shot at winning the SEC West and going to Atlanta.Billy Cannon Run October 31, 1959last_img read more