The Egg Bowl has seen a wide range of uniform matchups throughout its history. Mississippi State has tinkered with their uniforms a good bit, most notably recently with gold-accented alternates and white helmets making appearances in the Egg Bowl often. Ole Miss has been more consistent, but has filp-flopped between navy and powder blue helmets. The Rebels did change up the unis at bit in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but have since returned to a more traditional look.
This page contains graphics for Egg Bowl every uniform matchup back to 1969, with a few exceptions. The graphics are 100% accurate back to 1995. However, for the games in 1988, 1974, 1972, and 1970, I was not able to find color photographs that show Ole Miss's jersey color clearly. So for those years, I have graphics for both navy and red jerseys for Ole Miss. I also could not find any photos from the 1989 game, but I am confident of the uni matchup given that the Bulldogs seemed to only have one home combo and the Rebels seemed to only have one road combo that year. In 1986, the Rebels actually changed from the red to navy jerseys at halftime. Given that, I feel like its a possibility that it could have also happened in some of the other games around that time.
In 2009, the Bulldogs underwent a complete rebrand, creating new logos (updated versions of which have been recently uploaded to Sportslogos.net), signing an apparel deal with Adidas, and hiring Dan Mullen as head coach. Prior to 2009, the Bulldogs had deals with Russell Athletic (2004-2008) and Nike (-2003). From 1996-2008, the Bulldogs only wore 5 different helmet designs.
Since 2009, however, they have worn 19 different helmet designs, some out of the box, with some differences barley noticeable. Eleven of the 19 are variations of a maroon helmet with a white M-State logo. One is a white helmet with a maroon and white M-State logo, and one is a silver helmet with a maroon and white M-State logo. Four include the color gold for the Egg Bowl. The final two feature an oversized bulldog head logo.
Mid-way through the 2011 season, the Bulldogs introduced their first alternate helmet since 2003, a Matte maroon helmet with a white facemask and white M-State logo with no outline.
Wednesday’s loss in the 2014 Orange Bowl was the latest of many losses while wearing special white uniforms for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Why does this happen? To start with, it’s harder to win on the road than it is at home. But two of the examples of this phenomenon took place in neutral-site bowl games. What gives?
This started in the 2012 season, when the Bulldogs unveiled special white uniforms for the Snow Bowl reunion vs Texas A&M and the Egg Bowl vs Ole Miss. The Bulldogs lost both games, as well as Gator Bowl that year, in which they wore the snow bowl jerseys with gray pants. That season, the Bulldogs posted an 0-3 record in special white unis.