Battle for the Bell (Southern Miss vs Tulane)
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|First meeting||October 13, 1979
|Latest meeting||November 6, 2010
Southern Miss 46, Tulane 30
|Next meeting||September 12, 2022|
|All-time series||Southern Miss leads 23–7|
|Largest victory||Southern Miss 59, Tulane 6
(November 17, 2001)
|Current win streak||Southern Miss 6
The Battle for the Bell is an American college football rivalry game between the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and Tulane University Green Wave football teams. The two schools are located about 110 miles from each other (Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Tulane in New Orleans, Louisiana) via Interstate 10 and Interstate 59, making for a heated game.
The two teams played annually beginning in 1979, until the reconfiguration of Conference USA in 2006 caused it to be played two out of four years as a cross-divisional conference match-up. The most recent game, a 46–30 victory by the Golden Eagles, was played in New Orleans in 2010. Southern Miss holds a 23–7 lead in the series. The schools have not played the game since 2010, and the series was on hiatus after Tulane's move to the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in July 2014. On April 13, 2017, the schools announced a return of the rivalry—a four-game football series between 2022 and 2027, the first being held at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans.
|Southern Miss victories||Tulane victories|
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