"It's very similar. Just like anything else, just a lot of hate, a lot of passion with this rivalry," he said. "Since the first day I got here on my trip, to just getting here permanently, that's all I've heard about – just make sure you take care of Mississippi State."
He never expected to be here. Actually, at this time last year, he probably figured he would be leading Oregon on its march towards a national title as a sure-bet Heisman candidate.
But life has a way of changing such plans. It's why he's in Oxford, Miss. for Thanksgiving. It's why he's quarterbacking Ole Miss, a team vying for only its fifth win when the regular season comes to a close against the in-state rival Saturday at 6 p.m.
"I don't think it's sunk in like it will come Saturday," Masoli said. "But it's the last one, last go-around. I heard some of the other seniors talking about it. It's tough. It'll be tough."
Masoli will have only played one season at Ole Miss when, win or lose, he unbuckles his chin strap one last time. But for Masoli, who enters the game needing only 11 yards to surpass Norris Weese's single-season Ole Miss record of 542 rushing yards by a quarterback, it's been a memorable year.
Because despite Ole Miss' four wins to seven losses, Masoli has found solace in this quaint little town William Faulkner helped popularize. He's become a fan favorite, as well as an unabashed leader and established voice amongst his teammates.
"The whole SEC is brand new to me," he said. "This is something I have to step back and look at myself, as well. You know, this is all brand new to me. I've never been down here to the South. I just feel at home, like another home away from home. The guys welcomed me in so great, community, fans, coaches. I can't say enough about it."
It's been a year of learning and maturing for Masoli.
He'll even say as much. He was finally introduced to the week to week grind of an SEC schedule, how every team is capable of beating the other on any given Saturday.
Football wise, he's nearly seen it all in a year's time. The season opener, and his Ole Miss debut, was a double-overtime loss to Jacksonville State. Masoli has traveled to some of the conference's most renowned venues, from LSU's Death Valley to Alabama's legendary Bryant-Denny Stadium.
And through it all, in his final chance, he's grown. It was all he could have asked for – minus the disparity in wins and losses, of course.
"It's been great just being at these venues, having these different opportunities to play these great teams against these other coaches and these other defenses. I've learned a lot, matured a lot and gained a lot of experience from it," he said.
Masoli was asked of his legacy, how he would be remembered if Ole Miss were unable to get a final win over Mississippi State in the annual "Battle of the Golden Egg." True to form, he shifted focus to his fellow seniors, to the bragging rights up for grabs between two bitter fanbases.
He wants to win one more, but not for himself.
"Got to (win). Got to with our seniors leaving," he said. "It hasn't been a great year, but to have bragging rights for the rest of the year, until next season."
Down the road, say, 20 years from now, Masoli isn't sure how he will describe the ups and downs of his eventful senior season. He does know one thing with full certainty, however: He's an Ole Miss Rebel for life.
"I don't know, man. Twenty years from now, if I had to say something to my kids, it's just been great – a great experience," Masoli said. "Obviously we've talked about the wins and losses, that's something that's been kind of disappointing. But just the camaraderie, the team, I'll be a Rebel for life."