Dec 7, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Rice Owls (from left) running back Charles Ross and quarterback Taylor McHague and wide receiver Donte Moore and safety Paul Porras and running back Luke Turner react after defeating the Marshall Thundering Herd during the second half of the Conference USA championship game at Rice Stadium. Rice beat Marshall 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

MSU Opens as a 9.5 Point Favorite vs. Rice in Liberty Bowl

Mississippi State opens as a 9.5 point favorite vs. Rice in the Liberty Bowl. The Bulldogs won their last four games vs. the spread, and were 6-5 on the year (N/A for Alcorn State).

Dan Mullen is 30-2 as the favorite (including FCS). He is 19-4 vs. non-SEC teams and 17-1 vs. non-BCS teams.

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