Autozone Liberty Bowl - Rice vs Mississippi State 12/31/13 - Free Bowl Picks, Odds, & Predictions
CFB: 4:00 PM EST December 31, 2013 TV: ESPN
Historic Liberty Bowl will hold its 54th Annual game on New Year's Eve 2013 and will feature the Rice Owls taking on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. For 9th straight year the naming rights are owned by Autonze and game will be played at the Liberty Bowl located in Memphis, TN.
The Autozone Liberty Bowl has Conference USA Champion Rice Owls at 10-3 taking on the SEC's bottom dweller Mississippi State Bulldogs at 6-6. Both college teams have big momentum coming into the bowl game, winning their last matches of the season prior to the holidays.
Rice made its final win with a big impression by pounding Marshall in the Conference USA Championship game, score was 41-24 but it wasn't even that close. Record is deceiving for Mississippi State as they had several close losses. Bulldogs are coming in off upset over rival Ole Miss in Egg Bowl.
In terms of national ranking, the Rice Owls are considered simply the better team at rank 32 versus Mississippi State at rank 69. But that doesn't mean the Rice Owls are considered the favorite in fact the Bulldogs come in as Touchdown favorite.
Recent Betting Trends:
Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Under is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 neutral site games
Under is 5-0 in Owls last 5 neutral site games.
Owls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.
Free Betting Pick: Mississippi St Bulldogs -7
The Bulldogs season would have been much different if their QB's could have stayed healthy but good news for Mississippi State will have Sophomore QB Dak Prescott back under center for the Liberty Bowl. Rice is very solid CUSA representative but with only quality win on the schedule we just can't see them competing against strong SEC team. Good game early but too much run pass options for Bulldogs Prescott as he leads them to Liberty Bowl win. Final Score Prediciton, Mississippi State wins and covers ATS 37-20.