Southern Miss (6-6, Sun Belt) vs Rice (5-7, Conference USA), Dec. 17, 5:45 p.m. EST, ESPN
LOCATION: Mobile, Alabama
Southern Miss: RB Frank Gore Jr., 1,053 yards rushing, seven TDs; 19 catches, 219 yards; 172 yards passing, two TDs.
Rice: LB Josh Pearcy, 43 tackles, 8 1/2 tackles for loss, 5 1/2 sacks.
The two teams split the first 12 meetings as former Conference USA opponents. Rice lost its final three games but earned a bowl spot because of its Academic Progress Rate scores.
Rice 24, Southern Miss 19, Oct. 2, 2021.
Southern Miss: Third time in a Mobile bowl; 11-15 in bowl games
Rice: 7-5 in bowl games, first appearance since 2014.
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