Mississippi State fans won’t have to travel far to see their Bulldogs play in a bowl game.
On Sunday night, MSU accepted a bid to play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. against Conference USA champion Rice.
“As a team we are very grateful for the opportunity to go play in bowl game,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said at a press conference Sunday night. “I do think it is special.”
The Bulldogs (6-6) and the Owls (10-3) will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 31 for a 3 p.m. kickoff.
Tickets will go on sale today on hailstate.com and will be on sale until Dec. 20.
MSU was taken over fellow Southeastern Conference member Vanderbilt. The Commodores finished the season at 8-4 overall and 4-4 in league play. The Bulldogs were 3-5 in SEC games, but the Liberty Bowl decided to invite the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs played in the 2007 Liberty Bowl, and 63,816 fans attended the game.
The Commodores will play in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. against Houston.
“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl staff does a top-notch job running the Liberty Bowl, and we look forward returning to Memphis and playing Rice,” MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin said in a school release. “Our fans have a lot of passion, and we saw that in 2007 when we set the attendance record. I know they will take over the city of Memphis and enjoy all the events associated with the Liberty Bowl.”
It is the 17th bowl appearance for the Bulldogs and a school record fourth-straight bowl appearance.