The Autozone Liberty Bowl may not seem like a glamourous bowl game to some, but to others it means everything. Rice won the Conference USA championship with a win over Memphis on Saturday. It was the first time since 1957 that the team has won an outright league title. As a result, the Owls have been invited to the Liberty Bowl.
The invite came immediately after Saturday’s win, with a representative from the Liberty Bowl heading into the Rice locker room to give the players the good news. Considering the Owls will be appearing in only the school’s fourth bowl game in the past 50-plus years, you can understand the level of excitement. Even the bowls with funny names mean something to some people.
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