SDS will break down all 10 SEC bowl games from a numbers perspective, and here is a look at this year’s Liberty Bowl between Mississippi State and Rice.
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The first thing that stands out about Rice is they love to run the football and average over 240 yards per game doing so. It will be a nice test against MSU’s front seven, which played well during the season. The two defenses are very comparable, and both teams have a +7 turnover margin and similar numbers across the board.
|Scoring Offense||26.3 PPG||31.4 PPG|
|Rushing Offense||185.3 YPG||240.15 YPG|
|Passing Offense||240.3 YPG||185.5 YPG|
|Total Offense||426.2 YPG||425.6 YPG|
|Scoring Defense||24.3 PPG||22.9 PPG|
|Rushing Defense||151.08 YPG||155.38 YPG|
|Passing Defense||215.3 YPG||195.7 YPG|
|Total Defense||366.3 YPG||351.1 YPG|
|3rd Down Offense||62/165 (37.58 %)||81/202 (40.1%)|
|3rd Down Defense||59/165 (35.76%)||66/200 (33%)|
|Red Zone Offense||78.72% (29 TDs, 8 FGs)||90.2% (39 TDs, 7 FGs)|
|Red Zone Defense||84.21% (24 TDs, 8 FGs)||89.47% (23 TDs, 11 FGs)|
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