Marshall (9-3, 7-1) at Rice (9-3, 7-1)
Noon, Rice Stadium (47,000, FieldTurf Duraspine), Houston
TV: ESPN2. Crew: Joe Tessitore play-by-play, Matt Millen analyst, Maria Taylor sidelines.
Line: Marshall by 61/2.
Series: Marshall leads 3-1.
Last game: Marshall 54, Rice 51, 2 OT, Sept, 22, 2012 at Houston.
Tickets: Tens of thousands available (lots of parking, too), $20-45, youth general admission $13.
Weather: Not exactly Rice weather: Cloudy, 20 percent chance of rain, high 42, winds NNE 14 mph
On the spot
Taylor McHargue, Rice: He's not going to repeat his 467 total-yard performance of the 2012 game, right? Probably not because (a) Marshall's defense is much better and (b) Rice's run-heavy offense doesn't lean on him nearly as much. He averaged only 175.1 yards passing and 32.3 yards rushing in conference play.
Alex Bazzie, Gary Thompson, Ra'Shawde Myers, Marshall defensive ends: They have to keep McHargue in or near the pocket, but they also need to get him down. The Owls have yielded 26 sacks in eight conference games, so the opportunity is there.
Devon Smith, Craig Wilkins, MU outside receivers: Rice features solid lock-down corners in Phillip Gaines and Bryce Callahan. Will they ever get open? And how many snaps will "Moo Moo" take, considering that Demetrius Evans has only 19 catches and Davonte Allen eight?
Gator Hoskins, MU tight end; Tommy Shuler, MU receiver: Rice has the best third-down defense in conference play (29.6 percent), and these are the two men who can bust a third-down defense. They have combined to catch 56 passes resulting in a first down in eight league games.
Stats 'n' such