The Rice Owls will host the Conference USA Championship game against Marshall on Saturday at Rice Stadium.
It is the first time Rice has hosted a home game in December since 1985.
"There's no place like home. That's how it is in football, that's how it is in life," said Owls head coach David Bailiff on Sunday. "How exciting is that? It doesn't get any better than that."
If the Owls win against Marshall on Saturday, it will be the team's first outright conference title since 1957.
"It's an amazing time," added Bailiff. "We're undefeated at home."