Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Preview

Date: December 31, 2012 3:30 PM ET
Stadium: Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee
Payout: $1,437,500 per team
Played: 1959-present
Former Names: N/A
Broadcasters: Mark Jones, Brock Huard
Sideline Reporter: Jessica Mendoza

Iowa State: Iowa State lost 5 of its last 7 games, going 3-6 in conference games. The Cyclones' 25.2 points per game ranked 84th nationally, but the Cyclones countered with a strong defense that gave up an average of just 23.3 points per game. Iowa State has not been to the Liberty Bowl since 1972, a 31-30 heartbreaking loss to Georgia Tech.

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane won their first Conference USA title since 2005 by defeating Central Florida 33-27 in overtime. Tulsa is hoping for a different result than the last time they faced Iowa State: a 38-23 loss in the first game of the 2012 season. The Tulsa defensive front tallied the third-most sacks in the country. The Golden Hurricane are 11th nationally in rushing yards per game.

Iowa State Tulsa
Overall Record 6-6 Overall Record 10-3
Conference Record 3-6 Conference Record 7-1
Bowl Record 3-8 Bowl Record 8-10
Last Bowl Win 2009 Insight Last Bowl Win 2010 Hawaii

All Time Series: 2-0 Iowa State
Line: Iowa State by 1.5

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