By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Iowa State Cyclones faces the Memphis Tigers in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The game will kick off at 12:30 pm EST on ABC at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Cyclones are 7-5 this season. The Tigers, who are one of several teams this Bowl season to play a home Bowl game, are 10-2.
The Tigers are 7-0 this season in the regular-season at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Cyclones have a 55% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Cyclones a 54% chance to win this game.
This is the first meeting all-time between these two teams.
Iowa State is 3-9 all-time in Bowl games. However, this is their first Bowl game in five-years, which also took place at the Liberty Bowl.
The Cyclones lost their last two Bowl games, losing to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. They have not won a Bowl game since defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 14-13, in the Insight Bowl on December 31st, 2009.
This is their third all-time appearance in the Liberty Bowl. They are 0-2 in this Bowl game.
Iowa State lost 31-17 in the Liberty Bowl on December 31st, 2012 to the Golden Hurricane. They also lost 31-30 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on December 18th, 1972, also at the Liberty Bowl.
The Tigers are 5-5 all-time in Bowl games. However, like the Cyclones, they lost their last two Bowl games, losing to the Auburn Tigers and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Memphis has not won a Bowl game since defeating the BYU Cougars, 55-48, in the Miami Beach Bowl on December 22nd, 2014.
This is the first-time that the Tigers are playing in a home Bowl game. After going 4-1 in their first five Bowl games, they are 1-4 ever since, dating back to the 2007 season.
The Cyclones lost their last regular-season game, losing to the Kansas State Wildcats, 20-19, on November 25th, 2017. They have not won a game since beating the Baylor Bears, 23-13, on November 18th, 2017.
Like the Cyclones, the Tigers also lost their regular-season finale, losing 62-55 to the UCF Knights in the American Athletic Conference Championship game in Orlando, Florida. They have not won a game since a 70-13 blowout win over the East Carolina Pirates on November 25th, 2017.
Iowa State is averaging 29.9 points per game. Memphis is averaging 47.7 points per game.
Cyclones quarterback Kyle Kempt has gone 137 of 205 for 1,473 passing yards. He also had 13 touchdowns and three interceptions.
David Montgomery leads the running backs with 234 carries for 1.094 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Allen Lazard leads the receivers with 61 receptions for 799 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson has gone 278 of 441 for 3,971 passing yards. He also has 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Darrell Henderson leads the running backs with a 130 carries for 1,154 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Anthony Miller leads the receivers with 92 receptions for 1,407 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns.
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