The Iowa State Cyclones and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are going to square off on the Liberty Bowl odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Liberty Bowl picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Monday.
Liberty Bowl Picks: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Date: Monday, December 31st, 3:30 ET
Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
Liberty Bowl Betting Odds: Iowa State -1
Iowa State vs. Tulsa Live TV: ESPN
This is the only bowl game that results in a rematch from a game that was played earlier in the season. In that game, we learned that the Golden Hurricane just didn’t have the offensive genius to keep it up for a full 60 minutes against the Cyclones. Granted, a heck of a lot has changed with both of these teams since the beginning of the season, but that first outing might be a good indicator of what we can expect in this one. QB Cody Green threw for just 198 yards with two TDs and two picks for Tulsa, while QB Steele Jantz really had his offense moving and picked up 441 total yards as a team for Iowa State. Since that point, Jantz has been benched in favor of first QB Jared Barnett, then QB Sam Richardson.
The Cyclones got a good look at the sometimes gimmicky offense that the Golden Hurricane are running, but Tulsa never did get a look at Richardson. That could be a key in this one, knowing that Richardson is a much better dual threat than Jantz was at the time. Richardson threw for 412 yards and seven TDs without tossing a pick, and he rushed for 187 yards and a TD in limited action at the end of the season. The Golden Hurricane also had troubles defending WR Josh Lenz, who led the team in receiving this year with 430 yards and six scores. Iowa State didn’t have a single rusher have more than 504 yards or a receiver with more than 430 yards, but the offense still mustered a relatively solid 25.2 points per game.
The real question here is whether Tulsa really has learned anything since going to Ames and getting rocked. The answer? We really don’t think so. Sure, winning Conference USA was great, but Tulsa’s only truly notable wins this year were against Fresno State (by 1 point), Rice (by 4 points), and UCF twice (by 2 and 6 points). Though the ground game for the Golden Hurricane is great, we think that having the extra time to prepare for this game has gone a long way for the Cyclones, and they’ll notch their second triumph of the year over an overrated Tulsa outfit.
Iowa State vs. Tulsa Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +1
Liberty Bowl Score Prediction: Iowa State 31 – Tulsa 21