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* Trojans are 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games.
* Yellow Jackets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
* Under is 6-0 in Trojans’ last six games in December.
* Yellow Jackets are 0-5 ATS in their last five Bowl games.
Tulsa and Iowa State will end their seasons the same way they began four months ago - playing each other. The Cyclones beat Tulsa 38-23 in the season opener on Sept. 1 behind three touchdowns from senior quarterback Steele Jantz. It is the second time the Golden Hurricanes are playing a rematch this season. Tulsa beat Central Florida twice in a two-week span, including the Conference USA title game, to earn the bowl berth.
The Cyclones used three starting quarterbacks this season and redshirt freshman Sam Richardson will likely start the Liberty Bowl. Richardson came off the bench to throw four touchdowns in the 51-23 victory against Kansas in Week 12 that gave Iowa State its sixth win. Jantz and sophomore Jared Barnett combined for 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Tulsa is ranked 11th in the country in rushing, averaging 240.2 yards. Most of the yardage is divided up between juniors Trey Watts and Ja'Terian Douglas and senior Alex Singleton, although Singleton has scored 21 of the team's 37 rushing touchdowns. Watts and Douglas average six yards per carry.
Frank Schwab: Tulsa 28, Iowa State 24
Iowa State beat Tulsa on Sept. 1, but Tulsa is a better team now. Meanwhile, Iowa State is 6-6 and its only win since October came against Kansas. Tulsa will pull out a late win.
Graham Watson: Tulsa 35, Iowa State 21
Tulsa’s offense is a lot better since the first time these two teams met and it will be eager to show it. The running game should find a lot of success against a beat up defense and this game will probably get out of hand early.
Reason to watch: The revenge factor. Iowa State and Tulsa are hardly strangers, having met in both programs' season openers on Sept. 1. Despite taking a 16-7 lead early, the Golden Hurricane allowed the Cyclones to scored 24 unanswered and steal a 38-23 win in Ames. But a full season worth of results did more to separate these teams than a single game: Tulsa captured its first Conference USA title since 2005 and can tie a school record with its 11th win of the season, while Iowa State finished second to last in the Big 12 with a 6-6 record. The Cyclones lost five of their final seven games after a 4-1 start. Monday's meeting in Memphis will be a prime opportunity for Tulsa to avenge an early loss in a game it let slip away.
Did you know: Despite losing only 11 fumbles all season, Tulsa fumbled the ball two or more times in all three of its losses -- including coughing the ball up four times in its season-opening loss to Iowa State.