Conference USA champion Tulsa will get another shot at Iowa State when the teams meet in the Liberty Bowl.
Tulsa (10-3) earned its Liberty Bowl bid in early December by defeating UCF 33-27 in overtime. The Golden Hurricane will face Iowa State, which defeated Tulsa 38-23 on Sept. 1 in the season opener for both teams.
Iowa State also is scheduled to play at Tulsa next season, so they’ll end up meeting three times in barely over a year.
The Liberty Bowl has a partnership with the Southeastern Conference, which didn’t have enough bowl-eligible teams to send anyone to Memphis this season. Liberty Bowl officials filled that spot in the game by inviting Iowa State from the Big 12.
Iowa State (6-6) won four of its first five games this season, but the Cyclones have gone 2-5 since. Iowa State was picked ahead of Louisiana Tech (9-3) and Middle Tennessee (8-4), who won’t be playing in bowl games. The Cyclones are making their first Liberty Bowl appearance since 1972, when they lost 31-30 to Georgia Tech.
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Monday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn. Iowa State is a 1-point favorite.
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