Iowa State Cyclones (7-5) at Memphis Tigers (10-2)
College Football: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Liberty Bowl)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -3 -- Over/Under: 66.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
In the Liberty Bowl on December 30, the Iowa State Cyclones will be meeting up with the Memphis Tigers in college football action.
Iowa State enters this game with a 7-5 record overall. The Cyclones have lost three of their last four games against West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Kansas State, however. In that Kansas State game, the Cyclones’ Kyle Kempt put up 264 yards with two touchdowns.
This year, Kempt has logged 1473 yards with 13 TDs and three picks, and David Montgomery leads the Iowa State rush with 1094 yards and 11 TDs. Tops in receiving for the Cyclones is Allen Lazard, with 799 yards and nine scores from 61 catches.
Over on the Memphis side, they’re sitting at 10-2 on the year. The Tigers had a great run going with seven straight wins but fell in their last outing to UCF in two overtimes. In that one, Memphis QB Riley Ferguson put up 471 yards and four TDs with one INT.
Ferguson has 3971 yards with 36 TDs and nine picks this year, and Darrell Henderson is the top Memphis rusher on 1154 yards and nine scores. Anthony Miller tops the Tigers’ receiving corps on 92 catches for 1407 yards and 17 TDs.
The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up loss and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win. Iowa State is also 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games and 10-1-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five on field turf and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. Memphis is also 4-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games.
At the end of October, Iowa State was looking good at 6-2, but they got off track in their last four games with one sole win over Baylor in that time and three games scoring 23 points or fewer. Memphis, meanwhile, couldn’t top their nemesis UCF, who beat them twice this year. The good news for the Tigers is that they’re still pouring in the points, with at least 41 in seven of their last eight. I can’t think of a lot of reasons why Memphis would slow down here, so I’m going with the Tigers to cover.