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IOWA ST (7 - 5) at MEMPHIS (10 - 2)
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Week 16 Saturday, 12/30/2017 12:30 PM
AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL - Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium - Memphis, TN
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259IOWA ST65.567
IOWA ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-5+2.310-24-829.914.4389.3(5.7)0.721.011.7368.4(5.4)1.7
Road Games4-2+2.15-11-528.013.8413.3(6.2)0.318.513.5383.2(5.5)1.7
Last 3 Games1-2-13-01-228.014.7421.3(6)0.327.312.7372.3(5.8)0.7
Turf Games3-2+2.14-10-526.014.0406.2(6)0.416.011.4357.2(5.1)1.8
IOWA ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)29.914.421.029:3832-120(3.7)23-3762.9%269(7.4)69-389(5.7)(13)
Opponents Defensive Avg.29.415.521.130:2737-152(4.1)21-3461.6%260(7.5)72-412(5.7)(14)
Offense Road Games28.013.821.030:4634-152(4.5)22-3366.8%262(8)67-413(6.2)(14.8)
Defense (All Games)21.011.720.230:2236-134(3.7)22-3267.4%234(7.2)69-368(5.4)(17.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.3116.221.130:3235-149(4.2)21-3460.9%271(7.9)70-420(6)(13.6)
Defense Road Games18.513.521.829:1436-134(3.8)24-3471.8%249(7.4)69-383(5.5)(20.7)

MEMPHIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-2+5.67-59-347.723.6548.2(7.5)1.333.416.7476.2(5.9)2.5
Home Games7-0+4.64-36-150.127.0527.6(7.9)1.130.914.0436.1(5.2)2.6
Last 3 Games2-102-13-063.737.0684.0(9.7)
Turf Games9-0+6.66-37-248.223.3524.2(7.6)1.129.814.3434.3(5.2)2.4
MEMPHIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)47.723.625.826:4536-209(5.9)24-3862.9%339(8.9)73-548(7.5)(11.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.3417.322.929:2740-204(5.1)19-3260.9%266(8.3)72-469(6.5)(13.8)
Offense Home Games50.127.023.324:3136-243(6.7)18-3160.3%285(9.3)67-528(7.9)(10.5)
Defense (All Games)33.416.724.733:1544-197(4.5)22-3757.8%279(7.5)81-476(5.9)(14.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.33.217.922.730:2441-186(4.5)20-3361.4%263(8)74-448(6.1)(13.5)
Defense Home Games30.914.024.435:2945-176(3.9)21-3953.3%261(6.8)84-436(5.2)(14.1)
Average power rating of opponents played: IOWA ST 38.1,  MEMPHIS 28.4
IOWA ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/4/2017@ W VIRGINIA16-20L3.5L60U29-10127-40-249147-20820-25-3161
11/11/2017OKLAHOMA ST42-49L8W61O29-10530-47-386137-14625-31-3760
11/18/2017@ BAYLOR23-13W-7.5W49.5U40-21414-28-180038-13326-36-1982
11/25/2017@ KANSAS ST19-20L2.5W51U30-11524-36-264030-10916-22-1550
12/30/2017@ MEMPHIS            

MEMPHIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/3/2017@ TULSA41-14W-15W80.5U37-19128-40-333035-14518-31-1571
11/25/2017E CAROLINA70-13W-29W82O34-33310-15-302037-11528-54-3513
12/2/2017@ UCF55-62L6.5L79.5O45-28230-44-471239-23228-40-4944
12/30/2017IOWA ST            
IOWA ST: Iowa State has been a Big 12 punching bag in recent years, but that should change soon. Head coach Matt Campbell is not far from turning this thing around. The Cyclones have some serious weapons on offense in WR Allen Lazard and RBs Mike Warren and David Montgomery. The team just needs QB Jacob Park to continue to progress. Iowa State also needs a lot more out of a defense that was miserable a year ago.
MEMPHIS: QB Riley Ferguson and WR Anthony Miller return for a Memphis offense that should be good enough to lead the Tigers to a conference title. Head coach Mike Norvell's biggest challenge will be retooling the secondary, which was really this team's only true weakness a year ago.
Memphis stays home to face Iowa State in Liberty Bowl

Most college football teams get to travel for their bowl game. The players and coaches, if they're lucky, get a week in a warm-weather locale in the first week of winter and get a chance to see some unfamiliar sights before coming home from their holiday excursion.

Memphis' football team is doing things a bit differently this year. The 20th-ranked Tigers are staying at home for Saturday's Liberty Bowl with Iowa State. They are one of three teams getting to play home games in the bowl season.

Although the weather figures to be cold by Memphis standards -- 35 degrees, 10 mph winds from the north/northeast -- the welcome should be warm for coach Mike Norvell's team.

"This is the first time we get to play in our hometown bowl game and we will get to face a Big 12 opponent in another national showcase game," he said. "There's a lot of excitement and progress in the direction we're taking, and to get this one last time to see this team in the Liberty Bowl, with this group of seniors, is going to be special."

Some of that excitement might be due to the fact that Norvell appears to be staying for a third season. Tasked with maintaining the momentum Justin Fuente built over his four years before replacing Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech following the 2015 season, Norvell has done at least that much.

The Tigers went 10-2 this year behind an offense that ranked second in FBS with 47.7 points per game and fourth in total yardage per game at 548.2. Most of that is because of senior quarterback Riley Ferguson, who threw for 3,971 yards and 36 touchdowns while completing 63 percent of his passes.

A good chunk of that production came in part from senior wide receiver Anthony Miller, a consensus All-American after grabbing 92 passes for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns. Running back Tony Pollard and wideout Phil Mayhue combined for another 64 catches, averaging 14.6 yards between them.

Lest one thinks Memphis is simply a one-dimensional offense, think again. Darrell Henderson ran for 1,154 yards, averaging a whopping 8.9 yards per carry, and backup Patrick Taylor, Jr. added 798 yards and 13 touchdowns.

It will be a formidable challenge for the Cyclones (7-5), but one that shouldn't faze them. They faced the best of the Big 12's wide-open, high-scoring attacks with more than a little success. Upset wins at Oklahoma and then-unbeaten TCU had Iowa State in contention for the league title before it faded in November.

Just one of the Cyclones' last seven opponents managed more than 20 points. The secret was a strong rush defense that gave up only 134.3 yards per game, often forcing foes into predictable passing situations that spotlighted first-team all-conference safety Kamari Cotton-Moya and second-team all-conference cornerback Brian Peavy.

That Iowa State fell from 6-2 when November started shouldn't detract from the work performed by second-year coach Matt Campbell. It improved by four wins over 2016, earning Campbell some consideration from more tradition-laden programs before he inked a six-year, $22.5 million extension to stay in Ames.

"We've got to find the perfect recipe and make sure we put it together to go out the right way," he said of the bowl game.

One way the Cyclones can do it is to get their offense going. They'll probably have to score several touchdowns to keep pace with the Tigers, but the good news is Memphis' defense is as bad as some of the Big 12 defenses. The Tigers permit an average of 33.4 points-per-game, coughing up 62 in losing the AAC title game to unbeaten Central Florida.

Iowa State should have a healthier version of quarterback Kyle Kempt (arm) for the bowl game. Senior wide receiver Allen Lazard caught 61 passes and could be playing for pay by this time next year, and running back David Montgomery (1,094 yards, 11 TDs) figures to be a handful for Memphis.

This will be Iowa State's first bowl game since 2012, when it also played in the Liberty Bowl, losing to Tulsa in front of a crowd wearing predominantly Cyclones merchandise.

That won't be the case this time around.

"You have two objectives this time of year," Campbell said. "No. 1 is to continue the growth of your program, take what you've done and what you continue to need to do, find those margins and fill those in. The second piece of it is to take this team and put a stamp on what this season looks like and what they're about. That's the challenge."

Last Updated: 12/9/2018 6:53:25 PM EST

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