Iowa State fans were left waiting to see how the Big 12 would stack up in the BCS and non-BCS bowl games and with Oklahoma getting bounced out of the Sugar Bowl, everyone in the conference got knocked down a peg. Iowa State’s season could have warranted a worse outcome, so the Cyclones should maybe count their blessings that they have been accepted to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and will play Tulsa.
Tulsa finished their regular season with a Conference-USA win over Central Florida and with that earned a berth in the Liberty Bowl.
The Cyclones, on the other hand, finished the season with barely enough wins to even qualify as bowl eligible and were ninth in their conference, boasting a miserable conference record of 3-6 with all their losses coming against conference opponents.
It’s not a marquee game, but the Liberty Bowl is also a bowl game that attracts a decent amount of attention. For Iowa State, a promising program, it’s their third bowl game in four years under head coach Paul Rhodes, so things are coming along, even if they’re coming along very slowly.
It will be the second time this year that Tulsa and Iowa State meet, as they played on the opening weekend of the season in a game that saw the Cyclones win 34-28. So if that game is any indication of the matchup we’ll see on New Year’s Eve, we don’t have much to worry about in the entertainment department.
Plus, it’s New Year’s Eve — so drinking is always an alternative.