Iowa State Cyclones vs. Memphis Tigers, Liberty Bowl 2017 Preview, College Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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Iowa State at Memphis, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 12:30 PM ET, Saturday, December 30, 2017
Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: 12:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Memphis -3.5
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
259-Iowa State Cyclones +4 -112 +156 Ov 67 -110
260-Memphis Tigers -4 -108 -176 Un 67 -110
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The Iowa State Cyclones and the Memphis Tigers will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Liberty Bowl.

ABOUT IOWA STATE (7-5, 5-4 Big 12): The bright spot for the Cyclones offense came from sophomore running back David Montgomery, who finished the regular season with 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns. Montgomery suffered a leg injury in the regular-season finale against Kansas State while being limited to 14 yards on four carries but told reporters, “I’m great. My body’s good,” when asked if he would be ready for the Liberty Bowl. A healthy Montgomery will take some of the pressure off quarterback Kyle Kempt, who missed a win over Baylor on Nov. 18 with a shoulder injury but came back in time for the regular season finale and threw a pair of TD passes as Iowa State came up just short in a 20-19 loss at Kansas State.

ABOUT MEMPHIS (10-2, 7-1 AAC): Tigers’ quarterback Riley Ferguson boasts an eye-popping stat line with 3,971 yards passing and 36 TDs, and he nearly brought his team to victory in the AAC Championship game by throwing for 471 yards and four scores. Ferguson’s favorite target is fellow senior Anthony Miller, who hauled in 92 catches for 1,407 yards and 17 TDs – the second-most yards and TD catches in FBS. Miller became Memphis’ third consensus All-American and heads into his final college game with 36 career TDs and 3,535 career yards.

Oddsmakers opened the Tigers as -3-point favorites versus the Cyclones, while the game’s total opened at 66.5.

LIBERTY BOWL STORYLINES
1. Memphis made it all the way to a second overtime in the most entertaining of all the conference championship games before falling 62-55 to UCF, the lone unbeaten team in FBS, and missing out on a chance to go to a New Year’s Six bowl. The Tigers will instead stay close to home and play Iowa State in the Autozone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30 in Memphis, Tenn. The Cyclones played giant killer this season with wins over Oklahoma and TCU but stumbled down the stretch with losses in three of their last four.

2. Memphis’ success brought the usual overtures from Power 5 schools toward head coach Mike Norvell, who quieted any rumors by inking a five-year extension. The coaching carousel did not leave the Tigers entirely unscathed, as offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey accepted the same position at Texas A&M. Dickey guided a Memphis offense this season that finished second in FBS in scoring average at 47.7 points – behind only UCF – while rolling up an average of 548 yards.

3. Iowa State managed to hang onto its head coach as well, with Matt Campbell, who was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year, signing a six-year extension worth a reported $3.5 million annually. Campbell’s Cyclones squad is known more for its defense than its offense and will challenge the high-scoring Tigers with a unit that limited eight of its last 10 opponents to 20 or fewer points. Iowa State finished the season 29th in FBS in scoring defense while surrendering an average of 21 points.

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Memphis was a 62-55 loser in its last match on the road against Knights. They failed to cover the +6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 117 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Iowa State was a 20-19 loser in its last match on the road against Wildcats. They covered the +2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 39 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Iowa State:
Team record: 7-5 SU,8-2-2 ATS

Memphis:
Team record: 10-2 SU,7-5 ATS

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

PREDICTION: Memphis 38, Iowa State 21 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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