Memphis Tigers (9-3) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (7-5)
As NCAAF season draws nearer its conclusion, the Liberty Bowl offers an intriguing matchup between Memphis Tigers and Iowa State Cyclones – each boasting impressive records – to create an eye-catching encounter that should make Friday an exhilarating game for sports fans and bettors alike. Sports fans and bettors are both eagerly awaiting this clash; many already seeking the most accurate NCAAF bowl picks and predictions ahead of its arrival.
Memphis Tigers enter this matchup boasting a powerful offensive lineup. At the heart of their offensive dominance lies running back Blake Watson, who has amassed 1045 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns to show his ability to penetrate defenses successfully. Joining him on offense is wide receiver Roc Taylor whose impressive 61 receptions and 981 receiving yards make him an invaluable target in their passing game.
Iowa State Cyclones also show their unique strengths on the field. A key player in their offensive strategy is running back Abu Sama III, with his 610 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns standing out as highlights of their offense. Jayden Higgins with 769 receiving yards is known for his dynamic plays; thus playing an instrumental role in their offense.
Memphis Tigers vs. Iowa State Cyclones Game Info
|Friday, December 29, 2023, at 3:30 PM ET
|Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium
Seth Henigan QB vs. Rocco Becht QB
Seth Henigan has produced an exceptional sophomore campaign for Memphis. Henigan has amassed 3,519 yards with 28 touchdowns and 9 interceptions over his 66.5% completion rate. Not only can Henigan throw accurate, efficient passes; when his pocket collapses he also makes plays with his legs to turn broken plays into positive gains. Furthermore, Henigan is adept at keeping drives alive on third down through decision-making accuracy through throwing over the middle; his poise under pressure surpasses any player of his age group.
Rocco Becht stepped in as a true freshman quarterback for the Cyclones and has shown promise despite his inexperience. He’s thrown for 2,674 yards but needs to improve his TD-INT ratio going forward. Becht is still gaining vital experience reading defenses and progressing through reads at the college level. He shows the ability to go through multiple options before finding his secondary receivers. Becht is a talented dual-threat, capable of beating teams with his arm or making defenders miss in the open field. He has above-average arm strength and touch. Becht sometimes telegraphs throws though and must avoid careless turnovers against this opportunistic Memphis defense.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Iowa State Cyclones -350, Total Odds: 57.5
The current betting odds favor the Iowa State Cyclones, but with a close spread, the game promises to be competitive. The total odds suggest a high-scoring affair, aligning with the offensive capabilities of both teams.
Memphis Tigers Betting Trends
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis’ last 6 games. Their offense is hot right now, which suggests this will be a high-scoring affair. The Tigers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games and have played consistently well during the season’s home stretch. Facing Iowa State’s stout defense will be their toughest test though. Memphis is just 1-5 ATS as underdogs in their last 6 Friday games. However, the total has still gone UNDER in 5 of their last 6 Friday away games.
Iowa State Cyclones Betting Trends
Iowa State has been solid down the stretch, going 5-2 ATS in their last 7 contests. The total has gone UNDER in 14 of the Cyclones’ last 20 games though, thanks to their defensive prowess. Iowa State is 5-2 SU in their last 7, finding ways to grind out wins late in the season. They also play well against the AAC, with a 4-1 ATS record in their last 5 matchups. One concern – the Cyclones are just 1-5 ATS in their previous 6 December games. The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Iowa State’s last 7 Friday matchups as well.
Memphis Tigers vs. Iowa State Cyclones 12/29/23 Betting Picks
In considering the matchup, the Iowa State Cyclones seem to have a slight edge, especially in terms of consistency and defensive strength. However, the offensive firepower of the Memphis Tigers cannot be underestimated. For those looking into top live betting opportunities, watching the in-game dynamics, especially in the second half, could be key to making informed bets.
Given the trends and the strengths of both teams, a close game is anticipated. The Cyclones’ defense might just give them the edge they need to secure a victory. However, the Tigers’ offensive capabilities, particularly their passing game, could turn the tide in their favor.