LIBERTY BOWL CENTRAL: Running blog with links, photos, updates & more

 oWelcome to Cyclone Fanatic’s “Bowl Central” as we lead up to Saturday’s Liberty Bowl featuring the Cyclones and Memphis. Throughout the week, our Cyclone Fanatic staff will be updating this blog with links regarding the game, fun tweets, photos from Memphis and a lot more. Refresh often and please share with your friends!

Thursday, Dec. 28

10:45 a.m.: The Liberty Bowl just confirmed what we already thought would happen – that Saturday’s game is 100 percent sold out.

Some information on a CF game watch opportunity for Friday night’s Big 12 opener vs. K-State.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

5:30 p.m.: David Montgomery, Allen Lazard and Joel Lanning’s post practice interviews.

Some links…

Joel Lanning compared Memphis’ offense to Oklahoma’s.

This Rob Gray feature on Marchie Murdock is phenomenal.

Chris Williams on why winning in Memphis is so important for Iowa State’s program.

The Memphis cold doesn’t faze Iowa State.

2:50 p.m.: Matt Campbell post-practice comments.

1:40: Just settling down at the house to crank out a ton of content for you guys over the next few hours.

Iowa State practiced at Rhodes College this morning and it was REALLY cold. The temp says it’s 30 out but it probably feels like 10 or 15 when you consider the wind chill.

I know. I shouldn’t complain to you guys in Iowa today.

A couple of notes for you…

This Rob Gray feature on Marchie Murdock’s long road to where he is at is heartwarming. I highly encourage you check it out.

9:30 a.m.: Good morning from Memphis! It’s going to be a busy day for us down here. Our goal as a content team is pretty simple: Bring the Liberty Bowl experience to all of you.

Tuesday, Dec. 26

11:45 p.m.: Just settling down before bed and wanted to post some links for you guys…

Before I do so, make sure to check out the Cozy Corner Restaurant if you guys are heading to Memphis. It’s an old school, very affordable and amazing. Just happened to be a couple of blocks down from where Team CF is staying and is the No. 1 BBQ spot on all of Trip Advisor. Amazing.

Now for some links…

— Lots of talk from Iowa State’s media availability today about Kyle Kempt and his exit from Oregon State a few years ago. Here’s Randy Peterson’s piece on this topic. — Des Moines Register 

— Looking to learn more about Memphis? This is a REALLY solid piece on the Tigers from the Commercial Appeal. I learned a lot, at least.

— I feel like this was a fun tweet.

K-State save the Big 12 from starting 0-3 in bowl season with a win over UCLA.

7:15 p.m.: We made it to Memphis!

Team Cyclone Fanatic will be shacking up in a 100 year old house in Midtown this week. I fear that it is haunted and will report back.

Before we go out and indulge in some BBQ, I thought I would post some notable tweets from today as well as a look at the schedule for the week.

3:30 p.m.: We are in route and currently about three hours away from Memphis. To our surprise, it has flurried on us most of the way.

Rob Gray, Jared Stansbury and I did have a chance to record THIS PODCAST on the way down, where we answered your mailbag questions from Twitter.

I’ll get a bunch of stuff posted one we arrive in Memphis later tonight. Happy Holidays! — CW