MEMPHIS, Tenn. —
All these changes have given this familiar matchup a new dimension.
“It still kind of feels like a rematch because watching them on film brings back memories of the game and the tendencies of the guys we were playing against, but it’s also two different teams from the beginning of the season to the end of the season,” Iowa State offensive tackle Carter Bykowski said.
Tulsa should be accustomed to rematches. The Golden Hurricane edged UCF 23-21 on Nov. 17 and beat the Knights again 33-27 in overtime in the Conference USA championship game two weeks later.
The difference here is that so much time has passed since Tulsa last faced Iowa State.
“The identities of the teams are the same, (but) the personnel has changed,” Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein said. “We have two teams here who are hard-nosed teams who love to play gritty football. It’s going to be a battle. It’s going to be a four-quarter battle just like it was the last game.”