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Friday, December 30, 2005

Liberaty Bowl Preview

An interesting matchup takes place on New Year’s Eve when Tulsa faces Fresno State in the Liberty Bowl. The Golden Hurricanes started the season 0-2, while Fresno jumped out of the gate 8-1 SU.

It appears that Fresno is not happy with the way the season ended, while Tulsa is ecstatic to be a part of this contest. Fresno lost three straight to end the ’05 campaig, losing to Nevada as a 17-point favorite and La Tech as a 24 1/2-point chalk. The Hurricanes closed out the season with three straight double-digit SU wins.

Conference USA schools are 5-1 ATS in bowl games when facing a foe off a SU ATS Loss. Tulsa HC Kragthorpe is 4-1 ATS when playing with rest and 20-14-1 ATS overall. He is 9-2 ATS versus opponents with a winning record.

The positive numbers for Fresno include a 6-0 ATS ledger for the favorite when WAC & CUSA clubs collide in the Bowl session and the favorite owning a 5-2 ATS ledger in the last seven Liberty Bowls

Negative numbers for Fresno St include a 0-5 ATS record for WAC favorites that allowed 35 points or more in their previous outing.

Fresno St faced five teams on its 2005 schedule that are going to a Bowl game and out-gained those five clubs by an average of 46 yards per game. The Bulldogs went 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS while Tulsa faced seven bowling squads this year collecting three SU wins and losing four.
They cashed a ticket in five of the seven meetings and had better statistics than their foes by an average of eight yards per game. Bulldogs opposing bowl win-loss percentages tally .573 vs. Tulsa’s .473 ledger.

Tulsa’s strength on defense is Fresno’s preferred option on offense (passing). Fresno’s weakness on defense is Tulsa’s strength on offense. It will certainly be interesting to see who will control the tempo in this game especially with Fresno’s late-season collapse.

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