Iowa State and Tulsa meet Thursday night for the third time in 13 months in one of the stranger scheduling quirks in recent memory. Neither the Cyclones not the Golden Hurricane are approaching the rubber match as the last chance to prove which team is better, though. Both need a win simply to get their season going in the right direction. Iowa State is 0-2 after losses to FCS school Northern Iowa and rival Iowa.
Tulsa is 1-2 after getting pounded at Bowling Green and at No. 14 Oklahoma. Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship says both teams desperately need to get back on track after facing each other in last season's Liberty Bowl.