Students mentally prepare themselves for the Liberty Bowl


Sarah Henry/Iowa State Daily

Enthusiastic ISU fans endure the cold weather to show the Cyclones their undying support during their final home game of the season at Jack Trice Stadium on Nov. 11.

Savanna Pardekooper

Let’s be honest, 2017 has been an emotional rollercoaster, especially for those who love to watch Iowa State’s football team.

Between having a somewhat new coach, Matt Campbell, to beating the number three team, Oklahoma, and the number four team, Texas Christian University, this year has been a giant question mark.

Iowa State’s football team will be going head to head against the Memphis Tigers in the Liberty Bowl and anything could happen. The game will take place Dec. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Memphis, Tenn. at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Here is some advice from Iowa State Students on how to mentally prepare oneself for the bowl game.

“My family and I are planning on having a huge bowl game party. We are all pretty excited and nervous since it’s been awhile since Iowa State has been good enough to go to a bowl game. As far as getting mentally prepared, I’m sure there will be a decent amount of drinking going on to calm our nerves,” said Bailey Holtz, senior in liberal studies.

“I’m a little nervous about playing a tough Memphis team in the city of Memphis, but I know Iowa State’s fans are some of the best traveling fans in the nation, so we should be able to bring a lot of energy, despite it basically being a home game for the other team,” said Shane Oswalt, senior in elementary education.

“My family and I will be in Florida during the game and will still be tuning in. Honestly, I don’t think we will really do anything to mentally prepare. None of us are big drinkers or superstitious, so we will probably just ride it out and see how it goes, after the season we had anything could really happen. I just know being on a beach in warm Florida will help soften the blow if we lose,” said Katherine Van Der Woude, graduate student studying agricultural and biosystems engineering.

But on the other side of the spectrum, some students aren’t as interested in the bowl game.

“This is gonna sound crazy but this isn’t a super big deal to me…. I grew up a Badger fan so we go to a bowl game every year basically. I think it’s really cool though obviously and am proud of the team,” said Gabriella Jo Gothard, junior in apparel merchandising.

Whether students will be keeping their lucky charms close to them, calming their nerves with alcohol or simply watching the game, the last game of Iowa State’s 2017 season is sure to be an unforgettable game.