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The Cyclones will have a rematch with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on December 31st.
An up and down season results in a selection for a rematch with the Conference USA champion Tulsa in Memphis. According to a Louisiana Tech release, the Cyclones were selected over the Bulldogs for the spot against Tulsa.
This was probably the best scenario for the Cyclones after all the Big 12 tie-in bowls were filled, with the other options being Shreveport or Detroit. Iowa State defeated Tulsa 38-23 in the first game of the year for both teams on September 1st, with now backup Steele Jantz accounting for 3 touchdowns.
Iowa State will also visit Tulsa in week 3 of the 2013 season, so the teams will play 3 times in the span of just over a year.
Your BCS and Big 12 matchups are as follows:
National Championship: Notre Dame vs. Alabama
Fiesta: Kansas State vs. Oregon
Orange: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
Rose: Wisconsin vs. Stanford
Sugar: Florida vs. Louisville
Cotton: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Buffalo Wild Wings: TCU vs. Michigan State
Pinstripe: West Virginia vs. Syracuse
Holiday: Baylor vs. UCLA
Alamo: Texas vs. Oregon State
Meineke Car Care: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
Heart of Dallas: Oklahoma State vs. Purdue
Other than KSU-Oregon, which I think is the best matchup of the entire bowl season, the BCS games look like complete mismatches on paper. Northern Illinois managed to squeak out a top 16 BCS finish despite losing to 4-8 Iowa, so they'll be heading to the Orange Bowl to play against Florida State. Jilted Oklahoma will play Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl (which is no longer at the Cotton Bowl), and much like last year's KSU-Arkansas matchup, that game looks like it will be more BCS worthy than the other actual BCS matchups.