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Sneak Peek: 2014 Outback Bowl

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WHO: 8-4 Iowa (Big Ten) vs. 9-3 LSU (SEC)

WHAT: Outback Bowl (28th Year)

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida

WHEN: Jan. 1 at 1:00 PM ET

WHY: You never know what is going to happen any time LSU takes the field. The Tigers have the talent to keep pace with any team in the country and the defense to lock down on any opponent. They also have the ability to get caught up in a shootout. LSU is the only team to figure out a way to beat Auburn this year, and they have also lost tight match-ups to Georgia and Ole Miss. They held Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M to 1 points and were blown away by Alabama by 21 points. You just don’t know what kind of game will unfold when LSU is involved.

One thing we do know is that quarterback Zach Mettenberger is one tough player. He has taken a beating this season and the images of him pulling himself off the turf to return to the sideline are both gut wrenching and inspiring. Unfortunately he will be unavailable for this game due to injury, which means the Tigers will place the offense in the hands of freshman Anthony Jennings. Jennings attempted just 10 passes this season and completed six of them for 99 yards and a touchdown. To keep the pressure off of Jennings, expect LSU to pound the football on the ground and to wear down Iowa’s defensive line with the running game, led by Jeremy Hill. Against an Iowa defense that has held opponents to 18.8 points per game this season, you might think Iowa has the advantage.

The problem for the Hawkeyes will be moving the football against LSU’s defense. The Hawkeyes rank 92nd in passing offense and 43rd in rushing offense. To further complicate things Iowa ranks 74th in scoring offense. Iowa may have pulled out a miracle against LSU in the past, but they should have a difficult time doing much on offense in this one.

PREDICTION: LSU 26, Iowa 17

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2 Responses to “Sneak Peek: 2014 Outback Bowl”
  1. irishdodger says: Jan 1, 2014 12:06 PM

    LSU should win this game easily.

  2. southernpatriots says: Jan 2, 2014 2:46 AM

    Jennings started his first college football game. He showed first start jitters. However, his poise kept him from losing the game for LSU.

    The LSU line play on both sides decided the game. The pocket was pushed in and deformed numerous time for Iowa that their QB was rushed and could not connect. LSU’s OL opened the gaps for Hill and he made the rest by runing through, running over and running around Hackeyes.

    Good win for LSU. No last second histrionics this time for Iowa.

    Miles and company are now 10 wins for 4 consecutive seasons in the toughest division and conference in college football.

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