The Outback Bowl has two iconic college football schools participating this year as the LSU Tigers will face the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1st at Raymond James Stadium. LSU finished the season at 9-3, with key victories over Auburn, Texas A&M and Arkansas. Iowa is at 8-4, and their biggest wins over the season came over Iowa State, Michigan and Nebraska. It was a tough Big Ten schedule for the Hawkeyes, as they finished 4-1 in the Legends division but drew games against the top two teams in the Leaders division as well.
LSU will be without their star QB Zach Mettenberger for the game, as the team leader went down with a torn ACL that ended his college football career. It’s a big loss for the Tigers, but Anthony Jenkins is a duel-threat quarterback that could give Iowa all kinds of problems as well. The loss of Mettenberger also puts more weight on the shoulders of running back Jeremy Hill, who has 1185 yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season.
On the flip side, Jake Rudock has beed solid for an Iowa team that thought it might have some struggles at the QB position. The sophomore has 2281 yards and 18 touchdowns and has exceeded expectations. Both teams have a solid defense, and especially with Mettenberger out, this game could turn out to be dominated by the defenses.
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