Outback Bowl LSU Tigers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/1/14
Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) at LSU Tigers (9-3)
College Football: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)
The Line: LSU Tigers -7 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes face off with the LSU Tigers in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
Iowa finished second in the Legends Division of the Big Ten with a 5-3 record as they closed the regular season with three straight victories and wins in four of five. Iowa was the definition of a defense first squad with a mere 304 yards and 19 points allowed with strong run and pass units. The offense certainly was not explosive with 389 yards and 27 points with the #41 rushing attack leading the way with nearly 190 yards per contest. Jake Ruddock was a capable passer with 2,281 yards on 60% but his 18 TD's to 12 INT was a bit high. Kevonte Martin-Manley led the team with 39 catches for 384 yards followed by Tevaun Smith with 24 receptions for 310 yards. The ground was where this team prospered with Mark Weissman logging 938 yards on 209 totes with Damon Bullock and Jordan Canzeri combining for another 900+ yards.
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Talk of LSU and the National Championship lasted through a 5-1 start but that was about it. The Tigers still put up some impressive numbers with a stout defense and plenty of points. The D gave up 349 yards and under 23 points with the #17 passing defense leading the way. Balance was key for an attack that totaled 466 yards and 37 points as LSU could run and throw equally well. The passing game is up in the air with Zach Mettenberger hurt which leaves 3,082 passing yards on the sideline. Anthony Jennings who has ten passes to his credit which is an obvious concern. With Mettenberger under center Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr were 1,100+ yard receivers so look for more running from this offense. Jeremy Hill isn't a bad way to go with Jeremy Hill who ran 175 times for 1,185 yards with Terrence Magee adding another 614 yards.
It's tough to go against Iowa in the postseason because they perform well in these spots. LSU has the firepower to get the job done and I'll back them and finalize by game day...