For the fourth time in the last 10 years the Iowa Hawkeye football team will find themselves in the Outback Bowl. They’ve gotten so used to meeting the Florida Gators in this game, but that will not be the case this time around.
They drew the #16 LSU Tigers (9-3).
The Tigers had an unfortunate ending to their 2013 regular season campaign. While they won their last game against the Arkansas Razorbacks, they lost senior starting quarterback, Zach Mettenberger. This means freshman Anthony Jennings will most likely make the start. Jennings has only attempted 10 passes all year long and they were during garbage time.
Good thing for Jennings and head coach Les Miles is, they’ll have about a month to prepare for the Hawkeyes. However, Iowa has the same amount of time to prepare for LSU’s rushing attack.
With an inexperienced quarterback making the start, Miles will probably ride Jeremy Hill.
Hill carried the ball 175 times for 1,185 yards to go along with 14 touchdowns. Bad news for LSU, stopping the run is Iowa’s strong point.
This is a team that has losses to Georgia, Ole Miss, and Alabama. They were the only team to defeat the Auburn Tigers, who find themselves in the BCS National Title Game.
The loss of Mettenberger will be a huge blow for LSU as they look to take down the Hawkeyes.
The Outback Bowl is still a ways away, but it will be played down in Tampa Bay, Florida. Kick-off is set for noon CT on New Years Day.