September 14, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes cornerback B.J. Lowery (19) intercepts the passing attempt to Iowa State Cyclone receiver Jarvis West (1) in the second half at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa beat Iowa State 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA Today Sports

Outback Bowl: How Can Iowa Slow Down Hill, Landry, and Beckham For LSU?

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I already gave you a little sneak peek into LSU’s lethal attack yesterday, but today I will go a little farther in depth.

After breaking down LSU’s quarterback situation a few days, today I want to talk about who Anthony Jennings is going to be either handing or passing the ball to.

When I look at this LSU Tigers team, there are four guys that are going to primarily touch the football.  Two running backs and two receivers.

The running backs, Jeremy Hill and Terrance Magee, will carry most of the load for the Tigers.  Hill is the primary ball carrier for LSU as he has nearly 100 more carries than Magee does on the season.  Hill is a big physical back at 6’2″ 235 pounds.  He’s definitely not afraid to stick his nose in there and hit potential tacklers. Magee is definitely a change of pace back for coach Les Miles.  At 5’9″ 212 pounds, Magee is more of a speed back and a good change up from Hill.

Hill has 175 carries on the year for 1,185 yards.  That’s about 6.8 yards per carry.  To go along with the yardage Hill has 14 touchdowns.  Magee has just 79 carries for 614 yards.  That’s good for 7.8 yards per carry and 8 touchdowns.  Make no mistake, this is a lethal ground game the Tigers have.

To go along with that lethal ground game, they may have the best 1-2 punch in college football at the wide receiver position.  Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry make defensive coordinators cringe when they think about how they are going to try and slow them down.

Both of these players are 1,000 yard receivers and have combined for 18 touchdowns on the year.  Both receivers are of average height, but possess break away speed and will give the Iowa secondary problems.  The only thing Iowa can do is try to limit the big plays of LSU.

Make no mistake, this is not a balanced attack that the Tigers possess.  Aside from the 75 catches from Landry and the 57 from Beckham, the next highest catch total is Hill at 18 catches.

So, if you can stop this dynamic duo, there aren’t many other guys that could hurt you if you’re Iowa.

This is no small task for the Hawkeye coaching staff.  LSU has four very talented guys that will hurt you if you’re not careful.  It’ll be interesting to see what the Iowa defense does to stop this offense.

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