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College Football
Preview
Iowa vs Louisiana State
When: 1:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

OUTBACK BOWL STORYLINES

1. The spotlight will be on freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings when LSU meets Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on New Year's Day. Jennings will make his first career start in replacing Zach Mettenberger, who suffered a torn ACL in the Tigers' 31-27 victory over Arkansas on Nov. 29 in their regular-season finale. “He’s a very accurate thrower,” Tigers coach Les Miles told The Advocate about Jennings. “I think he fits the offense that Zach was running. ... We will run our offense just the way it is.”

2. Iowa is riding a three-game winning streak including victories over Michigan and Nebraska and wound up second in the Big Ten's Legends Division behind Rose Bowl-bound Michigan State. LSU won its last two games over Mississippi State and Texas A&M to finish third in the SEC West Division behind Auburn and Alabama.

3. The only previous meeting occurred Jan. 1, 2005 when Drew Tate threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway as time expired to lift the Hawkeyes to a 30-25 victory in the Capital One Bowl. It was the final game in the LSU coaching career of Nick Saban as news broke hours later that Miles would take over.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: LSU -7

ABOUT IOWA (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten): The Hawkeyes boast the No. 7 defense in the country at 303.2 yards per game - 11th against the pass (182.4) and 17th versus the run (120.8). Iowa's effective but unspectacular offense is led by sophomore Jake Rudock (60.2 percent completion rate, 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions). The Hawkeyes are 14-11-1 in bowl games - 6-4 in coach Kirk Ferentz's previous 14 seasons (2-1 in the Outback Bowl) - and play in one for the fifth time in six years.

ABOUT LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC): The Tigers averaged a potent 37 points with Mettenberger at the controls and their 200.8 rushing yards per game could be a big help to Jennings. Jeremy Hill ran for 1,185 yards and 14 touchdowns, but the sophomore is expected to be the focal point of Iowa's defense with Jennings at the helm. The Tigers, who are trying for a school-record fourth consecutive 10-win season, are 22-21-1 in bowl games and have appeared in one for 14 straight seasons.

PREDICTION: Iowa 24, LSU 23
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Iowa 8-4 W3 27.3 18.8 4-3 4-1 2-0 0-0 5-3
Louisiana State 9-3 W2 37.0 22.7 7-0 2-3 8-2 0-0 5-3
Last Meeting
Iowa Louisiana State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
1/1/05 IOWA 30 LSU 25 334 47 287 346 118 228
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Iowa D. Tate 62.5 287 2 2
Louisiana State J. Russell 80.0 128 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Iowa M. Simmons 13 35 2.7 1
Louisiana State A. Broussard 13 109 8.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Iowa E. Hinkel 10 93 9.3 0
Louisiana State D. Bowe 8 122 15.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Iowa W. Holloway 1
Louisiana State S. Green 2
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Iowa J. Rudock 60.2 2281 18 12
Louisiana State Z. Mettenberger 64.9 3082 22 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Iowa M. Weisman 209 938 4.5 7
Louisiana State J. Hill 175 1185 6.8 14
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Iowa K. Martin-Manley 39 384 9.8 4
Louisiana State J. Landry 75 1172 15.6 10
Touchdowns Player TD
Iowa M. Weisman 7
Louisiana State J. Hill 14
Quickchart Matchup
Iowa Off vs  Louisiana State Def
389.2 yards
349.7 yards
4.3 yards/rush
4.1 yards/rush
7 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt
Louisiana State Off vs  Iowa Def
465.9 yards
303.2 yards
5.1 yards/rush
3.5 yards/rush
10.4 yards/attempt
5.8 yards/attempt