Les Miles compares LSU’s Outback Bowl opponent Iowa to Alabama

Jake Rudock

Nov 23, 2013; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Jake Rudock (15) rolls out to pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Les Miles behind the microphone is one of my favorite things in all of college football if not the world, because The Hat has a certain way with words and LSU’s head coach had another press conference on Monday after the Tiger’s first Outback Bowl practice that raised my eyebrows.

When asked who the 8-4 Iowa Hawkeyes remind Miles of he replied, “Glad you asked: Alabama, he said. “There are similarities between the Alabama team and Iowa.” Some of Iowa’s plays “they run” and the “style of throws that they throw” remind him of Bama.

Miles may be the only one in America comparing Iowa to Alabama, a team that has won three of the past four BCS National Championships and currently rank No. 3 in the country after losing their lone game on the season to Auburn in the final second on a 100-yard field goal return.

Nevertheless, Miles made the comparison, not because Iowa is capable of being a top-three team, but rather they run a power game with Mark Weisman and have an efficient quarterback in Jake Rudock whom Miles said is, “Tremendously efficient. Can make all the throws. Gets his team in the right checks. Get’s out of his hand fast. Good player.”

Furthermore, Alabama is known for their big, smart and disciplined linebackers who always seem to be in the right place at the right time and Miles characterized the Hawkeye linebackers in the same vein.

Now gotta give credit to Miles for not giving Iowa any bulletin board material, because If it were me or any other number of LSU fans, we would have been behind the mic saying LSU should have no trouble destroying this middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team who missed a bowl game last year.

I’d continue by saying LSU has played much, much better teams this season than Iowa and put them away with ease and given Kirk Ferentz and his Iowa team plenty of bulletin board material in the process.

Then again that’s why I’m not the head coach of one of one of the best programs in college football and he is, but while there are some comparisons to Iowa and Alabama, I think Miles would admit off the record that even that was a bit of a stretch.

[h/t to the Advocate's Ross Dellenger and Scott Rabalais for the quotes from Monday's press conference]

Topics: Football, Les Miles, LSU Tigers, Outback Bowl

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  • MJM52

    This is hilarious to me. I remember the last time LSU played Iowa in the Outback Bowl. LSU fans made all the same comments about Iowa. LSU was going to blow them out of the stadium. No way could LSU lose since it was Nick Saban’s last game and on and on…Then reality struck….LSU had to actually play the game and prove that they were so much better. One problem, Iowa came in and smashed them right in the mouth and led almost the entire game. LSU fans might want to look at Iowa’s bowl record over the last 10 years. They have wins against Florida, South Carolina, LSU, Texas Tech and a BCS Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech in 2010. In the 2009 Outback Bowl, Iowa blew out South Carolina in the first quarter, The game was never close. The same comments were made before that game also. The mighty SEC team would blow out the average Big10 Iowa team. Iowa dominated in every area and embarassed South Carolina. Just sayin…

    • Jack W

      It’s obvious for someone who has the ability to comprehend Les was not comparing the programs, he was comparing the strategies and play designs. Apparently the autor doesn’t understand the difference between comparing strategies and overall success of a program over a few years. But, I will say this, since neither Iowa nor Alabama will be winning a NC this year, what the hell is the frickin issue! MJM52: Smashed them in the mouth? I’m not sure where you are getting your facts from, but neither team from that game smashed the other in the mouth. Both played like crap. And still it was a last second touchdown for Iowa to win the game. But, since we want to dig up old games, and we are talking about being ‘smashed in the mouth’, and how fans run their mouth about beating the other team, lets talk about little ole University of Louisiana Monroe back in 2007 and how the Alabama fans ran their mouth about how they would beat ULM. Now that IS hilarious!

      • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

        Jack, you may wanna reread what is written here. The success of the two teams is NOT being compared at all and in fact IS comparing the strategies.

        “Miles made the comparison, not because Iowa is capable of being a
        top-three team, but rather they run a power game with Mark Weisman and
        have an efficient quarterback in Jake Rudock whom Miles said is,
        “Tremendously efficient. Can make all the throws. Gets his team in the
        right checks. Get’s out of his hand fast. Good player.”

        “Furthermore, Alabama is known for their big, smart and disciplined
        linebackers who always seem to be in the right place at the right time
        and Miles characterized the Hawkeye linebackers in the same vein.”

        • Jack W

          Patrick Schmidt: You sir, have my deepest apology for failing to thoroughly read your article. But I do not have the same sentiments towards MJM52. Furthermore, and lets us cast aside any adolescent fantasies, when the big boy’s talk about college football, we don’t talk about wins, we talk about National Championships.

          • Patrick Schmidt

            Hey, it’s okay Jack. No harm done Just wanted to make sure there wasn’t any confusion or that the intent of the article wasn’t clear.

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