On New Year’s Day the Iowa Hawkeyes and the LSU Tigers will face off in the Outback Bowl. LSU will be looking for their fourth consecutive ten win season, while Iowa will attempt to win their ninth game just a season after only winning four.
Iowa loves to stick to their rushing attack. They ran the ball on more than 60% of their snaps this season. LSU on the other hand has one of the most balanced offenses in the nation. They have thrived this season under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
LSU will be without quarterback Zach Mettenberger who went down with a torn acl in the Tigers’ regular season finale against Arkansas. Starting in his place is freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings. Jennings went in against Arkansas after Mettenberger went down. Jennings was able to lead the Tigers 99 yards down the field in the final minutes of the game to avoid the major upset.
Iowa will most likely attempt to run the ball early and often, but will be forced to throw if LSU can open up a lead. Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock has struggled in big games throwing six interceptions in his team’s four losses.
LSU will rely heavily on Jeremy Hill and their running game as to not put too much pressure on their freshman quarterback, but Jennings has already proven he can step up if needed.
I think LSU will prove to be too much for Iowa to handle and the Tigers will run away with the game in the second half.
Final score: LSU 34 Iowa 20