It has been over a month since either the LSU Tigers or Iowa Hawkeyes strapped on the pads for a football game, but the wait is almost over. On New Year’s day the Hawkeyes and the Tigers will square off in Tampa, Fla. for the Outback Bowl.
Iowa will bring their power running offense and shut down defense to the game. On the other hand, LSU will use one of the most complete offenses in the country to try to pick up their tenth win on the season.
The biggest story of the game is how well the LSU offense will perform with back up quarterback Anthony Jennings leading the way. Jennings will get the start due to Mettenberger being out with a torn ACL.
Jennings is extremely inexperienced but was thrown into a pressure packed situation in final minutes of the game against Arkansas and led the Tigers to a game winning drive.
According to ESPN, Les Miles informed the school’s website,
“The good news is that the quarterback [Jennings] has been preparing all along. We’re not in a position that we have to change a lot. We will run our offense just the way it is. That will benefit him because that is what he has been doing the entire year anyways.”
However, it would not be surprising if LSU leaned a little more heavily on their running game. The Tigers’ offense has their work cut out for them as defense is the heart of this year’s Iowa team.
The Hawkeyes are currently ranked 11th in scoring defense, with 18.8 points allowed a game and seventh in yards allowed per game, with just 303.2.
The last time these two teams met Iowa won the 2005 Capital One Bowl on a 56-yard Hail Mary as the time expired.
It should be an exciting match up that easily could be determined by the performance of Jennings in his first game as a starter.