The last time Iowa and LSU got together, one of the greatest finishes in bowl history ensued. In the event you haven’t seen this replay 100 times, here you go:
That never gets old and never will.
Late Sunday afternoon, a Baton Rouge, LA newspaper reporter tweeted this:
Breaking: source tells The Advocate #LSU will play Iowa in the Outback Bowl bowl Jan 1 in Tampa.
— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) December 8, 2013
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Here is a link to a story on their website, which speaks is very strong language: “It’s official. No more speculation or guesstimations: LSU will meet Iowa in the Outback Bowl.”
Then the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce began following me on Twitter at 6:30. It’s gotta be over.
While neither squad is as highly rated as they were back in 2004, but this game offers some intrigue. From Iowa’s perspective, their defensive preparation will be interesting as Anthony Jennings will be under center for the Bayou Bengals instead of Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger tore an ACL late in their season finale against Arkansas.
All Jennings did was come in and complete four passes (he completed six all season), including this play for the game winner (fast forward to the 2:00 mark)
10 passes all year. That’s it. 10 passes for his career as he is a freshman. He’s a total wild card and unknown as it relates to preparation. Iowa’s coaching staff will have to scour his high school recruiting videos and take a few chances, as LSU will have had roughly a month to tweak their offense to suit Jennings’ strengths.
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They have two amazing receivers in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, but can Jennings get them the ball? Beckham is one of the most dangerous kick returners in the nation and has speed to burn. Running back Jeremy Hill is a talented ball carrier, gaining 1,185 yards this year on 175 carries.
Here is a look at the team’s statistics and how they vary. You’d think this would lean more along the lines of a defensive struggle.
|Team Passing Efficiency||3||171.60|
|Passing Yards Allowed||16||200.8|
|Team Passing Efficiency Defense||37||119.74|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct||1||0.586|
|4th Down Conversion Pct||T-107||0.333|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense||59||0.391|
|4th Down Conversion Pct Defense||T-50||0.474|
|Red Zone Offense||57||0.833|
|Red Zone Defense||T-77||0.846|
|First Downs Offense||T-45||272|
|First Downs Defense||38||235|
|Fewest Penalties Per Game||104||7.00|
|Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game||97||56.58|
|Time of Possession||67||29:35|
Here are Iowa’s stats
|Team Passing Efficiency||75||126.21|
|Passing Yards Allowed||11||182.4|
|Team Passing Efficiency Defense||25||116.23|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct||35||0.448|
|4th Down Conversion Pct||107||0.333|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense||24||0.343|
|4th Down Conversion Pct Defense||T-84||0.571|
|Red Zone Offense||T-96||0.780|
|Red Zone Defense||T-77||0.846|
|First Downs Offense||75||245|
|First Downs Defense||6||192|
|Fewest Penalties Per Game||T-16||4.17|
|Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game||14||34.58|
|Time of Possession||30||31:45|