Outback Bowl Preview History
2014 Outback Bowl Preview
Without Zach Mettenberger an already struggling offense will count on back-up freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings to lead them in the Outback Bowl. With only ten passing attempts under his belt this year Jennings lack of experience will likely come into play against an impressive Iowa Hawkeyes defense. The Hawkeyes are coming off a strong finish to the season with conference wins over Purdue, Michigan, and Nebraska to obtain the Outback Bowl bid and will be looking to cap the year off against the #16 team in the nation.
Having allowed the eleventh fewest passing yards (182) and the 17th fewest rushing yards (120) per game the Iowa Hawkeyes defense throws a huge kink into the Tigers offense, especially with the given quarterback situation. Though Jennings’ 99 yard game-winning drive against Arkansas was quite impressive LSU’s running game will be more imperative than ever in the true freshman’s first collegiate start. With big play ability and averaging close to 7 yards a carry, LSU’s status in the Outback Bowl will rely heavily on Jeremy Hill’s production. Split out wide to help the true freshman in the passing game is Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., LSU’s first receiving duo to eclipse 1,000 yards in the same season. With “rookie” mistakes almost inevitable the Tigers will need their upper classmen to get behind the new face of their offense to keep his confidence solid throughout the game.
The Hawkeyes are no stranger to the run game coming into the 2014 Outback Bowl averaging 188 yards per game. While the focus of Iowa’s offense is on Mark Weisman in the rushing attack, Jake Rudock offers a great counter to the ground and pound. Rudock is in his first season as the Hawkeyes starter and shows promise to be a great center point to this traditionally one dimensional offense. Though it appears the ground game will prove to be the most successful against a Tiger defense that is ranked 16th in the nation in passing yards allowed, Iowa’s ability to move the ball through the air will prove to be the most beneficial. Big plays and momentum are Iowa’s allies in a game that will surely feature more purple and yellow in the stands than black and yellow.
The outcome of the 2014 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida rests primarily on the shoulders of LSU’s true freshman quarterback, more directly on his nerves. If Jennings can shake the jitters that a game of this stature brings he could be the Tigers best player, if not he could end up as the Hawkeyes best player.
2013 Outback Bowl Game Preview:
In the 2013 Outback Bowl, the #10 South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the #18 Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Michigan took a 28-27 lead in with only 3:29 left in the fourth quarter, but South Carolina was able to pull off a miracle finish when Bruce Ellington caught a 32-yard TD pass with only 11 seconds left to get the win. Ace Sanders was named MVP after catching a touchdown and returning a punt 63 yards for another. Attendance was 54,527.
2012 Outback Bowl Game Preview:
There will be a lot talk about the quarterbacks going into this meeting of two historically awesome teams. Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins led his hard-scrabble squad to a 10-3 record in the Big Ten, almost picking up the conference title in the end to the Rose Bowl-bound Wisconsin Badgers. Similarly, Aaron Murray and his Bulldog teammates found their situation exactly the same, down to the record—except their loss came in a championship game to the ascendant LSU Tigers. On January 2nd, there will be revenge sought on both sides in Tampa, Florida’s Raymond James Stadium. There will be a lot of fireworks during and after the game—be sure you’re in the stands to watch them go off.
2011 Outback Bowl Game Preview:
Two storied teams are headed to Tampa on New Year’s Day to battle it out in the 2011 Outback Bowl. In their 20th consecutive bowl appearance, the SEC’s Florida Gators will take on Joe Paterno’s Big 10 powerhouse Penn State Nittany Lions, a team he has led to 24 bowl victories.
Florida’s continuing to attempt to make the spread offense work after the departure of Tim Tebow. Even though it hasn’t reached that height of success, its root speed might be too much for Paterno’s Lions to catch up to, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The Gator’s strong defensive unit will be a test for sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin, who came in the middle of the season and threw for 1,337 yards and 13 touchdowns.
For Penn State’s defense, it will be a question of whether its front defensive line can withstand the constant ground attack. Florida’s leading touchdown maker is freshman quarterback Trey Burton, who ran in 11 scores this year. In the battle of teams who are still looking for offensive identities, this game will surely be decided in the trenches of the team defenses.
2010 Outback Bowl Game Preview:
The 2010 Outback Bowl is being played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The '10 matchup includes the Auburn Tigers and Northwestern Wildcats. Auburn will be hoping to give Head Coach Gene Chizik a big win to finish his first season at Auburn. While Northwestern wants to do the same for their Coach Pat Fitzgerald.
2009 Outback Bowl Game Preview:
Head to Raymond James Stadium to be a part of the 2009 Outback Bowl game. The game is played in Tampa, Florida, and pits the South Carolina Gamecocks vs the Iowa Hawkeyes. This year's bowl game will be played on New Year's Day, honoring the past traditions of New Year's football bowl games. The Hawkeyes will be looking to topple the Gamecocks, but South Carolina has some tricks up their sleeve as well. Make sure to get your tickets early to the Outback Bowl!