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Analysis: LSU vs. Iowa - Outback Bowl

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Here is my sixth of 10 previews and predictions on the SEC bowl games in college football this season including the BCS National Championship.

Outback Bowl
#16 LSU (9-3) vs. Iowa (8-4)
Jan. 1 / 1 p.m. / ESPN
Raymond James Stadium (65,657) / Tampa, Fla.
Series History: Iowa leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Iowa 30-25 (2005 Capital One Bowl)
VegasInsider Point Spread: LSU -7 ½

Vinny’s Vibe: LSU is playing in the Outback Bowl for the first time. These two teams met in an exciting game that turned out to be Nick Saban’s final game as LSU’s coach before he left to coach the Dolphins. Iowa won 30-25 in the 2005 Capital One Bowl. Iowa has won 3 in a row, and plays good defense. However, the Hawkeyes are severely over-matched in talent and speed. Iowa won’t be able to generate enough points on offense alone. IT has to score on defense or special teams. LSU is without Zach Mettenberger after his knee injury, so freshman QB Anthony Jennings gets the start. As long as LSU is motivated and Jennings isn’t awful, LSU will win. Look for LSU to find ways to get WRs Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry the ball early and look for run-after-catch opportunities. The key is that LSU can be one-dimensional with just the run-game and still beat you. Jeremy Hill and the stable of backs will have a big day in leading LSU to a comfy win. I also smell one or two non-offensive TDs for LSU.

LSU 38 Iowa 17

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