Outback Bowl Picks: Iowa vs. LSU

Ross Benjamin

Monday, December 16, 2013 7:17 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 7:17 PM GMT

Iowa and LSU will clash in the 2014 Outback Bowl which is played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Follow us as we look for betting value in this years Outback Bowl.

According to college football betting odds LSU is a 7.0 point favorite and the posted total is 49.0.

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Eyes of the Tigers

You can make the case that LSU is the best 3-loss team in the country this season. They suffered a pair of heartbreaking 3-point road losses versus Georgia and Mississippi. Their other loss came at Alabama in a game that was much closer than the final score may indicate. In order to finish the season with a bowl win, the Tigers will have to do so without the services of starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The senior tore his ACL in the regular season finale versus Arkansas and was lost for the year. Mettenberger won’t be easy to replace considering he threw for more than 3000 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. The responsibility will likely be in the hands of true freshmen Anthony Jennings. Jennings came on for the injured Mettenberger in the Arkansas game and threw a 49-yard winning touchdown pass with just 1:15 left in the game.

A Masterpiece by Kirk Ference

Kirk Ference has definitely had better teams while serving his tenure as head coach at Iowa, but this season may have been his finest job he’s done in respect to getting the most out of his team. The Hawkeyes 4-losses this season came versus opponents who were a combined 44-4 during the regular season. After starting the regular season at 4-3, they finished by winning 4 of their last 5-games. Iowa ranked 7th nationally in total defense giving up just 303.2 yards per game, and was 11th in scoring defense allowing 18.8 points per game. Despite those stellar numbers the Hawkeyes still managed to go over the total in 8 of their 12-games this season.

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College Football Totals Super System

Any team played on a neutral site field in the month of January that’s won 4 or 5 of their last 6-games, and has a total of 42.5 to 49.0, has seen 27 of those 32-games go over the total since 1992. Take the over for your college football bowl pick.

College Football Bowl Pick: Iowa/LSU to go over the total of 49.0

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