It was a streaky season for Iowa. It was a freaky season for LSU.
That should make for an interesting Outback Bowl matchup.
Iowa lost its season opener to Northern Illinois, then proceeded to reel off four straight victories. Then followed a stretch where the Hawkeyes lost three of four.
Finally, Iowa righted the ship and won its last three games over Purdue, Michigan and Nebraska to enter the Outback Bowl on an upswing.
Talent-laden LSU entered the season with a lot of questions on defense, but confident that the four and five-star talent the Tigers have been recruiting would keep them in the national championship conversation.
However, the Tigers lost a 44-41 shootout at Georgia and a 27-24 heartbreaker at Ole Miss. The only other loss was a 38-17 setback at Alabama.
The Tigers resume includes victories over Texas A&M as well as BCS title game participant Auburn.
Date: Jan. 1
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Place: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.