5 Keys to an Iowa Hawkeyes Victory in 2014 Outback Bowl

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5 Keys to an Iowa Hawkeyes Victory in 2014 Outback Bowl
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After a disappointing 4-8 campaign in 2012, the Iowa Hawkeyes are returning to a January bowl game for the seventh time in the last 12 years. This time, it's against the No. 16 LSU Tigers in the Outback Bowl.

Hawkeye fans are excited and will fill up Raymond James Stadium on New Year's Day. According to Andrew Logue of The Des Moines Register on Hawk Central, Iowa was only 600 tickets shy of selling its quota of 11,500 as of Dec. 27.

While Iowa is a 7.5-point underdog (per VegasInsider), Kirk Ferentz is 4-1 against current SEC teams with the Hawkeyes. That includes their dramatic victory over the Tigers in the 2005 Capital One Bowl when Drew Tate threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway as time expired.

For the 8-4 Hawkeyes to bring a fourth trophy back to Iowa City this season, they will need to overcome an LSU team that is 21st in scoring at 37 points per game and 30th in scoring defense at 22.7 points.

How can Iowa pull it off?

(All 2013 statistical rankings are courtesy of NCAA.com unless noted otherwise. All rankings are valid as of Dec. 30.)

 

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