There will be no gnashing of teeth over LSU falling down the SEC bowl pecking order this year. LSU was selected by the Outback Bowl in Tampa, following Alabama & Auburn going to the BCS and South Carolina going to the Capital One Bowl while the Cotton selected Missouri. Usually, the Cotton gets a Western division team here, but it seems the Outback and Cotton made a deal to swap, since the Outback did not want Mizzou. The Outback Bowl will be New Year's day at noon.
While the bowl destination is a welcome change from the Cotton or Chick-Fil-A, the opponent...might leave some to be desired. The Tigers will face Iowa in a rematch of the 2005 Capital One Bowl, which we will never mention again after this point. (See why. WARNING: It's not a good memory.) The Hawkeyes managed to go 0-4 vs. ranked opponents this year and needed overtime to beat Northwestern. On the face, the Hawkeyes won't exactly get Tiger fans excited for the matchup.
Either way, it should be a great game with a couple of traditional-style teams and will give LSU's 2014 QB Anthony Jennings great game experience. Iowa likes to pound the ball and play defense, so the game should be a return to traditional LSU-style football. Not to mention, it's Florida, so the weather should be fantastic & LSU is chasing a number of Florida recruits, so a game in their backyard will only help the Tigers' cause.
A quick statistical rundown after the jump.