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LSU view: Tigers looked uninspiring in beating Iowa

[ 0 ] January 1, 2014

By Glenn Guilbeau, Gannett Louisiana TAMPA, Fla. – In the end, LSU fans who stayed away from “sunny” Tampa for the Outback Bowl made the right choice from a viewer comfort and excitement point of view. On a rainy and miserable day, No. 14 LSU kept it nearly as ugly but oh-so-effective for a 21-14 […]

Hawkeyes trail LSU: What Iowa must do to rally

[ 0 ] January 1, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – It doesn’t matter who LSU’s quarterback is, if Iowa keeps coughing up the football. An interception and muffed punt helped the Tigers seize control of today’s Outback Bowl in the second quarter. The interception came when Hawkeye quarterback Jake Rudock underthrew Damond Powell on a deep ball when Powell had gotten behind […]

Outback Bowl: 5 things to watch

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013

BY RICK BROWN AND ANDREW LOGUE 1. THE PURPLE PASS RUSH Greg Davis, Iowa’s offensive coordinator, compared the Tigers’ defensive front to Ohio State, in terms of athleticism and the way LSU’s interior linemen push the pocket. That may not be a bad thing for the Hawkeyes. Sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock found success early against […]

Commentary: LSU should win even if it doesn’t play that well

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013

By GLENN GUILBEAU – Gannett Louisiana TAMPA, Fla. – Iowa has its Field of Dreams near Dyersville, Iowa — about a four-hour drive from that LSU Mecca known as Omaha, Neb., where Tiger fans flock almost every summer as if to find eternal youth. Somehow that mid-June fervor for the open road has not translated to […]

Rick Brown: Underdog role suits Kirk Ferentz, Hawkeyes just fine

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – It was, by first-hand accounts, an emotional speech. It was delivered by Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz to his team days after a disheartening 28-9 home loss to Wisconsin on Nov.2 that left the Hawkeyes 5-3 with games remaining at Purdue, Michigan at home and at Nebraska. “He said we had an […]

You vote: Who will win the Outback Bowl?

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013

Who will win the Outback Bowl?

Win over Auburn proved LSU can battle nation’s best

[ 0 ] December 29, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – A lot can be learned from a single football game. For example: Louisiana State’s 35-21 victory over Auburn, back on September 21, taught Tigers coach Les Miles his team could beat any opponent. Now, he’s trying to apply those lessons to Wednesday’s Outback Bowl showdown with Iowa. “The Auburn game and the […]

Weisman flourishing as fullbacks fall out of fashion

[ 0 ] December 28, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – In an age when fullbacks are fading, Mark Weisman is flourishing. Spread offenses and multiple-receiver sets may be all the rage, but brute force will always play a role in Iowa’s approach. “It hasn’t gone away, yet,” Weisman said. “And I think it’s going to continue to stay.” The Hawkeyes will meet […]

Rick Brown: Passing game must be a main course

[ 0 ] December 28, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – Iowa’s passing game has made strides this season, but it’s time for a sprint to the finish. If Iowa has realistic expectations of beating No. 14 LSU in Wednesday’s Outback Bowl, quarterback Jake Rudock and his cast of receivers need to be more than complementary hors d’oeuvres before the main course — […]

Outback Bowl video: Iowa offense has “smash mouth” power

[ 0 ] December 28, 2013

Louisiana State linebacker D.J. Welter is expecting physical Outback Bowl encounter, saying the Iowa offense will be a big challenge for his team’s defense.