Anybody out there who bets on bowl games is pretty fearless.
Bowl games are an absolute crapshoot. You can look at the point spreads, and more than any other time during a college football season you wonder if they actually apply.
Because bowl games often mostly depend on a team’s psyche. Are they motivated and happy to be there, or sulking about what could have been?
They may have just come off a devastating loss like No. 7 and 12-1 Ohio State, heading to the Orange Bowl to play No.
12 and 10-2 Clemson after blowing a chance to play for the national championship.
They may be like No. 10 and 10-2 Oregon, bypassed for a BCS bowl game. The Ducks are headed to face 8-4 and unranked Texas in the Alamo Bowl where embattled Longhorns coach Mack Brown is playing the role of Davy Crockett.
They may be like some uninspired SEC Sugar participants who have laid eggs in the Superdome, like one-loss No. 3-ranked Florida losing by 10 points in last year’s game to No. 10 Louisville and No. 4 one-loss Alabama getting beat by two touchdowns by No. 6 Utah (then in a non-BCS league) in the ’09 Sugar.
Now, you have oddsmakers making LSU a 10-point favorite over Iowa in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl, understanding the Tigers will have a first-time starter Anthony Jennings at quarterback since senior Zach Mettenberger tore his ACL in the season finale against Arkansas.
BATON ROUGE — For the first time in 25 years, the LSU football team will play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. The Tigers will face Iowa of the Big Ten Conference in Raymond James Stadium live on ESPN on Jan. 1, 2014.
On Sunday evening the Hawkeyes officially accepted the invitation to the 2014 Outback Bowl in Tampa to face LSU. Kirk Ferentz and Gary Barta met with the media to talk about the the match-up with the Tigers and the process of being picked by the Outback Bowl for the fourth time in the Ferentz era.
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LSU's all-time record is 752-395-47. In addition to each of the opponents listed above LSU has fashioned an 18-4 record against a group of opponents consisting of military and club teams which balances the all time won-lost record with the aforementioned total.
i like the article, i am a die hard ohio state fan, that said, i think travel and climate difference is a big factor. but, not when we get blown out.
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