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Outback Bowl Odds

The LSU Tigers are favored to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, but the Tigers will have to do it without star senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

LSU freshman QB Anthony Jennings, who led a last-minute, game-winning drive to beat the Arkansas Razorbacks, will get the start.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

Outback Bowl
Wednesday, January 1 @ 1:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Team: LSU Tigers
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 9-3 SU, 5-6-1 ATS, 8-3-1 OU

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS, 7-4-1 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
LSU -7.5 / 49 Points

[Outback Bowl Matchup Stats | LSU vs. Iowa Betting Preview]

Outback Bowl Betting Trends: Iowa is 6-2 ATS past eight bowl games . . . Nine of past 12 Outback Bowls have played OVER the total . . . Iowa was 5-0 ATS away from home in 2013 . . . LSU is 27-3 SU past 30 games as favorites.

Iowa got hot late and ended the season on a three-game winning streak that featured impressive performances against Michigan and Nebraska. The Hawkeyes’ four losses came against Northern Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

LSU remains an elite SEC power under coach Les Miles. The Tigers have a talent advantage on both sides of the ball and have a motivated young quarterback poised to prove that he can be the next great LSU quarterback. Collins came in late in the regular-season finale against Arkansas, after Mettenberger went down with an injury. The freshman led the Tigers right down the field, scrambling and passing for first downs, en route to the winning touchdown.

These two teams met on New Year’s Day of 2005, with Iowa QB Drew Tate throwing a desperation touchdown pass with seconds remaining to lift the Hawkeyes past the Tigers, 30-25.

Outback Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

1995 Outback Bowl Penn State 43 Auburn 14 3 PENNST PENNST
1996 Outback Bowl Alabama 17 Michigan 14 1 ALAB ALAB
1997 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 6 Georgia 33 -8.5 GEORGI GEORGI
1998 Outback Bowl Kentucky 14 Penn State 26 -8.5 PENNST PENNST
1999 Outback Bowl Georgia 28 Purdue 25 5.5 PURDUE GEORGI
2000 Outback Bowl South Carolina 24 Ohio State 7 -6.5 S.CARO S.CARO
2001 Outback Bowl Ohio State 28 South Carolina 31 0 S.CARO S.CARO
2002 Outback Bowl Florida 30 Michigan 38 -1.5 MICH MICH
2003 Outback Bowl Iowa 37 Florida 17 -4 IOWA IOWA
2004 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 21 Georgia 24 -7 WISCSN GEORGI
2005 Outback Bowl Iowa 24 Florida 31 1 FLA FLA
2006 Outback Bowl Penn State 20 Tennessee 10 -4 PENNST PENNST
2007 Outback Bowl Wisconsin 17 Tennessee 21 -2.5 TENN TENN
2008 Outback Bowl Iowa 31 South Carolina 10 3.5 IOWA IOWA
2009 Outback Bowl Northwestern 35 Auburn 38 -9 NWESTN AUBRN
2010 Outback Bowl Penn State 24 Florida 37 -7 FLA FLA
2011 Outback Bowl Michigan State 33 Georgia 30 -2.5 MICHST MICHST
2012 Outback Bowl South Carolina 33 Michigan 28 5.5 MICH S.CARO
2013 Outback Bowl LSU   Iowa        

 

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With eight ATS victories over their 12 games this season South Carolina will get some attention on the college football betting lines on January 1 as they take on the Big Ten's Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.

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Outback Bowl
Tuesday, January 1 @ 1:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS, 7-4 OU

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS, 6-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
South Carolina -4 / 48 Points

[Outback Bowl Matchup Stats]

Outback Bowl Betting Trends: Michigan is 3-6-1 ATS in past 10 bowl games . . . Eight of past 11 Outback Bowls played OVER the total.

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Since 1993, the Michigan State Spartans are just 2-9 SU in 11 bowl appearances; the Georgia Bulldogs are 11-4 SU in 15 bowl appearances over that same time span.

For lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting board at 5Dimes today.

Outback Bowl
Monday, January 2 @ 1:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 10-3 SU, 9-4 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 6-7 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Georgia -3.5 / 50 Points

[Outback Bowl Matchup Stats]

Two very good teams that fell just short in their respective conference championship games take the field in this year’s Outback Bowl in the Michigan State Spartans and Georgia Bulldogs. Michigan State is looking for its first bowl win since 2001.

After starting off the season 0-2 SU and ATS, the Georgia Bulldogs won 10 straight (8-2 ATS) before losing to LSU in the SEC Championship. The Bulldogs were the underdog in all three of their losses but were 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS as a favorite. Michigan State finished the year with an impressive 9-4 ATS record, highlighted by outright wins over then-undefeated Michigan and then-undefeated Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks.

Sophomore Aaron Murray was one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC this season. Murray finished the year with 2,861 passing yards and 33 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions.

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Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno will be leading his 7-point underdog Nittany Lions into the Outback Bowl against a Florida Gators team that struggled down the stretch, but that still has the edge with college football betting faithful.

Outback Bowl
Saturday, January 1 @ 1:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Records: 7-5 SU, 5-6 ATS, 6-5 OU

Team: Florida Gators
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Records: 7-5 SU, 4-6-1 ATS, 6-5 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Florida -7 / 48 Points

[Outback Bowl Matchup Stats]

Florida averages 356.8 yards per game, 100 less than it had a season ago when Tim Tebow was the Gators' quarterback. John Brantley is the new Gators QB, and he has thrown for 2,020 yards and nine TDs this season - not Tebow-like numbers, but he can get the job done.

The Gators will need to gain yardage off the ground, and Jeff Demps is the go-to guy with 571 yards and three touchdowns. Florida needs to be persistent in its rushing attack against the Nittany Lions, who struggle against the run.

ADVERTISEMENT: As of Dec. 29, fully 86% of the OddsShark.com community was picking Penn State to cover the Outback Bowl point spread. The best line of +7.5 was at 5Dimes as well.

If Florida can execute its rushing game and keep the ball out of the hands of a good Penn State running game it should be a good wager against the Outback Bowl odds.

Penn State will have to get the ball into the hands of running backs Evan Royster and Silas Redd if they want a 25th postseason victory for the historic school.

The ground game averages 150 yards per game and over four yards per carry. When Royster rushes for more than 100 yards, the Lions are contenders with anyone.

It could all come down to special teams in this bowl game, as the kick returners of Florida are capable of big punt returns and can score from anywhere. Penn State knows it needs its kicker to get the ball into the end zone if it stands any chance of erasing the NCAAF odds they face against the Gators.