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Outback Bowl

Florida's Gators are 7-3 over their last 10 bowl appearances, including a 4-2 mark against Big Ten teams. Iowa's Hawkeyes, on the other hand, are winless in their last four bowls, including a pair of losses against the SEC. In one of the more evenly matched bowl games of the season, Florida meets Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

Kickoff: Monday, January 2 @ 1 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Additional Read: Florida vs Iowa Betting

2016-17 Outback Bowl Odds
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IowaBig Ten8-46-65-7

Outback Bowl Matchup

Florida started 6-1 this year, and if not for a bad second half against Tennessee would have been 7-0. The Gators then took a bad loss at a mediocre Arkansas, beat South Carolina, then pulled a measure of vengeance on LSU, beating the Tigers 16-10 in that rescheduled game in Baton Rouge, clinching the SEC East in the process.

But reality smacked Florida in the face in the SEC championship game, in the form of the stiff back hand of Alabama, in a 54-16 defeat. The Gators actually took an early 7-0 lead on the Tide, but got outscored 54-9 from there, whiffing ATS as 24-point dogs. Florida lost the ground battle by a margin of 234-0, and gave up touchdowns on an interception and a blocked punt.

Following a 41-14 pounding at Penn State in early November, Iowa sat at 5-4. But the Hawkeyes then carded one of the most important victories of this college football season, upsetting Michigan 14-13 on a field goal at the buzzer. Iowa then showed maturity by avoiding a letdown and winning its last two games, over Illinois and Nebraska, by a combined score of 68-10.

The Cornhuskers still had a chance to win the Big Ten West when they strayed into Iowa City for the season finale, but the Hawkeyes jumped out to a 20-3 halftime lead and pulled away with a pair of fourth-quarter scores. Iowa outgained Nebraska 408-217, and had two rushers, LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley, hit the 100-yard mark.

The Gators, playing a schedule the Sagarin ratings at USAToday.com rank as 29th-toughest in the country this season, rank a dismal 115th in total offense at just 345 yards per game and 113th in rushing at 130 YPG. But the Florida defense ranks sixth overall, holding foes to only 299 YPG. That's why Gators games are only averaging 41 total points this year.

Iowa, in a similar vein, playing Sagarin's 28th-toughest schedule, ranks 120th in total offense at 333 YPG but 24th in total defense, allowing 353 YPG. Hawkeyes games are averaging 44 points.

Outback Bowl Betting Trends
  • Iowa is 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS in its last four games in the postseason.
  • Iowa is 10-2-1 ATS in its last 13 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • Florida is 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven games in January.
  • Florida is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Iowa's last seven games against the SEC.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Florida's last six games.

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Outback Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Outback BowlPenn State43Auburn14+3PENNSTPENNST
1996Outback BowlAlabama17Michigan14+1ALABALAB
1997Outback BowlWisconsin6Georgia33-8.5GEORGIGEORGI
1998Outback BowlKentucky14Penn State26-8.5PENNSTPENNST
1999Outback BowlGeorgia28Purdue25+5.5PURDUEGEORGI
2000Outback BowlSouth Carolina24Ohio State7-6.5S.CAROS.CARO
2001Outback BowlOhio State28South Carolina31EvS.CAROS.CARO
2002Outback BowlFlorida30Michigan38-1.5MICHMICH
2003Outback BowlIowa37Florida17-4IOWAIOWA
2004Outback BowlWisconsin21Georgia24-7WISCSNGEORGI
2005Outback BowlIowa24Florida31+1FLAFLA
2006Outback BowlPenn State20Tennessee10-4PENNSTPENNST
2007Outback BowlWisconsin17Tennessee21-2.5TENNTENN
2008Outback BowlIowa31South Carolina10+3.5IOWAIOWA
2009Outback BowlNorthwestern35Auburn38-9NWESTNAUBRN
2010Outback BowlPenn State24Florida37-7FLAFLA
2011Outback BowlMichigan State33Georgia30-2.5MICHSTMICHST
2012Outback BowlSouth Carolina33Michigan28+5.5MICHS.CARO
2013Outback BowlLSU21Iowa14+8LSUIOWA
2014Outback BowlWisconsin34Auburn31-6WISCSNWISCSN
2015Outback BowlNorthwestern6Tennessee45-9.5TENNTENN
2016Outback BowlFlorida-Iowa-+2.5  
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