Outback Bowl Odds

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TAMPA, FL (The Spread) – The SEC collides with the Big Ten in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday at 1PM ET as Iowa takes on No. 16 LSU on ESPN.

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LSU is 9-3 on the season, 5-6-1 against the spread and hit the over 9 times. Iowa is 8-4 overall, 7-5 against the spread and hit the over 8 times. These two met in a bowl game in 2005, with Iowa wining 30-25.

Trends show that Iowa is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 bowl games and 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at a neutral site. LSU is 1-5-1 against the spread in its last 7 games after a win.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, LSU is favored in the game, as the Tigers have odds of -7 points against Iowa. The over/under total for the game has been set at 49 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had LSU favored by 8 points and slowly worked down to 7 points. The over/under total hasn’t changed since opening at 49 points.

LSU is coming off a 31-27 win over Arkansas to end its season with two straight wins to go 5-3 in the SEC. The Tigers averaged 37 points and 465.9 yards per game on offense, while the defense is allowing just 22.7 points per contest. Zach Mettenberger has thrown for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns to lead the offense while Jeremy Hill has rushed for 1,185 yards and 14 scores. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham have added 132 receptions for 2,289 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Iowa is coming off a 38-17 win at Nebraska to end the season. The Hawkeyes won their final three games to go 5-3 in the Big Ten this year. Iowa averaged just 27.3 points and 389 yards per game on offense this year, but the defense held opponents to only 18.8 points per contest. Jake Rudock has thrown for 2,281 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead the offense, while Mark Weisman has rushed for 938 yards and seven scores.

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In terms of Injuries, LSU safety Corey Thompson (knee) is doubtful, while tackle Jerald Hawkins (knee) is questionable. Iowa fullbacks Adam Cox (undisclosed) and Macon Plewa (back) are both questionable.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing LSU, as the Tigers are getting 74% of the wagers with odds of -7 points against Iowa on Wednesday.

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