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LSU expecting Iowa to bring tough D

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LSU had a balanced offense with its best passing numbers in years, but quarterback Zach Mettenberger is out.  Freshman Anthony Jennings will start the Outback Bowl against an Iowa defense that ranked 7th in the nation this season.

LSU head coach Les Miles says the Hawkeyes have the best defense his team has faced all season and coming out of the SEC, that is a strong compliment.  On the other side, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz sees that balanced LSU attack.  Despite the freshman quarterback, Ferentz knows the Tigers have several skill position players who can make a difference and he notes the team's top two wide receivers.  Odell Beckham, Jr and Jarvis Landry are two players Ferentz says will get plenty of attention New Year's Day from his defense.

The Outback Bowl is shaping up to be strength vs strength.  Tatum Everett is in Tampa and will have reports on the game New Year's night on KTBS 3 News at 6pm and 10pm.

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