By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs face the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game will start at noon on ESPN2.
The Bulldogs bring an 8-4 record into this game. However, just two of their eight wins have come on the road (2-3 overall).
The Hawkeyes have an 8-4 record, as well. Three of their eight wins were on the road (3-2 overall).
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Hawkeyes have a 64% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives Iowa a 65% chance to win this game.
This is the first meeting all-time between these two teams.
The Hawkeyes have a 15-15-1 all-time record in Bowl games. They have a one-game Bowl win streak.
Their last Bowl game win came in a 27-20 win over the Boston College Eagles in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on December 27th, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New Year. In their last Bowl loss, the Florida Gators defeated the Hawkeyes, 30-3, in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
This is the Hawkeyes sixth appearance in the Outback Bowl. Previously, they are 2-3 in this Bowl game.
The Bulldogs have an 13-8 all-time record in Bowl games. They have won their last three Bowl games.
Their last Bowl win came in a 31-27 win over the Louisville Cardinals in the TaxSlayer Bowl on December 30th, 2017 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Their last Bowl loss came in a 49-34 loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31st, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
This is the Bulldogs first appearance in this Bowl game.
The Bulldogs have won their last two games. Their last loss came to No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, 24-0, on November 10th.
Mississippi State is averaging 29.1 points per game. Their offense is averaging 402 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 12 points per contest. In addition, their defense is allowing 268.4 total yards per game.
Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has gone 131 of 249 for 1,615 yards. He has 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Fitzgerald also leads the Bulldogs backs with 201 carries for 1,018 yards and 12 touchdowns. Stephen Guidry leads the Bulldogs receivers with 18 receptions for 389 yards and three touchdowns.
Like Mississippi State, Iowa has won their last two games. Their last loss was a 14-10 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats on November 10th.
Iowa is averaging 31.5 points per game. Their offense is averaging 389.7 total yards per contest.
Their defense is allowing 17.4 points per game. In addition, they are allowing 289.6 total yards per game.
Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley has gone 214 of 365 for 2,638 yards. He also has 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Mekhi Sargent leads the Hawkeyes backs with 152 carries for 748 yards and nine touchdowns. T.J. Hockenson leads the Hawkeyes receivers with 46 receptions for 717 yards and six touchdowns.
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