Watch OUTBACK BOWL 2019 Live Stream Iowa vs Mississippi State
Two of the premier defenses in FBS will take center stage on New Year’s Day in Tampa, Fla. when No. 18 Mississippi State and Iowa square off in the Outback Bowl.
TV: Noon ET, ESPN2. LINE: Mississippi State -7
Outback Bowl Preview: Mississippi State & Iowa Football
Another year, another Outback Bowl. Hawkeye fans can be forgiven for feeling like they’re experiencing déjà vu as the Iowa football team prepares to participate in its sixth trip to Raymond James Stadium during the Ferentz era.
While the locale is less exotic than some fans might have hoped for, the 2019 Outback Bowl does provide Iowa with an intriguing matchup against the 8-4 Mississippi State Bulldogs, an opponent against whom the Hawkeyes have never competed. The Bulldogs may be a new adversary to Iowa, but they are led by a familiar face in Joe Moorhead, the former Penn State offensive coordinator who oversaw victories over the Hawkeyes in 2016 and ‘17. Moorehead’s squad encountered a number of difficulties in early conference play, but eventually managed to right the ship and win four of its final five games, with its lone loss coming on the road against top ranked Alabama. Mississippi State appears to have finally found its rhythm under Moorehead, and the Bulldogs’ talented roster and aggressive brand of defense should pose a major challenge to the Hawkeyes as Kirk Ferentz’s squad attempts to win its second straight bowl game on New Year’s Day.
Here are a few key factors to watch heading into the final game of the 2018 season and, coincidentally, the first game of the 2019 calendar year:Iowa’s defensive line has been a matchup nightmare for its opponents all season long. The Hawkeyes boast two NFL-caliber pass rushers in AJ Epenesa and Anthony Nelson who have terrorized Big Ten offensive tackles this year, while the unit’s deep and versatile roster of contributors has proven capable of consistently wearing down opposing offensive lines over the course of a game. Even as the Hawkeyes faced significant inexperience, injuries, and inconsistencies at the linebacker and cornerback positions, the overwhelming strength of the defensive line was enough to overcome most of these shortcomings and produce a highly productive and accomplished defense.
MISSISSIPPI STATE VS IOWA LIVE STREAM OUTBACK BOWL 2019
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