2019 Outback Bowl: Teams, Facts, and Pick
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Welcome to 2019 college football with the 2019 Outback Bowl.
This could be the start of something amazing as the first of many FBS games to get underway in the new year. As many others have, this new calendar year will bookend with college football. The first two teams leading us off are the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
How will this game look when all is said and done?
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2019 Outback Bowl: This Year’s Bowl Info
|Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 12:00pm ET (9:00am PT)|
|Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida|
|Broadcast on ESPN2|
|$6,350,000 payout (Link: College Football Poll)|
|Mississippi State is a 7-point favorite|
2019 Outback Bowl: Mississippi State Bulldogs
|8-4 (4-4 SEC); 4th in SEC West|
|Best Win: Texas A&M|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 64th, Total Offense 67th, Rushing Offense 20th, 3rd Downs 36th, Time of Possession 37th, Turnover Margin 17th, Sacks Allowed 52nd, Red Zone 19th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 1st, Total Defense 3rd, Rushing Defense 10th, Opponent 3rd Downs 5th, Sacks Per Game 11th, TFL Per Game 5th, Interceptions 34th, Opponent Red Zone 4th|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 85th, Punts Per Game 86th|
2019 Outback Bowl: Iowa Hawkeyes
|8-4 (5-4 Big Ten); 4th in Big Ten West|
|Best Win: Iowa State|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 47th, Total Offense 78th, Rushing Offense 77th, 3rd Downs 21st, Time of Possession 13th, Turnover Margin 17th, Sacks Allowed 10th, Red Zone 57th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 11th, Total Defense 7th, Rushing Defense 6th, Opponent 3rd Downs 29th, Sacks Per Game 21st, TFL Per Game 83rd, Interceptions 3rd, Opponent Red Zone 43rd|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 52nd, Punts Per Game 99th|
2019 Outback Bowl: Head-to-Head
Never before have the Bulldogs or Hawkeyes seen the other team on the field; you’re witness to history. (Link: Winsipedia)
2019 Outback Bowl: Pick
The word of the day is “defense.” To use it in a sentence: “The 2019 Outback Bowl will feature a lot of defense, and not a lot of offense.”
Whenever the Iowa Hawkeyes are involved, it feels like points will be at a premium. They held opponents to 20 or fewer points seven times during the regular season. Mississippi State can do better than that, however: the Bulldogs accomplished that on ten occasions. In fact, they held the opposition in the single-digits five times. There is no question that this is one of the nation’s best defenses, and putting Iowa and Mississippi State in competition means this will be a low-scoring game.
Neither offense is scary. Nick Fitzgerald does everything but catch his own passes for State, and while Nate Stanley has had a nice year for himself, the team in general is no more than average when it comes to running the football. Both schools know where their bread is buttered and it’s not when they are on offense.
This is likely to be a game where defense plays at a high level, so we will nod towards the one with the better unit.
Pick: Mississippi State