Things To Know: Outback Bowl

It’s official. No more speculation or guesstimations: LSU will meet Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

What’s the Outback Bowl? Where is it? Why is LSU there?

Raymond James Stadium has that cool ship.

We answer all of your questions below.

The Basics

  • When: Noon on Jan. 1
  • Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
  • Stadium capacity: 65,657
  • Why: The Capital One selected South Carolina. Cotton picked Missouri. Outback chose LSU over Texas A&M and Georgia.
  • TV: ESPN
  • Payout: $7.4 million
  • Selection Order: SEC No. 3 vs. Big 10 No. 3 (after BCS)
  • Tickets: Click here.
  • Schedule of events: Click here.

 The History

  • LSU’s Last Appearance: 1988 season, lost to Syracuse 23-10
  • LSU Record There: 0-1
  • Who’s Been There Most: Georgia and Michigan, both at five times
  • SEC’s Record: 13-10. The SEC has won three of the last four.
  • Most Notable MVP: Drew Brees, Purdue QB, 2001. That name ring any bells? Brees, now the Saints gunslinger, set or tied six bowl records and was the MVP despite his team losing. In one of this bowl’s most memorable games, Georgia overcame a 25-0 deficit to win 28-25 in overtime.
  • Most Notable Game: Michigan 28, Alabama 24, 1987 season. The Wolverines jumped out to a 21-3 lead before Bama took the lead 24-21 with five minutes left. Michigan, on a fourth-and-3 in the final seconds, won on QB Demetrius Brown’s 20-yard TD pass to John Kolesar. Les Miles was in his first year of his second stint as an assistant coach at Michigan. Michigan RB Jamie Morris and Bama RB Bobby Humphrey combined for more than 350 yards and five TDs.
  • Name Game: The Outback Bowl was formerly named the Hall of Fame Bowl from December 1986 to January 1995. Outback Steakhouse became the title/name sponsor in April 1995.

The Fun Facts

  • OT: Two of the last four Outback Bowls have gone into overtime, including a triple-OT affair in 2011 when Michigan State beat Georgia 33-30.
  • No Low: No team has been held to single digits in the Outback Bowl since 2000, when South Carolina thumped Ohio State 24-7.
  • Weather: The average high temperature in January for Tampa is 69 and the average low is 51.