FOOTBALL

LSU set to tangle Iowa in Outback Bowl

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU fullback Conner Neighbors carries ahead of the blocking of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. earlier in the season. The Tigers face Iowa in the Outback Bowl Jan. 1. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

TAMPA, Fla. – The LSU football team put in a full day on Thursday as the Tigers spent the morning traveling to the bowl site from Baton Rouge, followed by a two-hour practice and then capped off the day with the Outback Bowl Welcome Dinner.

LSU's day started early on Thursday as the Tigers departed Baton Rouge at 9 a.m. After a one-hour and 30-minute flight, LSU arrived in Tampa at 11:30 and they were on the practice field at the University of Tampa by 2 p.m.

The Tigers capped their day with a series of meetings followed by an all-you-can eat steak, chicken and ribs dinner courtesy of Outback Steakhouse.

LSU and Iowa combined to eat nearly 5,000 pounds of food, including 750 pounds of steak, 750 pounds of chicken and 900 pounds of ribs. There were also 1,600 coconut shrimp and 160 bloomin' onions served to the teams.

Miles said the Tampa weather and all that the city has to offer make it an attractive bowl destination for both his team and LSU fans.

"The weather here is great," Miles said. "I would hope that our LSU fans show up and cheer on the Tigers. I can tell you that there's plenty of sunshine, the stadium is as nice a venue as you'll find during bowl season and Tampa is a great destination city. This is going to be a great game and I hope there's a lot of purple and gold in the seats."

Miles said that while Tampa is a great city, his team is here to win a football game. The Tigers, who are making their 14th straight bowl appearance, are 5-3 in bowl games under Miles.

"We are focused and we are here to play a game," Miles said.

Miles joined Iowa's Kirk Ferentz on Sunday afternoon for the first press conference leading up to the 2014 Outback Bowl.

The Tigers and Hawkeyes are set to meet on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at noon CT at Raymond James Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network.