Mark Weisman nears a milestone, productive third-down receivers and a day off for the Hawkeyes are all a part of today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10, your daily dose of Iowa news and notes appearing daily at Hawkmania.com.
Here is today’s Hawkeye 10 @ 10:
1. From the perspective of linebacker Anthony Hitchens, LSU is just another in a long line of challenges the Iowa football team has faced this season.
“We’ve played against a lot of good quarterbacks. We’ve played against a lot of good running backs and receivers and we’re going to see more in this game,’’ Hitchens said. “That’s part of the task and we need to continue to play our game and be true to what we do.’’
2. Iowa’s defense has been stingy in denying the big play this season.
The Hawkeyes have allowed just 30 plays of 20-plus yards this season, tied for the lowest number in the country with unbeaten Florida State.
That success has started early. Iowa has held 10 of its 12 opponents scoreless in the first quarter and the defense has not allowed a first-quarter touchdown since giving up to Northern Illinois in the season opener.
3. Only two Big Ten teams – Ohio State and Michigan – have played in more bowl games than Iowa.
The Buckeyes and Wolverines have each played in 42 bowl games, followed by the Hawkeyes at 26 and Wisconsin at 24.
4. Don’t count LSU coach Les Miles among the Tigers wishing that the team was facing more of a “marquee name’’ in the Outback Bowl.
“I know there has been some sentiment that people would have liked to have seen us play a Michigan, but with my ties there (he worked as an assistant there) but that would be very hard for me. I have strong feelings for that program and it would have been hard for me to gear up for that,’’ Miles said.
5. Mark Weisman enters Wednesday’s Outback Bowl needing 62 yards to become the 14th player in Iowa history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Weisman currently has 938 yards on 209 carries and has topped his team-leading rushing total from 2012 by 123 yards. The junior has rushed for 100 yards four times this season.
6. LSU receiver Jarvis Landry has been more than productive on third down.
He has covered 424 yards with catches on third down, which ranks second nationally. Landry also leads the nation with six third-down touchdown catches.
Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz has scored five times on third down passes during his senior season with the Hawkeyes.
7. The Hawkeyes’ turnaround this season has been impressive.
Iowa is one of six BCS conference teams to have improved by four victories or more from their record in 2012.
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8. LSU and Iowa have participated in bowls 69 times in their history.
The Hawkeyes are 14-11-1 all-time in bowl games, while LSU has a 22-22-1 all-time record.
9. With a game on Wednesday, this is Monday for the Iowa football team and that means the Hawkeyes have the day off.
Iowa continues to follow its normal game-week schedule in Tampa, and as would be the case on normal game week in Iowa City, that means Hawkeye players get a break today.
The Hawkeyes do have a team outing this afternoon, joining LSU players at Busch Gardens.
The Tigers are working out this morning at the University of Tampa and coach Les Miles will meet with the media following the practice at LSU’s team hotel.
10. It will be easy to get your Hawkeye fix in Saturday’s edition of the Quad-City Times.
A special Outback Bowl supplement features both the Hawkeyes and Tigers, provides a viewer’s guide including a depth chart, season reviews and players to watch, and reflects on Iowa’s bowl history.