The Iowa Hawkeyes doubled their 2012 win total to eight in 2013, and they finished the year on a three-game winning streak. LSU's season could be termed a disappointment even though the Tigers won nine games -- they were never really in the SEC West race after dropping their second league game on Oct. 19.
Iowa will have to contend with an LSU offense that had a breakout year, but that offense is missing the quarterback who orchestrated the whole thing. Zach Mettenberger tore an ACL against Arkansas, leaving some questions about how effective the Tigers will be in the bowl game.
Rankings and records: LSU is 9-3 (5-3 SEC) and ranked 14th in both major polls. Unranked Iowa is 8-4 (5-3 Big Ten). These teams have met once before -- it was pretty memorable.
Vegas: LSU opened as a 7.5-point favorite, while the over/under opened at 49.
Weather: Sunny skies with a high of 66.
Three names to know
Anthony Jennings -- In the absence of Zach Mettenberger, Jennings will be tasked with running the Tigers' offense. The true freshman has attempted just 10 passes this year, but he's already made one clutch play, connecting with Travin Dural for a late game-winning score against Arkansas.
Jarvis Landry -- For an inexperienced guy like Jennings, it helps to have targets like Landry, who leads the team with 1,172 receiving yards and 10 scores on 75 receptions.
Jake Rudock -- Rudock had an up-and-down regular season for the Hawkeyes, which is understandable considering that he's a first-year starter. He completed 60.2 percent of his passes, but he also threw 12 interceptions, averaging one for every 27 attempts, and that makes him volatile.
Two things at stake
Iowa is right on the fringe of the top 25, which means a victory likely puts the Hawkeyes in the final polls. A victory would also give them their first season of nine wins or more since 2009.
LSU is in danger of snapping a three-year streak of winning at least 10 games. The Tigers are also out to put an end to a two-game losing skid in bowl games.
How to witness
TV: ESPN, 1 p.m. ET