TAMPA, Fla (KTIV) — New Year’s Eve also signals the Eve of the Outback Bowl. Iowa will face Mississippi State Tuesday, and the last “tune-up” day was a busy one for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa had their final practice Monday morning, and followed that up with picture day at Raymond James Stadium, site of Tuesday’s game.
It’s not like the Hawks really need a tour of the place, since they’ve already played there five times in the last 15 years.
But familiarity is good, and any advantage is needed when you’re going off as a seven-point underdog to a good Mississippi State team.
“That’s huge, visualizing what you’re going to do the next day,” said sophomore running back Mekhi Sargent. “I’m happy we’re here to take pictures and stuff.”
“I think it’s beautiful. The atmosphere, the weather. Couldn’t ask for anything better.”
“It’s nice to be familiar with where we’re playing,” said senior defensive lineman Sam Brincks. “That might be a little advantage, I’d say.”
“It’s been smooth. I think we polished everything up the last couple days. So we’re ready to go.”
Iowa and Mississippi State kick off at 11:00 a.m Tuesday morning, on ESPN.