The TaxSlayer Bowl, which used to be known as the Gator Bowl, will get underway in Jacksonville, Florida when Tennessee faces Iowa, with the game switching to January the 2nd, beginning this year. Pay per head agents know that this meeting will see the Big Ten play the SEC, and 1994 was the last year that these teams played each other. Tennessee are the favorites to win this meeting, even though they only won six times.
QB Joshua Dobbs is the main reason why so many fans believe that things are looking bright for Tennessee. In four of the QB’s starts, the Volunteers were able to go 3-1 with Dobbs in the position. In his first start, the player was able to lead Tennessee to a win of 45-42 in overtime against the South Carolina Gamecocks, in a game where he was able to record 467 total yards and 5 TD’s. Coach Butch Jones is leading a very talented and young squad that is getting three additional weeks to practice for a bowl.
Conversely, Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz will be the one to lead a team who was beaten in three out of the last four meetings that they played. Iowa were defeated in all of their rivalry meetings, which were four, and these include a defeat at home on three occasions by means of a field goal, or maybe less. Still, with QB Jake Rudock among their ranks, the Hawkeyes’ offense still has a relatively decent passing game. If Iowa are able to protect their QB, they could score when they take on a Volunteers defense that’s’ very fit but not as disciplined.
It’s a bit hard to believe, but 2010 was the last time that the Volunteers featured in a bowl game. Even though the season could be seen as being a bit upsetting, Tennessee also look like a lot like Arkansas, as they have a young team full of talent along with a coach who seems to be going up in the game. Jacksonville should be full of Tennessee fans, but this may not be the case with Iowa.
When the Volunteers face the Hawkeyes, many experts are expecting some very nice aerial action. If either one of these teams is able to win the turnover fight, they’ll be in a good enough position to win their very first bowl game since the Insight Bowl in 2010, when Missouri were beaten by the Hawkeyes.
Many fans are anticipating a very intense clash, and pay per head agents believe that the Volunteers will be the ones to come out on top.