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Mississippi State Football ranked 18th, takes on Iowa in Outback Bowl

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Following a roller coaster season, the Bulldogs will travel to Tampa to take on the Hawkeyes for the Outback Bowl.

NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Mississippi Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Following an 8-4 season full of surprises, ups, downs, and more, Mississippi State has finished out the year ranked 18th in the nation. The Bulldogs have earned themselves a spot in the Outback Bowl, as they will have their work cut out for them against Iowa. With many storylines and buzz, Mississippi State’s season. was more successful than some may think.

Though head coach Joe Moorhead did not win an SEC title, championship, or top ten ranking, he did change the culture, as the maroon and white have shown tremendous signs of promise going forward. While many Bulldogs will be moving on, Mississippi State’s depth is tremendous on both sides of the ball. Having had the opportunity to show their skills on the primetime stage, Mississippi State fans should be more than excited.

NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Mississippi Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

As it pertains to the Outback Bowl, the Bulldogs should be happy. Iowa will be a fun matchup and interesting test. The Outback Bowl has had a intriguing history. Just take the following games into account. Whether it be South Carolina, or the (Jadeveon Clowney show) against Michigan, their rematch or Michigan State’s three overtime victory over Georgia, this bowl game has and will continue to be one of the best.

Mississippi State and Iowa have a very similar playing style and combination of experience and young talent. Expect a dual that will go down to the wire. Though the College Football Playoff is sure to get the most attention, this year’s Outback Bowl should be right up there. There will be a show in Tampa and the college football world is in for a wild ride.