Can Saban Help Ferentz?

Kirk Ferentz met with the media Tuesday morning for the final time before Iowa plays LSU in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. Here's our story and Prime Cuts video which includes the Hawkeye Coach wondering if Alabama Boss Nick Saban might be able to help him out.

TAMPA, Fla. - With a straight face, a member of the Louisiana media asked Kirk Ferentz Tuesday morning if his team could wear down LSU as did Alabama earlier this season. The Iowa coach took the softball and cranked it over the fence.

"I worked with (Tide Coach) Nick (Saban) for a couple of years in Cleveland. I called him and just asked if we could borrow some of his guys. He wasn't willing."

Laughter ensued as Ferentz played his favorite role of underdog.

"It was good to look at the film, but Alabama can wear a lot of people down, especially if the ball gets rolling," Ferentz said. "If we could borrow a couple of their guys, that would be great. Nick is a good guy, but I don't think he's into charity of that type."

The No. 3 Tide pulled away from LSU in winning, 38-17, Nov. 9 in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers other two defeats in 2013 (at Georgia and at Ole Miss) each came by three points. They've put themselves in position to win a 10th game for the fourth season in a row, something the program has never done.

"It's pretty simple. We'll have to play our best game tomorrow," Ferentz said. "That's about what it comes down to. It's things that you hear from every coach but they're true that's why we bring them up; playing well on special teams, ball security, those types of things. We're going to have to execute about as well as we possibly can.

"They're very talented and they're very well coached. That's a tough combination."

Las Vegas oddsmakers favor LSU to beat the Hawkeyes (8-4) by eight points in Wednesday's Outback Bowl here at Raymond James Stadium. Iowa owns a 2-1 mark in this postseason venue having defeated SEC schools South Carolina ('04) and Florida ('09).

The Hawkeyes have been doubted throughout the season but ended it with wins over college football blue bloods, Michigan and Nebraska. Just getting to a New Year's Bowl seemed like a long shot after a 4-8 campaign in '12.

"I don't think there is any question that it was a long winter," Ferentz said Tuesday. "It's like losing a game. Until you play the next one, it sits with you. John Fox said it about the way their season ended last year that it's kind of like a scar. It's healed but you still notice it. You just don't want to go down that road again.

"There's no magic answers to anything. Everybody is looking for a quick fix. It's about getting back to what you do and doing it better. That's been our theme for the last 13 months."

Ferentz said that as far as he knew, all of his players should be healthy enough and academically eligible to play in the Outback.

Here is our Prime Cuts video of Tuesday morning's press conference with Ferentz:


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With a straight face, a member of the Louisiana media asked Kirk Ferentz Tuesday morning if his team could wear down LSU as did Alabama earlier this season. The Iowa coach took the softball and cranked it over the fence.

\"I worked with (Tide Coach) Nick (Saban) for a couple of years in Cleveland. I called him and just asked if we could borrow some of his guys. He wasn't willing.\"

Laughter ensued as Ferentz played his favorite role of underdog.

\"It was good to look at the film, but Alabama can wear a lot of people down, especially if the ball gets rolling,\" Ferentz said. \"If we could borrow a couple of their guys, that would be great. Nick is a good guy, but I don't think he's into charity of that type.\"

The No. 3 Tide pulled away from LSU in winning, 38-17, Nov. 9 in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers other two defeats in 2013 (at Georgia and at Ole Miss) each came by three points. They've put themselves in position to win a 10th game for the fourth season in a row, something the program has never done.

\"It's pretty simple. We'll have to play our best game tomorrow,\" Ferentz said. \"That's about what it comes down to. It's things that you hear from every coach but they're true that's why we bring them up; playing well on special teams, ball security, those types of things. We're going to have to execute about as well as we possibly can.

\"They're very talented and they're very well coached. That's a tough combination.\"

Las Vegas oddsmakers favor LSU to beat the Hawkeyes (8-4) by eight points in Wednesday's Outback Bowl here at Raymond James Stadium. Iowa owns a 2-1 mark in this postseason venue having defeated SEC schools South Carolina ('04) and Florida ('09).

The Hawkeyes have been doubted throughout the season but ended it with wins over college football blue bloods, Michigan and Nebraska. Just getting to a New Year's Bowl seemed like a long shot after a 4-8 campaign in '12.

\"I don't think there is any question that it was a long winter,\" Ferentz said Tuesday. \"It's like losing a game. Until you play the next one, it sits with you. John Fox said it about the way their season ended last year that it's kind of like a scar. It's healed but you still notice it. You just don't want to go down that road again.

\"There's no magic answers to anything. Everybody is looking for a quick fix. It's about getting back to what you do and doing it better. That's been our theme for the last 13 months.\"

Ferentz said that as far as he knew, all of his players should be healthy enough and academically eligible to play in the Outback.

Here is our Prime Cuts video of Tuesday morning's press conference with Ferentz:

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