Offensive players relish practicing against their own defense in Outback Bowl preparation

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IOWA CITY, Iowa. (KCRG) - The Mississippi State Bulldogs boast one of the top defenses in the country, but thankfully for the Hawkeyes, so do they. The offensive unit led by junior quarterback Nate Stanley relishes the chance to practice against them in preparation.

"They do a lot of different things as far as switching things up, switching up coverages and blitzes and everything that they really just make us stay focused in practice all day." Stanley said. "There's no time where we can say okay we know whats coming, you really have to be focused and on your toes all day and I think that's going to be the same thing we see January 1st."

Mississippi State enters the Outback Bowl ranked third in the country in yards allowed per game (268.4) and has only given up 12 opposing touchdowns all season. Iowa is not far behind as they rank seventh in the category, allowing opponents an average of 289.6 yards per game.