Florida will play Iowa in 2017 Outback Bowl

Florida and Iowa are heading to the Outback Bowl for the fifth time each, and for the second time against one another. In the 2006 Outback Bowl, Urban Meyer's first bowl game as Florida's head coach, the Gators prevailed, 31-24.

There had been rumors for a little over a week that the Outback Bowl desperately wanted the Hawkeyes, even as the team seem slated towards a berth in the Holiday Bowl.

The most important part of this tradition is that depending on which team wins, if you go into Outback the day after the game, they'll give you whichever appetizer that the winning team had.

Iowa has lost 4 straight bowl games, their last bowl win came in 2010 at the Insight Bowl.

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The Gators (8-4) fell two spots to No. 17 in the College Football Playoff committee's final rankings after its blowout loss in the SEC Championship.

The game is broadcast on Local 10.

Florida is appearing in a bowl game for the 25th time in the last 26 years (not eligible at 4-8 in 2013).

Kirk Ferentz and the rest of the Iowa football team have media availability this evening, so stay tuned for their reactions to the news.

  • Sonia Alvarado