On January 2, the Tennessee Volunteers (6-6) will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5) in 2015’s TaxSlayer Bowl (formerly known as the Gator Bowl) at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Both teams will look to earn a hard fought victory for some momentum heading into next season as both college football programs are coming off mediocre seasons.
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2015 TaxSlayer Bowl tickets have a current average price of $153.01 on the secondary market, with a get-in price of $47, down 7.8% compared to the previous TaxSlayer Bowl game, then known as the Gator Bowl, featuring a matchup the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Georgia Bulldogs, as tickets for this game had an average price of $165.97 in the secondary market. This year’s game will have a get in price of $47.
|Year||Match-up||Avg Price||Get-in Price|
|2010||Florida St. vs West Virginia||$242.56||$90|
|2011||Mississippi St vs Michigan||$115.92||$22|
|2012||Ohio State vs Florida||$118.19||$49|
|2013||Mississippi St vs Northwestern||$50.46||$3|
|2014||Nebraska vs Georgia||$165.97||$59|
|2015||Iowa vs Tennessee||$144.83||$39|
Iowa doesn’t bring a whole a lot of firepower to their offense but if their quarterback Jake Rudock plays well, the Hawkeyes are usually playing well. However, if Ruddock is struggling, Iowa can struggle to move the ball. Iowa have the physicality to give the much younger Tennessee teams some problems as the Hawkeyes like to play physical behind a talented offensive line
The Hawkeyes have had trouble closing out games this year as their inability to play well in the final quarter has cost them better success in the regular season. Iowa can’t afford another late game collapse against a younger and more athletic Tennessee team.
Tennessee have the speed, youth, and the athletes to give the Hawkeyes something to worry about. The offense led by sophomore quarterback Josh Dobbs should look to use his legs after a rushing for 91 yards off 22 carries in his last outing against Vanderbilt. The Volunteers don’t have the best passing game, but it’s not that bad either and should look to take some shots down the field with their playmakers Pig Howard and Von Pearson to keep the Iowa defense guessing as the Hawkeyes will look to limit the rushing attack of Jalen Hurd and Marlin Lane.