Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today announced they have made a friendly wager on the Outback Bowl aimed at helping feed the hungry in Iowa and Louisiana. The 2014 Outback Bowl featuring the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers will be played on January 1, 2014, in Tampa, FL.
If the Iowa Hawkeyes beat the LSU Tigers, Gov. Jindal will donate 100 pounds of Louisiana seafood to an Iowa food bank and another 100 pounds of Louisiana seafood to a Louisiana food bank. If the LSU Tigers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes, Gov. Branstad will donate 100 pounds of Iowa pork to a Louisiana food bank and another 100 pounds of Iowa pork to an Iowa food bank.
"In the spirit of friendly competition, I'm pleased to join Governor Jindal in this friendly wager which aims to help feed the less fortunate in our states," said Branstad. "As a life-long Iowan and a graduate of the University of Iowa, I'm looking forward to watching the Hawkeyes compete against the Louisiana State University Tigers and bring home a victory at the Outback Bowl in Tampa."
"I am looking forward to a great game between the Tigers and the Hawkeyes, and I am thrilled to make this friendly wager with Governor Branstad to benefit the hungry in both states," said Jindal. "It is always a little sad to see the end of the college football season, but I am very proud of this LSU Tigers team and I know they will finish the season with a victory."
The Deb & Jeff Hansen Iowa Select Farms Foundation has committed to donating the Iowa pork. Iowa taxpayer dollars will not be used for the friendly wager. The 2014 Outback Bowl airs on ESPN at noon.