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Hawkeye Nation arrives in Florida ready for Taxslayer Bowl

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (KWWL) - Most of the Iowa Hawkeye fans have arrived just in time to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Jacksonville, Florida, was in the 60s most of the day, and it looks like it may be even better weather tomorrow.

And although there will be a lower number of Hawk fans here this year -- it's actually hard to tell. Hawkeye Nation has officially arrived in Florida.

For the first time -- and likely the only time on this trip -- the Black-and-Gold outnumbered the Tennessee Orange at the Jacksonville Landing. For fans like Jeffery Parsons, making this trip was a no-brainer.

"I'm a die-hard Hawkeye," Parsons said. "What other reason is there to come?"

The Hawkeye marching band and pep squads spent the afternoon firing up a huge Hawkeye crowd -- some of whom stuck out a little more than others in showing off their Iowa pride.

Scott Serbousek, an Iowa fan, came sporting a black-and-gold mohawk.

"Just bought it a couple weeks ago, said it would be perfect for the bowl game," Serbousek said. "I don't know about bed, but I'll probably be wearing it the whole time."

And in this crowd, it fits in.

Come game-time however, the Hawkeyes will head to kick-off as the underdog in the field -- and very likely heavily outnumbered in the stands. None of that seems to bother these fans.

"Some of the trouble-makers I know that are going to be here with me already, we're going to make some noise," Serbousek said

"I think we're going to come out, end the year well," Parsons added. "Make a statement for 2015. I don't think Kirk's going to let us down, and I don't think the team's going to let us down."

And just what do they think of this Tennessee Volunteer squad?

"Well," quipped Parsons' companion Brook, "they 'Volunteered' to take a whoopin'."
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