Iowa-Ohio State Preview Capsule

Iowa (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at No. 4 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Ohio State by 17.

Series Record: Ohio State leads, 45-14-3.


The Hawkeyes need a win to remain a player in the Big Ten's Legends Division. They come in a game back of Michigan State and Nebraska, each at 2-0. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, are the top dog in the Leaders Division and must stay perfect to hang on to a shot at staying in the national title picture.


Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde against Iowa's rushing defense. After sitting out the first three games for an alleged physical conflict with a woman at a Columbus bar this summer, Hyde's role has progressively grown in Ohio State's rushing attack (11th in the nation at 281 yards a game). He has gone for 41 yards, 85 yards and 168 yards on 26 carries and three TDs in a 40-30 win over Northwestern before last week's bye. The Hawkeyes have a stout defense against the run - eighth in the nation, giving up just 89 yards a game - that relies on LBs Anthony Hitchens, James Morris and Christian Kirksey to prevent anyone getting past the line for a big gain. Ohio State has rushed for 17 TDs so far, the Hawkeyes are the only team in the nation that hasn't given up a TD on the ground.


Iowa: QB Jake Rudock must keep the ball away from Ohio State, which is averaging 46.8 points a game. To do that, the Hawkeyes must move the chains on the ground. RB Mark Weisman, averaging 104 yards per game, will be a central figure: If he's successful between the tackles, Iowa can stay with the Buckeyes. If not, it'll be a happy homecoming at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State: WRs Corey Brown, Devin Smith and Evan Spencer must shake loose to keep Iowa's stop-the-run-first defense honest. By extension, QB Braxton Miller, who had three turnovers in the win at Northwestern, can't afford to make mistakes.


Iowa has won just one of the last 11 meetings, dating back to 1991. That was a 33-7 victory in 2004. ... It'll be the second meeting between coaches Urban Meyer and Kirk Ferentz. Meyer was in his first year at Florida when the Gators beat Iowa 31-24 in the 2006 Outback Bowl. ... The Buckeyes have the nation's longest winning streak at 18 games. ... Meyer's teams are 34-2 with more than a week to prepare for an opponent. ... The Hawkeyes are outscoring teams 27-10 in the first quarter, Ohio State 126-28. ... Iowa is 8-29-1 at Ohio Stadium, including a 27-24 overtime loss in the last meeting in 2009, which decided the Big Ten title.

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