Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
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.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
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.
FACTS & FIGURES
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.