Game Eleven: Iowa Hawkeyes
Location: Kinnick Stadium (Iowa City, IA) 3:30pm EST, ABC
Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz
Iowa Players Who Were Recruited By Ohio State: LB Jeremiha Hunter, LB Jim Poggi, and TE C.J. Fiedorowicz. Even though Iowa has several players from Ohio on its roster, such as QB Ricky Stanzi, LB LeBron Daniels, or LB Bruce Davis, these players were not offered scholarships by Ohio State. One Ohio player who wanted to come to Ohio State years ago but was not offered a scholarship due to academics is Iowa WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos.
Iowa's Offense versus Ohio State's Defense: Kirk Ferentz has developed a strong reputation for quality offensive lines during his tenure at Iowa, leading to traditionally balanced play through both the run and the pass. Iowa RB Adam Robinson averages slightly over 100 yards per game, while QB Ricky Stanzi is leading the conference in pass efficiency. With strong wideouts in both Johnson-Koulianos and Marvin McNutt, Ohio State will need to play its best game defensively this season.
If Iowa is able to establish its running game, Ohio State is in big trouble, as Iowa will be able to effectively control the clock, as well as leave the Ohio State secondary susceptible to play-action passing. Ohio State's rush defense ranks right behind Iowa statistically (see below). Put it another way - if Ohio State comes out flat and uninspired, as they did last week versus Penn State, they will lose this game easily.