Preview: Ohio State vs. Iowa


Who: Ohio State (6-0, 4-2 Big Ten) vs. Iowa (4-2, 1-1)

Where: Ohio Stadium

When: 3:30 p.m.

TV,Radio: ABC, 1410

Series notes: The Buckeyes have won 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Hawkeyes. The 2009 game at Ohio Stadium was a classic with a berth in the Rose Bowl on the line. OSU prevailed, 27-24 in overtime, on a 39-yard field goal by Devin Barclay.

Stat pack: OSU QB Braxton Miller 49-of-75 passing (65.3 percent), 609 yards, 6 TDs, 2 ints.; 233 yards rushing, 4.1 avg.; RB Carlos Hyde 294 yards rushing, 6.1 avg., 3 TDs; RB Jordan Hall 427 yards, 6.2 avg., 8 TDs. WR Corey Brown 30 catches, 381 yards, 5 TDs.

Iowa QB Jake Rudock 105-of-174 (60.3 percent), 1,202 yards, 8 TDs, 6 ints.; RB Mark Weisman 624 yards, 5.0 avg., 3 TDs; WR Kevonte Martin-Manley 26 catches, 225 yards, 1 TD.

Special teams threat: Iowa’s Martin-Manley, a junior from Pontiac, Mich., leads the nation with a 25.8-yard average on punt returns and is one of four players to notch two punt-return TDs the season.

18 and counting: The Buckeyes have won 18 straight games, tops in the nation. The school record is 22 in a row (1967-69), and they’ve had two streaks of 19 (2005-06 and 2002-03).

Coach Urban Meyer has a personal 19-game winning streak, having won his last game at Florida before coming to OSU in 2012.

Worth noting: The Buckeyes have tallied 24 touchdowns and three field goals in 30 trips to the red zone (the opponents’ 20-yard line), while Iowa leads the Big Ten in red zone defense, allowing one TD and five field goals in nine opportunities.

Quote: Asked about the leadership on his team, Meyer said: “I was panicky going into the season because I thought it was poor. It was certainly poor in the spring, and obviously, when you have issues like we had in the summer (with four players being suspended), then that questions the leadership of the team.

“I’m not saying it’s great yet because they’re still only halfway home. But through the first half the season, they’ve done a very nice job. There’s good chemistry, good alignment and good leadership right now.”

Prediction: Ohio State 34, Iowa 20

— Doug Harris, staff writer


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