No. 3 Ohio State looks to keep winning streak going at Iowa
No. 3 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 6) at Iowa (5-3, 2-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).
Line: Ohio State by 18.
Series record: Ohio State leads 47-14-3
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Ohio State revived its playoff hopes with a comeback win over Penn State last week. But the Buckeyes and win six straight and likely have to win out to get back to the College Football Playoff for the third time in four seasons. Iowa could use a big win in what’s been a disappointing season so far.
Ohio state QB J.T. Barrett vs. Iowa’s defensive line: Barrett was brilliant against the Nittany Lions, completing 33 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four TDs — three of which came in the fourth quarter. But the Hawkeyes have eight players in their line rotation, and Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said he thinks Iowa’s front will be the best his team will see all year.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ohio State: RB J.K. Dobbins. The Buckeyes will likely look to Dobbins to establish a ground game that can open things up for Barrett down the field. Dobbins has run for 863 yards in 2017 — on 7.6 yards a carry.
Iowa: QB Nate Stanley. The Hawkeyes’ languid offense will need to wake up if they want to entertain the notion of an upset. If Stanley (17 TDs, four interceptions) can connect on a few deep balls, Iowa has a shot.
FACTS & FIGURES
Ohio State and Iowa, longtime Big Ten rivals, have met just four times in 11 years. Saturday’s matchup will be the first since 2013 and the first at Kinnick Stadium since 2010. ...The Buckeyes had won their first four league games by at least 28 points before running into Penn State. ...Iowa’s defense enters the weekend ranked 12th nationally in scoring defense at 17.4 points per game.