#2 Ohio State Buckeyes Game Preview vs. Hawkeyes

Ohio State fans are asked to wear scarlet and “Scarlet the ’Shoe” for this game that will be broadcast nationally by FOX Sports. The network’s pregame tailgate show, Big Noon Kickoff, will be on campus and set up adjacent to the Ohio Stadium SE Tower and next to the RPAC. 

No. 2 Ohio State vs. Iowa • Saturday, Oct. 22 • When: Noon ET • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: FOX

• Radio: 97.1 The Fan

QUICK HITTERS

  • This is the first meeting between Ohio State and Iowa in five years, or since the 2017 game in Iowa City: a 55-24 Iowa win with a point total representing the fifth-most points ever scored against Ohio State.
  • The last time Iowa played at Ohio Stadium was during the 2013 season and the Buckeyes were on an 18-game winning streak to start the Urban Meyer era. Ohio State won that 2013 game, 34-24, as Braxton Miller threw for 222 yards.
  • The game will be No. 66 in the series that began 100 years ago with a 12-9 Iowa victory in the fifth game ever in brand new Ohio Stadium.
  • Ohio State is 30-9-1 all-time against Iowa at Ohio Stadium with seven consecutive wins.

BY THE NUMBERS

2015

Ohio State hasn’t lost a Big Ten Conference game at Ohio Stadium since 2015 (Michigan State; 17-14). The Buckeyes have since won a Big Ten record 27 consecutive conference games at home.

55

The 55 points Iowa scored against Ohio State in the last meeting between the teams was a 23-year high against the Buckeyes, or since Penn State, Ohio State’s opponent next week, scored 63 in 1994.

145

C.J. Stroud needs 145 yards passing to climb into the all-time Top 5 among Ohio State QBs. Stroud has thrown for 6,172 yards and 68 TDs in 18 starts for an average of 342.8 yards and 3.77 TDs per game.

TOP 5

 Ohio State and Georgia are the only programs Top 10 nationally in both total offense and total defense. Both schools, in fact, are in the Top 5. Ohio State is 2nd in offense (543.7) and 5th in defense (253.5). 

BIG PLAY BUCKEYES

  • Ohio State has 44 plays of 20 or more yards this season.
  • 24 of those 44 plays have gone for 30+ yards, tops in the country (with Tennessee).
  • TE Cade Stover has three receptions of 30+ yards, the most among Big Ten tight ends.
  • The Buckeyes lead the nation with an average of 8.07 yards per play.
  • Since Ryan Day’s arrival on staff in 2017, Ohio State has never finished lower than 11th nationally in yards per play.
  • 20-Plus Yard Playmakers
    • 15 – WR Emeka Egbuka (1 rush, 13 rec., 1 KOR)
    • 9 – WR Marvin Harrison Jr. (9 rec.)
    • 5 – RB Miyan Williams (5 rush)
    • 4 – TE Cade Stover (4 rec.)

OHIO STATE-IOWA: THE SERIES

  • It’s been five years since Ohio State faced Iowa on the football field. And the last time the teams met wasn’t a good day for Ohio State.
  • Iowa forced four Ohio State turnovers – including a pick-six on the first play of the game – and defeated the Buckeyes 55-24 in Iowa City on Nov. 4, 2017.
  • Because of the Big Ten’s current East-West division alignment, Ohio State has played Iowa just twice in the last 11 seasons.
  • In 2013, the Buckeyes won 34-24 in Columbus, followed in 2017 by the Hawkeyes’ upset in Iowa City.
  • The last Iowa win at Ohio Stadium: 31 years ago, 16-9, in 1991.
  • Ohio State has a winning streak going against 11 Big Ten teams. The two Ohio State does not have a win streak over: Iowa and Michigan.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series with Iowa, 46-15-3, with the 2010 win having been vacated.

SCOUTING IOWA

  • The Hawkeyes bring one of the nation’s top defenses to Columbus. They’re allowing an average of just 9.6 points per game – good for third-best nationally – and have allowed just five touchdowns in six games.
  • Against the run, the Hawkeyes surrender 110.6 yards per game and have given up just two rushing TDs. Iowa allows 154.0 passing yards per game and has twice as many interceptions (six) as touchdown passes allowed (three).
  • Linebacker Jack Campbell is tied for eighth nationally with 63 tackles through six games. In the secondary, Cooper DeJean leads with three INTs, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
  • Senior quarterback Spencer Petras will be making his 26th career start Saturday at QB and has thrown for over 4,000 yards.
  • Petras’ favorite target has been TE Sam LaPorta, a preseason All-American who has over 100 career receptions for 1,407 yards and four touchdowns.

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