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October 18, 2013

Staff Predictions: Iowa Hawkeyes

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The Buckeyes are back in action after a bye week and open up the second half of the schedule with the Iowa Hawkeyes, a team that through the first six games has not allowed a rushing touchdown. Will that stat sway any of our pickers to pick against the home team?


Kevin Noon - Publisher
We have seen what happens when Ohio State is sloppy with the ball and gets away from its DNA. I don't expect to see that happen two games (albeit it, over the span of three weeks) in a row. Braxton Miller did not have a good game against Northwestern but Iowa's weakness against the big play will play right into his hands. The Iowa passing game is somewhere south of "middle of the road" and while Mark Weisman is a good running back, he is not an impactful player. Ohio State will look to start off the second half of the season with a big number and I expect them to get it. Ohio State 42 Iowa 14

Patrick Maks - Staff Writer
What happens when a pair of the nation's best rushing offenses and defenses meet up? I guess we'll find out Saturday when Ohio State and Iowa play in their first matchup since 2010. The Buckeyes are boasting a ground attack that averages 281 yards on the ground while the Hawkeyes have yet to surrender a single rushing touchdown this season. Something has to give, right? Two weekends ago, Carlos Hyde exploded for 168 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-30 win against then No. 16-ranked Northwestern. Expect more of the same from an Ohio State team hitting its stride in that regard. While the Buckeyes' offensive line will almost certainly have its hands full against Iowa's stout front seven, I'm not sure the Hawkeyes have played a team quite like the one they will see Saturday. Ohio State 38 Iowa 21

Andrew Holleran - Staff Writer
Ohio State's players and coaches talked a lot this week about how the offense is yet to put together a game in which everything "clicked." I don't expect that game to occur this weekend. Buckeye players and coaches may have exaggerated how good Iowa's defense is (Urban Meyer compared their front seven to Alabama's...) but the Hawkeyes do boast one of the conference's most stingy defenses. Coming off a bye week, expect the Buckeyes to struggle against Iowa's physicality early on, and the game will be close for a quarter or two. But as they've done all season, someone will make a big play or two and blow the contest open. Ohio State 41 Iowa 21

Marc Givler - Recruiting Analyst
The Buckeyes enter this game well rested and probably the healthiest they have been since the beginning of the season. On the other hand, Iowa has also had a chance to rest after a tough home loss to Michigan State two weeks ago. The bye week should have been big for Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in terms of regaining some flexibility in his injured knee and I expect to see a more explosive Miller on Saturday and a hungry team that should now be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel after big wins over Wisconsin and Northwestern. Ohio State 38 Iowa 20

Andy McLachlan - Team Writer
Let's be honest...going forward the only team that could get in Ohio State's way to perfection is Ohio State. The schedule is set up for a historic finish and as long as the Buckeyes avoid looking beyond their current opponent, they should be just fine. A solid squad built around their lines, the Hawkeyes present an interesting test. They have the tools to compete this Saturday but when you're in the 'shoe, opposing teams tend to be off their game. If Iowa plans to make things interesting this weekend, they'll need a healthly Mark Weisman and Kevonte Martin-Manley. Ohio State 34 Iowa 17

Tom Levenick - Time and Change Contributor/Former Player
Saturday will be a memorable day for The Ohio State University. First of all, Urban Meyer is 34 - 2 after a bye week or when he has more than a week to prepare for an opponent. Secondly, the Buckeyes, quite frankly did not play to their capabilities against Wisconsin or Northwestern - yet they still won. Expect the competitive spirit of Braxton Miller, Jordan Hall and Devin Smith to rise to the occasion after their recent lackluster performances. Also expect Bradley Roby, and players like Ryan Shazier and Carlos Hyde to "over deliver" against the Hawkeyes. The Buckeye offensive line will be challenged and motivated to prove their worth. Jake Rudock will have early success against the Buckeye defense, but the buckeyes will shut down RB Mark Weisman and then dominate in the second half. The Hawkeyes have always had difficulty in "The Shoe". Ohio State 45 Iowa 17

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