Buckeyes Battle The Hawkeyes In The Horseshoe This Saturday

Ohio State has had a week to enjoy their 40-30 victory over Northwestern two weeks ago in Evanston. The Buckeyes are sitting pretty ranked #4 in the nation and are in a perfect position to be a BCS title contender should any of the top three teams fall this weekend. Ohio State is riding an 18 game winning streak and has showed no signs of slowing down midway through the 2013 season.

On the other hand, the Iowa Hawkeyes are “flying under the radar” at 4-2 on the year and have an opportunity at a signature this weekend in the Horseshoe. The Hawkeyes are also coming off a bye week and have had two weeks to game plan for the Buckeyes.

Key Stats:

-Iowa is 33rd in the nation in rushing averaging 207.5 yards per game.

-Iowa is 85th in the nation averaging 209.3 yards per game.

-Iowa is averaging 29.7 points per game.

-Iowa has a very stingy defense that has allowed 16.8 points per game and is ranked 12th in the nation.

-Iowa has a tough running back in junior Mark Weisman (624 yards and 3 touchdowns).

-Iowa offensive line only giving up 5 sacks through 6 games.

-Iowa defense only giving up 88.5 yards per game.

-OSU is 6th in the nation in scoring averaging 46.8 points per game.

-OSU is 10th in the nation in rushing averaging 280.7 yards per game.

-OSU defense is giving up 19.2 points per game.

-OSU has balanced attack and is averaging 212.2 passing yards per game.

-OSU running back Jordan Hall leads the team with 8 touchdowns.

-OSU running back Carlos Hyde had big night vs. Northwestern rushing for 3 touchdowns.

-OSU has 16 sacks through 6 games on the year.

Check back for the prediction on Thursday!!!!

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