PREVIEW: Ohio State at Iowa; Buckeyes seek seventh straight win


PREVIEW: Ohio State at Iowa; Buckeyes seek seventh straight win

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Ohio State walks to the Skull Session before a game against Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: No. 6 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0) at Iowa (5-3, 2-3)

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City

TV/Radio: ESPN/1410

Series history: Ohio State leads 46-14-3. Ohio State won the last meeting 34-24 in 2013 in Columbus. Ohio State won the last meeting at Iowa 20-17 in 2010.

Last game: On Oct. 28, Ohio State beat Penn State 39-38 in Columbus , and Iowa won 17-10 at home against Minnesota.

Coaches: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is 68-7 in his sixth season. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, the longest tenured active head coach in Division I college football, is 140-95 in 19 seasons.

Ohio State notes: The Buckeyes have won six games in a row since a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. … Ohio State ranks second in the nation in total offense (571.2 yards per game), 12th in total defense (302.5), 18th in scoring defense (18.2) and second in scoring offense (46.2). … J.T. Barrett has completed 75 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and no interceptions in the last six games. He’s 29 rushing yards away from passing Florida’s Tim Tebow and moving into 23rd place in NCAA history for rushing yards by a quarterback. … Center Billy Price will tie Luke Fickell (1993-96) for most consecutive starts (50) in Ohio State history. … J.K. Dobbins ranks seventh in the nation with 7.6 yards per game. … Ohio State is 26-1 in road games under Meyer.

Iowa notes: Defensive back Josh Jackson leads the nation in passes defended (17) and passes broken up (15). … Defensive end Anthony Nelson is tied for second in the Big Ten with six sacks. … The Hawkeyes have won 399 games at home since 1889. … Iowa has outscored opponents 76-33 in the fourth quarter. … Quarterback Nate Stanley ranks second in the Big Ten with 17 touchdown passes. … Linebacker Josey Jewell ranks fourth in the nation with 11.6 tackles per game. … Wide receiver Matt VandeBerg has 125 career receptions. He needs two to move in the top 10 in Iowa history.

Quoted: “It’s been four years since we played them,” Ferentz said of Ohio State. “Last time we played them, somebody told me they were ranked third then as well. Typical when you play Ohio State. You can expect just a great football team to go against. And this team is really no different.”

Next game: On Nov. 11, Ohio State plays Michigan State at noon at Ohio Stadium, and Iowa plays at Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m.

Prediction: Ohio State 42, Iowa 17.

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