Yes, you know it - this weekend is the Buckeyes versus the Hawkeyes! It's the battle of the Eyes when these two Big Ten teams meet!
Where is Ohio State vs Iowa Football
Ohio State is hosting this contest in Ohio Stadium in Columbus Ohio.. The Ohio State Buckeyes are looking very strong this year, ranked as #2 as we begin the second half of the season. The Buckeyes are sporting a perfect record and are all rested up after a bye week. The Hawkeyes are 3-3 overall, but only one and two in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes may not be headed for the same Big Ten Championship game that the Buckeyes are gunning for. Unless the Hawkeyes can pull off this upset!
Game time is Saturday, October 22nd, at high noon Eastern time. The game will be broadcast on Fox networks. FuboTV and other services will be getting the game out to anyone who can't see Fox.
Someone somewhere is still selling and trying to buy tickets for Ohio Stadium, good luck to them all! There are still many tickets left on Ticketmaster, running around 50$ a pop. The tickets can be sent electronically, other vendors may have some as well.
All big ten college games have emotional fans and pageantry, along with long, contested history. Personally, we are huge fans of the Ohio State marching band, which is sure to perform at the highest level!
Coaches and Players to Watch
The coaches in this matchup are led by Coach Ryan Day, who seems to be focused on gaining a Heisman trophy for his star quarterback, C.J. Stroud. For Iowa, Coach Kirk Ferentz is known for his defense, which is well ranked, allowing only 265 yards per game. The star of the Iowa defense is Jack Campbell, the AP Preseason All-American. He led the Hawkeyes this year to tie a record from back in 1933, where the Hawkeyes allowed ten points or fewer in five of the team's six games.
The best chance for the Hawkeyes would be if Ohio State is looking right past them. In the last meeting between the two teams, back in 2017, the Hawkeyes were 20 point unranked underdogs against Ohio State's #6 ranking. The Hawkeyes thrashed the Buckeyes with a 55-24 beating!
Coach Day has been going over this with his team, that was a very long day for the Buckeyes!! Over the long term, the Buckeyes usually won the contests.
How Will The Game Go
This year, the Hawkeyes will need some points from their defense to win. The Hawkeye's offense has been dismal, The running game averages only 82 yards per game. The Hawkeye quarterback, Spencer Patras is ranked seventh worst with his 52% completion rate and only two touchdowns.
It could b a VERY long day for the Hawkeyes, as the Buckeyes not only have an explosive offense AND a top ten defense. Coach Day may not be above running up the score to pump up the stats for his star C.J. Stroud. C.J. was leading ALL the Heisman lists. Now C.J. is facing serious competition from QB Hendon Hooker, who threw five TD's in an upset win against Alabama!
If you are a gambling man, the spread started out with the Buckeyes as 20 point over dogs. It has since widened to 29. Hard to call, the Hawkeyes have a real defense with a great secondary, and that's a very big spread. Both Ohio and Iowa have done well against the spread this year, so that's a tossup!
Ryan Day | Ohio State-Iowa pregame press conference