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Iowa's Matt VandeBerg walks into the end zone against Illinois during second-half action of the Hawkeyes' win last month at Kinnick Stadium.

OHIO STATE AT IOWA

WEEK 9: 2:30 P.M., KINNICK STADIUM

TV: ESPN

RADIO: WOC 1420 AM

LINE: Ohio State by 17.5

SERIES: Ohio State 47-14-3

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

J.T. Barrett’s magic show: Much like Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, Ohio State’s Heisman contender can beat opponents a lot of ways. Over his last six games, the Buckeyes’ senior quarterback has completed 75 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and no interceptions. He has thrown for 2,166 yards so far this season and is also Ohio State’s second-leading rusher with an average of 56.8 yards per game.

Josey Jewell’s effectiveness: Iowa needs its most experienced players to play big on the biggest of stages the Hawkeyes will see this season. Senior linebacker Josey Jewell leads the Big Ten with 81 tackles and ranks fourth nationally with an average of 11.6 tackles per game. Jewell is also second in the Big Ten with 9.5 tackles for a loss, and Iowa needs that type of production against a potent offense that averages 571.3 yards per game.

J.K. Dobbins’ feet: The Big Ten’s second-leading rusher is a true freshman who has had a dominant debut season for the Buckeyes. The 5-foot-10, 199-pound Texas native enrolled at Ohio State in January and has rushed for 863 yards on 113 carries so far this season. He averages 107.9 yards per game and ranks second in the Big Ten with an average of 7.6 yards per carry.

Iowa’s running backs: With James Butler back on the field, Iowa may be getting closer to an opportunity to maximize the use of both its top running backs. The ability to split Akrum Wadley out and create some opportunities to use him in space could benefit the Hawkeyes against an aggressive OSU defense. Wadley is Iowa’s second-leading receiver with 19 catches.

The defensive line revolving door: Ohio State and Iowa have both helped themselves defensively with an expanded rotation of linemen, keeping defenders fresh and dominant late in the games. The Buckeyes have rotated as many as 13 players on four line spots, and led by Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis, six have started at least five games. Led by Anthony Nelson and Parker Hesse, the Hawkeyes rotated nine players on their defensive front last week against Minnesota.

— Steve Batterson

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Iowa (5-3, 2-3)

PASSING;COMP;ATT;YDS;TD;INT

Nathan Stanley;131;228;1,703;17;4

RUSHING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Akrum Wadley;161;643;4.0;5

James Butler;47;186;4.0;0

Toren Young;29;114;3.9;0

Ivory Kelly-Martin;14;94;6.7;2

RECEIVING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Nick Easley;36;375;10.4;4

Noah Fant;19;299;15.7;5

Matt VandeBerg;19;287;15.1;2

Akrum Wadley;19;268;14.1;4

INTERCEPTIONS: Josh Jackson 2, Jake Gervase 1, Parker Hesse 1, Amani Hooker 1, Josey Jewell 1, Brady Reiff 1, Brandon Snyder 1, Geno Stone 1

SACKS: Anthony Nelson 6, A.J. Epenesa 2.5, Parker Hesse 2.5, Josey Jewell 2.5

TACKLES: Josey Jewell 81, Bo Bower 55, Ben Niemann 49, Amani Hooker 40, Josh Jackson 33

PUNT RETURNS: Matt VandeBerg 8-46-5.8-0; Josh Jackson 5-36-7.2-0

KICKOFF RETURNS: Ivory Kelly-Martin 13-296-22.8-0; Akrum Wadley 4-100-25.0-0

Ohio State (7-1, 5-0)

PASSING;COMP;ATT;YDS;TD;INT

J.T. Barrett;171;246;2,166;25;1

RUSHING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

J.K. Dobbins;113;863;7.6;5

J.T. Barrett;87;454;5.2;5

Mike Weber;55;248;4.5;5

Antonio Williams;30;187;6.2;3

RECEIVING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

K.J. Hill;40;376;9.4;3

Parris Campbell;29;410;14.1;2

Terry McLaurin;22;263;12.0;4

Austin Mack;20;20;13.0;2

INTERCEPTIONS: Damon Webb 2, Damon Arnette 1, Dante Booker 1, Jordan Fuller 1, Amir Riep 1, Denzel Ward 1

SACKS: Nick Bosa 4, Tyquan Lewis 3.5

TACKLES: Jordan Fuller 42, Jerome Baker 36, Damon Webb 35, Dante Booker 30, Kendall Sheffield 27, Chris Worley 27

PUNT RETURNS: K.J. Hill 11-51-4.6-0, Demario McCall 2-6-3.0-0

KICKOFF RETURNS: Parris Campbell 9-329-36.6-0; K.J. Hill 6-150-25.0-0

MARQUEE MATCHUP

Ohio State DE Nick Bosa vs. Iowa QB Nate Stanley: The Hawkeyes’ sophomore quarterback faces his biggest challenge of the season in a havoc-creating Buckeyes’ defensive line that has helped Ohio State rank second nationally with an average of 8.9 tackles for a loss per game. Bosa leads the way, second in the Big Ten with 10 tackles for a loss and leading the team with four sacks.

BY THE NUMBERS

571.2: Average yards per game for the Ohio State offense, ranking second nationally and leading to a Big Ten-best scoring average of 46.2 points per game

3: Iowa victories in its last four games at Kinnick Stadium against opponents ranked in the top five dating to the 2007 season

QUOTABLE

"It’s exciting to get the chance to play against some of the top-ranked teams in the country, but at the end of the day, it’s just football. We know that we have to be on top of our game, minimize mistakes, but we can’t approach it as any more or any less than we do any other game." – Iowa wide receiver Matt VandeBerg

THE SEASONS

Iowa (5-3, 2-3)

Sept. 2;Iowa 24, Wyoming 3

Sept. 9;Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT)

Sept. 16;Iowa 31, North Texas 14

Sept. 23;Penn State 21, Iowa 19

Sept. 30;Michigan State 17, Iowa 10

Oct. 7;Iowa 45, Illinois 16

Oct. 21;Northwestern 17, Iowa 10 (OT)

Oct. 28;Iowa 17, Minnesota 10

Nov. 4;Ohio State, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 11;at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 18;Purdue, TBA

Nov. 24;at Nebraska, 3 p.m.

Ohio State (7-1, 5-0)

Aug. 31;Ohio State 49, Indiana 21

Sept. 9;Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 16

Sept. 16;Ohio State 38, Army 7

Sept. 23;Ohio State 54, UNLV 21

Sept. 30;Ohio State 56, Rutgers 0

Oct. 7;Ohio State 62, Maryland 14

Oct. 14;Ohio State 56, Nebraska 14

Oct. 28;Ohio State 39, Penn State 38

Nov. 4;at Iowa, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 11;Michigan State, 11 a.m.

Nov. 18;Illinois, TBA

Nov. 25;at Michigan, 11 a.m.

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