IOWA: Five Days and Counting

Hoosier Nation begins its day-by-day preview of the Indiana-Iowa match-up this weekend at Memorial Stadium. Today, we look at five numbers to note about the Hawkeyes...

5 – times in eight games this season that Iowa has held its opponent to seven points or less. Only Arizona (31 points), Michigan (28) and Wisconsin (30) have had any degree of success against an Iowa defense that ranks eighth nationally in scoring defense (14.5 points/game) and 12th in total defense (292.3 yards/game). Coach Kirk Ferentz's team is coming off arguably its most dominating defensive effort this season, limiting Michigan State to 31 rushing yards and 258 yards of total offense while intercepting three passes. This will represent the third top-15 defense IU has faced this season, as both Ohio State (2nd in total defense) and Illinois (15th) are also among the nation's best.

5 – interceptions that Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi threw against Indiana in last year's 42-24 Hawkeye win. Stanzi's five picks helped put the Hawkeyes in a 24-14 third quarter hole, but 28 unanswered points prevented IU from picking up its first win over a top-five team in 42 years. Stanzi threw 15 interceptions a year ago, which tied him with IU's Ben Chappell for the most interceptions in the Big Ten. But he's undergone a transformation this season. Through Iowa's first eight games, Stanzi has thrown only two interceptions compared to 19 touchdowns. That has Stanzi ranked second nationally in passing efficiency and has Iowa ranked second nationally in turnover margin.

3 – where Iowa tailback Adam Robinson was on the preseason depth chart at tailback. But sophomore Brandon Wegher – who ran for 118 yards against IU last season – left the program during fall camp, and early-season starter Jewel Hampton tore his ACL in the Hawkeyes' non-conference loss to Arizona. That left Robinson as the last man standing, and he's taken advantage of the opportunity. Robinson ranks 21st nationally and third in the Big Ten with 100.8 rushing yards/game, and he's gone over 100 yards in five games this season. This will mark the first time Robinson has faced the Hoosiers, as he missed last year's game with an ankle injury.

7 – the projected NFL draft spot in one publication for Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn. The 6'3", 282-pound St. Louis, Mo., product has relatively modest totals of 36 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2 ½ sacks this season, but don't let those numbers fool you – he's capable of taking over a game if opposing teams don't devote multiple players to keeping him out of the opposing backfield. Clayborn had seven tackles the last time these two teams met when he was going up against eventual second-round NFL Draft pick Rodger Saffold. It will now fall to Andrew McDonald to keep him from bottling up Ben Chappell.

7 - Ben Chappell's Big Ten ranking in passing efficiency. While the Hoosiers' fifth-year senior leads an IU passing attack that tops the conference in passing yards/game (312.8), Chappell's efficiency numbers have been declining steadily since conference play opened. He hasn't thrown any interceptions against non-conference foes in 2010, but he's been picked off seven times in the Hoosiers' four Big Ten games. He has thrown at least one interception in each of IU's last eight Big Ten games dating back to last year, including three in the 42-24 loss at Iowa last season. In those eight games Chappell has 15 interceptions compared to 14 touchdowns, and Indiana has lost every one of those games.

Coming Up
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday – Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – Two Big Concerns
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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