Five Days and Counting...

Turnovers and big plays have been a couple of things that have been commonplace in Iowa City during the first half of the season, and they could be factors again Saturday when the Hawkeyes travel to Bloomington to face the Hoosiers...

-6 – Iowa's turnover differential, worst in the Big Ten. Iowa has had nine passes intercepted while also losing five fumbles. Its opponents, meanwhile, have eight interceptions but zero fumbles lost. Iowa struggled in this category badly in its 38-17 loss to Ohio State, when Hawkeye quarterback Drew Tate threw three interceptions and tight end Scott Chandler lost a fumble, resulting in a -4 turnover margin in the contest against the No. 1 Buckeyes. Indiana, meanwhile, ranks fifth in the Big Ten with an equal number of giveaways and takeaways this season (11).

101 – plays the Hoosiers ran against Iowa in last season's 38-21 loss in Iowa City. Blake Powers completed 37-of-57 passes for a career-high 360 yards in the contest, a game that saw the Hoosiers control the ball for an amazing 40:09 compared to Iowa's 19:51. Iowa ranks last in the Big Ten this season in average time of possession (27:04), but don't count on Indiana running 100-plus plays again. This season's NCAA rule change that has the game clock starting once the ball is set on changes of possession has cut into the number of plays teams are getting this fall. Indiana ran a season-high 74 plays in its 34-32 win at Illinois Saturday.

41.8 – Marcus Thigpen's average on kickoff returns this season, tops in the nation. Thigpen has returned three kickoffs for scores this season (Ball State, Connecticut and Illinois), tying a Big Ten record. SMU's Jessie Henderson ranks second nationally in the category, averaging 36.9 yards/return. Thigpen could be positioned for a big game again, as Iowa ranks eighth in the conference in kickoff coverage, giving up 22.4 yards/return. Iowa kicker Austin Signor has had 13 touchbacks on his 32 kickoffs this season.

695 – combined rushing yards for Iowa's two primary ball carriers, Albert Young and Damian Sims. Young has a team-high 80 carries for 328 yards and four touchdowns, while Sims leads the Hawkeyes with 357 yards on 61 carries and four touchdowns. The Hoosiers are very familiar with both, as Young had 26 carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the match-up a year ago, while Sims came off the bench late to contribute a 30-yard, game-clinching touchdown of his own. Young was a second-team all-league choice a year ago with 1,334 yards on 249 carries, but Sims has significantly cut into Young's carries this season. Young averaged more than 20 carries/game a year ago, but has a season-high of only 19 this year. Young missed Saturday's game against Purdue with a leg strain, but is expected back for this weekend's contest.

23 – plays of at least 20 yards for Iowa this season, including five in last week's 47-17 win over Purdue. Indiana, meanwhile, has been extremely susceptible to the big play, giving up three pass plays of at least 35 yards in the first quarter against Illinois on Saturday. Big plays were a big reason why Iowa was able to handle the Hoosiers in Iowa City a year ago. The Hawkeyes had four touchdown plays of at least 25 yards, including three touchdown runs.

What's coming up:
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday - Four Players to Know
On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Big Matchups
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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