Iowa hosts Purdue in Kinnick Stadium for Senior Day on Saturday and bring in their 10-0 record with them. In case you haven't heard, it's the first 10-0 start in school history. The Boilermakers enter the contest with a 2-8 record and 1-5 in the Big Ten. Their lone conference win is over Nebraska.
Iowa is a near 20-point betting favorite at this time which comes as no surprise as Darrell Hazell's squad continues to have their struggles. They did only lose to Michigan State by 3 and Northwestern by 7 but lost to Minnesota by 4 touchdowns, to Wisconsin by 17, and to Illinois by 34.
It's time to dig into this one more extensively.
Here are some numbers related to this week's contest.
- Iowa now has the second best scoring offense in the league at 33.6 points per game trailing only Ohio State who averages 36.4. Purdue is about the middle of the pack averaging 24.5 points per game.
- The Hawkeyes have also been dominant in the first quarter this year, outscoring opponents a combined 57-23.
- Purdue has struggled a lot this year defensively. They've surrendered 34.4 points a game while Iowa has only allowed 18.4 points per game. Purdue has also given up the third most yards per game in the league at a clip of 445.4 yards per contest.
- Iowa has the second best rushing attack in the league. They are gaining 211.7 yards on the ground per game. Only Ohio State is better at 244.8 rushing yards a game. Purdue has the worst rushing game in the Big Ten only racking up 128.9 yards on the ground each Saturday.
- Expect a heavy does of LeShun Daniels, Akrum Wadley, Jordan Canzeri, and Derrick Mitchell. While Iowa has the second best running game in the Big Ten, the Boilermakers are the worst at defending it. They allow 209.6 yards rushing a contest. This is the big discrepancy in this Saturday's game.
- Purdue does not present much of a threat in the kick return game as they are last in that category as well. Desmond King and Iowa are third in kick and punt returns for the conference. Watch out for Desmond King as a returner in this one, especially on kickoffs if he gets that many chances. Only Michigan State and Maryland are worse than Purdue as a kickoff coverage unit. Sticking with special teams, the Boilermakers are awful at field goal kicking. They've only hit 3-9 on the season. The special teams aspect of this game clearly should favor the Hawkeyes.
- Iowa leads the league as a defense with 13 interceptions but the Boilermakers have nabbed 12 of their own. So, though they have obvious deficiencies on that side of the ball, they clearly take chances and are opportunistic.
- Purdue doesn't possess any kind of incredible pass rush. They've sacked the quarterback 19 times this year, which is only more than Minnesota, Illinois, and Rutgers in the Big Ten. Iowa has 26 sacks by comparison. The Boilermakers do allow a lot of sacks. Their signal callers have been sacked 23 times. Only Rutgers and Penn State have given up more.
- Iowa is the second best team in the conference in converting third downs, only trailing Michigan State. Purdue is the second worst third down defense in the league, only better than Indiana.
- The Hawkeyes and Boilermakers are two of the least penalized teams in the league. Northwestern leads the way, only committing 47, then Purdue and Penn State only have 52, while Iowa and Michigan State have only committed 53 penalties.
- Iowa has possessed the ball more than anyone in the Big Ten, averaging a time of 33:33 per game and Purdue is the worst averaging only 27:16 with the ball on offense.
Iowa Individual Leaders
- Quarterback C.J. Beathard is eighth in the Big Ten in passing yards a game. He's averaging 204.4 yards a game. He's fifth in pass efficiency.
- Running back Jordan Canzeri is still fifth in the Big Ten in rushing yards a game despite not having played a significantly large portion of four games. He's averaging 91.1 yards a game. He's also tied for second in the Big Ten in touchdowns. He only trails Ezekiel Elliott in touchdowns. Elliott has 14 while Canzeri has 10. Elliott has played more games, obviously.
- Running back LeShun Daniels is sixth in the Big Ten in rushing at 69.9 yards a game.
- Wideout Matt VandeBerg is tied for fifth in the conference in receptions a game and has 55 total on the year. He also averages 58.7 yards receiving per game.
- Desmond King is tied for fourth in the conference in punt return average at 12.7 yards a pop. His 15 passes defended as a cornerback is third in the Big Ten, trailing only Jourdan Lewis of Michigan and Rashard Fant of Indiana. However, King's eight interceptions is four more than anyone else in the league. Anthony Brown of Purdue, Taylor Barton of Illinois, Nate Gerry of Nebraska, and Anthony Cioffi of Rutgers have four. King's total also tied the Iowa single-season record held by Nile Kinnick and is tops in the NCAA.
- Dillon Kidd is fourth in the Big Ten in punting average at 43.1 yards a punt.
- Cole Fisher is 9th in the Big Ten in tackles at 8.2 a game. Josey Jewell has moved all the way up to 5th in the league with 9 tackles a game.
- Nate Meier is 6th in the Big Ten with seven sacks on the year.