First Look Iowa

We start our look at Iowa as the Spartans take their 8-0 record into Kinnick Stadium for a national telecast against the Hawkeyes.

One game at a time has been the calling card for Mark Dantonio's Michigan State football team this season.  On Saturday, the Spartans must be ready to win one of the biggest games in resent Michigan State history to keep their record perfect and move them one-step closer to a Big Ten Championship and possible National Championship game.

Iowa Offense                                   

QB: Stanzi #12

RB: Robinson #32

FB: Morse #36

WR: Robinson #7

WR: Johnson-Koulianos #15

TE: Reisner #82

LT: Reiff #77

LG: Vandervelde #63

C: Ferentz #53

RG: Gettis #73

RT: Zusevics #56

The Michigan State coaching staff knows how good Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is as a player.  While at Cincinnati, the current Spartan staff worked really hard in getting the Ohio native to play for them.

The Series

This is the 42nd game between the two programs with Iowa winning the past three of four games in the series.  Last year's 15-13 Hawkeyes win left a lasting impression with the Spartans, as have the last three games that have been decided in the final seconds of the game.  For the Spartans to win a Big Ten Championship and have a chance to earn a BCS berth, they must win this game.

Kirk Ferentz

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is in his 15th year as a college head coach and 12th year at Iowa.  He has gone 86-57 during his time in Iowa and is 98-78 overall.

Defensive Gems

Two of college football's best defensive players will be showcased in this game as Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones and Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn are both players with bright futures following their college careers.

Lucky Day?

Iowa has posted a record of 9-5 when playing on October 30, including a record of 8-1 at home.  Missouri defeated the Hawkeyes 12-13 in 1976 in the last home loss on this date.

Home Cooking

Iowa enters the game on Saturday having won 48 of its last 58 games in Kinnick Stadium, dating back to the 2002 season.  Overall, the Hawkeyes are 19-25 against ranked teams under Ferentz.

Defense

DE: Clayborn #94

DT: Klug #95

DT/DE: Ballard #46

OLB: T. Nielsen #45

MLB: Johnson #48

WLB: Hunter #42

LC: Prater #28

SS: Sash #9

FS: Greenwood #30

RC: Hyde #18

Spartans defensive back Marcus Hyde may be a staple of the Spartans defense this season, but his younger brother Micah is no slouch and has started all seven Iowa games this season.

Payback

Iowa holds a 21-18-2 advantage in the series that began in 1953 with a 21-7 Spartans victory.  The game was the first Big Ten contest for the Spartans.  The Spartans have not won at Iowa since 1989 when they won 17-14.  Kirk Ferentz first victory in the Big Ten came at the expense of the Spartans in a 21-16 win in Iowa City during the 2000 season.

 


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