Iowa Offense vs. Michigan Defense
Iowa is 5th in the Big Ten in scoring offense, at 29.1 points per game, and scored 28 vs. Indiana. Michigan is 3rd in the league in scoring defense, allowing 13.6 points a game.
Iowa is 2nd in the Big Ten in total offense at 409 yards a game, and gained 542 yards vs. Indiana. Michigan is 2nd in the league in total defense, allowing 241.3 yards a game.
Red Zone Offense: Iowa is 3rd in the Big Ten with an excellent 29-33 (88%), but against Indiana were just 3-5, fumbling once, and getting intercepted another time. Michigan is 4th in Red Zone defense at 72.7%.
Iowa is 5th in the Big Ten in 3rd down conversions, at 42%, and were 12-17 (70%) vs. Indiana. The Michigan defense is 2nd against 3rd down conversions, at 27.5%.
Iowa is 2nd in the Big Ten in first downs with 22.1 a game, and had 27 vs. Indiana. The Michigan defense is first in fewest first downs allowed with 13.4 a game.
The Edge - above 5 catagories: strength on strength here, Iowa offense vs. U-M defense ... Iowa's trouble has been turnovers ... 2 costly ones, a fumble and an interception, against Indiana. SLIGHT EDGE TO MICHIGAN.
Iowa is 2nd in the Big Ten in passing offense, averaging 244.3 yards a game, and gained 292 vs. Indiana. Drew Tate is 2nd in the league in passing, averaging 246.8 yards a game, and is 6th in pass efficiency. Michigan is 6th in the league in pass defense, allowing 208.7 yards a game, but is 3rd in pass efficiency defense. Michigan leads the Big Ten in sacks with 3.6 per game. The Iowa offense is 2nd best in protecting against sacks, giving up 1.1 per game, and gave up none to Indiana. The Edge: this will be one to watch ... can U-M pressure the mobile Tate? NO EDGE
Iowa is 6th in the Big Ten in rushing offense at 164.7 yards per game, and gained 175 vs. Indiana. Damian Sims is 9th in the league in rushing, averaging 64.4 yards per game. Michigan is first in the nation in run defense, allowing 32.6 yards per game. EDGE TO MICHIGAN.
Michigan Offense vs. Iowa Defense
Michigan is 4th in the league in scoring offense at 31.1 points per game. Iowa is 4th in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 18.6 points per game, but gave up 31 to Indiana.
Michigan is 8th in the Big Ten in total offense at 372.9 yards per game. Iowa is 6th in the league in total defense, allowing 333 yards per game, but game up 413 yards to Indiana (and 400 or more each of the previous 2 weeks, to Purdue and OSU).
Michigan is 4th in the Big Ten in Red Zone offense at 87.5%. Iowa is 5th in the Big Ten in Red Zone defense at 76.2%, but Indiana was 3-3, all TD's (1 rushing, 2 passing).
Michigan is 6th in the league in 3rd down conversions at 39.8%. The Iowa defense is 10th in allowing 3rd down conversions, at 43%, and gave up 4-12 (33%) to Indiana.
The Edge - above 4 catagories: which Iowa defense will show up -- it disappeared against Indiana. EDGE TO MICHIGAN.
Michigan is 3rd in the big Ten in rushing offense at 184.3 yards a game. Mike Hart is 2nd in the league in rushing, averaging 129.4 yards a game. Iowa is 6th in the league in run defense, allowing 135.1 yards per game, and giving up 158 to Indiana. EDGE TO MICHIGAN.
Michigan is 9th in the Big Ten in passing offense at 188.6 yards per game, but is 2nd in pass efficiency. Chad Henne is 8th in the league in passing, averaging 185.6 yards a game, but is 3rd in pass efficiency. Iowa is 4th in the league in pass defense, giving up 197.9 yards per game (255 to Indiana), and is 4th in pass efficiency defense. The Edge: Iowa was not able to pressure the Indidan QB, even with blitzes, exposing Iowa's CB's. EDGE TO MICHIGAN.
Misc. Michigan vs. Iowa Stats
Michigan leads the Big Ten in Time of Possession at 34:07 per game. Iowa is last at 27:22.
Michigan is 2nd in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +1.29 per game; Iowa is 10th at -.86 (again Indiana, each team had 2).
The Edge - above 2 catagories: these stats help demonstrate the overall: EDGE TO MICHIGAN.
TJB Prediction: The biggest U-M fan worry would be if the Wolverines let down for this game ... not likely. But if Iowa brings its "A-Game," and doesn't turn the ball over in the Red Zone like it did against the Hoosiers, it could be a tough game. Michigan 27, Iowa 17.
U-M vs. Iowa: The "Edges"
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