Game Data: Iowa at Ohio State

Go inside the numbers and check out the data (including a TV coverage map), depth charts and one man's opinion on what will happen when OSU hosts Iowa for homecoming on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC regional telecast).

OSU-Iowa Game Data

* Date, Time: Sat., Oct. 18, 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

* Location: Ohio Stadium

* Special Occasion: Homecoming

* TV: ABC (regional telecast)

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* 2003 Records, Rankings: OSU, 5-1, 1-1 Big Ten, eighth in AP poll; Iowa, 5-1, 1-1 Big Ten, ninth in AP poll.

* Coaches: OSU, Jim Tressel (third year at OSU, 26-6; 18th year overall, 161-63-2; vs. Iowa, first meeting); Iowa, Kirk Ferentz, (fifth year at Iowa, 27-27; eighth year overall, 39-28; vs. OSU, 0-2).

* Series History: OSU leads 42-12-3, including 26-7-1 in Columbus.

* Iowa Schedule: Aug. 30, Miami (Ohio), W 21-3; Sept. 6, Buffalo, W 56-7; Sept. 13, at Iowa State, W 40-21; Sept. 20, Arizona State, W 21-2; Sept. 27, at Michigan State, L 20-10; Oct. 4, Michigan, W 30-27; Oct. 18, at Ohio State; Oct. 25, Penn State; Nov. 1, Illinois; Nov. 8, at Purdue; Nov. 15, Minnesota; Nov. 22, at Wisconsin.

* Iowa Key Players: QB Nathan Chandler (70 of 124 passing, 821 yards, 11 TDs, 3 INTs), TB Fred Russell (136 carries, 726 yards, 3 TDs), WR Calvin Davis (11 catches, 122 yards), DE Matt Roth (6½ sacks, 9 TFLs), DE Howard Hodges (5 sacks), WLB Chad Greenway (68 tackles), MLB Abdul Hodge (62 tackles), SS Bob Sanders (14 tackles), CB Jovon Johnson (3 INTs).

* Iowa Fast Facts: Location: Iowa City, Iowa; Enrollment, 28,311; Nickname, Hawkeyes; Colors, Old Gold and Black; Stadium, Kinnick Stadium (surface, grass; capacity, 70,397).

Depth Charts

Ohio State Offense

QB 16 Craig Krenzel (6-4, 225, Sr.)

15 Scott McMullen (6-3, 215, Sr.)

SE 12 Michael Jenkins (6-5, 215, Sr.)

82 Roy Hall (6-3, 228, R-Fr.)

LT 77 Rob Sims (6-4, 305, So.)

74 Kirk Barton (6-6, 280, Fr.)

LG 63 Adrien Clarke (6-5, 330, Sr.)

64 Adam Olds (6-4, 290, So.)

C 76 Alex Stepanovich (6-4, 300, Sr.)

55 Nick Mangold (6-4, 280, So.)

RG 79 Bryce Bishop (6-3, 312, Sr.)

66 Mike Kne (6-4, 300, Jr.)

RT 71 Shane Olivea (6-5, 320, Sr.)

68 Tim Schafer (6-5, 250, R-Fr.)

TE 88 Ben Hartsock (6-4, 264, Sr.)

80 Ryan Hamby (6-5, 240, So.)

FL 8 Drew Carter (6-4, 200, Sr.)

4 Santonio Holmes (5-11, 170, R-Fr.)

TB 30 Lydell Ross (6-1, 210, Jr.)

28 Maurice Hall (5-11, 200, Jr.)

FB 38 Branden Joe (6-0, 245, Jr.)

43 Brandon Schnittker (6-1, 250, So.)

K 85 Mike Nugent (5-10, 170, Jr.)

Ohio State Defense

DE 75 Simon Fraser (6-6, 265, Jr.)

98 Joel Penton (6-5, 265, R-Fr.)

DT 56 Darrion Scott (6-3, 280, Sr.)

94 Marcus Green (6-3, 290, So.)

DT 54 Tim Anderson (6-4, 289, Sr.)

90 Quinn Pitcock (6-3, 300, R-Fr.)

DE 93 Will Smith (6-4, 265, Sr.)

57 Mike Kudla (6-3, 275, So.)

WLB 47 A.J. Hawk (6-2, 230, So.)

41 Thomas Matthews (6-2, 210, Jr.)

MLB 46 Fred Pagac Jr. (6-1, 225, Sr.)

5 Mike D'Andrea (6-3, 240, So.)

SLB 42 Bobby Carpenter (6-3, 240, So.)

CB 37 Dustin Fox (6-0, 190, Jr.)

26 Ashton Youboty (6-1, 195, Fr.)

CB 7 Chris Gamble (6-2, 200, Jr.)

13 Harlen Jacobs (6-1, 197, Jr.)

FS 21 Nate Salley (6-3, 205, So.)

32 Brandon Mitchell (6-3, 190, R-Fr.)

SS 4 Will Allen (6-2, 190, Sr.)

9 Donte Whitner (5-11, 185, Fr.)

P 21 B.J. Sander (6-3, 212, Sr.)

Iowa Offense

QB 10 Nathan Chandler (6-7, 259, Sr.)

5 Drew Tate (6-0, 170, Fr.)

TE 35 Erik Jensen (6-3, 253, Sr.)

49 Mike Follett (6-5, 252, So.)

LT 78 Robert Gallery (6-7, 321, Sr.)

70 Lee Gray (6-6, 307, So.)

LG 71 Eric Rothwell (6-3, 294, Sr.)

74 David Walker (6-2, 303, So.)

C 61 Brian Ferentz (6-2, 278, So.)

75 Kory Borchers (6-6, 293, Sr.)

RG 69 Pete McMahon (6-7, 326, Jr.)

59 Ben Cronin (6-5, 288, So.)

RT 77 Sam Aiello (6-5, 305, Sr.)

64 Chris Felder (6-7, 309, R-Fr.)

SE 22 Calvin Davis (6-1, 192, R-Fr.)

11 Ed Hinkel (6-1, 188, So.)

WR 13 Ramon Ochoa (5-10, 190, Sr.)

84 Matt Melloy (6-3, 200, So.)

TB 2 Fred Russell (5-8, 192, Sr.)

23 Marcus Schnook (6-1, 192, So.)

FB 40 Edgar Cervantes (6-3, 244, Sr.)

46 Champ Davis (6-2, 215, Fr.)

K 95 Nate Kaeding (6-0, 180, Sr.)

Iowa Defense

DE 48 Howard Hodges (6-2, 257, Sr.)

60 Tyler Luebke (6-1, 268, Jr.)

DT 90 Jared Clauss (6-5, 285, Sr.)

93 Jory Helms (6-2, 270, Sr.)

DT 45 Jonathan Babineaux (6-2, 280, Jr.)

38 Matt Neubauer (6-6, 254, So.)

DE 31 Matt Roth (6-4, 270, Jr.)

98 Derreck Robinson (6-5, 287, Jr.)

OLB 42 Grant Steen (6-3, 237, Sr.) or

50 George Lewis (6-2, 240, Jr.)

MLB 52 Abdul Hodge (6-2, 232, So.)

53 Kevin Worthy (6-2, 235, Sr.)

WLB 18 Chad Greenway (6-4, 236, So.)

27 Edmond Miles (6-1, 218, R-Fr.)

FS 37 Sean Considine (6-0, 203, Jr.)

25 Marcus Paschal (6-0, 199, R-Fr.)

SS 33 Bob Sanders (5-8, 202, Sr.)

19 Chris Smith (5-11, 195, Sr.)

CB 26 Jovon Johnson (5-9, 175, So.)

36 Chigozie Ejiasi (6-0, 197, Jr.)

CB 20 Antwan Allen (5-10, 176, So.)

36 Chigozie Ejiasi (6-0, 197, Jr.)

P 28 David Bradley (6-2, 204, Jr.)

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: One more incredibly poor offensive showing later, 11 million people across Ohio are wondering if the point has finally been made: This is NOT a power running football team. OSU is now 109th nationally (out of 116 teams) in total offense at 293.8 yards per game. And things don‘t figure to get any better going against Iowa‘s defense, ranked 25th nationally (314.8 yards per game). Iowa is even better than Wisconsin against the run, ranking 11th nationally (82.5 yards per game).

OSU seemed to make some inroads throwing the football late against Wisconsin once the rain subsided. The players are clamoring for the pass to become a larger part of the OSU offense -- the Buckeyes have run the ball 58 percent of the time so far this year. It will be interesting to see if Tressel defers to public opinion (and probably a lot of private opinion in his own meeting room) and lets Krenzel try and open things up a bit. Facing a great run stop team like Iowa, a team that is a distant 78th nationally (232.3 ypg) against the pass, it probably wouldn't hurt.

* When Iowa Has The Ball: The good news is that the Hawkeyes are only marginally better than OSU offensively, ranking 97th nationally at 318.8 yards per game. The bad news is that Iowa, unlike OSU, is decent running the football (32nd nationally, 175.8 ypg). Although that plays to OSU's strong suit -- the Buckeyes are still No. 1 nationally against the run at 59.7 ypg -- it does potentially give Iowa a chance to better control the tempo of the game.

RB Fred Russell is one of the Big Ten's best and he must be contained. QB Nathan Chandler has not been a difference maker, although he has made good decisions (11 TDs, just 3 INTs). He will likely be without top receiver Maurice Brown, who is injured. Iowa is just 109th nationally in passing yards per game (143.0).

One area the OSU defense needs to improve is in turnovers. The Buckeyes are 70th nationally in turnover margin at minus-0.17 per game. OSU has eight interceptions and forced and recovered five fumbles in six games.

* How It Will Go: I never had a good feeling about OSU's game at Wisconsin. It was a road game with a hostile crowd, at night, in the rain with gusting winds. That's a lot of adversity for any team, even the defending national champions. As I was standing on the sideline just getting soaked, I did start thinking about how different things will be this weekend when OSU returns home to face Iowa.

This is not the same Iowa team Brad Banks led to an 8-0 Big Ten season, although the Hawkeyes must still be riding high after defeating Michigan two weeks ago. In fact, the loser of this game is likely out of the conference hunt just three weeks into the race. So the stakes are definitely high.

OSU has yet to reach 350 yards total offense in a game and, with Iowa sporting an above average, I doubt it will happen this week. I also doubt that Tressel will capitulate to the cries of "change the offense." There may be a few new wrinkles, but OSU will not throw the ball 35 times. I see more of what we saw the first five times OSU took the field at Stade Ohio: A great defensive performance, a decent special teams showing and just enough offense to get the job done. I see Ohio State earning a sixth workmanlke win, defeating Iowa 23-19.

-- Steve Helwagen


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