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Matchups


As Jaxon said in a post earlier, matchups are going to be very key in this game, and we really only need to analyze the players playing the game lol. 

So let's start off with offense.  Bebe is a mismatch against any corner in the nation other than maybe Joe Haden.  And let's face it, your defense is small;  tackling Jon Dwyer up the middle is going to be a major problem for Iowa.  Dwyer only gives up about 20 pounds to some of your D-Linemen.  Both of OSU's running backs had season best days against you.  BOTH of them.  The Big 10 has very few quality backs, so it will be interesting to see how our arsenal does.  Iowa's defense is well coached and will probably play their assignments well, but the physical matchups will be the key for us on offense.  Iowa's defense looks so strong for a few reasons. 
1)  They are well coached, and they stay at home.  Iowa runs a basic 4-3, and thrives off the secondary making big plays.  But we don't really throw, so...
2)  They played against very few big-time offensive studs.  Iowa did a good job of containing John Clay from Wisconsin, but they got the benefit of playing Penn St. in nasty weather, didn't play against Juice Williams, and got shown up by two backs from Ohio state that no one has heard of.  Minor from Michigan also had a good day against them.
3)  The offense has won a lot of close games for them.  Nearly every time the defense struggled the offense came back with just enough to win the game.



I really don't know what our defensive scheme is going to be for this game as it has fluctuated all year.  I like the Morgans versus Ricky Stanzi.  The Iowa O-line has given up 27 sacks this year and a lot of pressure.  Morgan Burnett will hopefully be able to play zone coverage and just read the qb like he does so well.  Look for him to come down with at least one pick given Iowa's propensity for giving the ball away.  Their receivers are solid but nothing we haven't seen before, same with their backs.  Their TE is really the one who could hurt us by giving Stanzi an easy target.  Personally, If i was Wommack I would commit to getting in the backfield and stopping the run,  Get pressure on Stanzi and force him into making mistakes.  Mix up some coverages, we have plenty of time to teach the secondary.  Let Burnett play ball-hawk.  Really, our secondary has played very well over the last three games.(2tds, 3ints)  I would trust them in single coverage with one safety back(Burnett).  and leave the linebackers free to get in the backfield.  Basically a Cover 1.  Then you can mix it up in the box, because they don't know who has the TE, it could be the safety, an ILB or OLB., but the linemen have to figure it out quick because at least one is coming and you have to double DMorgan.  I would bring at least five every down. 

Whew! well enough X's and O's, really it comes down to Iowa's lack of playmakers.  Big time players win you big games (see ACCCG), and GT just has a lot more of them.  The biggest thing we have to worry about is Iowa's ability to win in the 4th quarter and come from behind in a number of ways.

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