RUSH OFFENSE vs. IOWA RUSH DEFENSE
Michigan is kinda bad at running the ball. They rank #94 nationally (131 yards/game), and the 3.48 yards per carry is even worse at #106. Those numbers could be better if the option runs were actually options, but Shea Patterson won’t keep the ball and Dylan McCaffrey got knocked out cold the last time he did. It doesn’t appear to matter who lines up at running back right now, because the offensive line doesn’t want to move anyone off the ball. Iowa is #10 in rushing defense (77 yards allowed/game) and #36 in yards allowed per carry (3.42). No team has topped 91 rushing yards this season. Senior linebacker Kristian Welch (6’1″, 239 lbs.) leads the team with 31 tackles, and sophomore Djimon Colbert (6’1″, 235) is second with 23. Sophomore defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon (6’3″, 309) leads the squad with 2.5 tackles for loss. This looks like a bad matchup for the Wolverines.
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PASS OFFENSE vs. IOWA PASS DEFENSE
Michigan can’t run the ball, but they sure are mediocre at passing it! The Wolverines are #48 in passing offense (262 yards/game). Their passer efficiency rating is #76. Luckily, the Big Ten is the Big Fourteen, because Michigan is #10 in the conference in passer rating and touchdowns. Ronnie Bell has emerged as the #1 target in the offense (17 catches, 263 yards), while Donovan Peoples-Jones returned to form last week in his second game with 4 catches for 62 yards. People longed for 50/50 balls after the end of the Wisconsin game allowed the passing numbers to look decent, but garbage-time deep balls don’t mean an offense made of 50/50 balls is a smart idea. Michigan needs to get better. Michigan’s offensive line is #81 in Standard Downs Sack Rate and #105 on passing downs. Luckily, Iowa isn’t very good at getting after the quarterback this year. They’re tied for #113 in sacks (5), with the caveat that 6’6″, 280 lb. sophomore defensive end A.J. Epenesa had 10.5 sacks as a backup in 2018. The Hawkeyes are #19 in passing defense (174 yards allowed/game) and #29 in passer rating against them. Senior safety Michael Ojemudia (6’1″, 200) leads the team with 2 picks.
RUSH DEFENSE vs. IOWA RUSH OFFENSE
Michigan is #89 in rushing defense (168 yards allowed/game) and #56 in yards allowed per game (3.84). Wisconsin destroyed Michigan, but the other three opponents have done very little on the ground. Michigan starting middle linebacker Joshua Ross has basically played 2.5 games so far and isn’t expected back for this Saturday, so Michigan will probably start Cam McGrone for the second week in a row. Viper linebacker Khaleke Hudson has a team leading 41 tackles, and safety Brad Hawkins has 32. Kwity Paye has a team-high 5 tackles for loss. Through four games, Michigan’s defensive tackles have combined for 23 tackles, 0 tackles for loss, and 0 sacks. Iowa is #29 in rushing offense (218 yards/game) and they’re led by 5’9″, 212 lb. Mekhi Sargent (299 yards, 5.54 YPC, 2 TD). The Hawkeyes have two capable backups in junior Toren Young (5’11”, 223) and freshman Tyler Goodson (5’10”, 190). The offensive line is pretty good, though somewhat banged up. Left tackle Alaric Jackson has been injured for much of the year, and so has the starting center. It’s a solid offensive line but not spectacular.
PASS DEFENSE vs. IOWA PASS OFFENSE
Michigan is #3 in pass defense (128 yards allowed/game) but #40 in passer efficiency rating defense. The yards are mostly due to Army being unable to throw the ball. The Wolverines have shown very little organic pass rush except against opponents who don’t know how to pass block, including Army and Rutgers. On the plus side, Paye (2 sacks) can get to the quarterback, and so can some well timed blitzes; McGrone showed flashes of blitzing excellence last week. On the back end, Michigan hasn’t been tested a great deal, but cornerback Lavert Hill (1 INT, 2 PBU) exists. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley (6’4″, 243) is considered to be one of the top passers in the 2020 draft class, but no one seems particularly excited about him, despite his 8-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio this year. Juniors Ihmir Smith-Marsette (15 catches, 254 yards, 3 TD) and Brandon Smith (15 catches, 170 yards, 3 TD) are the top targets, while a rare situation at tight end exists: Iowa doesn’t seem to have a good one. Despite a couple injuries on the offensive line, the Hawkeyes are tied for #27 in sacks allowed.
- Iowa players recruited by Michigan include: DE A.J. Epenesa, OL Alaric Jackson, WR Oliver Martin
- Iowa players from the State of Michigan include: WR Jack Combs (East Grand Rapids), DE Chauncey Golston (East English Village), OL Alaric Jackson (Renaissance), DL Cedrick Lattimore (East English Village), S Daraun McKinney (River Rouge), S Kaevon Merriweather (Belleville), S Michael Ojemudia (Harrison), DT Zach VanValkenburg (Zeeland West)
- Iowa WR Oliver Martin spent the 2017-2018 seasons at Michigan before transferring prior to this year.
- Iowa S Michael Ojemudia is the younger brother of former Michigan OLB/DE Mario Ojemudia.
LAST TIME THEY PLAYED…
- On November 12, 2016, Iowa beat Michigan, 14-13.
- Wilton Speight was 11/26 for 103 yards and 1 INT
- De’Veon Smith ran 12 times for 28 yards
- Iowa running back Akrum Wadley had 23 carries for 115 yards and 5 catches for 52 yards and 1 TD
- Michigan’s offense sucked.
- I still harbor ill feelings because Ty Isaac ran 1 time for a 7-yard touchdown and never touched the ball again.
- I spent the night in the hospital due to a family emergency and watched the game on a tiny hospital room monitor.
- Shea Patterson throws for 220 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception
- Khaleke Hudson has a big game with 8 tackles and 2 tackles for loss
- Iowa QB Nate Stanley throws his first INT of the year
- Michigan 24, Iowa 21
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