Ohio State vs. Iowa college football: How to watch for free (10/22/22) – cleveland.com

  • October 22, 2022

C.J. Stroud and No. 2 Ohio State return from their bye on Saturday when they host Iowa.David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 2 Ohio State comes back from its bye week on Saturday when it hosts Iowa. Kickoff is at noon Eastern.
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The Hawkeyes last played on Oct. 8 and lost a low-scoring game to No. 18 Illinois, 9-6. C.J. Stroud threw six touchdown passes to lead the Buckeyes to a 49-20 rout of Michigan State on the road.
Who: Iowa (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 2 Ohio State (6-0, 3-0).
When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.
Time: Noon Eastern.
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus (104,944).
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Latest line: Ohio State -29.5.
Announcers: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft.
Read some of what Nathan Baird of cleveland.com wrote about Stroud being prepared for what Iowa’s defense will try to do to him.
Ohio State football’s offense has bent five straight opponents to its will heading into the second half of the season.
Quarterback C.J. Stroud, though, rejects the notion that the Buckeyes benefit from any intimidation factor. The way he sees it, the opposite may be true.
“This is football, man,” Stroud said after Wednesday’s practice. “No one fears us. We don’t fear nobody. I don’t think people walk into the game and go, “Alright, here we go. Ohio State’s about to just bomb us.’
“… Everybody we’ve played this year has lined up and said, ‘This is our shot to prove to the world that we can play with these dudes,’ and I respect that.”
Ohio State will face few if any defenses prouder than the one Iowa brings to Ohio Stadium on Saturday. It is the central tenet of the program’s identity. This season, it is the only factor keeping the team from plummeting to the bottom of the Big Ten.
Phil Parker has coordinated Iowa’s defense for the past decade, giving Stroud plenty of film to review for tendencies. He likely saw a theme running through the years — well-regarded defensive backs playing quarters coverage behind solid linebacker play and a four-man pass rush.
In the past five seasons, the Hawkeyes have ranked lower than seventh nationally in yards allowed per play only once — a 14th-place finish in 2019. They currently trail Illinois by a rounding error (3.78-3.83) for the nation’s lead.
The backbone of that system is a secondary that piles up awards and frequently sends players to the NFL.
“They know their weaknesses in the coverages they play,” receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. said. “Their leverages — ‘If he attacks me this way, I know where I’m weak at.’ They also know their strengths.
“Going against a team like that, they going to be knowing their stuff, so we have to do things differently sometimes.”
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