At a glance: Indiana at No. 7 Iowa

2009-10-31T00:00:00Z At a glance: Indiana at No. 7 Iowa Sioux City Journal
October 31, 2009 12:00 am

Indiana at No. 7 Iowa

Noon, Kinick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa


Line: Iowa by 17.5

Series Record: Iowa leads 39-27-4.

Last meeting: 2008, Iowa 45-9.

What's at Stake

Iowa will likely need to go undefeated for a shot at the BCS title game, so it can't afford to overlook the reeling Hoosiers. Indiana's bowl eligibility hopes are in doubt after losing four of its last five, but a win over a top 10 team on the road could get their season back on track.

Key Matchup

Indiana QB Ben Chappell vs. Iowa secondary. Chappell is third in the Big Ten with a 63 percent completion rate, but the Hawkeyes lead the nation with 15 interceptions. Chappell will need to be accurate and limit mistakes to give the Hoosiers a chance for the upset.

Players to Watch

Indiana: PR/KR Ray Fisher. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Northwestern last week and set up another TD with a 35-yard punt return. The Hoosiers will need some help to upset Iowa, and Fisher's speed could set up short fields for Indiana's offense to work with.

Iowa: RB Brandon Wegher. He'll get the majority of Iowa's carries now that Adam Robinson is out with an ankle injury. Wegher, a freshman, hasn't had more than 17 rushes in a game.

Facts & Figures

Iowa is off to the first 8-0 start in school history and is ranked 4th in the BCS standings. ... Indiana has pulled off a couple big wins over the Hawkeyes in recent years. They upset Iowa 31-28 in Bloomington in 2006 and blasted the Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium, 38-20, the following year. ... Iowa has won four games this season by three points or less.

What they're saying

"It hasn't looked to rosy at halftime a couple of times. They refuse to give in and have been very resilient. That's been very impressive.'' -- Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on his team's penchant for comeback wins.

"It was a long bus ride home from Northwestern. But it's because they care. Were they mad? Yes. But that's because they care." -- Indiana coach Bill Lynch on his team's disappointing loss a week ago.

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