RUSH OFFENSE vs. IOWA RUSH DEFENSE
Michigan is #11 in rushing offense (234.3 yards/game) and #6 in yards per carry. Blake Corum has been the workhorse so far, leading the team with 64 attempts for 478 yards and a nation-high 9 rushing touchdowns. Backup Donovan Edwards was rumored to have been coming back to play last week, but he sat out the Maryland game and has not broken out yet this year (127 total yards, 2 touchdowns). I'm cautiously optimistic that he will play against the Hawkeyes. Meanwhile, Iowa is #6 in rushing defense (73 yards allowed/game) and #4 in yards allowed per carry (2.21). They have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. Senior middle linebacker Jack Campbell (6'5", 246 lbs.) spearheads the defense with 39 tackles and weakside linebacker Seth Benson (6'0", 232) follows behind with 30 stops. Iowa's two starting defensive tackles are 289 and 275 pounds, so they're not big up the middle, but they are relatively quick and athletic. Lukas Van Ness (6'5", 275) is part of a potent rotation at defensive tackle and leads the team with 5 tackles for loss. Iowa's defensive backs also do a very good job of triggering on the run and tackling; the defensive backfield ranks #3 through #6 on the team in tackles, and while usually that's not a good sign for the front seven, in this case they're all part of a very good defense. Iowa runs a 4-3 (or 4-2-5) with two high safeties, so the defensive backs need to be good tacklers or else teams would run the ball all over them.
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