Michigan-Iowa: Will Hawkeyes' Run Defense Force a Repeat of the MSU Game?

The WolverineCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Evan Royster #22 of the Penn State Nittnay Lions is tackled by Karl Klug #95, Tyler Sash #9, and Broderick Binns #91 of the Iowa Hawkeye's on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Iowa won the game 21-10 (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

If you haven't been paying attention to this week's matchup, Iowa's run defense is good. Really really good. So good it hasn't given up a rushing TD in 33 quarters. Seriously.

The Iowa D has also allowed an opponent to score on its opening drive just once in the last 18 games.

“It’s astounding,” Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. “Normally you think maybe you get a quarterback sneak or something in the goal line that you get in there. But to have 33 straight quarters, an eight- or nine-game span, it’s really quite remarkable.”

Although the Iowa defense contained Penn State's "Spread HD," it should be noted that PSU's offense doesn't rely on the QB run as much as Michigan's. Michigan has also put up seven more points per game than PSU.

That being said, the matchups up front will likely dictate the outcome of the game.

Iowa's offense is lackluster. If the Wolverines are allowed to get into an offensive rhythm, they will likely outscore the Hawkeyes. If the Iowa defense does what MSU did to us, it will be another long, uncomfortable game.