If Pryor can play a consistent game than it should be the Buckeyes game to win. Last season he played a consistent but not great game against the Hawkeyes in primetime. If the Hawkeyes can cause Mr. Pryor to turn the ball over than it could be an interesting night in Iowa City.
Matchup of the Game:
Iowa corners against Ohio State wideouts DeVier Posey. The often-maligned Hawkeyes secondary has been picked apart in their losses. Arizona and recently against Northwestern, the corners have been beaten on a consistent basis. Micah Hyde, Greg Castillo, and Shaun Prater need to play their “A” game or else the Hawkeyes will be known as a four loss team.
Why Iowa can win:
Ricky Stanzi struggled against Northwestern, but he has still been a stud under pressure in his career. Sure, he did not get the job done against Arizona or Wisconsin, but he has meant so much this team after leading them to an Orange Bowl victory last year.
They may not be able to go to a BCS Bowl, but they can still play in a New Years Day Bowl if they manage to pull this slight upset off. Running back Adam Robinson has been a touchdown machine when healthy, and he must find paydirt a few times in this game.
Also, this is going to be players like Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, Ricky Stanzi, and Adrian Clayborn last game in Kinnick Stadium, and what a thrill it would be for DJK and Stanzi to beat their homestate Buckeyes once in their careers.
Why Ohio State can win:
T-Pryor needs this game to prove to everybody that he can win a game in a hostile environment in which the Buckeyes need to win in order to win a Big Ten title and reach a BCS Bowl whether it would be the Rose, Orange or perhaps even the Sugar Bowl.
The bottom line for this game of the week is that the Buckeyes have to be willing to open up the playbook against this big play prone Hawkeyes defense (they make great and bad plays). In order for success and victory, they need to roll out Pryor several times early on in the game so he can calm down before the crazed fans at Kinnick get to his head.
Look for the Hawkeyes to grab an early lead and the Buckeyes to come storming back in the 4th quarter. Iowa will load the box up and make Pryor beat them through the air. It may very well come down to the final possession of the game as so many of the Hawkeyes games have been determined in the final minutes of a game.
Danny V's Pick: OHIO STATE 24 IOWA 23
JFAV's Pick: IOWA 31 OHIO STATE 30