Two of the biggest games of the college football weekend involved Big Ten programs going head-to-head against major non-conference foes.
Earlier this afternoon, No. 12 Oregon shocked No. 3 Ohio State by beating the Buckeyes in their own stadium. No. 10 Iowa is making sure it doesn’t suffer the same fate against a non-conference foe.
The Hawkeyes went on the road to face off against in-state rival Iowa State. The Cyclones entered as a slight favorite, but it’s been all Iowa so far this afternoon.
To be more accurate, it’s been all the Iowa defense. The Hawkeyes have forced four turnovers so far as the Iowa defense has vastly outplayed any other unit on the field.
One fan aptly suggested the Iowa defense has done more to produce points than the offense so far.
Iowa’s defense is the offense
— PlannedSickDays (@PlannedSickDays) September 11, 2021
ESPN analyst Chris “The Bear” Fallica revealed just how dominant the Iowa defense has been so far this season.
He said the Iowa defense has been on the field for 25 opponent drives and seven of those have resulted in a turnover. Three of those seven have resulted in a defensive touchdown.
Iowa defense has been on the field for 25 opponent drives this year – 7 have resulted in a TO and 3 have produced defensive TD.
— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) September 11, 2021
To take it a step further, Iowa columnist Mike Hlas said Iowa has 70 interceptions since the start of the 2017 season.
Iowa has 70 interceptions since the start of the 2017 season.
— Mike Hlas (@Hlas) September 11, 2021
That’s the type of defensive dominance that has kept Iowa in the top 25 for so long.
Iowa holds a 27-10 lead over Iowa State in the fourth quarter.
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