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Breaking Down The Numbers: Iowa-Minnesota

Hoist the pig.

Fresh off its rivalry win at Minnesota, Iowa sits atop the Big Ten standings at 4-1 overall with many conference teams having a bye last week. Minnesota failed to establish any kind of meaningful threat on either side of the ball and the Iowa offense again relied on a strong run game to record a victory. Here is this week's "BDTN."

52.6 - Rush attempts per game for the Hawkeyes, which is about 67 percent of the time. This means a number of different things, but primarily the two most obvious components: a strong running repertoire and a lack of receiver production. Iowa is playing to its strengths. Mark Weisman is one of the nation's best backs, and a Weisman-Damon Bullock-Jordan Canzeri combination is perhaps the second-best in the Big Ten (Wisconsin). Additionally, Kevonte Martin-Manley has emerged as the only receiving threat as of now with 26 receptions. The next most on the team is eight from Bullock and C.J. Fiedorowicz.

5 - Rushing touchdowns by Jake Rudock. The redshirt sophomore quarterback is continuing to show progress in his first year as a starter, and has established nice field awareness. He extends plays when needed. Rudock's total QBR of 66.3 is 47th-best in the nation. The five rush TDs are also more than that of Johnny Manziel, who has three (feel free to join in on the #JacobFootball hash tag fun).

47 - Tackles by Anthony Hitchens, tied for most in the Big Ten. The linebackers are formidable in stopping the run, led by Hitchens. He has also has 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and a pass breakup.

1 - Michigan State's total defense ranking after four games. That top-ranked defense heads to Iowa City for this Saturday's matchup with Iowa. Will it be a low scoring game then? Could be. The Black and Gold allow 15 points per game while the Spartans are averaging just 13.3 points allowed. Opponents are converting only about 21 percent of the time on 3rd down against MSU as well.

Unless otherwise expressly indicated by BHGP editors, this FanPost is strictly the viewpoint of the author and is not endorsed by BHGP in any way.

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