More plays, more opportunities, more yards.
That's been the basic level formula thus far for the Iowa football team after the first two games of the season. Remember, the Hawkeyes finished 117th in total offense in 2012. What a different a new season makes, albeit two games in — Iowa is currently 43rd nationally in total offense, top third in the country. Here's this week's "Breaking Down The Numbers."
166 - This is the total number of plays Iowa has run so far in 2013, which ranks 12th-best in the nation. The offense has increased in organization and tempo. It's not quite a hurry up or full-blown no huddle, but it's different. So much so that Greg Davis' unit is averaging a yard more per play than in 2012 (4.7 to 5.7).
180 - Rush yards by Mark Weisman on 30 carries against Missouri State, his sixth career 100-yard rushing performance. He's played 12 games. Bulldozer.
58 - Total amount of times Iowa rushed against Missouri State. If that seems high, it is. The 58 attempts is the third highest single game total under Kirk Ferentz (60 times against Kent State in 2004 is tops). But what about a No. 2 option in future weeks? Damon Bullock, LeShun Daniels, and Jordan Canzeri combined for 19 carries.
35 - Total defense ranking for Iowa is solidly in the upper third nationally right now. The Hawkeyes have allowed 317.5 yards per game through two contests, and aside from a suspect secondary at some stages, the defense is still progressing. While Northern Illinois provided a challenge in Week 1, this Saturday against Iowa State will also be a test. The Cyclones open up their offense, and with 410 yards in their first game, let's see what the Hawkeyes' game plan is for quarterback Sam Richardson and Co. as well.