Ohio State football: 5 reasons the Buckeyes will beat Iowa

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 28: Jerome Baker
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 28: Jerome Baker /
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1. The Hawkeyes don’t match up well with the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes have morphed into more of a fast paced offense. This method of play differs greatly from that of Iowa who runs more of a pro-style offense. This means they don’t mind running it between the tackles and condensing the playing field.

The slow pace of the Hawkeyes’ offense will come back to bite them if they let the game get out of hand early. Their team isn’t built like the Buckeyes’ where the Bucks can easily make up a deficit with high powered offense.

This comeback ability from Ohio State was displayed last weekend against Penn State. The Nittany Lions got an early lead which was great for them and all but Buckeye fans knew that game was far from over. The Bucks have so many weapons on offense and a veteran quarterback which is all of the tools necessary to complete a comeback.

Iowa leads more of a power running game behind a fullback and rely heavily on the short passing game with the tight end. With none of these players necessarily owning lightning speed in particular, this could be a problem for the Hawkeyes.

The Buckeyes have already given a handful of teams the early exit by hopping out front early and leaving their inferior opponents’ offenses in the dust. The defenses for both sides have been pretty good so far this season, though so it does project the game to be slightly lower scoring.

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But if Ohio State’s offense kicks it into drive early then the Hawkeyes will be on their way out sooner than later.