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September 28, 2006

Amazing Stats: Going Big Ten

The game grabbing the most attention this week - and deservedly so - will occur in Iowa, where the 13th-ranked Hawkeyes play host to top-ranked Ohio State.

The Hawkeyes trounced the Buckeyes, 33-7, the last time they got a shot at them at Nile Kinnick Stadium. But that Ohio State team was only 3-2 and entered the game off back-to-back losses.

We'll soon know what Saturday holds for these Big Ten powers. The Amazing Stats will try to shed a little light on this prime matchup in prime time, as well as take a look behind the numbers involving some other games across the country.

The average margin of victory in the past 10 Ohio State-Iowa games. Only once has it been decided by fewer than 10 points in that span (the Buckeyes won 19-10 in 2003).
Career starts by the first four quarterbacks Ohio State faced this season.
Career starts for Hawkeyes senior quarterback Drew Tate.

Iowa QB Drew Tate.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
Games played by Iowa at 77-year-old Nile Kinnick Stadium.
Games that have kicked off after 5 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium before Saturday night's game (Iowa lost to Miami, 24-7, in a game that started at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5, 1992. Coincidentally, that game was also the last time the nation's top-ranked team visited Kinnick).
Iowa's all-time record against No. 1.

Number of the nation's 19 unbeaten teams who have yet to surrender more than 21 points in a game this season.
Times unbeaten Purdue has surrendered 21 or more points this season.
Dustin Keller and Purdue are scoring
enough to offset a porous defense.

9 Seasons Joe Paterno had been the head coach at Penn State before his counterpart this Saturday, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, was born.
8 Sacks by Syracuse in its 34-14 victory over Miami (Ohio) last Saturday.
56 Division I teams that don't have eight sacks yet this season - including fourth-ranked West Virginia, which has none.
84th National rank of the highest-scoring team in the Sun Belt, Louisiana-Lafayette (19.3 points per game).
11 Number of Big 12 teams averaging more than 20 points per game (Colorado is at 9.0 points per game.

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