Big Ten Championship Game Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Big Ten Championship Preview

The Michigan Wolverines are coming off a big win in “The Game” thanks to an interception on Ohio State’s final drive to secure their third straight win over the Buckeyes. Iowa is coming in off a win over Nebraska last Friday, in which it took a last-second field goal to secure the victory.

Michigan Wolverines 12-0 (9-0 Big Ten) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes 10-2 (7-2 Big Ten)

Date: Saturday, December 2
Time:
  8:00 p.m. EST
TV Channel: FOX
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Line: Wolverines -22.0 / O/U: 34.5

2023 Team Stats

Michigan:

2023 Record — 12-0 (9-0 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 394.5 (2)
Passing Yards: 224.8 (4)
Rushing Yards: 169.8 (3)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 246.8 (2)
Passing Yards Allowed: 155.3 (3)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 91.4 (2)
2023 Points Scored: 37.6 (1)
2023 Points Allowed: 10.3 (1)
2023 CFP Ranking: 2

Iowa:

2023 Record — 10-2 (7-2 in Big Ten)
2023 Offense (Big Ten Rank) 
Total Yards: 247.3 (14)
Passing Yards: 123.4 (14)
Rushing Yards: 123.9 (10)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 279.9 (4)
Passing Yards Allowed: 174.3 (4)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 105.6 (4)
2023 Points Scored: 18.0 (13)
2023 Points Allowed: 12.2 (4)
2023 CFP Ranking: 16

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Michigan 44-15-4
Current streak: Michigan has won three straight
Last Michigan win: 2022 (27-14)
Last Iowa win: 2016 (14-13)

2023 Player Stats

Michigan Wolverines

Passing: J.J. McCarthy- 191-257, 2483 yards, 19-4 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Blake Corum – 202 ATT, 976 YDS, 22 TD
Receiving: Roman Wilson – 40 REC, 648 YDS, 11 TD
Tackles: Junior Colson – 71 (31-40)
Sacks: Jaylen Harrell – 5.5
Interceptions: Mike Sainristil – 5

Iowa

Passing: Deacon Hill – 97-201, 976 YDS, 5-6 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Leshon Williams – 155 ATT, 779 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving: Erick All – 21 REC, 299 YDS, 3 TD
Tackles: Jay Higgins – 141 (60-81)
Sacks: Joe Evans – 5.5
Interceptions: Sebastian Castro – 3

Michigan Players To Watch:

Offense: Running Back – Blake Corum – Senior

The Wolverines will face a tough defense in Iowa, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten in yards per game, passing yards per game, and rushing yards per game. Corum ranks 41st in rushing yards but leads the country in rushing touchdowns. Look for Michigan to rely on their star running back to lead them to a Big Ten Championship.

Defense: Defensive Back – Will Johnson – Sophomore

Johnson is coming off a big test against the Buckeyes, for which he had to cover Marvin Johnson Jr. last Saturday. He will face an offense in Iowa that ranks last in the Big Ten in passing yards per game, and they are on their backup Quarterback who has thrown more interceptions this season than touchdowns; look for Will Johnson to make an interception in this one, and give the ball back to Michigan’s offense.

Bottom Line: College Football Playoff in sight

With the win over Ohio State, Michigan all but secured their berth into the College Football Playoff, but first is a matchup with Iowa that a loss may not eliminate them, but it won’t look great. Iowa’s offense struggled to move the ball down the field, and this Michigan defense will make things a lot tougher for them. On the offensive side, Michigan needs to attack Iowa like they did Ohio State last Saturday, and everything should be perfect for them to win the Big Ten Championship for the third year. They’ll do it with their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, who is back on the sidelines after serving his three-game suspension.

CJ

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