这将是密歇根州十大冠军赛的首次亮相, 而爱荷华州出现了一次，因为有一场会议冠军赛开始 2011 季节. Ohio State had dominated the Big Ten Championship, winning five of the last seven.
Michigan comes into the game with College Football Playoff hopes after beating Ohio State last week. It was the first time Michigan beat its rival since 2011 and the first time Jim Harbaugh has won against the team since he took over as head coach. The win also elevated the Wolverines to the No. 2 spot in the latest College Football Playoff ranking.
Michigan’s only loss came against Michigan State five weeks ago. The Wolverines have scraped by some bad Big Ten teams this season but have another test in Iowa.
The Hawkeyes were once one of the teams to beat in the Big Ten. Iowa was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation before losing to Purdue and Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks. There would be nothing better for Iowa than to spoil Michigan’s hopes of getting into the College Football Playoff.
Iowa made the Big Ten Championship in 2015 and was edged out by Michigan State, 16-13. J. Beathard was the quarterback for the Hawkeyes at the time.
Iowa could have a tough time on both sides of the ball when it comes to Michigan.
The Wolverines have clicked on offense as of late. Hassan Haskins has been the key in the running game, scoring five touchdowns against Ohio State. 他有 1,232 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns this season. Cade McNamara has been solid in the quarterback role with 2,301 过院和 14 触地得分. 一句话. McCarthy has also gotten looks taking snaps for run-pass option plays.
Cornelius Johnson and Erick All have been the top targets for Michigan since the team lost Ronnie Bell early in the year. Johnson has 36 抓住 587 码和三个达阵. All has 32 抓住 331 码和一触地得分.
Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo have roiled offenses this season. Hutchinson has 13 sacks and 54 total tackles and Ojabo has 11 sacks and 33 total tackles.
Spencer Petras was named the starter for the Big Ten title game for Iowa. 他有 1,532 passing yards and nine touchdowns but the offense has run through running back Tyler Goodson.
Goodson is a legitimate threat for the Michigan defense. 他有 1,101 yards and six touchdowns on the ground this season. Sam LaPorta and Keegan Johnson have been the top receivers. LaPorta has 40 抓住 486 码和两个达阵. Johnson has 17 抓住 339 码和两个达阵.
The Iowa defense has held each opponent to under 30 points this season. Jack Campbell is in the triple digits in tackles with 121 and a sack. Joe Evans and Lukas Van Ness each have six sacks.