No. 21 Iowa hosts No. 8 Ohio St in Big 10 showdown

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“We’ve let stupid things get in our way. We’ve got to quit hurting ourselves,” Stanzi said. “We just need to do a better job of taking care of the football, first of all, and do a better job of responding to adversity.”

The game could come down to a quarterback duel between Stanzi and Pryor, which would only be fitting since they’ve been at the forefront of the Big Ten’s recent renaissance behind center.

Both teams rank in the top five nationally in rushing defense, so it could be hard for Iowa’s Adam Robinson and Ohio State’s Dan Herron to find as much space. Both defenses also force interceptions, so Stanzi and Pryor will need to limit their mistakes.

A win over the Buckeyes would make a trip to a non-BCS bowl much easier to swallow for Iowa. Ohio State’s got a sixth straight conference title to play for, but the Buckeyes have always known they’d have to go through Iowa City to get there.

“We can look ahead as far as we want. We can look to Michigan and all that,” Pryor said. “But right now it’s in our hands, so if we lose we know we’re done.”

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