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No. 13 Michigan (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) vs. Iowa (5-3, 2-2), 12 p.m. (ESPN).

Line: Michigan by 4.

Series Record: Michigan leads 40-12-4.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Michigan is looking to keep pace with Michigan State and Nebraska for the Legends Division lead, and the Spartans and Cornhuskers both have home games they should win handily. Iowa needs to bounce back in a big way after losing to Minnesota last week.

KEY MATCHUP

Michigan RB Fitzgerald Toussaint vs. Iowa’s defensive line. Toussaint had a breakout game in last week’s 36-14 win over Purdue, rushing for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa’s defensive line, which has struggled, needs to stuff the Wolverines at the line and force obvious passing situations

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan: QB Denard Robinson. Is this the year Robinson beats the Hawkeyes? He threw a late pick in a loss at Iowa in 2009 and was knocked out of the Hawkeyes’ win in Ann Arbor last season.

Iowa: WR Marvin McNutt. Iowa might need to outscore the Wolverines, and McNutt leads the Big Ten with nine receiving touchdowns.

FACTS & FIGURES

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is 4-4 against Michigan. … Michigan’s Brady Hoke was the head coach at Ball State when the Hawkeyes crushed the Cardinals 56-0 in the 2005 season opener. … Both Iowa and the Wolverines have scored on 29 of 33 possessions in the red zone. But the Hawkeyes were held scoreless inside Minnesota’s 20-yard line three times last week, and Michigan leads the nation in red zone defense.

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No. 14 Houston (8-0, 4-0 Conference USA) at UAB (1-7, 1-4), 7 p.m. (CBSSN).

Line: Houston by 28.

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