- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

No. 10 Iowa (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) at Indiana (4-4, 0-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Iowa by 7.

Series Record: Iowa leads 43-28-4

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Iowa leads the Big Ten West and could sneak into College Football Playoff picture if it avoids a stumble. The Hawkeyes probably have the easiest path of any conference team to a perfect regular season with home games against Purdue and Minnesota and a trip to Nebraska - following the trip to Indiana. The Hoosiers are trying to snap a four-game losing streak and get within one win of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.

KEY MATCHUP

Iowa’s stingy defense against Indiana’s potent offense. The Hoosiers are about to face a defense that is ranked in the top 10 nationally against the run, in points allowed, time of possession and in the red zone.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iowa: DB Desmond King. He is tied for the national lead with seven interceptions and needs one more to tie Lou King and Nile Kinnick for the Hawkeyes’ single-season record.

Indiana: QB Nate Sudfeld. He leads the Big Ten in yards passing per game (292.7), total offense per game (295.1), yards per completion (14.4) and yards per pass attempt (9.1). He needs just one more TD pass to break Kellen Lewis’ school record (48), and when Sudfeld is behind center, the Hoosiers have played fast and been competitive.

FACTS & FIGURES

A win would allow Iowa to match the best start in school history, 9-0 in 2009. … The game features two of the nation’s most opportunistic teams. Iowa is plus-10 in turnover margin. The Hoosiers are tied for 20th nationally at plus-six and have scored 65 points off 14 turnovers. … C.J. Beathard is the first Iowa quarterback to win his first nine starts. He is 4-0 on the road, 5-0 on the road and 5-0 in league play. … Hoosiers RB Jordan Howard has had an extra week to rest his injured left ankle. If he’s back to his old self, the Hawkeyes’ stingy defense will face a big challenge. … Iowa averages 32.6 points per game. The Hoosiers allow a league-worst 37.2.


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