- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

Miami of Ohio (3-9 last season) at N0. 17 Iowa (12-2), 3:32 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: Iowa by 27.

Series Record: Iowa leads 3-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Iowa can finally erase the sting of an embarrassing blowout loss to Stanford in the Rose Bowl with a convincing win over a struggling Miami program. The RedHawks will likely be happy with a decent showing as it tries to make itself relevant again in the Mid-American Conference.

KEY MATCHUP

Iowa’s run game vs. Miami’s defensive line: The RedHawks could make things interesting if they can slow down the Hawkeyes rushing attack. Iowa lost star back Jordan Canzeri, and Miami returns three starters along its line. If the RedHawks can force Iowa into some obvious passing downs, the opportunity to force a game-changing turnover only goes up. Still, the Hawkeyes have two backs, LeShun Daniels Jr. and Akrum Wadley, who ran for at least 195 yards in a game in 2015.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iowa: QB C.J. Beathard. He’ll be 100 percent for the first time in a long time. How good can the senior be? Beathard was very good in 2015, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors despite battling through various injuries. If Beathard can stay healthy, expect him to shoot up mock NFL draft boards by the end of October.

Miami: QB Billy Bahl. He threw nine interceptions in his first 63 passes before settling down last season. Now a sophomore, the 6-foot-4, 237-pound Bahl might be key to coach Chuck Martin’s rebuilding efforts.

FACTS & FIGURES

Iowa’s last win over Miami came in 2003, when it beat the RedHawks 21-3. The Hawkeyes pounded Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, sacking him four times and picking him off four times. Iowa played at Miami in 2002, escaping with a 29-24 victory. …With the Big Ten going to a nine-game schedule in 2016, Miami is the only Group of Five team the Hawkeyes will play. Iowa hosts Iowa State next week and FCS champion North Dakota State on Sept. 17 before a trip to Rutgers to kick off league play.

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AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org

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