Iowa is a very, very good team. No one really talked about them coming into the season but they are sitting in the top-10 at 7-0 after taking out Wisconsin in Camp Randall and Northwestern in Evanston. Both of those teams were ranked at one point this year.
The Hawkeyes have the Big Ten's second-best rushing attack, averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground. They also average a little over 200 yards per game through the air. This is a balanced offense. While Maryland did a great job against Saquon Barkley last week, it will be very tough for them to contain the bruising Jordan Canzeri, Akrum Wadley and the somewhat mobile C.J. Beathard. Beathard doesn't have the arm that Christian Hackenberg does but he takes care of the ball. He has thrown nine touchdowns this season against just three interceptions, and he has completed 61 percent of his passes.
As if the Terps didn't have enough to worry about in taking on Iowa, the Hawkeyes also have one of the country's best defenses. They are 12th in total defense, allowing just 294 yards of offense per game, and 10th in scoring defense, allowing their opponents to score just 15.3 points per game.
Perhaps the most troubling statistic for Maryland is that Iowa's rushing defense is ranked third in the country. Michigan's is second and the Wolverines held Maryland to 29 rushing yards when the Wolverines came to College Park. Now, the Terps have to go on the road with a one-dimensional offense and try to run the ball effectively against an opponent that only allows 74.1 rushing yards per game. The Hawkeyes give up four yards less per game on the ground than Alabama!
It has been almost a decade since Maryland beat a top-10 team, at home or on the road. Maryland was feisty against Penn State but they also had the bye week to get ready. Iowa is coming off of a bye week this week and they will be fresh against the Terps. Perry Hills had five turnovers last week. They killed scoring drives and cost Maryland the win in Baltimore. That cannot happen again. Iowa's defense will feast on every opportunity that Maryland gives them.
Maryland will have to find a way to stop the Iowa running game. The Hawkeyes have averaged three rushing touchdowns per game in their four home games so far this season. If they rack up 200 plus yards and three scores, it will be a very long day for Maryland.
Rankings and records:
Maryland (2-5, 0-3)
#10 Iowa (7-0, 3-0)
All-time record: Maryland won the inaugural meeting between the two programs last year in College Park. The Terps trailed by 14 early but came back to win 38-31.
Vegas: Vegas Insider has the Terps as 17-point underdogs and 58 percent of the money is being put on Maryland.
How to witness
October 31st, 3:30 pm (ET), Iowa City, Iowa
TV: ABC/ESPN2, 3:30 pm (ET) Dave Lamont will be on the call with Ray Bentley as his color analyst. Dawn Davenport will be the sideline reporter.
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Tim Strachan (Analyst), Scott McBrien (Sideline); Flagships - WJZ-FM (105.7) / WJZ-AM (1300) / ESPN 980 (D.C.) Sirius 134, XM 201, and SiriusXM 201.
You can also hear the game on WMUC Sports Radio here.
Online streaming: The game will be streamed live on WatchESPN at 3:30 pm (ET). You can also stream the game via the TuneIn App.