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Texas v. Iowa defense

Scoring Defense, Texas 15th / Iowa 16th

Rush Defense, Texas 1st (keep in mind 2nd place is averaging over 20 yards more per game) / Iowa 53rd

Pass Defense, Texas 50th / Iowa 16th

Total Defense, Texas 6th / Iowa 22nd

Takeaways,  Fumbles recovered + Interceptions = takeaways.  Texas (9+10 )= 19 / Iowa (7+15)= 22

I don’t mean to put this up to make either team look bad, just to follow up on yet another convo. ZeekGeek and I had.  As I said Texas’s Run Defense is unrivaled in the nation.

Also as you said Iowa has tons of takeaways….but alas Iowa is 2nd in the nation behind Ohio of all people sheesh.  Texas is tied for 5th

Also a sidenote that has nothing to do with this.  People were saying that the Texas game is going to end their run at being highest scoring offense in the country, well they are still current number 1 (just barely ahead of Texas Tech). Avg, 42 points a game.

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Written by Jon Castano

October 20, 2009 at 2:58 am

Posted in Commentary

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  1. I certainly appreciate all the Hawkeye love flying around here, but your stats tell me what I already thought… right now, I think Texas would beat Iowa. It’d probably be a pretty good (if somewhat ugly, ala UT vs. OU) game.

    The combination those two teams have of very solid defenses that make the opponent one-dimensional along with a nose for the ball means they tend to control field position and ball control. That’s a pretty good recipe for winning all your games.

    I think what is often overlooked about Texas and Iowa is how much pressure they get on an opposing team’s offense often rushing only four. This lets them run blitzes, rush-blitzes, stunts, spies, and bump-and-run coverage to totally disrupt the offense and get all those turnovers by forcing fumbles or getting an interception on a ball thrown too early or without seeing the underneath coverage. Add on top of all that good lane discipline (coaching!) and solid tackling from two somewhat undersized but really fast, swarming defenses. A pretty good recipe.

    Yeah, I’d like to see an Iowa vs. Texas rematch, maybe in the National Championship, but I just don’t see it happening. Both teams (sort of) control their own destinies, in that “all they have to do” is win out. But Texas will have the benefit of already better BCS standing, a couple more vs.-BCS games to pad their fairly weak SoS, and a conference championship under their belt if they’re to be considered NC-material. Iowa, on the other had, would likely get left out of that game even with a 12-0 record if there was an undefeated Cincinnati, Florida, or Alabama, or even if Florida and Alabama both had one loss if it would match Iowa up against USC in the Rose Bowl. That particular seeding is a HUGE cash-cow for the BCS, and would certainly influence the Harris and coaches poll. They will do whatever they can also to keep from any sort of SEC-championship rematch in the NC-game too, so there’s a lot to consider.

    Should make for some interesting debate as we head into the second half of the season!

    zeekgeek

    October 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    • I agree it would be a good game. I also agree that, in the event that UT and anyone in the SEC is undefeated, Iowa will be on the outside looking in. However, I think they’d make the national championship game over an undefeated Cincinnati. The Bearcats already have a weak SOS, and playing in the Big East won’t improve that any, if at all. They’ve probably already played their toughest opponent of the season in South Florida. That’s pretty lame. I think Iowa would make it in over an undefeated Cincinnati, but Texas or both Alabama and Florida would have to stumble at some point for that to happen.

      Austin Swafford

      October 20, 2009 at 3:38 pm


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