Iowa is 6-0 at the halfway point of the season, and has logged two impressive conference victories in a row. The Hawkeyes limited Wisconsin, ranked No. 19 at the time, to six points, and also forced four turnovers. Last week, Iowa ran to a 29-20 victory over Illinois behind 256 rushing yards on a school-record 43 carries from RB Jordan Canzeri. The Hawkeyes are currently perched atop the West division.
Right behind Iowa in the standings is Northwestern, a team that was rolling until a trip to Ann Arbor ended its quest for an undefeated season in a lopsided manner. The Wildcats, who had previously allowed an FBS-low seven points per game, surrendered 38 points to Michigan, and only managed 168 total yards of offense. Freshman QB Clayton Thorson struggled, completing 13 of 27 throws for only 106 yards and an interception, and the Wildcats fell from No. 13 to No. 20 in the AP poll after the loss.
Both teams suffered injuries to defensive players during Week 6. Northwestern will be without CB Matthew Harris for the “forseeable future” after he sustained fractures to his face, and Iowa defensive end Drew Ott is done for the season after tearing his ACL.
How to watch
Details for Saturday's game are below.
Sept. 5: vs. Illinois State (W, 31-14)
Sept. 12: at Iowa State (W, 31-17)
Sept. 19: vs. Pittsburgh (W, 27-24)
Sept. 26: vs. North Texas (W, 62-16)
Oct. 3: at Wisconsin (W, 10-6)
Oct. 10: vs. Illinois (W, 29-20)
Oct. 17: at Northwestern Noon ET (ABC/ESPN2)
Oct. 31: vs. Maryland (TBD)
Nov. 7: at Indiana (TBD)
Nov. 14: vs. Minnesota 8 p.m. ET (BTN/BTN2Go)
Nov. 21: vs. Purdue (TBD)
Nov. 27: at Nebraska (TBD)
Sept. 5: vs. Stanford (W, 16-6)
Sept. 12: vs. Eastern Illinois (W, 41-0)
Sept. 19: at Duke (W, 19-10)
Sept. 26: vs. Ball State (W, 24-19)
Oct. 3: vs. Minnesota (W, 27-0)
Oct. 10: at Michigan (L, 38-0)
Oct. 17: vs. Iowa Noon p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2)
Oct. 24: at Nebraska (TBD)
Nov. 7: vs. Penn State (TBD)
Nov. 14: vs. Purdue (TBD)
Nov. 21: at Wisconsin (TBD)
Nov. 28: at Illinois (TBD)*
*game to be played at neutral location