Preview: Iowa at Pittsburgh

When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst got a yearly look at Iowa as an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten and is hoping for better success this time around. Chryst and the Panthers aim to keep their undefeated record intact when they host the Hawkeyes on Saturday. Chryst’s Wisconsin offenses averaged 18 points in six games against Iowa to earn a 3-3 record, but his 2014 Pittsburgh squad is having little trouble moving the ball so far.

The Panthers are one of the top rushing offenses in the nation, averaging 344.3 yards on the ground while putting up 44.7 points, but face a Hawkeyes team that yields an average of 65.7 rushing yards. Iowa is motivated to bounce back after suffering a 20-17 loss to rival Iowa State on a last-second field goal last weekend. “It’s going to come down to who wants it more and that will determine who wins the battle,” Iowa defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat told reporters. “We have an opportunity to make some plays and we accept the challenge.”

TV: Noon ET, ESPNU. LINE: Pittsburgh -6.5

ABOUT IOWA (2-1):
Trinca-Pasat anchors a line that has generated 19 tackles for loss in three games and is eager to play a physical game. “I love physical football, so this is a great test for us,” Trinca-Pasat told hawkeyesports.com. “It’s a test that we need especially since we are about to go into Big Ten play.” While the defense is strong, the offense is averaging 21.7 points and managed only three in the second half last week as quarterback Jake Rudock failed to throw a TD pass and was held to a season-low 146 yards.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (3-0):
The Panthers’ rushing attack is led by James Conner, a former defensive lineman who is averaging 181.3 yards in the first three games. Conner is shouldering a heavy load with 31 or more carries in each of the last two contests and figures to get just as much work against Iowa’s bruising line. “You've got to work hard to get yards on (the Hawkeyes),” Chryst told reporters. “It’s a sound defense, and they've got good players. Whatever you get, you’ll earn. It’s fun to play them because nothing will be given.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. Pittsburgh has not started a season 4-0 since 2000.

2. The Hawkeyes enter the week one of eight teams nationally to not have allowed a rushing TD.

3. Conner needs 21 yards to surpass Tony Dorsett (564) for the highest rushing total through the first four games in Panthers history.

PREDICTION: Pittsburgh 20, Iowa 14

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Iowa 2-1 L1 21.7 18.7 2-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Pittsburgh 3-0 W3 44.7 15.0 1-0 2-0 1-0 0-0 1-0

Last Meeting

Iowa Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/17/11 PITT 27 IOWA 31 475 76 399 422 137 285

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
IOWA J. Vandenberg 64.6 399 3 1
PITT T. Sunseri 69.7 255 2 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
IOWA M. Coker 23 86 3.7 0
PITT R. Graham 22 97 4.4 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
IOWA K. Davis 10 129 12.9 1
PITT D. Street 7 138 19.7 1
TDs Player TD
IOWA K. Martin-Manley 2
PITT D. Carswell 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
IOWA J. Rudock 68.4 718 4 1
PITT C. Voytik 58.0 284 5 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
IOWA M. Weisman 32 96 3.0 2
PITT J. Conner 81 544 6.7 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
IOWA K. Martin-Manley 19 147 7.7 0
PITT T. Boyd 11 140 12.7 4
TDs Player TD
IOWA M. Weisman 2
PITT J. Conner 8

Quickchart Matchup

Iowa Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
377 yards
208.7 yards
3.6 yards/rush
2.3 yards/rush
6.2 yards/attempt
5.1 yards/attempt
Pittsburgh Off vs  Iowa Def
445.7 yards
320.3 yards
6.4 yards/rush
2.3 yards/rush
5.7 yards/attempt
7.3 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
0
-110
47
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-105
-7
-110
47
Sportsbook
-105
-7
-110
47
5Dimes.eu
-105
-7
-110
46.5
GTBets.eu
-115
-6.5
-110
46.5
Top Bet
-110
-7
-110
47
BetOnline.ag
-115
-6.5
-110
46.5
BetDSI
101
-7
-110
47
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-105
-7
-110
47
BookMaker.eu
-105
-7
-110
47
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-6.5
-110
46.5
Mirage
100
-7
-110
47
Station
-110
-6.5
-110
47
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Iowa Overall Pittsburgh
2-1-0 W/L 3-0-0
0-3-0 ATS 2-1-0
1-2-0 O/U 2-0-1
21.7 Pts For 44.7
18.7 Pts Against 15.0
Iowa A/H Pittsburgh
0-0 W/L 1-0
0-0-0 ATS 1-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 1-0-0
0.0 Pts For 62.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0