Miami University and the University of Iowa clash in a week one college football matchup in Iowa City. This is the fourth meeting between these two teams, all of them coming in the Kirk Ferentz era. The Hawkeyes own a 4-0 record, which includes wins from 2001-02 and a 45-21 victory in 2016. The closest game between these two foes came in 2002 when the Redhawks lost 29-24. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 343 yards, but it was enough to come from behind late in the game.
NCAA Football: Miami (OH vs Iowa
When: Saturday, August 31
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FS1
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free
The Redhawks finished the 2018 season 6-6 with a 6-2 record in the MAC East division, which tied them for second place. The team was bowl eligible, but Chuck Martin’s group did not receive an invite to a game. Fast forward to 2019 and there are some new faces on offense, including quarterback Jackson Williamson and running back Jaylon Bester. The teams leading receiver Jackson Sorenson (742 yards will be joined by Luke Mayock and Maurice Thomas, the third leading rusher from last year at that position.
Defensively, Brad Koenig returns after notching 102 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions from his linebacker spot. The Redhawks secondary will be patrolled by Zedrick Raymond, who recorded 37 tackles.
The host Iowa Hawkeyes were an impressive 9-4 overall last year and 5-4 in Big Ten play. Their performance earned them a trip to the Outback Bowl where they beat Mississippi State to earn a final ranking of 25th in the AP poll. The ranking was Kirk Ferentz’s highest finish and highest win total since 2015.
Quarterback Nate Stanley, who threw for 2,582 yards and 26 touchdowns, will lead the offense that lost two tight ends, Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson, to the first round of the NFL Draft. The way the team utilizes that position, look for Nate Wieting to have an outbreak season. Running back Mekhi Sargent, who rushed for 745 yards and nine touchdowns last season, will be the go to guy in the backfield.
On the other side of the ball, Iowa boasts two of the best players in the Big Ten in defensive end A.J. Epenesa and safety Amani Hooker. Epenesa led the conference in both sacks and fumbles with 10.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Hooker tallied 65 tackles and four interceptions and was named the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year.
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