Rutgers faces Iowa, looking for first 4-0 start since 2012

  • Temple running back Edward Saydee (23) attempts to hurdle over Rutgers defensive back Desmond Igbinosun (4) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

    Temple running back Edward Saydee (23) attempts to hurdle over Rutgers defensive back Desmond Igbinosun (4) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) Associated Press

  • Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, in black shirt, watches the action from the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Rutgers won, 16-14. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

    Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, in black shirt, watches the action from the sideline in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Rutgers won, 16-14. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) Associated Press

  • Iowa wide receiver Nico Ragaini (89) celebrates in front of Nevada defensive back Jaden Dedman (15) after catching a pass for a first down during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 27-0.

    Iowa wide receiver Nico Ragaini (89) celebrates in front of Nevada defensive back Jaden Dedman (15) after catching a pass for a first down during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 27-0. Associated Press

  • Iowa place kicker Drew Stevens (18) kicks a 33-yard field goal during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Nevada, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 27-0.

    Iowa place kicker Drew Stevens (18) kicks a 33-yard field goal during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Nevada, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 27-0. Associated Press

  • Iowa running back Jaziun Patterson (9) is face masked by Nevada defensive tackle Christopher Love (73) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 27-0.

    Iowa running back Jaziun Patterson (9) is face masked by Nevada defensive tackle Christopher Love (73) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 27-0. Associated Press

  • Iowa wide receiver Nico Ragaini, left, catches a pass ahead of Nevada defensive back Jaden Dedman (15) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 27-0.

    Iowa wide receiver Nico Ragaini, left, catches a pass ahead of Nevada defensive back Jaden Dedman (15) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 27-0. Associated Press

  • Rutgers quarterback Evan Simon throws the ball to Rutgers wide receiver Aron Cruickshank (1) in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Rutgers won, 16-14. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

    Rutgers quarterback Evan Simon throws the ball to Rutgers wide receiver Aron Cruickshank (1) in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Rutgers won, 16-14. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 9/22/2022 11:26 AM

Iowa (2-1) at Rutgers (3-0), Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT (FS1)

Line: Iowa by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

 

Series record: Iowa leads 2-0

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

Coming off a 16-14 win over Temple, Rutgers is looking for its first 4-0 start since 2012. To get it, the Scarlet Knights must break a 19-game losing streak at home against Big Ten Conference opponents. Iowa, which beat Nevada 27-0, plays on the road for the first time this season.

KEY MATCHUP

This is a game between two good defensive teams with struggling offenses. Field position will be crucial: Tory Taylor (Iowa) and Adam Korsak (Rutgers) present an all-Australian showdown at punter. Taylor leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with a 48.3-yeard average. Eleven of his punts have been at least 50 yards and 13 have been downed inside the 20. Korsak has not had a return yard against in 12 attempts, averaging 42.1 yards. Five punts have been downed into the 20.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iowa: Senior LB Jack Campbell had 10 tackles against Nevada, the second time in three games he has had at least that many. Campbell is second in the Big Ten with 10.3 tackles per game.

Rutgers: Defensive lineman Aaron Lewis had his best game in the win over Temple. The sophomore finished with 11 tackles, including two for losses, and forced a fumble.

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FACTS & FIGURES

Iowa has allowed 13 points in three games, limiting each opponent to less than 160 yards in total offense. ... RB Kaleb Johnson put up the first 100-yard game by an Iowa freshman since 2019 (Tyler Goodson). ... The Scarlet Knights are second nationally and first among Power Five teams allowing an average of just 32.3 yard rushing. The 97 rushing yards permitted are the least for the the Scarlet Knights in the first three games of a season since 1940 (73). ... Evan Simon has been the only healthy scholarship quarterback at practice for Rutgers this week although Gavin Wimsatt and Noah Vedral are listed as day to day. ... Greg Schiano became Rutgers' winningest coach last weekend at Temple with 79. He passed Frank Burns, who had 78 from 1973-83.

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