October 21, 2021 2:12 pm
No. 5 Hawkeyes play Colorado St seeking 10th consecutive win

No. 5 Hawkeyes play Colorado St seeking 10th consecutive win

Colorado State (1-2) at No. 5 Iowa (3-0), Saturday, at 3: 35 PM EDT (FS1).

Line Iowa by 231/2, according to FanDuel Sportbook .

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT ‘S AT STAKE?

Iowa is looking for its second consecutive 4-0 start in three seasons before it returns to Big Ten Conference play at Maryland next Wednesday. The Hawkeyes have a chance to continue the offensive momentum they gained last week against Kent State. Colorado State faces its highest-ranked opponent since losing 41-23 to No. 1 Alabama in 2017.

KEY MATCHUP

Iowa’s biggest defensive challenge will be controlling TE Trey McBride, who can line up in the slot or as an H-back and is capable of stretching the field. The first-round draft prospect of the NFL already has catch and an average of more than 100 yards in three games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Colorado State: DE Mohamed Kamara had 2.5 of the Rams’ six sacks against Toledo last week and is part of a stout defensive line that should give Iowa’s young offensive line a good test.

Iowa: LB Jack Campbell is having a breakout season with his fumble return for a touchdown against Iowa State, his career-high 11 tackles against Kent State last week and his team-leading 25 stops through three games. His Big Ten average of 8.3 tackles ranks seventh.

FACTS & FIGURES

Iowa goes for a 10th straight win for the first time since opening its 2015 Rose Bowl season with 12 in a row. Iowa’s streak of 25 games without losing 25 point has been the longest among Power Five teams. … The Hawkeyes are playing a Mountain West Conference opponent for the second time. They beat Wyoming 24-3 in 2017. … The Rams won their most recent victory over a ranked opponent in 2002, beating No. 7 Colorado 19-14. … The Rams are 1-11 against current Big Ten members. CSU OL Vincent Picozzi (a Temple graduate transfer) will make his 38th consecutive debut as a colegian.

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