If Ohio State is going to remain in the playoff conversation, they’re going to have come from behind for the second week in a row.
Bookended by a pair of J.T. Barrett interceptions, Iowa converted those turnovers into 10 points in taking a 31-17 lead into the halftime locker room. The first came just eight seconds into the game and was turned into a pick-six, the second with under two minutes remaining in the half that led to a Nathan Stanley touchdown pass with :30 left in the half.
Stanley passed for all three of the Hawkeyes’ first-half touchdowns. In between the picks, Barrett threw a pair of touchdown passes.
Making things worse for OSU, their top defensive player, Nick Bosa, was ejected for the rest of the game after being called for targeting. Additionally, Iowa, which was a 21.5-point underdog coming in, will receive the ball on offense to start the second half.
Last week against No. 2 Penn State, OSU came back from deficits of 28-17 at halftime and 35-20 at the end of the third quarter to upend the Nittany Lions 39-38 in Columbus. Now the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes hinge on a repeat, although this time it’ll have to come on the road in a very hostile Kinnick Stadium.