Ferentz indicated Tuesday that all those key contributors should play against Ohio State.
“We would have been in a little bit of trouble if we would have played (last) Saturday,” Ferentz said. “Fortunately we didn’t.”
Iowa might have trouble scoring against the Buckeyes no matter who plays.
The offense that hung 59 points on Western Michigan and racked up nearly three times as many yards as Minnesota was essentially non-existent in the loss to the Spartans.
Michigan State’s top-ranked rushing defense took away Iowa’s ability to do anything on the ground, forcing the run-heavy Hawkeyes to throw the ball 46 times.
Though Jake Rudock did throw a pair of touchdown passes for a brief 14-10 lead, Michigan State made Iowa’s offense one dimensional and shut it out in the second half.
Ohio State is nearly as strong on defense as the Spartans. The Buckeyes are 24th in the country at 19.2 points allowed a game despite a secondary that’s been leaky at times.
“You always want to have a good balance,” Rudock said. “It’s good just to mix it up and keep the defense guessing.”