COLUMBUS, Ohio — Iowa's Jake Rudock once quarterbacked his Florida high school team in a game at Ohio Stadium.
Today's return to the Horseshoe figures to have a change in atmosphere.
"It'll be a little different," Rudock joked. "There will be a couple thousand more fans."
He will lead the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) against No. 4 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0), which is riding a nation's best 18-game winning streak, before more than 105,000 partisan fans.
Rudock, who led Fort Lauderdale's St. Thomas Aquinas to a lopsided victory over Upper Arlington before a small crowd in the cavernous stadium, is now in charge of a run-first offense led by running back Mark Weisman.
But the real backbone of the team is a defense that gives up just 89 yards rushing a game.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are trying hard to concentrate on the Hawkeyes as they iron out a few problem areas and preserve that winning streak.
"It's a great feeling, but with that comes a lot of pressure," safety Corey Brown said. "A responsibility, stepping up and everything like that."
Baylor concerns Rhoads
WACO, Texas — When Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads watched film of Baylor's offense, there was more that impressed him than just all the big numbers.
"They do it so easy. There's just a relative ease that they accomplish all these absurd numbers, yardage, points, and the speed with what they're doing it," Rhoads said. "They're not complicated. ... They just line up and play fast with fast players. It's exciting to watch them."
Rhoads might not feel the same way when he gets an up-close view tonight. The Cyclones (1-4, 0-2 Big 12) will be the homecoming opponent for the 12th-ranked Bears (5-0, 2-0).