Iowa’s offensive line is one of the major reasons for its success. It’s also the best offensive line in the country, according to Pro Football Focus.
The outlet, which grades college and professional players, on Monday released its rankings of the top offensive lines halfway through the college football season. And the Hawkeyes’ line stood above all others.
Iowa’s offensive line has been the cornerstone of the Hawkeyes program and it’s no different this season. The Hawkeyes line is the nation’s best-performing overall offensive line when you balance pass- and run-blocking measured against the quality of competition Iowa has played. The Hawkeyes utilize NFL zone-blocking techniques and schemes with more detail than probably any other offensive line in college football. The Hawkeyes have PFF’s 17th-highest-rated guard in Sean Welsh and 23rd-graded tackle with Ike Boettger, but it’s Iowa’s offensive line execution play-in and play-out that has them holding the top spot.
Iowa was one of two Big Ten teams in the top 10, with Ohio State checking in at No. 6. Washington State was runner-up to the Hawkeyes.
Iowa ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 180 rushing yards per game, though the Hawkeyes have surrendered 18 sacks in seven games, just one behind Maryland for most in the conference.