ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan will enter Kinnick Stadium with the nation’s top pass defense when it travels to Iowa for an 8 p.m. EST kickoff Saturday.
The Wolverines, ranked No. 3 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings, have allowed a scant 10.7 points per game and only 138.9 passing yards per game.
Iowa, meanwhile, has struggled this season, but boasts one of the nation’s top cornerbacks in Desmond King, a Michigan native and an All-American in 2015. This season, King has six pass breakups and one interception in nine games.
Michigan, meanwhile, has three efficient players in its defensive secondary: Channing Stribling (three interceptions, nine pass breakups in nine games), Dymonte Thomas (one interception, six pass breakups in nine games) and All-American Jourdan Lewis (two interceptions, seven pass breakups in six games).
Michigan’s ratio of passes defended (10 interceptions and 36 pass breakups) is higher than Iowa’s (five interceptions, 34 pass breakups), but one can’t help but speculate: will one player stand out in the secondary?