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The 5th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes prepare for a big challenge Friday night at unbeaten Maryland

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IOWA CITY(KWWL)--The 5th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes prepare for a big challenge Friday night at unbeaten Maryland. The Hawkeye defense has been mostly impressive through its first four victories.

Iowa is giving up just eleven points and just 271 yards of total offense... The Hawkeye defense has forced 9 turnovers and have only given up five touchdowns in the first four games.

But the Hawkeye offense has been hit and miss. Iowa is averaging less than 300 yards of total offense... And the Hawks are really struggling on the ground averaging just 3.3 yards a rush.

Head coach Kirk Ferentz says its been tough be he thinks the Hawkeye offense is close to exploding.

Kirk Ferentz  "It is frustrating because those are the little things that keep you from really getting into a rhythm and gaining confidence. Sometimes there's a couple of run plays I'm thinking of in particular, like 47 and 52 on our sheet, where we're this close just popping one up the middle.

Close doesn't count, as we know. So there are little things in there, if we're just a little better on an angle or a little bit more delay here as you're coming through on a block, that type of thing, all of a sudden, now the back is up into the secondary, and a guy like Tyler might be able to do something like that."

The Hawkeyes and Terps kick off at 7pm Friday.

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