“With their running game, once we shut that down, we can make them pass and we have a very good secondary,” Johnson said. “We can take care of that.”
Cornerback Desmond King, he of the 200 pounds, is pretty confident that he can match up with a pulling 321-pound Josh Garnett in space.
There won’t be too many mental games or chess matches in Pasadena. No frills, no fancy blitzes, no deceptive coverages, no nonsense. Only clean, hard, simple football — just the way Iowa likes it.
The Hawkeyes’ defense will probably actually be awake to see No. 5 dart by this time around.