On the Line | Daily Iowan football staff picks a slate of Week 9 college football games

The DI’s band of football experts picked five of this week’s top matchups. Game selections and records will be released each week.


Jerod Ringwald

Iowa kicker Drew Stevens kicks a field goal during a football game between Iowa and No. 2 Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Steven’s lone kick was successful from 49 yards out. The Buckeyes defeated the Hawkeyes, 54-10.

DI Staff

Northwestern @ Iowa

Austin Hanson, Pregame Editor (17-18): Iowa — Why isn’t this game at 11 a.m.?

Chloe Peterson, Sports Editor (23-12): Dumpster fire game of the week!

Chris Werner, Assistant Sports Editor (21-14): More punts than points??

Isaac Goffin, Football Reporter (24-11): Someone has to win, right?

Michael Merrick, DITV Sports Director (23-12): I miss the days when Iowa was No. 2 in the nation.

John Bohnenkamp, Sports Writing Coach (25-10): I’m on a 10-game win streak.

Jason Brummond, Publisher (22-13): If the game is tied 0-0 after regulation, skip OT and flip a coin.

Kentucky @ Tennessee

Hanson: Tennessee — Battle of two future starting NFL QBs?

Peterson: Tennessee — Please put more goal posts in the Tennessee River.

Werner: Tennessee — The Vols can have Velus Jones Jr. back.

Goffin: Tennessee — The Vols are really back, and not like they were with Butch Jones.

Merrick: Tennessee — Hendon Hooker for Heisman.

Bohnenkamp: Tennessee — 5-0 two weeks ago.

Brummond: Tennessee — Vols can’t look ahead to next week’s game with No. 1 Georgia.

Ohio State @ Penn State

Hanson: Ohio State — Steve Batterson’s Week 9 AP ballot rightfully has OSU at No. 1

Peterson: Ohio State — Battle of the Big Ten States (we don’t count Michigan State).

Werner: Ohio State — I mean, we all saw the game last week, right?

Goffin: Ohio State — Just another game en route to facing Michigan.

Merrick: Ohio State — Nobody is stopping Ohio State’s offense.

Bohnenkamp: Ohio State — 5-0 last week.

Brummond: Ohio State – It’s Ohio State, Michigan, and then everything else.

Oklahoma State @ Kansas State

Hanson: Oklahoma State — I already regret this pick.

Peterson: Oklahoma State — Whoever wins this gets to absorb the other state.

Werner: Kansas State — I can finally root for Adrian Martinez.

Goffin: Kansas State — I’ll pick these Wildcats to win.

Merrick: Oklahoma State — Spencer Sanders torches this Kansas State defense.

Bohnenkamp: Oklahoma State — 5-0 again? Probably.

Brummond: Oklahoma State — Too many points will be scored in this one for my liking.

Marshall @ Coastal Carolina

Hanson: Marshall — Go watch “We Are Marshall” if you haven’t seen it.

Peterson: Marshall — You’d think this is the weekly dumpster fire, but you’re wrong.

Werner: Marshall — The Thundering Herd are on a one-game winning streak.

Goffin: Marshall — Where Randy Moss played college football.

Merrick: Coastal Carolina — Fun fact: I’ve played on CCU’s basketball court… in Davenport, Iowa.

Bohnenkamp: Coastal Carolina — I’ll go 5-0 again this week.

Brummond: Coastal Carolina — Glad the NFL Network has this game covered.