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Hawkeyes search for answers during bye week

Iowa has a bye week before facing ranked opponents Ohio State and Northwestern. Iowa has a bye week before facing ranked opponents Ohio State and Northwestern.

The good news for the Hawkeye football team is that they have a bye week after losing to Michigan State. The bad news -- they're getting ready to travel to fourth-ranked Ohio State.

Five of Iowa's final six opponents have winning records and three of those teams are ranked.

Michigan State outscored the Hawks 16-0 in the second half, on their way to a 26-14 win.

Jake Rudock passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns but the loss ended Iowa's four-game winning streak. Iowa had just 23 yards rushing, including nine from Mark Weisman.

The Hawkeye coaching staff has a lot of things to work on during the bye week.

"We're better offensively, most teams are, if you're balanced," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "There might be exceptions to that rule but most teams play better if they can do both. That being said, the reality is you're always going to face games or get into games where you can't do both."

"We're not going to become just a team that runs to the line and tries to snap it," said offensive coordinator Greg Davis. "We do want to play fast, faster than we have. I think we have done that but each ballgame will be a little bit different."

Iowa and Ohio State play October 19th at 2:30 pm on ABC.

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