Meet the Iowa football team, the seventh game of Ohio State football schedule in 2022

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It seems hard to believe, but Ohio State Buckeye football team hasn't played Iowa since 2017.

And memories of that contest don't sit well with Ohio State fans.

Iowa surprised the No. 3 Buckeyes 55-24 that day in Kinnick Stadium, which ended the team's playoff chances.

The Hawkeye defense overwhelmed the Buckeyes, and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett ended the day with four interceptions.

"They were baiting him ... that's their coverage," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said after the game. "We just didn't play very well."

But that was 2017, and this is 2022.

Ohio State will welcome Iowa on Oct. 22 and it's expected to be a key Big Ten game for both teams.

Last season, Iowa finished with a 10-4 record and 7-2 mark in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes were defeated 42-3 by Michigan in the Big Ten championship game and 20-17 to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.

Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Jake Duzey (87) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes safety C.J. Barnett (4) during Saturday's game in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Jabin Botsford / The Columbus Dispatch)
Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Jake Duzey (87) is tackled by Ohio State Buckeyes safety C.J. Barnett (4) during Saturday's game in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (Jabin Botsford / The Columbus Dispatch)

Ohio State vs. Iowa all-time record

Ohio State leads the all-time series with the team from Iowa City, Iowa. The Buckeyes are 46-15-3.

What does the Iowa 2022 schedule look like?

Here is who Iowa plays this season.

Sept. 3: South Dakota State

Sept. 10: Iowa State

Sept. 17: Nevada

Sept. 24: at Rutgers

Oct. 1: Michigan

Oct. 8: at Illinois

Oct. 22: at Ohio State

Oct. 29: Northwestern

Nov. 5: at Purdue

Nov. 12: Wisconsin

Nov. 19: at Minnesota

Nov. 26: Nebraska

IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 04:  Tight end T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 04, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 04: Tight end T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 04, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Who are the best NFL 2023 Draft prospects on Iowa?

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper has Jack Campbell as the No. 2 inside linebacker on his 2023 NFL Draft board.

Campbell had 142 tackles last season.

Tight end Sam LaPorta is rated as the No. 2 tight end on Kiper's big board rankings.

Last season, LaPorta caught 53 passes for 670 receiving yards and three touchdowns last season.

Previewing the Iowa Hawkeyes offense

It wasn't a pretty season for Iowa's offense. The Hawkeyes only averaged 123.6 rushing yards per game last season and lost 1,000-yard rusher Tyler Goodson in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Senior Spencer Petras is expected to start at quarterback, but only threw nine touchdowns against 10 interceptions.

The offensive line also took a big hit with the loss of All-American center Tyler Linderbaum to the NFL Draft.

Previewing Iowa Hawkeyes defense

Iowa's defense should be a good one in 2022.

The team returns its top three linebackers including Campbell along with three defensive linemen starters.

The team also had a school-record 25 interceptions last season.

Three starters return on the defensive line, along with the top three linebackers, including Campbell, the national leader in tackles in 2022 with 143.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) enters the field as the football team arrives at Ohio Stadium before their game against Penn State on October 30, 2021.
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) enters the field as the football team arrives at Ohio Stadium before their game against Penn State on October 30, 2021.

Ohio State football schedule 2022

Week 1: Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, in Columbus, Ohio

Week 2: Ohio State vs. Arkansas State, Sept. 10, in Columbus, Ohio

Week 3: Ohio State vs. Toledo, Sept. 17, in Columbus, Ohio

Week 4: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, Sept. 24, Columbus, Ohio

Week 5: Ohio State vs. Rutgers, Oct. 1, Columbus Ohio

Week 6: Ohio State vs. Michigan State, Oct. 8, East Lansing, Mich.

Week 7: Ohio State vs. Iowa, Oct. 22, Columbus, Ohio

Week 8: Ohio State vs. Penn State, Oct. 29, State College, Pa.

Week 9: Ohio State vs. Northwestern, Nov. 5, Evanston, Ill.

Week 10: Ohio State vs Indiana, Nov. 12, Columbus, Ohio

Week 11: Ohio State vs. Maryland, Nov. 19, College Park, MD.

Week 12: Ohio State vs. Michigan, at noon Nov. 26, Columbus, Ohio

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Meet Iowa, Ohio State football's seventh opponent in 2022