Not to overstate the obvious here, but Iowa’s secondary is playing a different game than everyone else right now. Just turn on the television on a Saturday afternoon and you’ll likely witness the Hawkeyes intercepting a pass.

Through the first 6 games of the year, Iowa has picked off 16 passes and have forced 20 total turnovers. It’s a big reason why Kirk Ferentz’s team sits at 6-0 on the season and is ranked No. 2 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches Poll.

Individually, Iowa’s defense has had a few guys playing at a really high level. The two standouts in the first half of the season are cornerbacks Riley Moss and Matt Hankins.

According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), Moss and Hankins are currently the two highest-graded cornerbacks in the sport right now. Moss is graded at a 90.2 while Hankins comes in at 89.6.

Moss has totaled 23 tackles, 4 interceptions and 3 pass break-ups so far this season. Most notably, he had a pair of pick-sixes in Iowa’s season-opening blowout win over Indiana.

Unfortunately, Moss sustained a knee injury in Iowa’s victory over Penn State. He was not listed on the team’s depth chart heading into this weekend’s contest against Purdue.

Hankins is responsible for 20 stops this year and has picked off 3 passes and is credited with a pass break-up.