(10) Wisconsin Badgers (4-2) at Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2)
Wisconsin: They are coming out of their two matchups with Michigan and Ohio State on the losing end of things, but let’s look at how they did. They lost both games by a combined 14 points, so what’s that say about them? They can remain in the game until the end even if it’s the best in the business but moral victories don’t really mean much. These two losses have put them behind Nebraska in the Big Ten West and there’s nothing more that Wisconsin would want than to get another opportunity at those Wolverines or Buckeyes for a chance to get into the College Football Playoff. My biggest takeaway from last week was the Badgers finally establishing Corey Clement. It had been an up and down season for the Badgers rushing attack. Their defense didn’t disappoint either. They held Ohio State without until late in the third quarter and they proved their defense is one of the best in the nation in their last two games. They can gain some ground with a win on Saturday at Iowa.
Iowa: This was the team that last year surprised everyone and had the college football nation talking. They got to the Big Ten title game and fell short to Michigan State. This year, they’ve quietly gone 5-2 and you would think they were struggling to make anything happen, but they are just quietly going about business. When I watch them play, I see a lot of similarities with the Kansas City Chiefs. They both aren’t flashy on offense. They want to run the ball, control the clock and just drive the football down the field. They have one of the best running back tandems in the nation in Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels. They can both rush for over 100 yards and what’s crazy is, you never know which guy to prepare for. Their defense has only forced 11 turnovers, they’re at the bottom of the conference with their opponent on Saturday in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Player To Watch– Corey Clement: He got it going last week and he’ll need to do it again. A lot of great things can happen when he’s involved early one and if that offensive line can open up the holes for him to get into the open field, the Badgers will be just fine.
Iowa Player(s) To Watch– The front seven: Their run defense is ranked eighth in the Big Ten and they’ll look to put an extra guy or two in the box and shut down Clement and make Hornibrook prove that he can beat them with his arm.
Prediction: When they face each other, it’s always a defensive showdown and I’m expecting the same once again because I don’t see many points being scored in this one. I like Iowa in this one. Iowa 19 Wisconsin 14