Wisconsin vs. Iowa Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Wisconsin vs. Iowa fearless prediction and game preview.
Wisconsin (9-0) vs. Iowa (6-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 11th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Iowa already ruined one College Football Playoff dream, and now it’s looking to completely mess up the Big Ten’s hope of getting a team into the fun.
Wisconsin might be one of five unbeaten teams, but no one believes in it – the schedule just hasn’t been good enough.
But if it beats the team that hung a double-nickel on the board against Ohio State, the stage will be set for the Michigan game the week after with a shot at making a massive national statement.
The Badgers win the Big Ten West and go back to the conference championship game with a win, but if Iowa pulls this off, it’ll carry hopes for a division title by winning out, hoping for the Badgers to crash against Michigan and at Minnesota, and praying for a little extra help.
But which Iowa team will show up? Will it be the one that looked unstoppable against the Buckeyes and late against Iowa State, or the one that couldn’t move the ball against Minnesota or Northwestern?
You know which Wisconsin team will arrive in Madison. It’s the game it’s been waiting for and a chance to prove itself.
It’s a game college football needs to see to figure out just how good these Badgers might really be.
One Reason Why Iowa Will Win
The Hawkeyes are catching the Badgers at a bad time in several different ways.
There’s little do no Badger deep threat on a consistent basis, and now the offense will be without leading receiver Quintez Cephus after getting his leg rolled up in the loss to Indiana.
Heart-and-soul type linebacker Chris Orr also got hurt, and possible the biggest issue of all, top safety D’Cota Dixon is a maybe after getting banged up.
Wisconsin has faced three decent-passing quarterbacks this year – Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson, Nebraska’s Tanner Lee, and Indiana’s Richard Lagow – and all three threw for over 200 yards.
Last week, Nathan Stanley was brilliant, throwing for 226 yards and five touchdowns against the loaded Ohio State secondary. He was on, Akrum Wadley took off for 118 yards, and everything worked.
If the Iowa O line can handle the Badger defensive front like it did against the Buckeye NFL-caliber D line last week, it could be Round Two of the Hawkeye offensive explosion.
One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win
No, really, the Iowa offense just isn’t that good. The 487 yards against Ohio State were close to the season-high 497 against Iowa State, and that was in overtime.
The Hawkeyes struggled and sputtered – even when some of the parts were working – way too often in Big Ten play.
The passing attack has been solid, but the ground game didn’t go anywhere against Michigan State, Penn State, or Northwestern. In all three of those games – the three losses – Iowa failed to hit the 100-yard rushing mark.
Even with the injuries, the Badgers still have one of the nation’s nastiest defenses, especially up front. No one has rushed for 150 yards this season, and teams were held to under 100 yards five times.
What’s Going To Happen
The Badgers will overcome a big passing day from Stanley with picks. Iowa will hit a few home runs, and it’ll keep the pressure on, but when absolutely needed, Wisconsin’s defense will hold firm, coming up with a few key picks.
The UW offense will be the UW offense. Pound with Jonathan Taylor, convert seemingly every third down chance – the Badgers lead the nation in third down conversion percentage – and unlike Ohio State, limit the turnovers.
Iowa will come into the game jacked up and ready to make another national splash, but it’ll be the Badgers who’ll have everyone buzzing with a win that will finally make everyone believe that, yes, they might just be good enough.
Wisconsin vs. Iowa Prediction
Wisconsin 26, Iowa 14
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