Wisconsin vs. Iowa fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Game Time: 8:30 ET
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
Wisconsin (2-1) vs. Iowa (3-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win
Is it possible BYU just woke the bear?
Wisconsin was awful in the loss to the Cougars. The offensive line couldn’t get into a groove, the passing game was mediocre, and the defense couldn’t seem to come up with a key stop, and yet it still came down to a whiffed field goal that would’ve forced overtime.
Yeah, the business-like approach has worked great so far under Paul Chryst, but now it’s on. Now, the players appear to have been sparked, and that’s the last thing Iowa needs.
The O line is still NFL good, Jonathan Taylor is still a dangerous Heisman-caliber runner, and the overall machine still works. Now it has to be crisper and more efficient.
On the other side, Iowa has been very, very good so far, but the offense has been a pedestrian. The offensive line is back to form and playing well, but after last week, get ready for the run defense to play night-and-day better. However …
One Reason Why Iowa Will Win
The exact same formula that worked for BYU might just work for a better Iowa squad.
Size? Not much of a problem. The lines are more than good enough to not wear down against the Badger thump.
A veteran quarterback? Nate Stanley might not be Patrick Mahomes, but he’s been around the block, and he’s seen this Wisconsin defense before. He’s not flashy, but he’s a veteran who knows what he’s doing.
A nasty pass rush? The Hawkeyes have been killers so far, generating 12 sacks for the nation’s second-ranked defense.
No, this isn’t the same Wisconsin D of last year, and now it might not have Andrew Van Ginkel – who left the BYU game with a leg injury – for a pass rush that hasn’t generated much of a push.
There’s a chance Wisconsin is really good, but not College Football Playoff great. This is where Iowa can make its own statement on the 2018 season, and it can do it on a national stage on a Saturday night in Iowa City.
What’s Going To Happen
Wisconsin will bounce back.
It’s going to be a grind, and both defenses will take over from the start, but the Badger running game will start to work as the game goes on – it didn’t last week – and Alex Hornibrook will make up for a weak game with a far stronger performance.
Iowa will need to come up with a few late scoring drives, and it won’t be able to.
And Rafael Gaglianone will hit a field goal or three for the Badgers, with at least one, “where was that last week?” comment from the Fox booth.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Wisconsin 26, Iowa 20
Line: Wisconsin -3, o/u: 43.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 4
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