Wisconsin vs. Iowa fearless prediction and game preview.
Wisconsin vs. Iowa Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 9
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Wisconsin (6-2) vs. Iowa (6-2) Game Preview
Why Iowa Will Win
The Iowa run defense is good enough to hold up against what’s coming.
Granted, it’s easy to help the overall cause and stats when you face Rutgers, Purdue and Northwestern, but the Hawkeyes were able to keep Penn State in relative check and held Michigan to 120 yards.
Those are the only two teams to hit the 100-yard mark on the ground. The Hawkeye defense really is that strong. It doesn’t get behind the line, and it doesn’t generate a whole lot of pressure, but it stuffs up everything and doesn’t let anything happen into the second level.
The secondary hasn’t been bad, either. It doesn’t allow a whole slew of deep plays – giving up fewer than six yards per pass – and is one of the most efficient in the country.
No one in the last four games – including Penn State’s Sean Clifford and Michigan’s Shea Patterson – has been able to hit more than 60% through the air – and even with the opposing passing game did work, Iowa was able to get by Purdue.
Wisconsin’s Jack Coan has to prove himself all over again after throwing a bad late pick against Illinois and getting swallowed up by Ohio State’s Chase Young.
Why Wisconsin Will Win
The Iowa running game isn’t going to go anywhere.
Wisconsin’s defensive front got pushed around by Ohio State. That’s not going to happen against this Iowa O line.
The Hawkeyes finished with just one rushing yard against Michigan, and hasn’t hit 125 yards in five of the last six games. The win over Middle Tennessee was the only time the ground game worked, and now it has to go deal a charged up D that – despite the problems against Ohio State – is still No. 1 in the nation on third downs, No. 1 in the nation in pass efficiency defense, and fifth in the country agains the run.
The defense is still No. 1 overall in college football.
Iowa doesn’t have the pop or scoring punch to go off on this D, so it has to do what it does best and control the time of possession battle. But there’s one problem with that …
Wisconsin leads the nation in time of possession.
Iowa will have to make the most of their time with the ball. If it gets down early, it’s over.
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What’s Going To Happen
And now Wisconsin is back to being Wisconsin.
It’s back at home, it’s had two weeks off to recharge and regroup, and it’s about to be back to the team that smashed Michigan and Michigan State and now the one that didn’t belong on the same field as Ohio State.
This won’t be a total wipeout, but one of the big positives about Wisconsin under Paul Chryst is how everything maintains an even keel. This is the type of team that will blow off the problems of the last few weeks and get back to what works.
It’ll be a fourth straight win in the series for the Badgers in what will amount to a Big Ten West elimination game.
Wisconsin vs. Iowa Prediction, Line
Wisconsin 26, Iowa 17
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ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
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