After starting 4-0, the Badgers have lost back to back games to top five teams, MI and Ohio State.
Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) tries to break a tackle by Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson (98) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Both Iowa and Wisconsin have the earth-movers up front and the horses carrying the rock to move the ball consistently on the ground. And the Badgers will hold Iowa under 20 points to take the win.
Back-to-back losses to Ohio State and MI put Wisconsin in a hole in its own division.
Surrounded by the racket created by 70,000 fans, football players from Iowa and Wisconsin expect to find quiet in the middle of the mayhem. We think we can match their intensity. Receiver Jazz Peavy rushed for 70 yards on six jet sweeps last week against Ohio State. “The biggest thing was what was our response going to be”. That’s how you have to play this game. Wisconsin gets back linebacker Vince Biegel after he missed a few starts with a foot injury.
Wisconsin is 4-2 on the “unders” this season, as Badgers games have averaged 41 total points. That chapter will return the ball to Iowa City just before the Wisconsin versus Iowa football game on Saturday.
Iowa would control its own destiny, because it plays Nebraska – now the only undefeated team in the West Division – at the end of the year. This season he welcomes in an outstanding four-man recruiting class ranked by Rivals’ as the fourth best in the country, one that features Rivals’ No. 10 recruit in the nation, Miles Bridges. He added 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. The Hawkeyes scheduled an FCS team that barely beat Charleston Southern and Eastern Washington the two weeks prior to playing Iowa and the Hawkeyes lost to them.
“They do a lot of stuff to get your eyes wrong, get your keys wrong and create confusion, ” Hesse said. They walked back a targeting call after replay, which in a flawless world, is how things should work. Both Iowa and Wisconsin are known for their physical play, but the Hawkeyes aren’t quite up to the level of the Badgers on defense.
The Heartland Trophy game between Iowa and Wisconsin is always hard-hitting and usually highly competitive. Entering Saturday, UW was just one of five FBS teams to be in that category. Teams have shied away from throwing to King’s side of the field this season, but he got his first interception last week at Purdue and returned it 41 yards for a score.
For this year’s Badgers, however, the process of finding themselves was greatly accelerated. “The experiences have been good for me, and I feel like it has prepared us to improve and progress as we go on”.