Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI, will be ground zero for Big Ten West slobberknocker football on Saturday as the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes pay a visit to the Wisconsin Badgers. The game will kick off at noon ET on ESPN.
Iowa (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) has had two weeks to stew on their 24-7 loss to Purdue, a loss that forced them to immediately surrender their highest AP poll ranking since 1985 at No. 2. The Hawkeye’s usually sound defense was scorched by Boilermaker receiver David Bell to the tune of 11 receptions for 240 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, the Iowa offense remained abysmal and that was evidenced by quarterback Spencer Petras throwing four interceptions in the contest.
Wisconsin (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) is starting to turn things around after a rough first month of the season. They’ve ripped off three consecutive victories, their latest being a 30-13 victory over none other than Purdue last week. The Badger offense wasn’t effective at moving the chains themselves, converting just one of 11 third down attempts However, they forced five turnovers from Purdue and came out victorious in a sloppy affair.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Iowa: 19th overall, 86th offense, 4th defense
Wisconsin: 6th overall, 62nd offense, 1st defense
DL Logan Jones Questionable - Knee
DB Riley Moss Out indefinitely - Knee
TE Cam Large Out - Undisclosed
LB Mike Maskalunas Out - Undisclosed
TE Hayden Rucci Out - Undisclosed
LB Spencer Lytle Out - Undisclosed
Against The Spread
Iowa: 5-2 ATS
Wisconsin: 3-4 ATS
Iowa: Over 2-5
Wisconsin: Over 3-4
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Iowa: 42nd overall, 38th offense, 44th defense
Wisconsin: 23rd overall, 22nd offense, 31st defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Wisconsin -3.5
Moneyline: Wisconsin -165, Iowa +145
Opening line: Wisconsin -2.5
Opening total: 36
**gasp** That’s right, we’re taking the over for a Wisconsin-Iowa game simply on the basis that 36.5 is too low even for this matchup.
Similar to Iowa-Penn State from a few weeks ago, the defenses will dictate this battle and both offenses should benefit at least a few times from various turnovers. Think of the final score being akin to something like 21-17 where the over barely cashes.
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