Comment
0
Tweet
0
Print
RSS Feeds

Wisconsin-Iowa Preview Capsule

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 3:01pm  ET

The Associated Press

No. 22 Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) at Iowa (5-3, 2-2) 11 a.m. (ABC)

Series record: Tied 42-42-2.

Line: Wisconsin by 9 ½.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Heartland Trophy, which is adorned by a bull and has resided in Madison since 2010. The Hawkeyes and Badgers are each a win away from bowl eligibility, and bragging rights are also huge in this border rivalry.

KEY MATCHUP

Iowa's defensive line vs. Wisconsin RBs Melvin Gordon and James White. The Hawkeyes are one of the best teams in the country at stopping the run, but Gordon and White are perhaps the best backfield duo in the nation. Expect Wisconsin to try to establish the run early.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wisconsin. LB Chris Borland. He's one of the country's best defenders, but he missed much of a win over Illinois on Oct. 19 with a hamstring injury. Borland is expected to play, but how effective will he be?

Iowa: RB Mark Weisman. He's been slowed by opposing defenses over the last three weeks after a blistering start. The Hawkeyes will need to get Weisman going to help open things up for QB Jake Rudock.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Badgers, who were off last week, have won six straight following a bye ... Wisconsin is seventh nationally with 24 rushing touchdowns, but Iowa is first with just two TDs allowed on the ground...The Hawkeyes are a win away from their 300th in the Big Ten... Each of Wisconsin's last nine wins have been by at least 24 points, while their two losses this season were by nine total points ... Iowa's three losses came against teams that are a combined 23-1.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.