College Football Preview: #20 Iowa @ #8 Wisconsin

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Last week college football was rocked when the Iowa Hawkeyes routed powerhouse Ohio State 55 – 24. Their reward: undefeated Wisconsin. Although this game is traditionally played for the right to hoist “The Heartland Trophy” this year there is much more at stake. Wisconsin (9-0)(6-0) is searching for a signature win to impress the playoff panel enough to propel them into the final four at season’s end. While Iowa (6-3)(3-3) is fighting to stay alive in the race to represent the West division in the Big10 championship game. The key matchup to watch for is the Iowa O-line against the Badgers relentless D-line.

Some numbers:
•No one has rushed for more than 150 yards this season against the Badgers D and teams were held under 100 rushing yards 5 times.
•Badgers RB Jonathan Taylor is 3rd in the nation with 1,368 rushing yards.
•Hawkeyes DB Joshua Jackson currently has 5 INTs, tied for second most.
•Wisconsin’s defense allows an average of 268 yards of total offense per game. (6th in the nation)
•In their last 5 games Iowa has held opponents to an average of 15 points.

Some key injuries:
•Badgers: Leading WR Quintez Cephus was declared out for the season on Nov. 8th. Also out are WRs Jazz Peavy and George Rushing. Questionable players for the Badgers are safety D’Cota Dixon and nose tackle Garret Rand.
•Hawkeyes: Safety Brandon Snyder has a torn ACL is done for the season.

The previous six meetings between these two teams has seen the final score at an average of eight points. This game is sure to live up to the hype.

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