Now that both Iowa and Wisconsin have had their little dance with the Purdue Boilermakers, going horribly for the former and better for the latter, it’s time for them to square off against each other.
In Week 9, Iowa at Wisconsin has college football betting enthusiasts excited.
The two Big Ten programs meet on Halloween weekend for a big game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
So, what should bettors do with Iowa vs. Wisconsin? Read on to learn more.
The Battle for the Heartland Trophy
This game will be the 95th meeting between the Wisconsin Badgers (4-3 overall and 2-2 Big Ten) and the number nine Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1 overall and 3-1 Big Ten).
This match-up dates back to 1894, with Wisconsin holding the current record of 48-44-2.
While Iowa beat up on Wisconsin last year, the Badgers have dominated the Hawkeyes in recent years. Going back to 2010, Wisconsin has won seven of the previous nine meetings.
Iowa enters this match-up ranked ninth, with Wisconsin not ranked. Why does this matter historically? Going back as far as 2000, the higher-ranked team has gone 13-3 in the series.
Iowa Hawkeyes (+3.5)
The Hawkeyes travel to Wisconsin after a bye week, which they needed to lick their wounds after their surprising loss to unranked Purdue.
Iowa’s quarterback Spencer Petras struggled against the Boilermakers. He threw for 195 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.
Iowa saw themselves plummet in the polls and knows that this week is a must-win if they want to win the Big Ten and stay in the college football rankings.
The Hawkeyes have made some roster changes and will continue to miss star defensive back Riley Moss, who remains injured.
Iowa’s O-line has a star in Tyler Linderbaum, who can open up running lanes for the Hawkeyes. However, Iowa will need to use their running game to stay out of third-and-long situations in this game.
Wisconsin Badgers (-3.5)
Wisconsin used Iowa’s bye week to do what the Hawkeyes couldn’t do. They beat Purdue, who briefly jumped to number 25 in the polls.
Wisconsin’s Chez Mellusi and Braelon Allen combined for 39 carries for 289 yards and three touchdowns. In six games, Allen has 58 carries for 428 yards and five touchdowns, averaging over seven yards per carry.
Look for the Badgers to use the same approach they’ve used all season, racking up 1,231 yards on 310 carries. The Iowa defense will have to play solid assignment football to stop the Badgers from running to set up screens and play actions to receivers in one-on-one coverage.
What to Expect From Iowa at Wisconsin
Iowa at Wisconsin looks interesting after both of their respective experiences with Purdue over the last few weeks. Can the Hawkeyes rebound and recover from their loss? Can Wisconsin get their season back on track and expose Iowa’s offense? This is a must-win game for both teams that will be decided in the trenches.
The team that can control the clock and creates the most third-and-short situations on offense will walk away with the victory.
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