After a long week off to reflect on the disappointing loss to Purdue in Week 7, the Iowa Hawkeyes are expected to be back in action this week as they travel to Madison to face the Wisconsin Badgers. . While Iowa was inactive last week, the Badgers did what the Hawkeyes couldn’t by beating Purdue 30-13 at West Lafeyette.
The victory moved Wisconsin to 4-3 on the season and moved them within a game of the Hawkeyes in the Big Ten West standings as they now sit 2-2 in conference play. The Hawkeyes, now 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference, need a victory in Madison to stay in control of their own destiny in the race for a return trip to Indianapolis. A win for the Hawkeyes would just leave Minnesota a viable contender for the division while a loss would put the Badgers firmly in the running.
Here’s a preview of this weekend’s game.
Dated: Saturday October 30
Time: 11:00 CT
Match: #9 Iowa Hawkeye (6-1, 3-1) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (4-3, 2-2)
Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Preliminary weather forecast: partly sunny with temperatures above 50°C, 5% chance of rain
DraftKings opening line: Wisconsin -3.5, O/U 37
This weekend’s game will be the 95th between the Hawkeyes and Badgers in a series that dates back to 1894. Wisconsin holds the all-time series lead 48-44-2 and despite a Hawkeyes victory there is one year, the Badgers have completely dominated Iowa in recent years.
Wisconsin has won seven of the last nine meetings dating back to 2010, including four in a row from 2016 to 2019. Current Badger head coach Paul Chryst is 4-2 against Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes. Ferentz, meanwhile, is 8-12 against the Badgers.
The Hawkeyes enter this weekend’s contest as the highest-ranked team for the first time since 2009. It’s notable because the highest-ranked team in this series has moved to 13-3 since 2000. All three underdog wins came by the Hawkeyes as Wisconsin did not beat Iowa when the Hawkeyes ranked ahead of them in the AP poll while Ferentz served as the head coach.
The most recent upset came when unranked Iowa beat the No. 19 Badgers 10-6 in 2015. It was also the last time Iowa won in Madison. The Hawkeyes have won four of nine meetings at Camp Randall under Ferentz.
Iowa enters Saturday’s showdown for the Heartland Trophy 20-4 in its last 24 rivalry trophy games. These four losses are due to the Badgers.