To say this years NCAA Football season has been inconsistent and riddled with parody would be a mild understatement. The Wisconsin Badgers avenged their disappointing road loss in East Lansing two weeks ago and hammered the nations top ranked team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, at home last Saturday night. The Iowa Hawkeyes were party crashers in Ann Arbor last Saturday as they defeated the Wolverines handily on Michigan’s homecoming weekend. The (6-1) Wisconsin Badgers will march into Kinnick Stadium for a late, Saturday afternoon tilt with the (5-1) Iowa Hawkeyes, kickoff slated for 3:35 PM EST.
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Wisconsin visits Iowa with an overall record of 6-1 on the season. The team averages 36 points and 433 yards per game. Wisconsin is hitting the road for the third time this season. In week 1 the team traveled to UNLV and came away with the 41-21 victory as a 20 ½ point favorite. They faced a difficult test on the road at Michigan St three weeks back and the Badgers dropped a 34-24 decision as a 3 point road favorite. Last week the Badgers hosted the #1 ranked Ohio St Buckeyes and came away with a 31-18 victory as a 3 ½ point home underdog. Wisconsin put up 336 yards on the Buckeyes defense and converted on 4 of 8 on third down. The team was able to put up 184 rushing yards with three rushing touchdowns and got good quarterback play. Scott Tolzien completed 13 of 16 passes for 152 yards with no touchdowns and 1 pick. On the ground running back John Clay rushed for 104 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. James White contributed with 17 rushes for 75 yards and a touchdown. Wide out Nick Toon led the Badgers with 6 receptions for 72 yards. On the defensive side of the ball the Badgers allow their opponents 18 points and 308 yards per game. The Badgers limited Ohio St to 311 yards and 6 of 13 conversions on third down. The Wisconsin defense got off to a great start allowing just 3 first half points as the Badgers entered the locker room at halftime with the 21-3 lead.
The Hawkeyes know that if they can get by the Badgers this weekend that they are staring straight at a Big Ten championship. They will, however, have a huge game next weekend against Michigan State but they first need to take care of business against Wisconsin. Iowa checks in with a 5-1 record on the season. The club averages 34 points and 419 yards per game. The team is playing their fifth home game of the season. They had 1 test at home this season with a 24-3 victory three weeks ago against Penn St as a 7 ½ point favorite. The club is coming off an impressive 38-28 victory against the Michigan Wolverines as a 3 ½ point betting favorite. The Hawkeyes put up 383 yards on the Wolverines and converted on 7 of 13 on third down. The team found good success through the air with 248 yards passing in victory. Quarterback Rick Stanzi completed on 17 of 24 passes for 248 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. Adam Robinson on the ground rushed for 143 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had a solid game with 4 catches for 70 yards and three touchdowns. The Hawkeyes defense surrenders 13 points and 288 yards per game. They are tough to run on as the team allows just 83 yards rushing per game. Iowa allowed Michigan 522 yards and 6 of 16 conversions on third down. The Hawkeyes survived a 335 yards passing performance by their opponent by forcing 4 turnovers and committing one of their own.
Badgers vs Hawkeyes Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Wisconsin Badgers +6.5
@ Iowa Hawkeyes -6.5
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Wisconsin vs Iowa Betting Predictions for Week 8:
Spread Prediction (TOP PLAY) – The Badgers came out last week and smacked Ohio State right in the mouth, a performance that will be extremely hard to duplicate. I expect that performance will not carry over to this week, as the Badgers try to upend another undefeated Big 10 heavyweight. The Badgers are 2-10 ATS in their following week game after defeating a top 10-ranked team since 2000. Iowa is 19-9 ATS when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons and are 13-5 ATS in all lined games over the last 2 seasons. Iowa is also 2-0 against the spread versus Wisconsin over the last couple of seasons. The Hawkeye’s seem to be picking up steam and are firing on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. Iowa are absolute monsters at home as they have won 5 straight games at home. The most important stat to take into consideration is Wisconsin is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Iowa. We will take a look at laying the points with Iowa in what should be an entertaining affair.
Game Total Prediction – These two teams know how to find the endzone, in fact both of these programs are in the upper 50 teams in the nation for scoring offense. The Badgers are averaging 36.3 points per game and the Hawkeyes average just less at 34.3. Wisconsin benefits from the fact that they can travel and score, the total has gone OVER in 5 of Wisconsin’s last 6 games on the road. The last 3 times these teams have clashed in Iowa the total has reached OVER. I expect this game to be a shootout, a game that wouldn’t be surprising if it came down to the last team with the ball. Consider the OVER in Iowa this Saturday afternoon. Cheers!
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