Iowa has a chance to slay two dragons with one sword Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes can get back into the division race with a victory over Wisconsin, plus they can put a dagger into the rival Badgers and their hopes for a Big Ten title. Here is what they are saying from around the country about the upcoming Iowa game vs. Wisconsin:
For the first time since 2010, the Wisconsin Badgers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) face the Iowa Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2). If they are to win, the Badgers are going to have to look for options other than punter Brad Nortman.
Iowa has come a long way from last year’s 4-8 (2-6) record and has looked mightily impressive so far this season. After nearly knocking off Ohio State in Columbus two weeks ago, the Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern (once thought to be a big victory, but now not so much) in overtime, 17-10, this past week.
Here are three things to know about this weekend’s matchup with a much improved Iowa squad.
The Hawkeyes are the worst scoring offense in the Big Ten not named Purdue.
Averaging just 27.1 points per game, Iowa has scored more than 28 points in a game just once this season (59 against Western Michigan).
It’s not as if the offense is getting the ball with bad field position each possession, because the Hawkeyes are best in the conference in punt return yardage, averaging 20.8 yards per return — 5.7 yards more than the next best team, Indiana.
Who: Wisconsin vs. Iowa
When: Nov. 2, 11 a.m. CT
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
Radio: Badger Sports Network
Betting line: Wisconsin -7