#3 – Iowa versus Wisconsin (The Heartland Trophy)
I’ll be honest, I struggled with these last three because they all have their good parts, and I have my biases as well.
I lived in Madison for four years and after being surrounded by Badgers fans constantly during one of their better runs overall as an athletic program, I can’t stand the school. So personally, if I had to pick one game to win each year it would be the Wisconsin game.
That being said, I can’t deny the actual facts here.
This rivalry is a bit boring, and it’s not as tenured as the rivalry with Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes and Badgers have played 92 contests against each other with the Iowa football team going 43-47-2 in those matchups, but it’s been a rivalry that goes in spurts.
Wisconsin is 6-1 in the last 7 games. Prior to that, the Iowa football team was 6-2 in 8 games. Before that, it was a 5 game winning streak by Wisconsin that followed a 15-0-1 run by the Hawks.
These programs ebb and flow against each other, but (and especially now), the one thing you know you’re going to get with a Wisconsin versus Iowa football game is some smashmouth football. It will not be pretty, but it will be a tough battle of the trenches.