Iowa Football: Three Keys to Victory – The 2019 Heartland Trophy

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IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 22: Running back Ivory Kelly-Martin #21 of the Iowa Hawkeyes breaks a tackle during the second half by safety D’Cota Dixon #14 of the Wisconsin Badgers on September 22, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Iowa football fans have been pining to get back to Indianapolis. Here are the three keys to beating Wisconsin and taking a step towards Indy.

Our Hawkeyes find their football team in a position to make a run at the Big Ten West late in the season. Like virtually every season, the Iowa football team’s success is predicated on their game against the Badgers.

While the history of the Heartland Trophy has seen each team with ups and downs, Iowa football is most certainly in one of their downs right now. The series has not been kind to the Hawkeyes recently, as their only win since 2010 was four years ago, also when Iowa football last won their division (or conference).

This year’s game features two teams, each with two conference losses. The winner will still be competing for the division, while the loser will effectively be eliminated.

Earlier this season, this game looked like one that Iowa football fans could count in the loss column. While the folks in Vegas still seem to feel this way, a winning blueprint has been created for the Hawkeyes.

Based on Wisconsin’s two losses (and Iowa’s two losses), let’s look at what Iowa football needs to do to get out of Madison with a win.

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