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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


No. 16 Wisconsin looks to stay in contention for the Big Ten West Division title when it hosts 18th-ranked Iowa on Saturday in the battle for the Heartland Trophy. The Badgers cruised to six consecutive victories by an average margin of 38 points before suffering back-to-back road losses, including a shocking 24-23 setback to Illinois, which was a 30-point underdog, and they hope to bounce back from a 38-7 drubbing to No. 4 Ohio State by improving to 7-0 at home in 2019.



Wisconsin trails first-place Minnesota by two games and needs its fourth straight win against the Hawkeyes to stay in the hunt for their third division title in the last four years. Iowa bounced back from a pair of defeats with a pair of wins, including a 20-0 shutout of Northwestern, to keep their hopes alive for a division title. The Hawkeyes' lone two setbacks came to fifth-ranked Penn State and No. 14 Michigan by a combined 12 points, and they hope to avoid falling to 0-3 to Top 25 opponents in what amounts to a de facto elimination game by registering their first win against the Badgers since Oct. 3, 2015. "The conference race will get decided in November and it's wide open as far as I can tell," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told reporters. "We can't do anything but take care of the first one and that's where our focus will be."

TV: 4 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Wisconsin -9.5.



ABOUT IOWA (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten): Nate Stanley completed 12-of-26 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown in the homecoming win against Northwestern to overtake Drew Tate (61) for second place on the program's all-time TD passes list with 62. Tyrone Tracy Jr. caught a pair of passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, while Ihmir Smith-Marsette finished with three receptions for 20 yards to become the 42nd player in Iowa history to reach 1,000 career receiving yards with 1,011. Linebacker Kristian Welch has missed the last two games with a leg injury and is questionable for Saturday's clash while All-Big Ten offensive lineman Alaric Jackson could miss due to a knee problem.

ABOUT WISCONSIN (6-2, 3-2): Jack Coan was 10-of-17 through the air for 108 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Ohio State as the Badgers were limited to a season-low 191 yards of total offense. Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor was bottled up by the Buckeyes as he was held to 52 yards on 20 carries to finish below 100 yards for the second time in the last three games. "The last couple of games haven't gone like we wanted them to," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst told reporters. "There's been some games where we haven't been able to consistently run the football and there are things schematically we can do to help that."



EXTRA POINTS

1. Wisconsin has won six of the last seven meetings with Iowa.

2. The Hawkeyes are ranked third nationally in scoring defense (10.1 points).

3. Taylor is the only running back in the country who has played eight or fewer games but has more than 13 touchdowns. He ranks second in the nation among all players with 19 total TDs.


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Camp Randall Stadium
Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Capacity: 80,321

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Last Injuries

Wisconsin Badgers

  • Bryson Williams

    Leg
    Out Sat | out

    Williams left the previous game after suffering a leg injury, and he will not line up against Nebraska on Saturday.

  • Jack Dunn

    Head
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Dunn is nursing a head injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Nebraska on Saturday.

  • Garrett Rand

    Upper Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Rand has an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Nebraska.

  • Mason Stokke

    Head
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Stokke is hampered by a head injury, and it is undetermined if he will face Nebraska on Saturday.

  • Julius Davis

    Abdominal
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis is on the mend from surgery to repair a core injury, and it is unclear if he will make his season debut Saturday against Nebraska.

  • John Chenal

    Head
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Chenal is managing a head injury, leaving his status up in the air for Saturday's tilt with Nebraska.

  • Madison Cone

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Cone is bothered by a leg injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against Nebraska on Saturday.

  • Garrett Rand

    Head
    Prob Sat | probable

    Rand missed the previous game due to a head injury, but he is likely to be in the lineup Saturday against Iowa.

Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Nate Wieting

    Leg
    Prob Sat | probable

    Wieting missed the last game due to a leg injury, but he is expected to play against Minnesota on Saturday.

  • Tyler Goodson

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Goodson is tending to an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Saturday versus Minnesota.

  • Alaric Jackson

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Jackson is managing a knee injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against Minnesota on Saturday.

  • Kristian Welch

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Welch has missed the previous three games due to a right leg injury and it is unknown if he will take the field against Minnesota on Saturday.

  • Tyler Goodson

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Goodson exited the previous game with a right ankle injury. It is unclear if he will be available Saturday against Wisconsin.

  • Alaric Jackson

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Jackson has a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Wisconsin.

wisconsin-badgers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Jack Coan 3 0 176.613 0 75 58 0 0 0 5 690
Graham Mertz 1 0 138.800 0 5 4 0 0 0 0 35
Chase Wolf 1 0 116.800 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Jonathan Taylor 3 0 440 0 58 7
Nakia Watson 3 0 140 0 35 2
Garrett Groshek 3 0 87 0 13 1
Bradrick Shaw 2 0 68 0 5 1
John Chenal 3 0 18 0 6 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Quintez Cephus 3 0 205 0 11 0 2
A.J. Taylor 3 0 100 0 11 0 0
Jake Ferguson 3 0 97 0 9 0 0
Danny Davis III 3 0 73 0 8 0 0
Kendric Pryor 2 0 72 0 6 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Mike Maskalunas 2 0 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zack Baun 3 0 9 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 22 5
Jack Sanborn 3 0 7 6 1 0 1 39 0 1 8 2
Leo Chenal 2 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Orr 3 0 5 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Collin Larsh 3 0 1 4 28 20 20
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Aron Cruickshank 3 0 2 0 23 34
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Jake Ferguson 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Nakia Watson 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Anthony Lotti 3 0 0 419 0 59 10 0 0
Bradrick Shaw 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Garrett Groshek 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jack Coan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
John Chenal 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Jack Dunn 3 0 13 0 41 152
Aron Cruickshank 3 0 2 0 13 14

iowa-hawkeyes-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Nate Stanley 3 0 146.963 0 93 59 0 0 0 6 689
Spencer Petras 1 0 61.200 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 8
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Mekhi Sargent 3 0 208 0 40 1
Toren Young 3 0 120 0 22 1
Tyler Goodson 3 0 105 0 22 0
Nate Stanley 3 0 40 0 17 1
Ivory Kelly-Martin 2 0 20 0 5 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Ihmir Smith-Marsette 3 0 194 0 11 0 3
Nico Ragaini 3 0 109 0 9 0 0
Mekhi Sargent 3 0 102 0 9 0 0
Brandon Smith 3 0 99 0 9 0 1
Tyrone Tracy Jr. 3 0 79 0 5 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Djimon Colbert 3 0 12 9 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 2
Geno Stone 3 0 9 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kristian Welch 3 0 9 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Chauncey Golston 3 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.J. Johnson 1 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Keith Duncan 3 0 8 8 46 8 8
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Ihmir Smith-Marsette 3 0 3 0 22 54
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brandon Smith 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ihmir Smith-Marsette 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Mekhi Sargent 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Michael Sleep-Dalton 3 0 0 557 0 57 12 0 0
Nate Stanley 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Nico Ragaini 3 0 5 0 16 42