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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/2/13

Wisconsin Badgers (5-2) at Iowa Hawkeyes (5-3)

College Football: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC HD

The Wisconsin Badgers head to Iowa City on Saturday to face the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Iowa Hawkeyes improved to 5-3 last weekend as the Hawks defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 17-10 in overtime.  Iowa isn’t the most exciting team to watch in the nation, but Iowa is showing that a solid running attack, as well as stout defensive play can still win in today’s game.  The Hawkeyes are currently ranked 47th in the nation in rushing yardage per game, with an average of 188.9, and through the air, Iowa is averaging just 108.8 yards per game with Sophomore Rudock under center.  This Iowa team has their defense to thank for their wins this season as Iowa is ranked 12th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 18.1 points per game on average.  Last weekend against the Wildcats, Rudock threw for 169 yards and a score, while Weisman led the charge on the ground with 56 yards on 13 carries.  The Wildcats were able to move the ball on the ground against Iowa, but Northwestern was without Siemian, their (1-B Quarterback) and without Siemian in the game the Wildcat passing attack struggled, throwing for just 104 yards against this Iowa secondary.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/2/13

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The Wisconsin Badgers are an impressive 5-2 this season, and the Badgers are winning with their brand of football once again this season as the Badgers are ranked eighth in the nation in rushing offense and sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 15.9 points per game on average.  The Badgers have just two losses on the season, one against ASU in one of the more controversial endings this season, and the other against the Buckeyes in Columbus…no shame there.  Wisconsin has done what good teams should do, and that’s take apart the lesser competition.  The Badgers beat up on the Boilermakers and Illinois in the Big Ten, as well as dismantling their early season competition as well.  The Badgers had a solid game against the Illini in their last outing, winning 56-32.

The Badgers are 5-2 overall in their last seven games, and Wisconsin is just 1-4 overall in their last five games on the road.  The Badgers are also just 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games against Iowa.  The Hawkeyes are an impressive 5-2 overall in their last seven games, and the total has gone over in four of the last six games for the Hawks.

The Badgers and the Hawkeyes are almost mirror images of one another in their play styles; the Badgers just have more playmakers than the Hawks do.  Both of these teams are going to try and get the ground game established early on, and that edge goes to the Badgers here.  Likely Iowa will fall behind early on and be forced to throw more than they would like.  The Hawks have had some success through the air this season, averaging 7.0 yards per attempt, but the Badger secondary is one of the toughest in the nation and should limit Iowa’s success through the air. 

Iowa City is always a tough place to play, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the 12th man could keep the Hawkeyes in it for awhile, but the Badgers are just too talented and should pull away late, winning by two touchdowns or so.

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Wisconsin -9.5

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