Wisconsin Badgers (2-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 22, 2018, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +3.5 -- Over/Under:
The Wisconsin Badgers and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Kinnick Stadium.
The Wisconsin Badgers hope to avoid back-to-back losses when they take to the road for the first time this season. The Wisconsin Badgers have won each of their last nine road games. Alex Hornibrook is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 595 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Hornibrook has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last seven games. A.J. Taylor and Jake Ferguson have combined for 358 receiving yards and one touchdown while Garrett Groshek has six receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 285 yards per contest, and Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 515 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 13.7 points and 275.7 yards per game. D'Cota Dixon leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 18 tackles, Ryan Connelly has one sack and Faion Hicks has one interception.
The Iowa Hawkeyes look for a statement conference victory to start 4-0 for the second time in the last four years. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won six of their last seven home games. Nate Stanley is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 583 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Stanley has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. Noah Fant and Nick Easley have combined for 258 receiving yards and three touchdowns while T.J. Hockenson has 12 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 173.6 yards per contest, and Toren Young leads the way with 234 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing eight points and 209 yards per game. Kristian Welch leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 19 tackles, A.J. Epenesa has four sacks and Amani Hooker has one interception.
The Badgers are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Wisconsin Badgers will be eager to bounce back from a rough home loss to the BYU Cougars in which they were 23.5 point favorites. Wisconsin has also won five of the last six games against Iowa and is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 road games when favored by at least three points. On the flipside, the Iowa Hawkeyes are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games when a home underdog of any kind. Iowa also seems to be getting offensively while the defene continues to show up. Iowa is second in the country in yards per game allowed while averaging four sacks per game, which is tied for fourth in college football. The Wisconsin Badgers have had issues in pass protection, and they haven't faced a defense as aggressive as Iowa. We're probably getting the better team at home and free points. Just don't tell anybody. Take the Hawkeyes and the gift.