Yes, the Big Ten is dealing with another Watt. JJ was a standout at Wisconsin and now is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. TJ, unlike JJ, plays outside linebacker, but much like JJ, he gets after the quarterback. He has 8 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks for the Badgers over the course of the first six games. With Iowa's injury situation at their tackle spots, Watt could feast on Saturday especially if the Hawkeyes are forced to pass quite a bit. The key will be getting the ball out of Beathard's hands quickly to keep him standing. Iowa needs to avoid 3rd and long situations to avoid Watt having a significant impact on this game.
Clement didn't play against Iowa last year due to an injury. So far this season he's had a bit of trouble getting going. He's a guy that has all the talent in the world and showed it last week against Ohio State. He carried the ball 25 times for 164 yards. He went over 100 yards earlier in the season against Akron as well. But other than that, he has struggled a bit. Hawkeye fans and college football fans alike should not be fooled, Clement is a gamer and can bust off big runs at any time, especially when he's running behind that big, physical offensive line. Look for Clement to set the tone early as Alex Hornibrook gets settled in on the road.
Wisconsin lost a very nice receiver in Alex Erickson who caught 77 passes for 978 yards last season. This season they lack a true number one target. So far this season Troy Fumagalli has been a nice safety blanket for Hornibrook. He's a big tight end at 6'6" and 250 pounds. He's caught a team leading 23 passes for 265 yards this season. Hornibrook likes to target him so the Hawkeyes will need to be aware of where he is at all times. He went at Fumagalli early on against the Buckeyes last weekend. He also gives Wisconsin another nice blocker on an offensive line that is already huge.
Ah, yes another TJ and another good Wisconsin linebacker. Edwards led the Badgers in tackles last season with 84 and could be on track to do the same this season. He's currently second on the team behind fellow linebacker Jack Cichy. Cichy has totaled 50 to Edwards' 37. Edwards plays inside along with Cichy in Wisconsin's 3-4 defense and both do it extremely well. The Badger staff does a good job of utilizing these guys' talents. Edwards will impact the game at the line of scrimmage, especially in the run game. He's tough to block and he's extremely active. He's a major reason why the Badgers are so stingy against the run.
Biegel has missed the last few weeks with a crack in his foot, but it appears he will be back playing on Saturday. Biegel was back at practice and barring any setbacks, he should be good to go. This is huge for Wisconsin on an already great defense. Biegel is their best defensive player and will likely start opposite TJ Watt in their 3-4 set. He might be limited on Saturday and this still could be up in the air as he could possibly suffer a setback this week during practice. If he doesn't expect Biegel to be in the starting lineup and making an impact on defense for Wisconsin. He has 9 tackles, two for a loss, and a sack so far this season.