Predicting the outcome for Wisconsin's Big Ten opener against Iowa

BadgerNation looks at the matchup between No.19 Wisconsin and Iowa at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday morning.

Iowa (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. No.19 Wisconsin (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, October 3 at 11:01 a.m. CT

Stadium – Camp Randall Stadium (80,321/FieldTurf)

Television – ESPN (Steve Levy, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas and Mark Tauscher)

Series – Wisconsin leads 44-42-2 (Wisconsin leads 26-18-1 in Madison)

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 26-24, on November 22, 2014 at Iowa City

Series Notes

Wisconsin hosts Iowa in its Big Ten home opener for the 11th time in the modern era (since 1946), and the first time since 2007. The Badgers are 6-3-1 in their previous Big Ten home openers vs. the Hawkeyes, including a 17-13 win in 2007.

Wisconsin has won five of its last seven meetings with Iowa, including three straight. Since the Heartland Trophy debuted in 2004, Wisconsin owns a 5-4 lead in the series.

The Badgers are 10-6 against Iowa since breaking an 18-game winless streak against the Hawkeyes in 1997. From 1977 to 1996, Wisconsin was 0-17-1 against Iowa.

Wisconsin is 8-2 against unranked Iowa teams since its win over the Hawkeyes in 1997.

With 88 all-time meetings between the Badgers and Hawkeyes, Iowa is the third most-played rival in UW history. The Badgers have faced Minnesota 124 times — the most played rivalry of any FBS teams — and Northwestern 96 times.

Wisconsin Notes to Consider

Wisconsin is 37-8-4 in conference home openers in the modern era (since 1946). The Badgers have won six straight home openers and 11 out of 12 dating back to 2003.

Since Iowa claimed a 20-10 win at Camp Randall Stadium in 2009, Wisconsin has gone 9-0 in rivalry trophy games, including five triumphs over Minnesota, three wins over Iowa and a victory over Nebraska.

Since Dave Aranda arrived as defensive coordinator in 2013, Wisconsin leads the nation in both scoring defense (10.8 points per game) and total defense (239.1 yards per game) at home.

After giving up 238 rushing yards to Alabama in its season opener Sept. 5, Wisconsin surrendered a total of 93 yards over the three games that followed (31.0 yards per game). The Badgers rank No. 11 nationally, allowing 82.8 rushing yards per game. Iowa ranks No. 12 at 84.0

Iowa Notes to Consider

At 119-85 for his career, Kirk Ferentz can pass Barry Alvarez (119-74-4) for sole possession of ninth on the Big Ten’s all-time coaching wins list with a victory over the Badgers. Alvarez led the Badgers to a school-record 118 wins from 1990 to 2005 and picked up the 119th of his UW career in leading Wisconsin to a 34-31 win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

Junior QB C.J. Beathard is undefeated in five career starts. He is 3-0 at home, 2-0 on the road, and 1-0 in the Big Ten. The last Iowa quarterback to win his first six career starts was Matt Sherman, who won seven from 1994-95.

The Hawkeyes average 37.8 points per game, No. 2 in the conference and their highest average since 2011, when they also scored 151 points (34, 41, 31, 45) in their first four games.

Iowa leads the Big Ten in red zone offense. Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in red zone defense.

Worgull's Predictions

Straight up: 4-0 

Against the Spread: 3-1


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