Date/Time - Saturday, October 22 at 11:01 a.m. CT
Stadium – Kinnick Stadium (70,585/FieldTurf)
Television – ESPN (Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)
Series – Wisconsin leads 44-43-2 (Iowa leads 24-18-1 in Iowa City)
Last Meeting – Iowa won, 10-6, on Oct. 3, 2015 in Madison
Wisconsin and Iowa have split its 10 meetings since the Heartland Trophy debuted in 2004, with each program claiming five wins.
Wisconsin has won five of its last eight meetings with Iowa but had its run of three straight victories in the series snapped when the Hawkeyes pulled out a 10-6 win last season in Madison.
The last four meetings in the battle for the Heartland Trophy between Iowa and Wisconsin have been decided by an average of 6.5 points per game. That stretch includes 1-point (2010) and 2-point (2014) wins for the Badgers and a 4-point margin of victory (2015) for the Hawkeyes
UW is 10-7 against Iowa since breaking an 18-game winless streak against the Hawkeyes in 1997. From 1977 to ’96, Wisconsin was 0-17-1 against Iowa.
Wisconsin is 8-3 against unranked Iowa teams since its win over the Hawkeyes in 1997.
With 89 all-time meetings, Iowa is the third most-played rival in UW history. The Badgers have faced Minnesota 125 times — the most played rivalry of any FBS teams — and Northwestern 97 times.
UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez began his college coaching career as linebackers coach at Iowa from 1979-86 under head coach Hayden Fry, who hired Alvarez after he led Mason City High School to the Iowa Class 4A state title in 1978.
Alvarez and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz worked together as assistants under Fry from 1981-86.
Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle was an offensive assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns/ Baltimore Ravens from 1995-97, when Ferentz served as the franchise’s offensive line coach.
Wisconsin WRs coach Ted Gilmore worked with Iowa WRs coach Bobby Kennedy on the staff at Wyoming in 1994. Gilmore was a graduate assistant and Kennedy was the Cowboys’ receivers coach.
Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle was an assistant strength coach at Wisconsin from 1996-97.
Iowa’s roster features four Wisconsin natives: freshman QB Nathan Stanley (Menomonie), freshman RB Toren Young (Madison), freshman LB Kristian Welch (Iola) and junior TE Peter Pekar (Greendale). Wisconsin’s roster features no Iowa natives
Wisconsin Notes to Consider
A season after leading the nation in points allowed (13.7 per game), UW ranks No. 9 in the FBS in scoring defense at 15.2 points per game. The Badgers also rank 12th in total defense, allowing 311.3 yards per game.
Through its first six games, Wisconsin’s kickoff coverage unit has allowed an average of just 14.7 yards per opponent kickoff return, the No. 1 mark in the country this season. The FBS average for kickoff coverage this season is 20.9 yards per opponent return.
UW has allowed four passing touchdowns while intercepting eight passes this season. Only Baylor (3) and LSU (3) have surrendered fewer touchdowns through the air than the Badgers.
Five players have logged at least 20 tackles on the season: Cichy (50), T.J. Edwards (37), T.J. Watt (34), Leo Musso (28) and D’Cota Dixon (25).
Iowa Notes to Consider
QB C.J. Beathard has led Iowa to victories five times when the Hawkeyes have trailed or been tied in the fourth quarter. On fourth-quarter game-winning drives, Beathard is a combined 9-of-11 passing for 73 yards and one touchdown. He has four carries for 29 yards, including three first downs.
Iowa is plus-six in turnover margin, tying Michigan and Minnesota for third in the league. The Hawkeyes have 11 takeaways (five interceptions, six fumble recoveries) and have turned seven of the 11 into touchdowns, including DB Desmond King’s interception return for a touchdown Week 7 at Purdue.
The Hawkeyes have scored points on 23-of-24 trips in the red zone, including 19 touchdowns (7 pass, 12 rush). Iowa turned it over on downs in its only failed red zone appearance (at Rutgers). Its .958 red zone success rate ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 5 nationally. Eight different Hawkeyes have scored red zone touchdowns.
The Hawkeyes rank third in the Big Ten averaging 25.8 yards per kickoff return. DB Desmond King is third in the league, averaging 28.5 yards per kickoff return (minimum eight returns). King had 162 combined return yards against Northwestern in Week 5 (77 punt, 85 kick).