The contest is the regular-season finale for both teams and could have huge bowl implications.
Wisconsin, ranked No. 5 in the latest Bowl Championship Series Standings, is two wins away from stating its case for the national title game. The Badgers (9-0 overall, 6-0 Big Ten) play Saturday at Michigan State (4-5, 3-3). Wins in East Lansing and Iowa City would guarantee UW no worse than the Rose Bowl.
No. 20 Iowa (7-2, 5-1), meanwhile, can also think about Pasadena, but only if Michigan (9-0, 6-0) were to lose its last two games, an unlikely possibility. In any case, the Hawkeyes, riding a five-game winning streak, are playing well and may lock up a New Year's Day bowl bid if they win at Minnesota (6-4, 3-4) this weekend, prior to hosting the Badgers.