Wisconsin/Iowa pregame notes

The Badgers and Hawkeyes kickoff at 3:30 p.m.

What: No. 9 Wisconsin (9-1 overall, 6-1 Big Ten) at No. 17 Iowa (8-2, 6-1)
When: 3:30 p.m. Central, Saturday, Nov. 20
Site: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City (70,397, natural grass)
Broadcasts: ESPN, 46-city Wisconsin Radio Network live coverage.

Wisconsin results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 4—Wisconsin 34, Central Florida 6
Sept. 11—Wisconsin 18, UNLV 3
Sept. 18—Wisconsin 9, Arizona 7
Sept. 25—Wisconsin 16, Penn State 3
Oct. 2—Wisconsin 24, Illinois 7
Oct. 9—Wisconsin 24, Ohio State 13
Oct. 16—Wisconsin 20, Purdue 17
Oct. 23—Wisconsin 24, Northwestern 12
Nov. 6—Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 14
Nov. 13—Michigan State 49, Wisconsin 14

Iowa results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 4—Iowa 39, Kent State 7
Sept. 11—Iowa 17, Iowa State 10
Sept. 18—Arizona State 44, Iowa 7
Sept. 25—Michigan 30, Iowa 17
Oct. 2—Iowa 38, Michigan State 16
Oct. 16—Iowa 33, Ohio State 7
Oct. 23—Iowa 6, Penn State 4
Oct. 30—Iowa 23, Illinois 13
Nov. 6—Iowa 23, Purdue 21
Nov. 13—Iowa 29, Minnesota 27

Iowa versus Wisconsin:Wisconsin leads the series 39-38-2 but the Hawkeyes have won the last two games, breaking Wisconsin's streak of five consecutive wins against the Hawkeyes. Last year in Madison, Iowa stormed back from a 21-7 deficit to defeat the Badgers 27-21, keeping UW out of the end zone in the final seconds of the game.

Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 15th season at UW. He has a 108-68-4 career record.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is in his fifth year as Iowa's head coach and eighth overall, having previously coached at Maine. He has a 52-52 overall record and a 40-31 record at Iowa.

  • Meet the Iowa coaching family: Alvarez and Ferentz both served as assistant coaches at Iowa during Hayden Fry's tenure. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Bret Bielema played for Iowa from 1989-92 and was an assistant from 1993-2001. Brian Ferentz, Kirk's son, is a junior offensive lineman at Iowa.

  • Wisconsin's and Iowa's student managers play an annual flag football game for the Rusty Tool Box. Wisconsin's managers won last year in Madison.

  • It's a pig – no wait, it's a cow… What is the Heartland Trophy? It's a bull and this is the first year Iowa and Wisconsin will fight for possession of this trophy. The bull itself measures 30 inches tall, 36 inches long and 18 inches deep. It sits atop a walnut base, which is native to both Wisconsin and Iowa. The trophy already has the scores of all 79 previous games between Iowa and Wisconsin engraved on it.

  • Remember when Wisconsin played fullback Matt Bernstein at tailback against Penn State because the top four tailbacks were injured? Iowa has had a similar problem with its tailbacks throughout the season, starting four different players at the position throughout the season. Junior Marcus Schnoor started in the season opener against Kent State but senior Jermelle Lewis started for the next four games. Junior Marques Simmons started against Ohio State and since then, sophomore Sam Brownlee has started.

  • Wisconsin and Iowa may share a border and coaches but they do not share players. There are no athletes from Wisconsin on Iowa's roster and only one Badger claims Iowa as his home: junior offensive lineman Jake Wood, who is from Bettendorf.

  • Iowa is 7-9 when playing on Nov. 20, dating back to a 16-12 win over Grinnell in 1897. Those 16 games are only a fraction of the 1,062 games Iowa has played since the program's foundation in 1889.

  • Despite Wisconsin's 49-14 loss to Michigan State, the Badgers still rank No. 3 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 13.31 points per game. Wisconsin is also No. 7 in the country in total defense, giving up 277.3 yards per game.

  • A Badger victory would tie Barry Alvarez with former Michigan State head coach Duffy Daugherty (1954-72) for the ninth-most wins in Big Ten history with one institution.

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