What: No. 19 Wisconsin (8-2 overall, 5-2 Big Ten) v. Iowa (5-4, 3-3)
When: 2:30 p.m. Central, Saturday, Nov. 12
Site: Camp Randall Stadium (Field Turf, 80,321)
Broadcasts: ESPN live TV coverage; 45-city Wisconsin Radio Network live radio coverage.
Iowa versus Wisconsin: The all-time series is tied at 39-39-2. Iowa has won the last three matchups, following a five-game series winning streak for Wisconsin. In 1997 the Badgers snapped an 18-game losing streak versus Iowa.
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 16th and final season at UW. He has a 116-72-4 career record, including a 65-59-3 mark in conference games.
Alvarez all-time versus Iowa
|Oct. 13, 1990||Kinnick Stadium||No. 25 Iowa 30, Wisconsin 10|
|Oct. 12, 1991||Camp Randall||Iowa 10, Wisconsin 6|
|Oct. 10, 1992||Kinnick Stadium||Iowa 23, Wisconsin 22|
|Nov. 18, 1995||Camp Randall||Iowa 33, Wisconsin 20|
|Nov. 16, 1996||Kinnick Stadium||Iowa 31, Wisconsin 0|
|Nov. 8, 1997||Camp Randall||Wisconsin 13, No. 12 Iowa 10|
|Oct. 24, 1998||Kinnick Stadium||No. 9 Wisconsin 31, Iowa 0|
|Nov. 13, 1999||Camp Randall||No. 9 Wisconsin 41, Iowa 3|
|Oct. 28, 2000||Kinnick Stadium||Wisconsin 13, Iowa 7|
|Nov. 3, 2001||Camp Randall||Wisconsin 34, Iowa 28|
|Nov. 2, 2002||Kinnick Stadium||No. 9 Iowa 20, Wisconsin 3|
|Nov. 22, 2003||Camp Randall||No. 17 Iowa 27, Wisconsin 21|
|Nov. 20, 2004||Kinnick Stadium||No. 17 Iowa 30, No. 9 Wisconsin 7|
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is in his 10th season as a head coach, and seventh at the helm of the Hawkeyes. Ferentz is 59-56 overall (Iowa, Maine) and is 47-35 (30-24 Big Ten) at Iowa.
Wisconsin season-to-date (links to BadgerNation.com coverage)
WISCONSIN 56, Bowling Green 42
WISCONSIN 65, Temple 0
Wisconsin 14, NORTH CAROLINA 5
WISCONSIN 23, Michigan 20
WISCONSIN 41, Indiana 24
NORTHWESTERN 51, Wisconsin 48
Wisconsin 38, MINNESOTA 34
WISCONSIN 31, Purdue 20
Wisconsin 41, ILLINOIS 24
PENN STATE 35, Wisconsin 14
Iowa season-to-date (links to FoxSports.com Game Trax coverage)
IOWA 56, Ball State 3
IOWA STATE 23, Iowa 3
IOWA 45, Northern Iowa 21
OHIO STATE 31, Iowa 6
IOWA 35, Illinois 7
Iowa 34, PURDUE 17
IOWA 38, Indiana 21
Michigan 23, IOWA 20 (OT)
NORTHWESTERN 28, Iowa 27
- Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez was an assistant at Iowa under Hayden Fry from 1979-86.
- These 16 UW seniors will participate in their final games at Camp Randall: Brett Bell, Matt Bernstein, Owen Daniels, Elliot Goode, Matt Lawrence, Victor Meckstroth, Joel Nellis, Jonathan Orr, Jason Palermo, Jason Pociask, Donovan Raiola, Levonne Rowan, Dontez Sanders, LaMarr Watkins, Brandon White and Brandon Williams.
- If the Badgers win Saturday, Alvarez will become the first UW coach since John Coatta in 1969 to win his final home game.
- Bret Bielema, the Badgers' defensive coordinator who has been picked to succeed Alvarez as head coach, played for Iowa under Fry and coached at Iowa under Fry and then Kirk Ferentz.
- Iowa and Wisconsin play for the Heartland Trophy.
- The Badgers have won 11 straight games at Camp Randall, dating back to the beginning of the 2004 season. It is the fifth-longest home-winning streak in the nation and the longest in the Big Ten. Boise State's 30-game run leads the nation.
- Wisconsin's last home loss came at the hands of Iowa in the last regular season game of the 2003 season.
- Iowa (96.8 percent) and Wisconsin (87.5) boast the two most efficient red-zone offenses in the Big Ten. In conference only games, Iowa is a perfect 21-for-21 in the red zone, with 10 touchdowns and 11 field goals. Wisconsin is at 89.7 percent in Big Ten play, with 20 touchdowns and six field goals in 29 trips.
- Wisconsin is third in the Big Ten in conference-only scoring offense, averaging 33.7 points per game. Iowa is third in scoring defense, allowing 21.2 points per game.
- Iowa is seventh in scoring offense at 26.7 points per game; Wisconsin is No. 6 in scoring defense at 29.7 points per game.
- Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco ranks third in the Big Ten in pass efficiency rating (148.2). That single-season mark would be the second best in school history, behind Darrell Bevell's 155.2 in 1993.
- Stocco is 20th nationally in pass efficiency while Iowa's Drew Tate is No. 22 at 148.09.
- In Big Ten-only games, Tate is third in the league with 250.7 passing yards per game. Stocco is fourth at 248.1 passing yards per game. Stocco is also tied with Northwestern's Brett Basanez for the league lead with 12 touchdown passes in conference-only games, though Wisconsin has played one more game than every other Big Ten team aside from Penn State.
- Wisconsin tailback Brian Calhoun is fourth in the nation in rushing (125.6 yards per game) and Iowa's Albert Young is 11th (118.9)
- In conference-only games, Wisconsin ranks second-to-last in the Big Ten in total defense, allowing 491.4 yards per game. The Badgers are also 10th in rushing defense, allowing 250.1 yards on the ground per game.
- Wisconsin's +8 turnover margin leads the Big Ten.
- The Badgers' defense has recorded nine sacks in seven Big Ten games. UW's offense has allowed 24 sacks, the most in the Big Ten, including nine last week to Penn State.
- Iowa is 10th in the Big Ten in time of possession at 27:33 per game.
- UW tailback Brian Calhoun and receiver Brandon Williams are seventh and eighth in the league in receptions, averaging 5.14 and 4.57 per game in Big Ten contests, respectively.
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