MADISON, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 30: Spencer Petras #7 of the Iowa Hawkeyes scores a touchdown during the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers defeated the Hawkeyes 27-7. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Why I believe Wisconsin Badgers will beat Iowa

It’s trophy season for the Badgers. Wisconsin and Iowa both had relatively slow starts to the season, here they are battling to stay alive in the Big Ten West race. Both squads need major help from Illinois, and if so this could be a pivotal game in deciding the Big Ten West. Here’s why I believe Wisconsin will take down Iowa. 

Iowa Offensive Struggles

From week one, Iowa has shown its inconsistency and struggles on the offensive side of the ball. In a game against South Dakota State, Iowa won 7-3 where their defense forced two safeties. Iowa punted the ball 10 times in that game. As the season went on it didn’t improve much, considering Iowa has scored 10 points or less in four games this season. 

It has improved over the last few weeks with an impressive win over Purdue. However, the Badger’s defense has greatly improved as well. The key to shutting down Iowa’s attack is stopping the run. If Wisconsin’s front seven comes to play, especially Keeanu Benton. Wisconsin has a great chance to shut down this offense. 

Win the Turnover Battle

Wisconsin must win the turnover battle on Saturday. The Badgers enter Saturday ranked second in interceptions in the Big Ten. If they can force Iowa into tough passing situations, they will have opportunities to create some turnovers. Not to mention, Iowa Quarterback Spencer Petras has as many touchdowns as he does interceptions on the year with five a piece. 

Offensive Creativity

Iowa comes in with arguably the best defense in the Big Ten. They know what Wisconsin wants to do and that’s to run it with Braelon Allen. Wisconsin cannot become predictable on offense, especially on early downs. Passing on 1st down, jet sweeps, and other misdirection plays will be the key to moving the ball on this stout defense. Look for Chimere Dike or Skyler Bell to be the difference maker. 

I’ve got Wisconsin winning in a tight battle. Wisconsin’s defense should be able to contain Iowa’s lackluster offense and control this game. Expect a low-scoring, November Big Ten game between two tough teams. 

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