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Why Wisconsin Football will win the Heartland Trophy in 2023

Here’s a look at why the Wisconsin football team will win the Heartland Trophy on Saturday.



Wisconsin Badgers Football: Battle for the Heartland
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The season’s biggest game for Wisconsin football will take place on Saturday when the team takes on Iowa for the Heartland Trophy. The Badgers hope to improve to 3-0 in conference play, while the Hawkeyes will look to take over the top spot in the Big Ten West with a win of their own.

Here is why the Badgers will return the Heartland Trophy to Madison in 2023.

Wisconsin Football can put themselves in the Big Ten West driver’s seat

Like last week, a win for the Wisconsin Badgers will put them in a good position in the Big Ten West standings. A win would put the Badgers at 3-0 in Big Ten play, while all other teams have at least two losses.

The game against Iowa should mean more for the Wisconsin football team, not only for the usual rivalry game and playing for the Heartland Trophy but because a win would put them in prime position to play in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship in December.

Wisconsin will look to avenge last season’s loss to Iowa

If you followed along with Badgers football last season, you will remember the loss to Iowa. It was arguably the most frustrating loss of the season.

For as putrid as Iowa’s offenses have been over the last few years, Wisconsin football managed to play about as poorly. The Badgers only tallied 227 yards and turned the ball over three times. Iowa only had 146 total yards, making the game feel like it was Iowa vs. Iowa.

Those on the team last year have carried the sting of the loss over the previous year. The team, particularly the offense, will be eager to return to the field and not have another letdown like that happen again.

Final Thoughts

Saturday’s game will occur at 3 PM CST at Camp Randall. Being at home will be good for Wisconsin football, as they haven’t lost a game to Iowa in Madison since 2015. Camp Randall Stadium should be rocking on Saturday with a rival in town.

We should be in for a great game, with both teams having much to play for to keep their Big Ten Championship hopes alive.

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Lucas Valind is a correspondent for covering Wisconsin football and basketball. His previous bylines covering the Badgers can be found at FanSided's Badger of Honor and Dairyland Express.