It's the perfect recipe for an Under this Saturday night in Madison with both Wisconsin and Iowa sporting good defenses and run-oriented offenses. Play the Hawkeyes and Badgers Under.
I think the Badgers were out partying amongst the Madison faithful early into the morning last Saturday because the defense that took the field isn’t the one we grew accustomed to watching last season.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]To give up 31-points to The Citadel is unheard of, and I’ve got a good feeling the defense was worked extra hard in practice all week long. With them laying an egg last week in front of the home fans, I expect the Badgers 'D' to get back in the good graces of their coaches and fans with a stout effort in this contest.
Iowa is the last team I expect to put forth a Citadel type effort against Wisconsin. Head coach Kirk Ferentz’s club is off an embarrassing defeat in Ames where they lost to the Iowa State Cyclones by a 15-13 final count as 17-point road chalk. No doubt they were worked extra hard in practice this week as well, and I expect to see a much different Iowa club take the field in Madison.
That being said, the Hawkeyes' offense has been lackluster throughout its first three games. They only managed 16 points vs. Northern Illinois, and only 35 against a Syracuse team that just allowed Illinois to hang 41 on them last week in the Carrier Dome. Last week's 13-point effort in Ames was a disgrace, and they’re going to have to rely on their defense to set them up with great field position or force a turnover for them to put a crooked number on the scoreboard.
This is a battle between a pair of sound defensive teams backed by offenses with mediocre passing games and better than average ground attacks, the perfect recipe for an Under. Add to the mix this is each team's Big Ten opener and both coaches will be playing this one close to the vest. Iowa has had Wisconsin’s number of late winning four of the last five straight up, but Wiscy snagged last year's Heartland Trophy with a 24-21 win at Iowa. Look for the Hawkeyes to try and return the favor in a low scoring defensive slugfest.
Free Pick: Iowa-Wisconsin Under 45