The Iowa Hawkeyes will try to become bowl eligible against Wisconsin on Saturday.
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Iowa and Wisconsin have played 86 times in football and the all-time series is tied at 42 wins apiece, with two ties. Their recent history is also close, splitting their last four meetings. They meet for the first time in three years on Saturday. It's an important game for both teams.
A win by the 5 and 3 Hawkeyes will make them bowl eligible and will give them a winning Big Ten record at 3 and 2. Iowa's three losses are all to ranked teams, Northern Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Wisconsin is 22nd this week in the AP poll and are looking for their third straight win. The Badgers average nearly 300 yards rushing per game and it's no secret, they'll try to pound the ground.
"They like to run the power, try to get the running backs up the middle and get those big lineman leaning on you and punch you a little bit," said defensive tackle Carl Davis. "It's a game I look forward to. I feel like I'm a very physical player and I feel like our defense is very physical. I feel like it's going to be a good battle."
"We just have to get a lot of penetration on the d-line and make sure we do a good job with that," said linebacker Christian Kirksey. "Stay sound in our back seven and eliminate some of the big plays and stop the run game. That's one thing I think we can work at and be successful."
Iowa senior defensive Dominick Alvis of Logan-Magnolia will miss his second straight game with a back injury.
Iowa and Wisconsin kick off at 11:00 am on Saturday. The Badgers are favored by nine points.
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