Ohio State and Penn State are engaged in tight race in the Big Ten East division. Undefeated Minnesota currently leads the Big Ten West, while Wisconsin and Iowa are each fighting to stay alive in the conference title race.
No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 18 Iowa will face off in Madison on Saturday, in a pivotal game with heavy implications. The winner will get one step closer to trying to jump the Golden Gophers in the West division. The loser has a very small chance of reaching the conference title game.
The Badgers are coming off a much needed bye week. Prior to the bye, they suffered back-to-back losses to Illinois and Ohio State. Saturday’s contest will be crucial for a team fighting for New Year’s Six Bowl game.
Iowa hasn’t fared well against ranked opponents this season, dropping games to Penn State and Michigan in early October. Will those early season tests prove beneficial on Saturday?
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) November 8, 2019
Here’s all the details for Saturday’s game:
Game Time: 4 p.m. ET
Spread: Wisconsin -9
Announcers: Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Holly Sonders
In true Big Ten fashion, the game’s over/under is quite low at 38.5. The Badgers are nine-point favorites entering Saturday’s game at home, even after the Badgers have been exposed in recent weeks.
The Hawkeyes and Badgers play each year for the Heartland Trophy, one of many, many trophy games in the Big Ten. It has historically been a very close series as well. Wisconsin leads the all-time series 47-43-2. The Badgers have won three straight in the rivalry.