Hawkeye HQ predictions: Upset unlikely at Wisconsin

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IOWA CITY, IOWA- OCTOBER 22: Running back Akrum Wadley #25 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is brought down during the first quarter by linebacker Jack Cichy #48 of the Wisconsin Badgers on October 22, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

 

The time for the freshly ranked Hawkeyes to enjoy that stunning upset of Ohio State has passed. Another ranked opponent awaits, the Big Ten’s “last College Football Playoff hope.” Undefeated Wisconsin. Can Iowa pull it off again?

On the road?

Where dreams go to die in 17-10 losses?

But let’s wait just a minute — how about that Ohio State rout? We all saw that coming, didn’t we? (Don’t click that link.) Fake field goals, record-tying performances, an air attack, fullback touchdowns — that game had it all. So Hawkeyes fans, allow yourselves as much time to enjoy that as you can.

But those of us in the predictions business — and let’s be honest, I think very few of the names below consider that a primary focus of their profession — are just as ready to turn the page as the Buckeyes.

So let’s get to the picks.

Featured predictions
Hawkmania

Steve Batterson: Wisconsin 12, Iowa 10
Iowa-Wisconsin games are typically made of the stuff that only a linebacker can love. Expect more of the same on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, where the Hawkeyes pounded out at 10-6 win two years ago. Defenses will dominate, but the strength of the Badgers’ offensive front complements the skill of freshman Jonathan Taylor and his Big Ten-best 152 yards per game. In the end, that pushes Wisconsin through to its toughest win of an unbeaten season.

Hawkeye Headquarters
Adam Rossow: Wisconsin 17, Iowa 10
Dan Vasko: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 17



National predictions
Sports Illustrated
Andy Staples: Wisconsin 
Bruce Feldman: Wisconsin 
Chris Johnson: Wisconsin
Joan Niesen: Wisconsin
Eric Single: Wisconsin 
Molly Geary: Wisconsin
Scooby Axson: Wisconsin  

SBNation
Bill Connelly: Wisconsin 31, Iowa 18 

CBS Sports
Jerry Palm: Wisconsin

Athlon Sports
Mitch Light: Wisconsin 27, Iowa 20

ESPN
Dan Murphy: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 13  
Mitch Sherman: Wisconsin 21, Iowa 17 
Tom VanHaaren: Wisconsin 21, Iowa 17  

Hawkeye State predictions
Land of 10

Scott Dochterman: Iowa 16, Wisconsin 13 
Bobby La Gesse: Wisconsin 17, Iowa 13 

The Gazette
Marc Morehouse: Wisconsin 20, Iowa 17

Hawk Central
Chad Leistikow: Wisconsin 21, Iowa 13 

Go Iowa Awesome
Mark Hasty: Iowa 21, Wisconsin 20

AllHawkeyes
Pat Harty: Iowa 18, Wisconsin 15 
Tyler Devine: Iowa 17, Wisconsin 13  
Dylan Burn: Wisconsin 13, Iowa 10 

Hawkeye Report
Mike Zierath: Iowa 24, Wisconsin 17 
Tom Kakert: Wisconsin 20, Iowa 17  
Blair Sanderson: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 21 
Torbee: Iowa 27, Wisconsin 17 
RDietz: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 13
Lyle Hammes: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 17  
John Kerth: Iowa 20, Wisconsin 16  
Matt Randazzo: Wisconsin 20, Iowa 17 

Hawkeye Nation
Sean Neugent: Iowa 27, Wisconsin 16

Irrelevant prediction
@Hawkologist

And finally, the totally irrelevant prediction based on playing EA Sports’ NCAA Football 2004 on a PS2, as is the tradition since 2015:

Ryan Jaster: Hawkeyes 35, Wisconsin 21. A 72-yard touchdown run on Iowa’s first snap sets the tone for a big-play day. Wisconsin evened it with a 59-yard run, then a 28-yard pass just before the half put the Hawkeyes up to stay. But the rest of the game wasn’t without excitement, with scoring passes of 40 and 52 for Iowa and 37 and 80 for Wisconsin. In other words, exactly the opposite type of game that everyone expects. Then again, so was last week’s…

Prognosis: This is the best rivalry Iowa has. It’s not the best hardware — although the Heartland Trophy is the best they’ve added this century — but these two teams are so evenly matched in style and statistics. The history bears it out: Wisconsin leads 45-43-2 overall and 6-5 since the bull was born. It’s going to be close. It’s probably going to be low scoring. And in order to stay as competitive as it has, the Hawkeyes need to win and even that trophy series. But only a few above believe. It’s not as lopsided a prediction slate as last week. (Upsetting No. 3 by 31 will do that for you.) But most still foresee pain.

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