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.
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.
Adam Rossow: Wisconsin 17, Iowa 10
Dan Vasko: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 17
Both @danvasko & I like the #Hawkeyes +12, but do either of us like them straight up in Madison? Find out in our @HawkeyeHQ predictions. #Badgers pic.twitter.com/6QFMsedpKK— Adam Rossow (@AdamJRossow) November 10, 2017
Andy Staples: Wisconsin
Bruce Feldman: Wisconsin
Chris Johnson: Wisconsin
Joan Niesen: Wisconsin
Eric Single: Wisconsin
Molly Geary: Wisconsin
Scooby Axson: Wisconsin
Bill Connelly: Wisconsin 31, Iowa 18
Jerry Palm: Wisconsin
Mitch Light: Wisconsin 27, Iowa 20
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
Marc Morehouse: Wisconsin 20, Iowa 17
Chad Leistikow: Wisconsin 21, Iowa 13
Go Iowa Awesome
Mark Hasty: Iowa 21, Wisconsin 20
Pat Harty: Iowa 18, Wisconsin 15
Tyler Devine: Iowa 17, Wisconsin 13
Dylan Burn: Wisconsin 13, Iowa 10
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
Sean Neugent: Iowa 27, Wisconsin 16
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…
This week’s totally irrelevant prediction: #Hawkeyes 35, Wisconsin 21. Iowa’s 1st play — a 72-yard TD run — sets tone for a big play day. pic.twitter.com/dK3TN6fhaL— HAWKMANIAQ, formerly (@Hawkologist) November 10, 2017
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.