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Iowa & Wisconsin prepare for defensive battle

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KTIV) — The Hawkeyes have played two ranked teams this season and lost both times, to Michigan and Penn State. Iowa will try again Saturday when they visit number-16 Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes are on a two-game winning streak and are coming off of a bye.

Iowa has beaten Purdue and Northwestern in their last two games to improve to 6-2. The Badgers are also 6-2. Wisconsin started 6-0 but have lost two consecutive road games at Illinois and Ohio State.

Wisconsin’s defense ranks first in the nation, giving up just 223 yards per game. Iowa’s defense is ranked sixth so points might be hard to come by for both teams.

“You need some guys who believe in what you’re doing, system-wise and scheme-wise and I think we’ve got that right now,” said linebackers coach Seth Wallace. “I think it’s a result of a collective effort in what our guys have been able to do.”

“The better you are on first and second down, the more obvious passing situations you can create on third down, said defensive line coach Kelvin Bell. “If you’re not really good, if you’re not holding them to two yards or less on first down, it’s hard to pin your ears back on third down, especially with the way that we play.”

Iowa and Wisconsin kickoff at 3 o’clock on Saturday. The Badgers are eight and a half point favorites.

Brad Pautsch

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