5th Quarter Consensus: Badgers bounce back with Homecoming win

Iowa at Wisconsin

Kickoff: 11 a.m. CT

Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.

Weather Forecast: 43F, Partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain

TV: ESPN

Radio: WIBA-AM 1310, WIBA-FM 101.5 and the Badgers Radio Network

Coverage: A week's worth of coverage on our Iowa Game Page

Opposing Blog: Black Heart Gold Pants

The Consensus

Jake Harris (6-0, +75): Wisconsin 21, Iowa 13

Adam Hoge (6-0, +77): Wisconsin 17, Iowa 13

Adam Rittenberg (ESPN.com): Wisconsin 24, Iowa 23

The Reasoning

Iowa has been tough to figure out so far this year.  The Hawkeyes went into Happy Valley and beat Penn State and also have impressive wins over Arizona and Michigan.  On the other hand, they needed two missed field goals to beat Northern Iowa and only beat Arkansas State by three points.  Wisconsin has been impressive in starting the season 5-0 and dominating Ohio State statistically in a losing effort.  The Badgers rarely lose at home.  The Wisconsin defense has successfully employed a bend-but-don't-break philosophy and has been better against the run than the pass.  Iowa's passing game is nothing to fear, with quarterback Ricky Stanzi matching each touchdown pass with an interception thus far.  While tight end Tony Moeaki can present matchup problems, he is the only pass catcher on the Hawkeyes that commands more than average attention.

Michigan running back Brandon Minor had a big day at Iowa last week and John Clay will get his yards.  Scott Tolzien should bounce back after being harassed by an NFL-caliber defensive line a week ago.  Tolzien has played much better at Camp Randall than on the road.  The Badgers should win a big Homecoming game and be positioned for quite a run in the second half of the season.

Who has the edge?

Offense: Wisconsin

Defense: Iowa

Special Teams: Iowa

Coaching: Iowa

Intangibles: Wisconsin

-Jake Harris



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