The No. 25 Wisconsin Badgers (2-2 overall) travel to Iowa City on Saturday to take on the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2 overall) in the battle for the Heartland Trophy. This is the final regular season game for both teams before the Championship Week Bonus Ball Bonanza matchups are announced for next week. For what it’s worth, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted that he thought that the Badgers would be playing the Gophers next week, instead of their counterpart from the East division.
How the rest of this season goes...— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 11, 2020
It's up to us.
It's how you respond.
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The Badgers/Hawkeyes tilt should be one that is familiar to anyone who has watched either of these teams play football since the turn of the century. There will be running the ball, there will be defense and there sure as shit will be punting. If you’ve never watched “A Nature Film” by The Solid Verbal, please carve out three and a half minutes of your day to do so. It’s worth it.
The Badgers defense is one of the best in the country and Iowa’s isn’t far behind. Iowa’s offensive line is one of the best in the country and Wisconsin’s isn’t far behind. Both teams have questions at quarterback too! This game is forever and always the Spider-Man pointing at himself meme.
Here is all of the info you’ll need to watch, stream or listen to the game today as well as a host of fun facts to impress/bore your friends with during timeouts. You’re welcome!
How to watch/listen
TV: FS1, 2:30 p.m. CT, Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman
Streaming: FOX Sports
Radio: Badger Sports Network (iHeartRadio), Satellite: Sirius 106 or XM 203, Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher
Stadium: Kinnick Stadium
Weather: Iowa City, Iowa (cold, windy, potentially snowy)
Line: Wisconsin -2
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- Wisconsin has won four straight over the Hawkeyes and claimed seven of the teams’ last eight meetings, dating to 2010. That includes wins for the Badgers in each of their last five trips to Kinnick Stadium.
- Wisconsin has won 22 of its last 24 games with a traveling trophy on the line. The Badgers haven’t been able to play Minnesota nor Nebraska this year, due to COVID-19, so the game against Iowa will be the first trophy game of the season for UW.
- The Hawkeyes are 18-4 in their last 22 rivalry trophy games (Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin), with all four losses coming to Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin holds a 9-5 lead in the series since the Heartland Trophy debuted in 2004.
- Wisconsin leads the all-time series, 48-43-2.
- Dec. 12 will mark the latest date on which Wisconsin has played a non-bowl game since it closed the 1896 campaign (when the Badgers claimed the inaugural Western Conference title) with an indoor game against the Carlisle Indian School at Chicago Coliseum on Dec. 19, 1896.
- Among the 127 FBS teams that have played at least one game this season, Wisconsin is the only team that is yet to allow a rushing touchdown.
- The Badgers have only played four games this year, so this is an admittedly small sample size, but when they score first they are 2-0. When they are leading at halftime they are 2-0. And, when they are leading at the end of the third quarter they are...2-0. Hopefully, they get off to a fast start against the Hawkeyes.
- Saturday’s meeting marks the ninth game in series history in which both teams have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Wisconsin is 4-4 in such games, including wins in the three most recent (2010, 2017, 2019).
- UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez began his college coaching career as linebackers coach at Iowa from 1979-86 under head coach Hayden Fry, who hired Alvarez after he led Mason City High School to the Iowa Class 4A state title in 1978
- Alvarez and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz worked together as assistants under Fry from 1981-86.
- The Badgers have one Iowa native on their roster in freshman QB Daniel Wright (Sergeant Bluff).
- Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz and Iowa LB Dijmon Colbert were teammates at Bishop Miege (Kan.) High School. Mertz later transferred to Blue Valley North (Kan.) for his final two prep seasons.
- A trio of Badgers played their high school football with a quartet of Hawkeyes. Wisconsin ILB Mike Maskalunas and Iowa WR Henry Marchese — Adlai E. Stevenson HS (Ill.) Wisconsin DE C.J. Goetz and Iowa WR Max Cooper — Catholic Memorial HS (Wis.) Wisconsin OL Cole Van Lanen, Iowa OL Jack Plumb and Iowa DL Matt Lorbeck— Bay Port HS (Wis.)
- Iowa has won its last five games, outscoring its opponents 186-76 and averaging 37.2 points per game during the winning streak.
- Iowa has played 21 straight games without surrendering 25 points, the longest streak in the nation among Power 5 teams