The No. 25 Wisconsin Badgers (2-2 overall) have had an extremely odd 2020 season. They have had three games canceled, including traditional rivalry games with Minnesota and Nebraska, and have only played four games total, losing their last two in a row. The No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2 overall) started slowly, losing their first two games, but have now rattled off five victories in a row and look like one of the best teams in the conference.
The Badgers have beaten the Hawkeyes four straight times and have won the last five tilts in Iowa City. With Wisconsin’s offense struggling it is probably nice to see an extremely familiar face across the line of scrimmage this week, a team that plays so much like their own that they’ve basically been practicing against them all season.
It’s hard to say what the outcome of today’s game will be, but it’s probably safe to say it will be a low-scoring slugfest that will leave everyone upset, you know, like every other Big Ten West game Wisconsin plays.
Here are the staff predictions for the game:
Bob: “It’s going to be painful.” 13-3, Iowa
Ryan: “Oh God...I’m going to hate myself for saying this because it’s wrong, but I am trying to be an optimist.” 20-10, Wisconsin
Tyler: 17-10, Wisconsin
Belz: “Don’t feel good about it.” 21-17, Wisconsin
Neal: 3-3, tie
Rock: 12-11, Wisconsin
Drew: “I’d definitely take the under if I were a betting man and I think the final score will be something dumb as shit like 13-9, Iowa.”
Kevin: 20-13, Wiscooo
J.J.: “I predict numbing boredom. Maybe the problem is I keep picking UW.” 20-13, Iowa
Bremen: 12-11, Wisconsin
In a surprising decision, both teams have released depth charts that are updated! It’s a Hannukah miracle!
We will update this post with any late-breaking scratches or depth chart changes.
UPDATE: 12/12/20, 1:55 p.m. CST
#Badgers without their top three offensive playmakers against Iowa today. Jalen Berger, Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor all not available.— George Balekji (@GeorgeBalekji) December 12, 2020
Wisconsin will turn back to Garrett Groshek and Nakia Watson who have combined for 20 carries for 61 yards the last two games. pic.twitter.com/1z2eFrwPQ0