The ninth-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1) will try to rebound from a disappointing loss when they visit Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday to battle the Wisconsin Badgers (4-3) for the Heartland Trophy. Kickoff is set for noon ET in Madison, Wis.
The Badgers are three-point favorites in the latest Iowa vs. Wisconsin odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 36.5. (See the latest college football lines for all of this week's games on our college football odds page.)
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The Hawkeyes had a week off after their 24-7 loss to Purdue, where they turned the ball over four times. They typically are the team forcing turnovers, as they are second in the nation with 20 takeaways. The Badgers have coughed it up 16 times, tied for fourth-most in FBS. The Iowa defense is allowing just 14.3 points per game, third-fewest in the nation. The offense has struggled, but tight end Sam LaPorta (332 yards) can be a real weapon.
Wisconsin has the nation's best run defense (53.3 yards per game) and is allowing just 18.4 points per game (17th in FBS). The Iowa offense scores just 28 per game (75th) and is 100th or lower in all yardage statistics. The Hawkeyes defense is tough against the run but hasn't seen a backfield tandem like Chez Mellusi (692 yards, four TDs) and Braelon Allen (428 yards, five scores). The Badgers average 218.4 yards per game on the ground (19th).
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