Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Date and Time: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Opening College Football Odds: Wisconsin -13.5
Iowa vs. Wisconsin TV Coverage: ABC
We're still trying to wrap our head around what we saw happen around 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Hawkeyes went from in the midst of a 17-17 game to giving up four straight touchdowns to ultimately scoring 31 unanswered points and putting together a whooping on a team that was the second favorite to win the National Championship before taking the field.
Now the question: Is Iowa really that good, or was this a case of a team coming to Kinnick Stadium and just getting whipped the day after ultimately posting a huge comeback in its biggest game of the year?
Nate Stanley is suddenly turning into a superstar at Iowa. He's just a sophomore, but after tossing five touchdowns against one of the best defenses in America, he has 22 touchdowns against just four picks this year. No, Stanley isn't winning a Heisman Trophy any time in the near future, but he's quickly turning into one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten.
No one likes the fact that Wisconsin hasn't played much of anyone this year, but the entire city of Madison doesn't get one rat's butt about it. The Badgers are 9-0 and have beaten the teams on their schedule handily. Their only close game was a 17-9 win over Purdue here at home, and even that game was never ultimately a game in peril.
Every time we think Wisconsin is going to be up against it, the team just comes out and stomps on someone.
Take last week's 45-17 win over Indiana, for example. That was the closest point spread of the year in a Badgers game, and they won 45-17 without any challenge whatsoever.
It's amazing that Iowa won this game against Ohio State with a pair of freshmen playing at offensive tackle. Tristan Wirfs and Alaric Jackson not only held their own against the Buckeyes' front seven, but they truly dominated the game.
Akrum Wadley rushed the ball 20 times for 118 yards while James Butler had 10 rushes for 74 yards. The Hawkeyes had three carries for at least 30 yards, and all of them came straight off tackle. Stanley was sacked just once, and that came in the third quarter when this game was firmly put out of reach.
The Wisconsin front seven isn't being respected at this point, but it's still one of the best in America. Garret Dooley and Alec James are two of the better pass rushers in the Big Ten at this point, and the matchup between these two and Wirfs and Jackson could be the one that ultimately decides this game.
Iowa vs. Wisconsin Free Picks
Iowa is going to be a hotter team this week than it would have been had the Buckeyes ultimately not been pushovers. That said, we think that's going to create an opportunity at all of the best online sportsbooks betting on Wisconsin.
The Badgers are comfortable favorites in this game, but we think they should be a lot bigger favorites in this one than they are. Alex Hornibrook is playing some tremendous football at the quarterback position, and Jonathan Taylor probably should be getting a lot more respect as a Heisman Trophy candidate than he is, too.
It's all adding up to a whooping for Wisconsin to keep its status as the only team in the Big Ten that has a real shot of playing in the College Football Playoff.
College Football ATS Pick: Wisconsin -13.5 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: Wisconsin 38, Iowa 10