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Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, the Big Ten's leading rusher, fights for yards as Illinois linebacker Jimmy Marchese looks to bring him down in a game last month in Champaign, Illinois. Taylor averages 152 rushing yards nine games into his freshman season.




LINE: Wisconsin by 12

SERIES: Wisconsin 45-43-2


The Jersey boys: New Jersey natives Akrum Wadley of Iowa and Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin are producing as starting running backs. Wadley enters the game with 761 rushing yards for the season while Taylor leads the Big Ten with 1,368 yards on the year, an average of 152 per game. Wadley’s work could include helping Iowa in the passing game. He caught a career-high seven passes against the Badgers a year ago.

Nate Stanley’s poise: Iowa’s sophomore quarterback makes his first career start in his home state. The Menomonie native has shown growth in the pocket in recent games, and his season completion percentage of 58.3 percent has been helped by a 20-of-31 effort last week against Ohio State. Stanley has thrown 22 touchdown passes and just four interceptions on the year.

Wisconsin’s disruptive nature: The Badgers have earned a 9-0 start to the season in part because of opportunistic defensive play. Led by four picks from Joe Ferguson, Wisconsin leads the Big Ten with 14 interceptions. The Badgers are second in the league with 31 sacks, an effort led by Garret Dooley and Alec James who both rank in the top five of the league.

Tough tight ends: Iowa and Wisconsin use top tight end play to thrive. Iowa’s tandem of Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson have combined for 42 receptions, including 10 touchdown catches and 27 that have resulted in a first down. The Badgers’ Troy Fumagalli has been equally productive. The senior’s 30 receptions for 401 yards are the most by a Big Ten tight end.

Consistent kickers: The Hawkeyes and Badgers share consistency in the kicking game. Iowa’s Miguel Recinos and Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone are both 9-of-11 in field goal attempts this season, with Recinos perfect in four tries from 40 yards or beyond and Gaglianone hitting both of his tries from that distance with a long of 52. Combined, they are 72-of-72 in PAT kicks.

— Steve Batterson


Iowa (6-3, 3-3)


Nate Stanley;151;259;1,929;22;4


Akrum Wadley;181;761;4.2;5

James Butler;57;260;4.6;0

Toren Young;34;161;4.7;1

Ivory Kelly-Martin;14;94;6.7;2


Nick Easley;39;402;10.3;4

Noah Fant;23;353;15.3;7

Akrum Wadley;22;308;14.0;3

Matt VandeBerg;21;312;14.9;2

INTERCEPTIONS: Josh Jackson 5, Amani Hooker 2

SACKS: Anthony Nelson 6, A.J. Epenesa 2.5, Parker Hesse 2.5, Josey Jewell 2.5

TACKLES: Josey Jewell 92, Bo Bower 60, Ben Niemann 56, Amani Hooker 44, Josh Jackson 36

PUNT RETURNS: Matt VandeBerg 8-46-5.8-0; Josh Jackson 5-36-7.2-0

KICKOFF RETURNS: Ivory Kelly-Martin 15-334-22.3-0; Akrum Wadley 4-100-25.0-0

Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0)


Alex Hornibrook;121;188;1,728;15;9


Jonathan Taylor;190;1,368;7.2;12

Bradrick Shaw;79;300;3.8;3

Garrett Groshek;45;252;5.4;2

Chris James;29;148;5.1;0


Quintez Cephus;30;501;16.7;6

Troy Fumagalli;30;401;13.4;3

A.J. Taylor;14;231;16.5;2

Danny Davis;8;170;21.2;1

INTERCEPTIONS: Joe Ferguson 4, T.J. Edwards 3, Natrell Jamerson 2

SACKS: Garret Dooley 6.5, Alec James 5.5, Andrew Van Ginkel 5

TACKLES: Ryan Connelly 46, D’Cota Dixon 46, T.J. Edwards 44, Alec James 37, Leon Jacobs 36

PUNT RETURNS: Nick Nelson 15-86-5.7-0

KICKOFF RETURNS: A.J. Taylor 12-287-23.9-0, Derrick Tindal 3-80-26.7-0


Wisconsin OL David Edwards vs. Iowa DL Anthony Nelson: Edwards and Nelson represent the best participants in the most intriguing match-up of a game that will be settled in the trenches. Edwards blocks for an offense which leads the Big Ten in rushing at 244.8 yards per game. Nelson has eight tackles for a loss and 6 sacks. Whoever controls things will take home a trophy.


6: The visiting team has won the last six games in the series between Iowa and Wisconsin. The Badgers last beat the Hawkeyes at Camp Randall Stadium in 2007.

93-40: Iowa’s scoring margin in the fourth quarter of games this season, a quarter that has seen Nate Stanley complete 33-of-56 passes for 472 yards and six touchdowns.


"We know it will be another fistfight. It always is with those guys. They’re physical. We’re physical. It’s a trophy game, and we’re getting ready for that. They have our trophy, and we don’t plan on leaving there without it." — Iowa fullback Drake Kulick


Iowa (4-3, 1-3)

Sept. 2;Iowa 24, Wyoming 3

Sept. 9;Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT)

Sept. 16;Iowa 31, North Texas 14

Sept. 23;Penn State 21, Iowa 19

Sept. 30;Michigan State 17, Iowa 10

Oct. 7;Iowa 45, Illinois 16

Oct. 21;Northwestern 17, Iowa 10 (OT)

Oct. 28;Iowa 17, Minnesota 10

Nov. 4;Iowa 55, Ohio State 24

Nov. 11;at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 18;Purdue, TBA

Nov. 24;at Nebraska, 3 p.m.

Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0)

Sept. 1;Wisconsin 59, Utah State 10

Sept. 9;Wisconsin 31, Florida Atlantic 14

Sept. 16;Wisconsin 40, BYU 6

Sept. 30;Wisconsin 33, Northwestern 24

Oct. 7;Wisconsin 38, Nebraska 17

Oct. 14;Wisconsin 17, Purdue 9

Oct. 21;Wisconsin 38, Maryland 13

Oct. 28;Wisconsin 24, Illinois 10

Nov. 4;Wisconsin 45, Indiana 17

Nov. 11;Iowa, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 18;Michigan, TBA

Nov. 25;at Minnesota, TBA