- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

Iowa (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten) at No. 19 Wisconsin (3-1, 0-0), noon (ESPN)

Line: Wisconsin by 9½.

Series Record: Wisconsin leads 44-42-2.


Wisconsin is looking to keep the Heartland Trophy after three straight wins at Iowa City. More importantly, teams are vying for a head start in the Big Ten West race. The Badgers may have been a slight favorite to return to Indianapolis, but that was before TB Corey Clement was lost for at least another month because of sports hernia surgery.


Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri vs. Wisconsin run defense. Canzeri has a team-high 316 yards and eight rushing touchdowns, one off the national lead. But his two biggest games were against Iowa State and North Texas, each ranked 90th or worst against the run. Canzeri can make a statement with a big game on the road against the Badgers. They have been stingy in nonconference play since getting burned by Alabama’s Derrick Henry in the season opener.


Iowa: QB C.J. Beathard completed his first 15 passes in a 62-16 win against North Texas, the best start by a Big Ten quarterback since Wisconsin went 16 of 16 in 2011.

Wisconsin: RB Taiwan Deal is the early favorite to get more carries with Clement out after rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries last week against Hawaii. The redshirt freshman has a 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame that position coach John Settle thinks is ideal for the grind-it-out Big Ten. Deal’s output will depend in large part on whether the young offensive line can take the next step.


Hawkeyes trying to improve to 5-0 for first time since 2009. … Beathard trying to become first Iowa quarterback to win first six career starts since Matt Sherman won seven from 1994-95. … Iowa and Navy are only teams that have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. … Wisconsin has nine straight wins in trophy games dating back to 2009. … Badgers only team in country to have not allowed a touchdown over past three weeks. … LB Joe Schobert tied for national lead with 9 1/2 tackles for loss.

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