The Heartland Trophy is on the line Saturday as the #18 Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Madison to take on the 13th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Both of these teams have two losses and are eliminated from College Football Playoff contention, but both teams still have plenty to play for in 2019.
Iowa and Wisconsin are both 6-2 overall, 3-2 in the Big Ten and are tied for 2nd place in the Big Ten – West. Both teams trail undefeated Minnesota in the West division, but both schools still get to play the Golden Gophers this season and still have a chance to get to the Big Ten Championship.
Below is my pick for #18 Iowa at #13 Wisconsin. All lines are from the FanDuel Sportsbook.
#18 Iowa at #13 Wisconsin (-9.5): O/U 38 points (-110/-110)
#18 Iowa is coming off a bye, but will feel good about themselves as they extended their winning streak to two games with a 20-0 road shutout at Northwestern two weeks back. Iowa started the season with four straight wins, but then lost two games in a row to all but end any of their 2019 expectations. The Hawkeyes have already played two ranked teams this season and they suffered two defeats after only scoring a combined 15 points. Iowa traveled to Ann Arbor and fell to then #19 Michigan, 10-3, and the next week hosted then #10 Penn State and fell 17-12. Iowa is 4-4 ATS and the under has hit in six of their eight games this season.
#13 Wisconsin is also coming a bye last week, but unlike Iowa are not coming in off a high note as the Badgers are currently on a two game losing streak. Wisconsin suffered one of the biggest upsets in recent memory when they fell at Illinois, 24-23, and then fell 38-7 at Ohio State the week after. The Badgers have played two ranked teams this far and have beaten then #11 Michigan 35-14 and suffered that to defeat to then #3 Ohio State. Wisconsin is 5-3 ATS and the under has hit in six of their eight games this season.
Series History: Wisconsin has taken a 47-43-2 advantage in this series after winning the past three games between these two schools.
Game Prediction: I like Wisconsin to snap out of their funk in a big way Saturday, so I am backing Wisconsin -9.5 Saturday.
YTD College Football Results: 33-26-1