The battle for the Heartland Trophy resumes after a two-year hiatus when the No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers travel to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes this Saturday.
Back in 2010, the Badgers (5-2, 3-1) also made the trek west to Iowa, and the result was a classic. Thanks to a fake punt in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin was able to drive down and score the winning touchdown to defeat the Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2), 31-30 en route to a Rose Bowl appearance.
These two teams always tend to fight it out until the final whistle, and this occasion should be no different. After giving Ohio State all it could handle back on Oct. 19, Iowa defeated Northwestern the following week to climb within one win of returning to a bowl game for the first time since 2011.
With division realignment coming in 2014, this rivalry will become an annual tradition once again, and the Heartland Trophy has clearly added some luster to this meeting. The Badgers won't want to relinquish their grasp on the hog, and they have an extra week to prepare after coming off their second bye week in the past month.
Wisconsin will look to win its third consecutive game and keep its BCS bowl hopes alive, while the Hawkeyes are attempting to become bowl-eligible. Check out the keys to victory, players to watch and a prediction in the complete game preview.
Day, Time: Saturday at 11 a.m. CT
Place: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
TV: ABC or ESPN2
Spread: Wisconsin -9.5 (via OddsShark.com)