October 14, 2008

Inside the numbers: Iowa

MADISON, Wis. - Historically, when Wisconsin and Iowa meet up on the gridiron, a physical, grind-it-out, style of football ensues. This season's game, although the conference stakes are not as high, will most likely take a full four quarters to decide.

The following is an early peek inside the numbers before this weekends battle for the "Heartland Trophy."

41-40-2: Talk about two evenly matched teams. Over the previous 83 meetings between the two schools, Wisconsin holds the slight edge in wins. However, Iowa does hold the advantage at home, 23-15-1.

7: The 2008 version of this border rivalry will be the first time neither team was ranked in seven years.

14: UW has forced 14 turnovers at the midway point of the season. In 2007, the Badgers were only able to create 19 turnovers throughout the entire season.

2: Saturday's match up will be the second natural grass turf the Badgers will play on this season. The first was good to the cardinal and white as UW was able to hold off Fresno State for the 13-10 win.

78: P.J Hill needs this many more yards before moving into fourth place all-time on the Wisconsin rushing list. For his career, he has averaged 111.7 yards per game. In 2008, his rushing average per game is 95.

1: Unfortunately for Hill, the Hawkeye rush defense is stellar. So far this season, Iowa has let only one opposing rusher hit triple digits and that was Maine's Jhamal Fluellen with 104.

13-of-18: Still, it would be a safe bet to say the Badgers will try to establish a rushing game early in the contest. Of UW's 18 touchdown's so far, 13 have come on the ground.

3: Since UW's hiccup at Michigan, UW has only scored three touchdowns. That means in their last 25 drives the Badgers have only found the end zone 12 percent of the their possessions.

6: Making the offensive shortcomings more frustrating is the fact that nearly one of every four drives (24 percent) over the past two games has resulted in a turnover.

5th: Now the struggling Badger offense has the privilege of traveling to Iowa to square off with the nation's fifth best scoring defense. So far in 2008, the Hawkeyes have only allowed 10.86 points per game.

11th: On top of that, Iowa ranks 11th in the country in red zone defense at 64.7 percent.

937: Yards Iowa running back Shonn Greene has rushed for so far in the season. He is the only back in all of college football that has rushed for 100 or more yards in seven straight games.

16: Iowa is fourth in the nation with 16 players recording at least one reception. Wisconsin has 12.

1996: Was the last time the Badgers lost its first four Big Ten games. That season, UW lost consecutive games to Penn State, Ohio State, Northwestern and Michigan State. UW's current three game conference losing streak is the first of its kind since 2004.

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