It's almost showtime. Which Badger team will we see tomorrow? The one that struggled to put together a complete game or the one that was focused and manhandled the #1 team in the country? I'm sure hoping it's the latter. Here's your Badger News to get you through to the weekend.
A lot of the pre-game focus, including from JJ Watt, has been on UW's o-line vs. Iowa's d-line; however, the UW secondary vs. Iowa's passing offense is another key match up. QB Ricky Stanzi is 5th in the nation in passing efficiency.
Max Henson at the Badger Herald writes that the UW cornerbacks raised their game to a new level against Ohio State and they look to carry that momentum into Iowa City. Tom Mulhern writes that a major reason for the secondary's success this season is they're listening to new coach Chris Ash.
Mulhern also writes that Jay Valai, who committed to Iowa out of high school before coming to his senses and switching to Wisconsin, is motivated by UW's last trip to Iowa City when he took a lot of shit from Hawkeye fans.
Dave Heller also weighs in the midseason awards and has some recruiting updates at the JSOnline Badgers Blog.
At Bucky's 5th Quarter Adam Hoge takes issue with people trying to make a big deal about Alvarez's comment about Wisconsin playing football, not basketball (on the football field). B5Q also has a podcast discussing the OSU and Iowa games.
BadgerBlitz has a Q&A with defensive lineman Jordan Kohout. Kohout talks about the UW-Iowa rivalry and says he'll be ready to go Saturday after getting hurt against the Buckeyes.
NFL Mocks highlights Gabe Carimi and Iowa DE Adrian Clayburn as one of the key individual match ups this weekend. Both players have the chance to raise their NFL stock with a strong performance.
The Sports Bank says that JJ Watt is going to become a household name across the country, not just in Madison. Watt is 10th in the nation in TFLs.
As more teams start paying even more attention to Watt UW's other defensive ends need to step up their game. Jeff Potrykus writes that Louis Nzegwu is ready for the challenge even though he's been relatively quiet in Big Ten games so far this season.
Across enemy lines, The Daily Iowan writes that UW's dynamic backfield awaits the Hawkeyes while Hawkeye Insider breaks down the UW-Iowa game in depth. Meanwhile, HawkeyeNation.com has 6,000+ word game preview. I guess there really isn't much to do in Iowa.
Chad Heely at Pro Sports Blogging previews Saturday's match up and predicts a 23-20 win for Bucky.
The people in Columbus are still agonizing over OSU's loss in Madison last week. The Columbus Dispatch highlights the best and worst performers for each team.
BadgerBlitz has several Badger hoops updates on the guard rotation, Jon Leuer, and injury updates.
Don't be surprised to see freshman Evan Anderson redshirt this season. Anderson knows he has a lot to learn and has been listening to Brian Butch's advice for some time now.
The men's hockey team travels to Denver this weekend and Adam Holt at the Badger Herald says the Badgers will learn a lot about where they are after beating up on weak competition last weekend. UW is just 4-5-1 in its last 10 against DU.