IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa running back Akrum Wadley didn’t mince words when discussing the importance of facing No. 10 Wisconsin on Saturday.
“This is a big game for us,” Wadley said.
As is his nature, Wadley cut straight to the point. Iowa is 5-2 and 3-1 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is 4-2 and 1-2 in the Big Ten. The loser of this game may very well be out of the Big Ten West Division title race. This is almost a de facto elimination, especially with Nebraska sitting atop the division at 3-0.
The Hawkeyes will have their hands full with the Badgers, who are as tested as any team in the country. No. 10 Wisconsin already has four games against top-10 teams, including two victories.
“Wisconsin is a good team,” Wadley said. “They have a great defense, great offense. They have a plan.”
It’s the same strategy Iowa will use — try to run the ball and rely on strong defense. Both teams play similar styles.
This game is always circled on the schedule. That happens with rivalry games. Most of them are considered big games. These have been the top two teams in the Big Ten West the last several years.
This year isn’t any different. It’s another big one, as Wadley pointed out.