IOWA CITY, Iowa — Wisconsin cornerback Sojourn Shelton knows very well what he’ll be getting into when the 10th-ranked Badgers head to Iowa on Saturday (noon ET, ESPN).
The jerseys will be different, but that’s about it.
“Kind of crazy when we play a team like Iowa — it’s kind of a split image of ourselves,” Shelton said. “(We) play the same type of football, which is smashmouth, run the ball and it’s always a challenge.”
The four-year starter said he likes the fact there isn’t much difference between the programs.
“Every time you play them you have to have your mind right,” said Shelton, who has 18 tackles, 1 interception and 6 pass break-ups this season. “Also, it’s kind of cool because a lot of the stuff we’ve seen throughout practice and spring ball and throughout camp is kind of some of the things we’ll see come Saturday.”
The Hawkeyes (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and Badgers (4-2, 1-2) want to do the same things. They want to run the football and win with defense. The one that does it the best, especially the rushing part, tends to win.
Shelton knows it. The fans know it. The coaching staffs on both teams know it. The question is which team will come out and do it better this weekend.