Friday, September 22, 2017

Wisconsin at Iowa

Iowa faces a tough home test in Week 8 against a Wisconsin team coming off an upset of then-No. 1 Ohio State.

Wisconsin offense vs. Iowa defense
• RBs John Clay and James White are an effective 1-2 punch with Clay picking up tough yards between the tackles and White at his best in space. They run behind an offensive line coming off its best game of the year in the Badgers' upset of Ohio State, and it will take a similar effort to have success this week against Iowa. DTs Karl Klug, Christian Ballard and Mike Daniels are disruptive interior run-stuffers who win most battles with their quick hands and feet. Wisconsin's interior offensive line -- led by LG John Moffitt -- is strong enough to move Iowa's DTs off the ball when in good position, but the Badgers do not match up well athletically and must get off the ball quickly and avoid false steps to gain that position. Iowa will have the advantage at both the first and second levels on the perimeter. DEs Adrian Clayborn and Broderick Binns have the upper-body strength and lateral mobility to string plays out, and Ballard can even slide out to end and be effective. Hawkeyes OLB Tyler Nielsen can stack and shed Badgers TEs Lance Kendricks and Jake Byrne, while WLB Jeremiah Hunter is a sideline-to-sideline player who can make plays in the backfield and closes quickly in pursuit. All three linebackers, including MLB Troy Johnson, read their keys well and take good pursuit angles, so White will have a tough time finding room to make cuts when the hole doesn't open up as planned.