Wisconsin Badger junior inside linebacker Jack Cichy has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following a career performance in Saturday's 30-23 overtime loss to Ohio State. Coach Paul Chryst said "we don't need it to validate who we are or what we are or what we need to do, but we appreciate it".
Biegel has been out since undergoing surgery on his right foot two days before UW faced MI on October 1.
Biegel recorded nine tackles, including two for loss and a sack, in four games before the injury. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 19.1 points and 370.7 yards per game.
Freshman Garrett Rand worked at nose tackle with the No. 1 defense during the week. Patterson has not traveled for road games this season, while Hirschfeld is primarily a defensive end but saw some work at nose during fall camp.
At running back, the Badgers feature an electric playmaker in Corey Clement who, on any given play, could possibly take it the distance.
"I feel good about where we are at, " Hornibrook said.
"We're going to be challenged from Iowa. They're just a physical group of guys that are looking to get after it". "That is who they are".
Cornerback Natrell Jamerson, who injured his left leg against Akron on September 10, has already been ruled out for this week's game.
Wide receiver Rob Wheelwright (leg), fullback Alec Ingold (arm) and reserve offensive lineman Jon Dietzen (leg) are questionable.
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Wadley rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown, and Daniels amassed 150 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue. His presence will provide a boost on the field for a defense already ranked ninth in the nation in scoring defense and 12th in total defense.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Wisconsin is favored on the road in this game, as the Badgers are getting odds of -3.5 points against the Hawkeyes.
"It wasn't one of those where he held onto it and then couldn't find (anyone)", Chryst said. "Out of adverse situations can come great opportunities".
The Hawkeyes expect to learn during Saturday's 11 a.m. game at Kinnick Stadium just how much improvement they have made in defending the run.
Last meeting: Iowa won 10-6 last season in Madison, Wisconsin.
Iowa started the current streak with a 20-10 victory over UW in 2009. I think it's big that you focus on one thing every week and then keep going. The Badgers lost the trophy a year ago when Iowa came to Camp Randall and beat the Badgers 10-6.
What does UW redshirt sophomore guard Beau Benzschawel think of the recent success of the road teams?
Clement averages 96.6 rushing yards per game but the 5-foot-11, 227-pound New Jersey native started fast against the Buckeyes, gaining 97 of his yards on seven first-quarter carries. Since 2004, the Badgers are an astounding 31-1 against the Illini, Boilermakers and Gophers, and haven't lost to any of them since 2007. They slipped to No. 3 and after a bye lost to No. 5 Florida.
Despite the misery that accompanied such a hard loss, there is good news for the Badgers: They just might earn another shot to prove it.