But that's not all that will be at stake in the game.
There will be payback on the Badgers minds for letting last year's game slip away. If you remember a year ago (trust me, I don't blame you if you don't), Iowa came into Madison with an undefeated record and left with a 10-6 victory and hoisted the Heartland Trophy for the first since 2009.
In the closing moments of the first half, Iowa was on the verge of being down 14-3 until Kirk Ferentz's defense came up big by forcing Clement into a critical fumble at the Hawkeye goal line.
I did just lay out the case for UW still being in the race for the 2016 playoffs, but it is hard not to look ahead to next year's schedule and think the Badgers could have another big opportunity. Wisconsin gets back linebacker Vince Biegel after he missed a few starts with a foot injury. The Hawks expect a slugfest, just like in their last meeting. There will be a DJ and the tailgate opens at 8 a.m., with the Big Ten Tailgate starting at 9:30 a.m.
The Wisconsin Badgers could be without one of their starters in the secondary for the rest of the day against the Iowa Hawkeyes. "It always hasn't been as pretty as they probably wanted, but they've got a good record, and they more importantly have got a football team that really plays well, and again, it doesn't seem to matter if they're on the road or at home".
Ask University of Iowa assistant football coach Reese Morgan the key to stopping Wisconsin, and he'll tell you without hesitation it starts with stopping the run. An afternoon upset against the Badgers would be huge for the team in a whole bunch of ways, and this game seems to be a ideal setting for it. If Hornibrook can't make the Hawkeyes respect his arm, Iowa can stack the box to stop the run.
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"No question we'll have to be at our best against No. 10-ranked team in the country coming in", Ferentz said.
Everything from how there seasons have gone to what is going on at the quarterback position couldn't be more different. Wisconsin has dominated the series as of late, winning four of the last five match-ups. On the ground, Akrum Wadley rushed for 170 yards and a touchdowns in 14 carries while LeShun Daniels Jr. had 156 yards and two touchdowns in 24 attempts. Iowa is giving up just 19.1 points per game on defense, but still allowing 371 yards per game, including 151.9 rushing yards per contest.
"We're confident, even though they're the ranked team, we're not, that we can go toe-to-toe", said Schilling. "They play good football".
After starting 4-0, the Badgers have lost back to back games to top five teams, MI and Ohio State.
The Sooners' defense has been poor against elite offenses but lucky for them, Texas Tech doesn't move the ball very well. "Have to get as many hats to the ball as we can, just like anytime you face a great back".